Attention Porteños, expats, and anyone else passing through Buenos Aires; it’s time to rejoice. Primavera (or spring) is in full swing and warmer weather days have finally arrived.
Sure, it was a mild winter, but now we get to look forward to balmy, breezy afternoons and longer sunlight hours. Essentially, we’re talking about prime day drinking conditions. And whether you prefer to pound pints with the sun shining on your face, or sip Fernet and Coke all night until the sun’s ready to rise again, rooftop bars really are the best way to soak it all in.
Here’s your guide to the best rooftop bars in Buenos Aires, known for serving up some killer cocktails alongside sweeping city views. From low-key lounges to swanky hotel terraces, there’s no shortage of spots to explore this rooftop season. We’ll cheers to that.
Rey de Copas
Rey de Copas really is king when it comes to combining crafted concoctions, a convenient location, and cozy ambiance. And while the downstairs area is teeming with cool décor and tons of seating, their rooftop space is the undisputed crown jewel. Talented bartenders greet thirsty guests with an inventive cocktail list and a roomy open-air terrace. Grab your place at the fully stocked bar, or pop a squat by the rosemary garden, which overlooks the lively, tree-lined streets of Palermo Soho below.
Alvear Palace Roof Bar
Av Alvear 1891
Few hotels in Argentina’s capital city are as iconic and revered as the Alvear Palace. The luxury hotel opened the doors to its Roof Bar earlier this year after a series of restorations and updates, and it does not disappoint. Perched on the 11th floor, the upscale lounge provides unprecedented vantage points of the Recoleta neighborhood. But, be prepared to pay up for the VIP treatment and luxe accommodations – it’s definitely more of a special occasion type place versus other budget-friendly options.
José Antonio Cabrera 5700
For anybody in search of a more laid-back and bohemian vibe, Leitmotiv in Palermo may be more your speed. The trendy venue attracts more of a creative crowd, and original works crafted by local artists don the walls – a reflection of its unique personality. Head over to the rooftop space during the day for quick bite and refreshing libation (we recommend the Bubble Mosh, a take on the classic mojito), or swing by at night with some amigos to catch one of their regular DJ performances.
Tucked atop the 13th floor of the Hotel Pulitzer, visitors will be pleased to discover the aptly named SKY Bar. It’s nestled next to the harbor of Río de la Plata and serves up breathtaking views of the city center that are a must-see for any sunset aficionado. But don’t just stay for the vistas; The Guardian ranked it amongst the top 10 bars in all of Buenos Aires, so you know they aren’t messing around when it comes to their cocktails. Keep it in mind the next time you’re scoping out date spots.
Av. Cnel. Niceto Vega 5189
Miloca is your go-to the next time you’re having one of those weekend evenings where you just don’t want the fun to stop. The clubby Palermo establishment sprawls over three stories and offers something for everyone: an extensive selection of premium and sparkling wines; spacious rooms to dance the night away; relaxed lounge vibes for low-key conversation; and multiple outdoor areas including a charming garden and rooftop terrace. It’s not hard to understand why it’s been a neighborhood staple and fan favorite for so many years.
Another Palermo hotspot is Soria. It entered the scene in 2011 and has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike ever since. The al fresco patio on the first floor is a welcoming sight, with an expansive bar on one side, and a row of wooden tables lining a plant-covered wall on the other. Walk further and you’ll come across a funky-retro bar hidden in the back of the place. But the real crowd pleaser is the rooftop garden, which feels like home and down to earth. Think backyard summer party: lush greenery, string lights, and lots of mismatched lawn chairs.