Madrid Nightlife: The best rooftops in the Capital

Madrid’s red rooftops, lush sprawling parks, and church spires are best seen from above. The Madrileños can’t stand being inside during one of Madrid’s famous blue-skied, sunny days. The rooftops of most hotels and gourmet food courts have their own rooftop bar, lounge, or restaurant so none of this Spanish sun goes to waste. Every rooftop has its own special view of a unique part of Madrid.

Madrid Discovery has gathered some of our favorite places to enjoy the view while you sip on a cocktail.

El Jardín de Diana

Escape the heat of the streets and head up ten stories to the cool breeze of El Jardín de Diana.  Located right on the bustling street of Gran Via, the Hyatt Hotel hosts this hidden gem. Known for their extensive cocktail list and simple but delicious food, this rooftop bar has amazing views of the surrounding mountains and neighboring white towers.

Sit amongst the plants and underneath the golden statues of Olympic Gods while you make your way through their carefully crafted drink list.

El Viajero

Just a ten-minute walk from lively Puerta del Sol, the hip and trendy rooftop bar at El Viajero is a Madrid classic. Located at the end of the bustling street, Cava Baja, in Madrid’s La Latina district, this three-story bar has a heated rooftop full of fragrant plants. It is popular all year long, so get their early so you know you will get a spot.

You can watch the sunset with a beautiful view of the yellow domes of the nearby Basilica of San Francisco el Grande.

ME Madrid Reina Victoria

This hotel rooftop bar, named Radio, is located in a bustling area of the Sol district and overlooks the spirited Plaza Santa Ana and the surrounding area of the city. A trendy bar and restaurant, Radio is the perfect place to start off an active night out in Madrid.

The building’s beautiful white and black spires are lit up with purple during their lively evenings. Most weekends there are DJ’s or other fun events. Check their schedule here and head over if you’d like to have a dance with a view!

The HAT Madrid

Just a quick walk from Madrid’s beautiful Plaza Mayor, this upscale hostel has a surprisingly chic rooftop bar. The red rooftops of the surrounding buildings and the towering cathedral spires and domes will be at eye-level while you sip on a tinto de verano or a chilled glass of white wine.

Mercado de San Antón

One of the best spots in the fabulous LGBT friendly Madrid neighborhood of Chueca is Mercado de San Antón. This three-story food market is home to a variety of cuisines. Several bars can be found with different beers, wines, and cocktails.

The rooftop terrace at Mercado de San Antón is a wonderful place to relax and boasts an amazing view of Chueca. Sit under the umbrellas and enjoy the breeze while you nibble on some tapas and drink a cold glass of white wine.

After the sun sets, you can head back down to the streets and be in one of the liveliest night club areas in Madrid.

Terrace of Sabatini

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This rooftop isn’t very high up but it boasts the best views of the Royal Palace that Madrid has to offer. The Terrace of Sabatini is located on top of the ApartoSuites Hotel.

Only open from May to September and after 8 pm for non-guests of the hotel, you will have to plan ahead to dine or drink here. It is best to go on their website and make a reservation.

Watch the clouds roll over the impressive green hedges and fountains leading up to the stunning white stones of the palace while you sit in a plush chair drinking a glass of cava. This is truly an experience unique to Madrid.

Círculo de Bellas Artes

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One of the most popular and famous rooftops in Madrid is the Círculo de Bellas Artes. After taking the elevator to the top, you will see how all the hype started. This bar, located right on the end of Gran Via, offers some of the most stunning views of Madrid.  Watch the sun slowly paint the sky with pinks and oranges while it sets behind the distant mountain ranges that surround Madrid.

The popularity has come at a price, however. During the busy weekends, there may be a long line outside so make sure to arrive well before sunset so you don’t miss it.

If you don’t feel like waiting in line, call ahead or check their website (available in English as well) to make a dinner reservation to skip both the lines and the elevator fee.

Bianka Rose Cramblit


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