Spring is in the air, the evenings are getting longer and it is time to consider dining and drinking outside again. In recent years, rooftop bars and terraces have become popular. Dublin has a number of very attractive rooftop spaces to enjoy. Here are some rooftop bars to consider for the best views of the Dublin skyline.
Dublin’s Skyline From Rooftop Bars
The Marker, Grand Canal Dock
The view of this part of Dublin from the rooftop of the five-star Marker Hotel is stunning. It is the most sophisticated rooftop bar in the city. Formerly a rundown area of the city, it is now a hive of activity with the waterway now a major attraction for watersports. You can also spot the houseboats that have become fashionable living in the city. As this is a popular and fabulous location – book in advance.
Sophie’s at the Dean Hotel, Harcourt Street
There is something so stylish about the Dean, it begins with the Tracey Emin neon sculpture over Reception that says, “I fell in love here.” Sophie’s at the Dean is one of the best-located rooftop restaurants for views of the city. The wraparound windows give 360-degree views of the city. The menu in Sophie’s is eclectic, wood-fired pizza, pasta, salads, and steaks for the hungry. Finish off dinner with a cocktail on the terrace and watch the world go by below on Harcourt Street.
Fitzsimons Hotel, Temple Bar
If you are looking for a busy, fun, lively place, then Fitzsimons in Temple Bar is one of the happening places. It’s loud, raucous and, it is full of people having fun. It is a great spot for a party night out in Dublin city. There are four bars including the colorful rooftop terrace. Music is on every night in Fitzsimons and it is hard to miss it at Temple Bar, see here.
Aloft Hotel, Mill Street, The Liberties
The Aloft Hotel is a newcomer in Dublin, opening in 2019 and mostly closed during the pandemic. It is in one of the oldest areas of the city, the Liberties. It is surrounded by history and stories of old. The WXYZ bar on the rooftop is a modern-style designer bar with panoramic views across the city from the 7th floor. There is also a lovely outdoor terrace for fine days, see here.
The Vintage Cocktail Club, Temple Bar
The VCC as it is known is one of the most discreet cocktail bars in Dublin. You have to find the black door and ring the bell to enter. The décor is pure 1920s and some of the cocktails too. It is lush with antique furniture, vintage knick-knacks, and beautiful art. It is a place of calm in the buzzing Temple Bar. The rooftop terrace is perfect for the balmy nights, exploring the cocktail menu, see here