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Seven rooftop bars that take Tampa to picturesque heights

Here’s where you can drink (and eat) a little closer to the clouds.
M.Bird at Armature Works in Tampa.
Published Mar. 27
Updated Mar. 28

Tampa’s newest rooftop bar and lounge, M.Bird, recently opened on the second level of Armature Works. But where else can you eat and drink on a rooftop? Here are seven spots in Tampa alone.


Armani's. [CHRIS URSO | Times]

Part of the Grand Hyatt hotel, this northern Italian-inspired trattoria furthers its appeal among sunset seekers with a rooftop lounge that doesn’t skimp on hard-to-beat views of Old Tampa Bay.

Address: 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa

Phone: (813) 207-6800

Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco's. [JASON BEHNKEN | Times]

A reimagined American bar and grill chain showcasing a full-liquor bar on its covered rooftop deck. Order a drink, then find a seat at everything from community tables to lounge chairs.

Address: 4138 West Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa

Phone: (813) 878-6890

EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge at the Epicurean Hotel

(Courtesy of the Epicurean Hotel)

This swanky spot delivers a list of classic cocktails, plus wine and craft beer, above the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa. Bites include roasted olives, almonds and chiles, lemon pepper pork rinds and smoked chicken wings.

Address: 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 999-8731

Luna Lounge at Bulla Gastrobar

Braised short ribs and tomato marmalade on toasts at Bulla. [Times, 2017]

This fifth-floor rooftop bar offering downtown skyline vistas is a first for South Florida-based Spanish tapas chain Bulla Gastrobar. Served in stylish South Tampa digs, made-to-order sangria and elevated fare are among the highlights. Seating is first come, first served.

Address: 930 S Howard Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 773-8626


Armature Works has added a rooftop spot. [Courtesy of Armature Works]

Craft cocktails and seasonally inspired small plates with tropical elements are the focus of this Armature Works rooftop bar and lounge, where mod-deco vibes and waterfront views of the cityscape abound. The place is named for Florida’s state bird, the mockingbird. Read more about M.Bird here.

Address: 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa

Phone: (813) 250-3725

Mole y Abuela

Mole Y Abuela took over the space previously occupied by Fly Bar in downtown Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Led in part by Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani, this rooftop bar stays open well into the evening. Spanish-inspired dishes reminiscent of “grandma’s cooking” join cocktails like a Strawberry Surprise, featuring tequila, strawberries, cilantro, lime juice and agave. Read our review of Mole Y Abuela here.

Address: 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa

Phone: (813) 370-1000


The roof at Tampa's Topgolf. [Times, 2014]

The sports entertainment complex is a chain, yes. But its rooftop terrace with a bar and patio seating on the third level still serves as a relaxing retreat before or after a few games of golf.

Address: 10690 Palm River Road, Tampa

Phone: (813) 298-1811


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