Florida’s Hottest Rooftops for Sips, Bites and more!
Sunny Florida is home to some of the trendiest rooftops in the country, boasting incredible views and diverse menus of flavorful bites, vibrant music, specialty cocktails, and a guaranteed good time. Here are some worth visiting:
MAMEY ON 3RD
An island-minded rooftop oasis, Mamey on 3rd, is an extension of Coral Gables’ popular Mamey restaurant created by James Beard Nominee and Food & Wine Best Chef 2020 Award Winner, Chef Niven Patel. Located in the THesis Hotel, Mamey on 3rd offers patrons gorgeous views, refreshing cocktails, and exquisite bites influenced by vibrant Caribbean, Asian, and Polynesian flavors. The bar’s daily happy hour runs from 3 PM to 6 PM, and guests can enjoy $6 bites, $10 cocktails, as well as a selection of beers, spirits and wines ranging from $5 to $7. Stop by for Tick Tock Tequila, where margarita imbibers can race against the clock every Thursday from 6 PM-8 PM and enjoy $6 margaritas at 6 PM, $7 margaritas at 7 PM and $8 margaritas at 8 PM. Guests can look forward to indulging in delicious menu items like the White Truffle & Brie Grilled Cheese ($14), made with Homestead Mango Jam and Sullivan Street Pullman bread; or the Bahamian Conch Fritters ($15), served with cilantro sauce and habanero while sipping on a Jerk Margarita ($14), infused with Maestro Dobel, 400 Conejos Mezcal, strawberry, watermelon, jerk agave and lime; or a Mango Mule ($14), mixed with vodka, Rancho Patel mango, ginger, lime and ginger beer. Bringing the vibes with live music and flavorful cuisine featuring produce from Chef Patel's own farm, Rancho Patel, this rooftop destination is one of Coral Gables' hidden gems.
Address: 1350 Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Café Americano is serving up American comfort food with a Latin twist during all-day brunch, lunch and dinner at their popular Miami Beach location on Ocean Drive. Diners can enjoy their meal while taking in breathtaking rooftop views of the bustling Ocean Drive and the pristine ocean down below. Brunch lovers can indulge in their favorite meal all day long at Café Americano with popular dishes like the almost too sweet to eat Carrot Cake French Toast ($17), piled high with three slices of thick-cut brioche, griddled in spiced batter, with carrot, raisin and pecan cream cheese filling, and topped with candied carrots; Huevos Rancheros ($18), crispy corn tortillas, two eggs any style, black beans, chorizo, ranchero salsa, cotija, avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo; as well as build your own avocado toast and omelet offerings such as the Southwestern Avocado Toast ($17), Italiano Avocado Toast ($18), Denver Omelet ($18), Vegetable Egg White Omelet ($18) and more. Instagrammable dishes that will tower across your feed include Café Americano’s Seafood Feast ($145) featuring tropical ceviche, seared Florida lobster tail, whole fried Florida snapper and grilled Madagascar shrimp; and The Tower ($55) stacked with spice brined chicken wings, smoked baby back ribs, NOLA BBQ shrimp, french fries and onion rings. Guests can also enjoy happy hour on Café Americano’s rooftop, weekdays from 4 PM to 7 PM, and toast with $6.95 bubbles, martinis, tropical cocktails, and American classics like the refreshing Watermelon Martini, Aperol Spritz, Piña Colada or Margarita.
Address: 1144 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 |1776 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
BELLA’S BAR AT THE GABRIEL MIAMI
A hidden gem, Bella's Bar is situated on the 14th floor of The Gabriel Miami’s glittering tower in downtown Miami. Next to the pool and cabanas, guests can experience the essence of Miami at Bella's while taking in the scenic views of the Biscayne Bay and Downtown. With a range of small plates perfect for sharing such as the Jamon Croquettes ($11) served with a delicious pink brandy sauce; or the Sumac Chicken Kebob ($11) that is served with cilantro yogurt, while sipping on refreshing hand-crafted cocktails. Bella’s is the rooftop destination for both the taste and views of Miami.
Address: 1100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
THE BALFOUR HOTEL
Located in a landmark building, The Balfour Hotel is just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean on the corner of world-famous Ocean Drive and 4th Street in South Beach. The hotel’s stunning rooftop Sun Deck has terracotta mosaic tiles, chaise lounges and ratan seating, inviting guests to sunbathe and enjoy seasonal rotations of refreshers including seasonal fruits platters and Tropical Smoothie ($9). As the day comes to an end, guests can enjoy signature dishes from the hotel’s restaurant like the Snake River Kobe Burger ($18); the Balfour Tacos ($18); or Chef Guido’s Chicharron Sandwich ($18), while gazing upon the bustling nightlife of South Beach.
Address: 350 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
SKY YARD AT THE LINCOLN EATERY FOOD HALL
Located at The Lincoln Eatery Food Hall, SKY YARD offers an exciting rooftop bar experience just steps from the world-famous Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. This lush green space is the perfect spot to enjoy a couple of craft cocktails while taking in the Miami Beach views. Try a little bit of everything, from steakhouse-style bites to Asian-inspired dishes with a Latin twist and delectable drinks and desserts. Guests can choose from an eclectic collection of eateries on the ground floor and head to the rooftop to enjoy yard games, a vibrant bar scene, dining and dancing.
Address: 723 N Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Quarterdeck, Fort Lauderdale's favorite neighborhood hangout spot, is the perfect destination to enjoy the rooftop views of sunny South Florida. The restaurant’s casual and fun atmosphere pairs perfectly with their great selection of American classics, high-quality seafood, specialty craft cocktails and refreshing beer. While admiring the view, guests can indulge in delicious dishes like The Grander ($15), a juicy burger with Canadian seasoning, topped with homemade bacon onion jam, pepper jack cheese, sautéed fresh mushrooms, arugula and homemade Quarterdeck burger sauce; and the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich ($15), marinated jerk chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, mixed greens and pico de gallo on a lightly toasted ciabatta roll served with guests choice of coleslaw, french fries or tater tots. . If you’re craving something rolled fresh from the sea, the “Sushi Mike” Creative rolls might be up your alley including delicious curations like the Crunchy Tuna Roll ($19), a tempura-style tuna roll with avocado, scallion, wasabi and wild pepper sauce; and more. Pair your dish with one of Quarterdeck’s hand-crafted specialty cocktails such as The Michelle ($11) with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime juice, topped with soda water and fresh berries; Lily Bell ($12) with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, muddled mint and blackberries, and a dash of simple syrup served over crushed ice; or Tres Agaves Margarita Shaker ($13) with Tres Agaves Blanco Organic Tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
Address: 1035 SW 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
By ML Staff. Images courtesy of each featured venue on this story.