The Best Rooftop Bars in St. Pete/Clearwater
With the US set to re-open its border to Brits from 8 November, an epic rooftop dining & drinking experience in Florida’s Gulf Coast could be closer than you think!
Breath-taking views, fresh ocean air and spectacular sunsets are on offer every day of the year when you’re in St. Pete/Clearwater. Boasting the Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive days of sunshine (a massive 768), a visit to the destination’s many rooftop bars is a must-do.
From laid-back casual, to jazz-themed, to glamorous, St. Pete/Clearwater, located on west Florida’s Gulf Coast, offers a range of high-altitude bars for all occasions, be it relaxed lunchtime beers or classy evening cocktails. Be sure watch for the magical ‘green flash’ – a split-second green ray that shoots from the sunset point on the horizon.
The newest and coolest bar in the destination is Pier Teaki atop the new 26-acre St. Pete Pier, set against the expansive backdrop of Tampa Bay. With modern tiki-themed décor and bookable tiki cabanas, indulge in delicious aptly-named cocktails such as Salt Air Sipper and Disap-Pier-Ing Act while taking in 360-degree views of the bay.
Ideal for chilled after lunch beers and fruity cocktails, check out Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest along Clearwater Beach. Awarded Best Rooftop Bar in the destination in 2018, Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest sits atop the 10th floor of Pier House 60 Hotel. Enjoy Happy Hour drinks specials from 3-6pm Sunday through Thursday, with beers starting from just $4, and if you stick around for sunset, enjoy free shots from the friendly staff.
Loved by locals, the Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar at the 1920s Fenway Hotel in Dunedin has a rich and vibrant musical legacy (it served as the county’s first radio station) combined with jazzy boutique charm. Hi-Fi offers stunning views of two State parks, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island, as well as the Gulf of Mexico’s beautiful sunsets. Savour creatively constructed cocktails, local craft beers and carefully selected wines while enjoying the horizon of orangey pink hues.
Combining 360-degree scenic views and sophisticated signature cocktails, The Canopy at Birchwood is the perfect after-dinner sundowner spot. Perched atop The Birchwood Hotel in the heart of St. Pete’s waterfront, The Canopy is complete with private cabanas, fire pits and high-top tables. With glass railings affording an unobstructed view of the new St. Pete Pier, Tampa Bay, Straub Park, Beach Drive and the downtown St. Pete skyline, you’ll find nothing else like it in St. Pete.
The Rooftop at the Berkley Beach Club offers a unique perspective of the white sandy shores of Pass-a-Grille. Atop the fourth floor of the boutique beach hotel, take in views of Boca Ciega Bay and Merry Pier while smiling staff shake and stir a delicious number from their Classic and Created Cocktail List.
For an unforgettable experience, Level 11 Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the new Bellwether Beach Resort promises a magical evening. Best for a combined dining and drinking experience, enjoy authentic tapas alongside fine wines, local craft beers and delicious cocktails. Stick around after sunset on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer for live DJ sets and dancing. We suggest booking in advance to secure a good table.
With the US set to re-open to British travellers from 8 November, a holiday to St. Pete/Clearwater could happen sooner than you think. Home to America’s Best Beaches, unbeatable state parks and nature, a vibrant arts and mural scene, over 40 craft breweries, and a fiercely independent downtown area, it’s the anti-Florida of Florida.
St. Pete/Clearwater is just 90 minutes’ drive from Orlando Airport, or 30 minutes from Tampa Airport.
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About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater:
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) is the official destination marketing organisation of Pinellas County in Florida and covers 26 municipalities in the area.
The region is located on the peninsula on Florida’s west coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east.
The area offers 35 miles of award-winning white-sandy beaches, exotic nature trails, culture and arts. It is home to independent restaurants, boutique shops and a unique craft beer trail running from Tarpon Springs to Treasure Island showcasing 40+ local breweries’ fresh artisanal beer. Both Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach have consistently been listed among the top 5 beaches in America, in the annual TripAdvisor Readers’ Choice Awards.
Boasting the largest collection of Dali artwork outside of Spain in the Dali Museum, the county has a significant art scene, with walking mural tours, regular exhibitions and the impressive Chihuly Collection of hand-blown glass sculptures.
The destination is renowned for sunshine and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest run of sunshine days, a massive 768.