Best Rooftop Bars in Edinburgh

Friday, 19th July 2019

Edinburgh’s magnificent skyline is a unique mix of winding medieval streets, impressive monuments and lush gardens.


The best way to appreciate the beauty of this place is from above. We’ve put together our favourite Edinburgh rooftop bars where you can lap up the views as you sip on G&Ts.


Edinburgh has a fabulous selection of rooftop bars for every occasion. Whether you’re soaking up festival vibes with a beer in hand, or suiting up for a sophisticated whisky experience on Carlton Hill, Edinburgh has it all.

Rooftop Bar in Edinburgh Old Town

Maxies Bistro & Wine Bar is a cosy hideaway, sandwiched between Johnston Terrace and Victoria street in Edinburgh’s Old Town. With its stunning views over the historic Grassmarket and welcoming atmosphere, this place is a hidden gem.


Enter via a small door on Johnston Street and wind your way upstairs to discover a picture-perfect terrace which overlooks cobbled streets, beautiful boutiques and trendy cafes.


Find a shaded spot under an umbrella and you’ll find time runs away from  you. Soak up the atmosphere as you stay topped up with delicious local beers and watch the world go by.

Rooftop Cocktail Bars in Edinburgh

If you’re looking for sophistication and stunning views, look no further than the rooftop terrace at The Glasshouse in Edinburgh’s swanky New Town.


The Glasshouse is located next door to the world-famous Edinburgh Playhouse theatre, making it the perfect place for a nightcap after an evening of entertainment.


Overlooking Carlton Hill, this spacious terrace is a silent oasis - disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Sip a cocktail or pop open a bottle of bubbly for a romantic rooftop experience you won’t forget.


(P.S. Not many people know about this place and we kind of like it that way. We hope you can keep a secret.)

Panoramic Edinburgh Views

After opening its doors earlier this year, The Lookout by Gardeners Cottage has made a name for itself as one of the most prestigious places to wine and dine in the city.


A bracing walk up Calton Hill takes you to a contemporary glass box, partially suspended over the northwest slope. Inside, you’re greeted with a stunning interior and friendly bar staff to take you to your table.


Stop by for a champagne breakfast, a glass of fizz at lunchtime or if you’re wanting to splash out, book ahead for an incredible six-course tasting menu for an evening of romance.

Trendy Bars in Edinburgh

If you’re looking for something quirky and fun, why not chill out at Edinburgh’s hottest new rooftop location @ Cold Town House.


After a £4 million transformation, this former church is now a hipster hotspot. With its quirky interior, ice-cold craft beers, ski gondolas that double as sofas, and a van on the roof serving fruity cocktails, this place is wonderfully unique.


Grab a fluffy blanket, fill your glasses to the brim and bask in the sunshine as you enjoy one of the city’s best views of Edinburgh castle.


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Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a beautiful selection ofholiday apartments located in the heart of Edinburgh. We’re committed to offering stunning holiday rentals and hassle-free service, so guests can focus on exploring this incredible city.


We’ll only ever be a phone call away if guests are looking for any recommendations of what to see, where to go or more importantly, where to find the best whisky in town.


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