After a serious day of shopping in Miami, you and your girls need to go someplace fancy to show off your new outfits. While there’s no shortage of fashion-forward nightspots in the Magic City, there’s something special about a trendy rooftop bar. The combination of the perfect weather, fantastic views, and signature Miami style makes them a sure thing for an evening of glammed-up fun. Here are our picks for the best rooftop bars in Miami for cocktails and conversation under the stars.
FIFTY Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy
As Brickell’s swankiest lookout point, FIFTY Ultra Lounge at the Viceroy Hotel and Resort is a good reason to go out every weekend. If you’re headed to chic, sexy FIFTY tonight, splurge and make a VIP reservation so you’ll be treated like the queens you are. Sashay around the pool to the rhythm of house and electronica as you take in the creative, well-dressed crowd. Keep your eyes open, because you might just see a celebrity–or get splashed by the bar’s resident mermaid. Settle in on your plush sofa and kick up your stilettoed heels as you dig the views of Biscayne Bay. The round of cocktails with vodka and bittersweet Patrón XO Cafe you ordered arrives at just the right moment to raise a hearty toast to friendship–and fashion.
Juvia Restaurant and Rooftop Bar
Located on top of what must be the world’s coolest parking garage on Lincoln Road, Juvia is truly a world apart. You and your crew can’t help but burst out in giggles when you enter the private elevator. When the doors open on the ninth floor, you find yourselves facing a verdant, living wall — a totally vertical, unbelievably lush melange of white and green grasses, and purple and orange flowers. Relax in some oversized wicker chairs, or at the purple onyx bar. Order some Nashi Pear Sangria, which delivers some fruity, not-too-sweet refreshment. In addition to its spellbinding views, Juvia offers some unique fusion cuisine. If you’re not afraid of a little spice, try the Causa Croquette, a gourmet twist on that old pub favorite, the potato skin, with crispy bits of sushi-grade tuna, cool cilantro, and an unforgettable aji amarillo aioli.
Highbar at the Dream South Beach
When you walk onto the roof deck of the Dream South Beach, four floors above Collins Avenue, you feel as if you stepped through a time warp. Classic ’70s glamour abounds, with low-slung seating, ambient mood lighting, and a cool white and gold color scheme–look out for the massive gold chain. This thrilling throwback is Highbar, and as you slink up to the glass-enclosed bar adjacent to the infinity pool, you find yourself feeling nostalgic for an era of beads and bell bottoms. Embrace the mood and mellow out in some rocking chairs and clink your glasses of sweet, creamy Brandy Alexander. After dancing and strutting your stuff at so many rooftop bars in Miami, you’ll probably want to kick off your shoes and cool off your feet in the pool at the end of the night.