Best rooftop bars in Amsterdam
Once you’ve seen all the street-level sights, it’s time to view the city from a different vantage point. Pair a cocktail with a panorama at one of the city's best rooftop bars. As scenic spots to eat, drink and socialise, these roof terraces offer the best views of the Amsterdam and a cosmopolitan experience unlike any other.
Ventuno Sky Lounge
Glamour meets gastronomy at the stylish new sky bar, Ventuno, inspired by the vibrant Italian-American eateries of early 20th-century New York. Party or dine al fresco on one of the two outdoor terraces, each offering panoramic views of Amsterdam. This new sky-high venture, just next to Sparklerweg Metro, is an exciting nightlife addition to the Amstelkwartier neighbourhood.
Watch Amsterdam from above with a Cherry Blossom Martini in hand and a cheese board by your side at the spectacular Fitz' Bar near Oosterpark. Located right on top of the monumental building of Pillows Maurits at the Park, the views of the park and the roaming animals in Artis Zoo (you might need binoculars) are truly incredible.
Floor 17 is the rooftop terrace of Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam, towering 85 meters above Rembrandt Park. Head up there for breakfast and lunch, or dinner and drinks, choosing from a broad variety of menu items like club sandwiches, flat iron steaks, and all mixes of cocktails. Although it is open pretty much all day, the vibes are especially immaculate in the evening. Throughout the summer, keep an eye on the agenda for outdoor cinema screenings on the roof terrace.
Perched atop the Volkshotel, Canvas is open for in-house and outside guests for a spectacular session in the sky. The enclosed rooftop terrace is on the seventh floor and has a fantastic all-around view of the Amstel and city centre. Hungry folks should head there during the weekdays for lunch, dinner, and bites. If you want to get your party on, then head there on the weekend for cocktails and some stand-out club nights.
Located at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, LuminAir, the elevated sky bar and terrace has one of the most coveted locations in Amsterdam for a rooftop bar and terrace: just next to Central Station, with the city at its feet. The views are certainly breathtaking—especially at sunset—but the phenomenal cocktails may prove too distracting.
On the sixth floor of the five-star W Amsterdam, you'll find W Lounge, serving as the lobby for hotel guests and a cocktail bar. Soak up the 360-degree views of the city, including a spectacular perspective over the historic buildings at Dam Square. Take a seat as a VIP guest and sample cocktails from the ever-changing and extensive menu crafted by expert mixologists.
Next to W Lounge, there is also Mr Porter - a steak restaurant and bar on the top floor of W Amsterdam, where you can lounge on the roof terrace and soak up the views. With a panorama of the Royal Palace on Dam Square, among other things, this is one of the most high-end locations to enjoy good weather vibes, exclusive sky-high views and delicious drinks to pair with them.
Twenty Third Bar
Revel in luxury at the stylish Twenty Third Bar, the champagne and cocktail bar of the five-star Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Serving not only cocktails and a wide variety of wine, beer and spirits, the bar also offers a selection of small bites from the kitchen of the adjoining two-Michelin-star restaurant Ciel Bleu. A visit to this rooftop bar is an exercise in true indulgence.
There's a great roof terrace garden on the 8th floor of Hotel Casa. Gapp is open for both in-house and guests from outside to enjoy your favourite cocktail while overlooking the picturesque parts of Amsterdam Oost. The menu offers honest, natural food, delicious drinks and more than 30 local craft beers.
Sip cocktails and take in the Eastland Docklands and River IJ views from Skybar Malabar. Spread across two floors of the Hotel Jakarta, Malabar has a distinctly tropical feel. This bar takes mixology up a notch by serving its delicious cocktails in distinctive glasses. From fiery concoctions to old classics, why not try a Dutch Puzzle or some Vampire Fizz to spice things up a bit?
Zoku’s greenhouse-dotted rooftop garden is spread along a broad terrace with plenty of fresh air. The setting pairs perfectly with their stand-out cocktail and wine list or the produce-packed breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. It's an ideal spot to mix business with pleasure, as they offer co-working spaces and hotel rooms for business travellers. Keep an eye on socials for weekend live music, DJs and jazz events.