Lisbon is a city built on seven hills, which means that it’s never hard to find a spectacular view. And with a cocktail in hand, such panoramas can be even more alluring. From exclusive hangouts like Silk Club to converted spaces like Park Bar and Lost in Esplanada, the best rooftop bars in Lisbon serve their photogenic vistas alongside expertly made drinks. Join us as we discover the best places to drink, dance and watch the sun go down over Lisbon.
Silk Club is one of the hottest and most exclusive bars in Lisbon. Located on top of the highest building in the Chiado district, the contemporary venue is impressive both on the inside and out. With panoramic vistas over River Tagus, its sizeable terrace is one of the capital’s best spots for a sundowner. Even at night when the city is swathed in darkness, the twinkling lights of the buildings and 25 de Abril Bridge make for a stunning sight. Stop by for Japanese bites and craft cocktails as a DJ spins tunes into the early hours of the morning.
A prime example of Lisbon’s innovative urban design, Park Bar has taken a bland parking garage in Bairro Alto and transformed it into an uber-trendy garden terrace. Perched on top of the car park, the bar isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s worth the effort for its quirky ambiance and striking city views. Come here in the early afternoon to relax on wooden furniture in the makeshift pot plant garden, while enjoying cocktails, burgers and eclectic tunes as the sun goes down over the city.
You don’t have to meditate to find your happy place in Lisbon, all you need to do is pop by Lost In bar. One of the most unique rooftop bars in Lisbon, the Indian-inspired restaurant and drinking den in Príncipe Real is packed with positivity and tranquillity. Soothe your soul, and your stomach, with food and drinks in the fresh air of the hilltop terrace and let the colourful décor and stunning views boost your mood faster than you can say “Namaste”.
Located on top of the Martim Moniz shopping centre, Topo is a relaxed spot and the perfect break from sightseeing (or shopping) at any time of the day. The multi-level terrace has unbeatable views of the historic St George’s Castle, while the kitchen and bar serve up Portuguese tapas and craft cocktails.
While it’s not on a roof per say, the hilltop Le Chat is worth a mention for its stunning riverside terrace and intriguing glass cube façade. The restaurant/bar/lounge is located next to the Ancient Art Museum and is a great place to go for light bites, coffee and original cocktails. Le Chat is open from noon to midnight so stop by for a sun break during the day or pull up a chair for a front row seat to an unforgettable sunset.
A prime location atop a former train station that’s set just back from the Tagus means Ferroviário Bar Terraço is blessed with sublime river vistas. It’s laidback and cool in keeping with its Lisbon setting, with the occasional live music set adding extra ambiance. Arrive early to secure a table on the FROW, settle back with a spritz and enjoy the view.
Draw away from the dancefloor at LuxFrágil for a moment to head out to its roof terrace. It’s a refreshing breather from the high-octane DJ sets storming the dancefloors of Lisbon’s most popular nightclub, and it offers spectacular views across the city, the glitter of lights and the Tagus sparkling beyond. Enjoy a martini beneath the moon before heading back into the thumping fray to party until dawn.