phone mail2 facebook twitter play whatsapp
A Guide to the UK’s Best Rooftop Bars

A Guide to the UK’s Best Rooftop Bars

26 May 2018 | Sian Brett

Combining booze and views, a good outdoor watering hole is a sure fire way to get you in the mood for summer. So, whether you’re a craving a craft beer or are a cocktail queen, get drinking alfresco style with our guide to the best rooftop bars.

Grain Barge, Bristol
Once upon a time, Grain Barge was an engineless transport barge, originally built in 1936. Now, it’s been refitted as a bar/restaurant that retains its industrial heritage but which also serves locally sourced dishes, craft beers, wine and coffee. As well as their daily specials they offer pie & a pint on Wednesdays, and Steak nights on Thursdays. You can sit on either the lower or upper deck and enjoy the sunshine as you do, feet dangling over the water, drink in hand. It’s the perfect way to support a local independent business, and enjoy the sunshine.

Image Credit: Grain Barge via Facebook
 
Grain Barge is at Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4RU.
 
The Varsity Club, Oxford
Open all year round, this Oxford roof terrace lets you sit amongst the spires, and drink in not only the bars cocktails but the history that surrounds you. If you’re worried it might get chilly then worry not, there’s awnings, gas burners and, most excitingly, heated seats to keep you warm whatever the weather. There’s a full restaurant service extending to the terrace in the summer including deli charcuterie boards, so you can be wined and dined to the fullest extent.

Image Credit: Howard Stanbury via Flickr
 
The Varsity Club is located at 9 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4DB.
 
Ziggy’s, Margate
This Caribbean and Jamaican inspired rooftop terrace in Margate is full to the brim with ska music and party spirit. Look out over the rooftops of the seaside town as you sip on your rum cocktail and look at the beautiful Margate skyline. Before you have too much booze and contemplate skinny dipping in the cold Kent surf, soak up some of that alcohol with a Ziggy’s BBQ.

Image Credit: Ziggys Rooftop
 
Ziggy’s Rooftop Bar is at 49 Marine Terrace, Margate CT9 1XP.
 
HUS, Liverpool
The guys behind Baltic Social discovered the eating and drinking scenes of Scandinavian countries like Stockholm and Copenhagen and as a result have brought us HUS, Liverpool. Occupying the Tempest building, this Scandi inspired space covers several floors, but our favourite bit is definitely the roof terrace. Featuring free BBQ’s every Friday and home to their beehives, HUS Liverpool is a cool hangout spot for those of us who want a chilled drink under a blue, blue sky.

Image Credit: HUS via Facebook
 
HUS is located at 12 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2DT.
 
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
This old music hall in Leeds’ Northern Quarter first opened its doors in 1934, and today the bar pays tribute to the venue’s history by aiming to give new artists and performers a platform. With two bars, two kitchens, an event space and a roof terrace, you’ll be hard pushed to decide what to do first. Both Dough Boys and Patty Smiths have kitchen residencies there so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food too.

Image Credit: street feast IV via Flickr
 
Belgrave Music Hall is located at 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP
 
 

Tell us what you think

You may also like

Top 5 Vegetarian Christmas Dinners in Brighton

Top 5 Vegetarian Christmas Dinners in Brighton

Despite being partial to a good nut roast, we must admit that it leaves a little to the imagination. However, Brighton has always been ahead…

Spotlight On: The Roman Baths

Spotlight On: The Roman Baths

Attracting over a million visitors each year, The Roman Baths are a fantastic way to learn about the city’s history and how the Romans liked to…

A Guide to Bristol’s Best Gardens and Green Spaces

A Guide to Bristol’s Best Gardens and Green Spaces

Summertime in Bristol may be enchanting, but it is also extremely transient. The beauty of the city tends to be enhanced by the rising temperatures,…

The Changing Face of Bristol’s Music Scene

The Changing Face of Bristol’s Music Scene

Change is what makes cities. It makes them vibrant, exciting places to live, a foil to sleepy countryside villages. But when it comes to culture,…

Top 5 Escape Rooms

Top 5 Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms began online before being brought into real life in Japan in 2007. Ever since then Escape Rooms have grown in popularity all over…

Edinburgh on a Budget

Edinburgh on a Budget

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, is one of the UK’s most beautiful and fascinating destinations to visit. A mixture of medieval charm, Georgian elegance, and modern-day chic,…

Bristol Begins its Venture as the Newest UNESCO City of Film

Bristol Begins its Venture as the Newest UNESCO City of Film

Last week saw Bristol officially launched as a UNESCO city of film, as part of the organisations network of creative cities. The announcement cements Bristol…

Things to do Chinese New Year 2018

Things to do Chinese New Year 2018

16th February marks the turn of the Chinese Calendar, and all across the country events will be taking place to celebrate the Spring Festival. Traditionally…

Top 5 Libraries to Visit in the UK

Top 5 Libraries to Visit in the UK

Whilst recent years have seen a rise in libraries closing, there are still many beautiful spaces across the UK dedicated to the literature our cultural…

A Weekend Away in Winchester

A Weekend Away in Winchester

There are few cities in the UK which have so much history packed into such a small space as Winchester. Did you know it was…

Most popular

The Cowboy Philosopher: An Interview with Wilson Dixon

The Cowboy Philosopher: An Interview with Wilson Dixon

We chat to “Cowboy Philosopher” Wilson Dixon ahead of his UK tour this summer!
Puppy Love: UK Dog Shows and Events

Puppy Love: UK Dog Shows and Events

This summer, every dog can have his day with our round up of shows and events dedicated to man’s best friend.
What to See at Oxford’s Offbeat Festival

What to See at Oxford’s Offbeat Festival

Try something out of your comfort zone at Oxford’s festival for brand new theatre, comedy and dance!
“Local, but of national quality”: An Interview with Vicki Hargreaves

“Local, but of national quality”: An Interview with Vicki Hargreaves

We chat with Creative Programme Producer Vicki Hargreaves ahead of Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival!
Hereford Cathedral: A Hotbed of Medieval History

Hereford Cathedral: A Hotbed of Medieval History

It’s Magna Carta Day! Head to Hereford Cathedral for a glance at a revised version of King John’s “Great Charter”.
Win £50 of National Theatre Tokens!

Society of London Theatre - Win £50 of National Theatre Tokens!

Fund your next theatrical experience by winning £50 of National Theatre Tokens!
Britten’s War Requiem at York Minster

Britten’s War Requiem at York Minster

York Minster’s final concert of the season simultaneously marks the centenary of the conclusion of World War I with Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Alternative places to watch the World Cup

Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Alternative places to watch the World Cup

Whether you’re a staunch supporter of your national team, or just fancy catching some of the action from the whopping 48 games on offer, here are our picks of some great spots to view the games in Bristol!
Win a Premium Wine Tasting!

Veeno The Italian Wine Café - Win a Premium Wine Tasting!

Win a premium wine tasting for two at Veeno The Italian Wine Café!
Win a Perfume Making Experience!

Virgin Experience Days - Win a Perfume Making Experience!

Win the chance to design your own signature scent at a perfume making class!

Your inbox deserves a little culture!