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Top Ten: Barcelona’s coolest rooftop bars

The crowds, the smells, the noise, the sights - as amazing as it is, Barcelona at ground level can at times be an overwhelming place.

Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
For a good time in Barcelona head to the skies. Photo: Conor DeVries

But if you are willing to pay a little premium for a drink or bite to eat then head upwards for breathtaking views and a fresh breeze.

Barcelona-based Conor DeVries has hand picked ten of the best rooftop terraces to enjoy a sundowner in the Catalan capital.

Yurbban Trafalgar RoofTop


Photo: Conor DeVries

What this rooftop lacks in size it more than makes up for in it’s full 360 Panorama view. With live music getting people’s feet tapping Friday and Saturday nights, this lively terrace is a great place to get an evening started.

Trafalgar 30. Mon-Sun 1pm- 11pm

Beer €4 Cocktails €12

360 at Barceló Raval


Photo: Conor DeVries

Take a walk around the massive circular terrace at Barcelo Raval Hotel and you will be able to take your pick of whichever view of the city you desire. Grab a mojito, watch the sunset, and know that life is good.

Rambla del Raval 17 Mon-Sun 6pm-1am (Fri-Sun until 2am).

Beer €5 Cocktails €10

Visit Up at Hotel Pulitzer


Photo: Conor DeVries

Although the view is far from anything special, its cozy garden feel and cheaper prices make this rooftop a popular spot for the younger crowd. A cool place to meet and mingle as local DJ’s spin vinyl every Thursday and Friday night.

Bergara 8. Tue-Sun 6pm to midnight (Fri until 2am).

Beer €3.5 Cocktails €10

La Isabella at Hotel 1898


Photo: Conor DeVries

You won’t regret sneaking away to this hidden gem when you need a break from walking Les Ramblas. Relax and enjoy some tapas and drinks as you watch the crowds pass by below.

Les Ramblas 109. Daily 1pm -10pm

Beer €6 Cocktails €14

The Serras Hotel


Photo: Conor DeVries

With the best view over the harbour in the city and plenty of room to lounge, Serras is a great spot to take in an afternoon drink. A DJ spins from the restaurant inside every Friday and Saturday but the guests on the Terrace get to enjoy the music as well.

Passeig de Colom 9. Mon-Sun Noon until 9pm

Beer €6 Cocktails €13

Sky Bar at Axel Hotel


Photo: Conor DeVries

The epicenter of the summer gay scene in Barcelona, this achingly hip bar is always full of beautiful men with bronzed torsos keeping cool around the pool. Come up, grab a drink and let loose.

Aribau 33. Daily 8.30pm to 1.30am

Cocktails €13

Wet Bar at W Barcelona


Photo: Conor DeVries

Although it is a little pricey and a lot of the seating is reserved for hotel guests, it is hard to beat the view of the beach from the Wet Bar terrace. The service is excellent and it is only a short elevator ride away from Eclipse Club when you want to keep the party going.

Pl. Rosa del Vents 1. Daily 10am – 2am

Beer €6 Cocktails €16

 

Photo: Conor DeVries
 
This classy corner terrace lets you look right over passaig de Gracia to take in the Sagarada Familia from afar. The rooftop is large and built for a party with live music playing Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays while Local DJs come to funk it up on most other nights. 
Passeig de Gracia, 132. Daily 12-2
Beer €4.5 Cocktail €14
 


Photo: Conor DeVries

The most expensive option on the list also boasts one of the most impressive views of Passeig de Gracia. If you are looking for a posh evening this is your spot, but be sure to make a reservation if you are hoping to stay for dinner.

Passeig de Gràcia 38. Daily 6pm – 2 am

Beer €10 Cocktails €20

Blue View at Hotel Casa Fuster


Photo:  Conor DeVries

Located in the trendy Gracias neighborhood, this terrace's view straight down the famous Passaig de Gracia is a must see when you are in the area. A DJ spins a nice mix Thursdays through Saturdays and after a couple of drinks you can follow it up by heading downstairs to the Jazz Lounge to see some great live music. Smooth.

Passeig de Gracia 132. Daily Noon – 2am 
 
Beer €8 Cocktails €16
 
Conor DeVries is a freelance journalist based in Barcelona. Check out his webpage or contact him at conor.devries@gmail.com

 

 

 

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IN PICS: Madrid’s newest rooftop terrace bar has the best views of the capital

Madrid has its fair share of swanky rooftop terraces offering views across the skyline of the capital.

IN PICS: Madrid's newest rooftop terrace bar has the best views of the capital
All Photos: Riu Plaza Hotel.

It’s where the young hip crowds go to drink cocktails at sundown, where professionals meet for an “afterwork” and where parents take their 18-year-olds to celebrate a graduation.

It started with Bellas Artes and Palacio de Cibeles with their unrivalled views up the Gran Via and soon every hotel worth its salt was converting their unloved space once full of air conditioning units and TV aerials into a Scandi-vibed lounger-filled rooftop terrace.

Some offer swimming pools, others tempt with late night DJs, and now anyone who has spent a summer in Madrid knows that there is no better place to catch the evening breeze.

READ ALSO:  Madrid's best rooftop bars

So who would have guessed that yet another lofty spot could create such a buzz?

If you’ve been at the bottom end of the Gran Via recently you’ll have seen the crowds of people lining up to gain entrance to the Riu Plaza Hotel, the newest 5-Star establishment in the city.

The hotel opened its doors in September after a massive renovation within the Edificio España, a polemic building that epitomises Francoist architecture.

When the Edificio España was opened in 1953 it was Spain’s tallest building at 25 floors and with a height of 117 m (384 ft). Designed by General Francisco Franco’s favourite architect Julián Otamendi and his brother in the Neo-baroque style it took five years to build and was considered a “symbol of prosperity” of the Franco-era.

It then became a symbol of the Spanish real estate market’s collapse in 2008. After being sold off to an investment fund just before the bubble burst and standing empty for more than decade, it was then bought by Chinese investor Dalian Wanda for a third of the price, who after wrangling with the city authorities over planning permission, sold it on to the RIU Hotel group.

The hotel has been fully restored to accommodate 583 rooms, some suites with private terraces overlooking the Gran Via, and a swimming pool for guests on the 21st floor. But the cherry on top is the Sky Bar and 360º bar.

Free for hotel guests but open to everyone with an entrance fee of €5 before 6pm rising to €10 after, a lift will take punters up to the top floors where there’s a choice of swanky bar/nightclub ‘De Madrid al cielo’ on the 26th floor below and the open air 360º on the 27th floor.

The views are the best you’ll find in Madrid from every angle. Take in the impressive fortress that is Conde Duque and gaze over the jumble of Malasaña rooftops on one side, while the other gives unrivalled views of the Royal Palace and Casa de Campo stretching beyond to the distant mountain horizon.

Plus there’s views up the Gran Via and stretching all the way to Madrid’s Four Towers up in the business district.

But what has people extra excited is the glass walkway stretching between two wings of the building that gives the sensation of walking in the air – and provides the ultimate location for an instagram snap.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Riu Plaza España (@hotelriuplazaespana) on Nov 1, 2019 at 7:07am PDT

Check out these pictures of the view from the top: 


Conde Duque on the left of the image and the towers in the distance.

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