I love a good rooftop bar.
There’s something so elevated yet carefree about them and especially during this season in Florida. With a cocktail (or mocktail) in hand and breeze in your hair – what’s not to love? While Tampa Bay offers a slew of options when it comes to rooftop bars, today I’m sharing my favorite ones in a location that’s perfect for the sky high views: Clearwater Beach. I know, surprise surprise.
If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach anytime soon and looking for a rooftop bar experience, I recommend checking out Vue 360 Rooftop, Bar Tiki and Jimmy’s Crows Nest. Let’s break each of them down from the high level (pun intended 😏).
Vue 360 rOOFTOP bAR
Vue 360 opened back in February of 2022. It’s quickly become a favorite of mine for cocktails, dolphin spotting and kicking off a good ole evening at Clearwater Beach. It sits pretty on top of the Courtyard by Marriott Clearwater Beach. The patio area is spacious and there are quite a few loungey areas to hang in. Vue 360 has a great selection of cocktails, but for starts you must try the island margarita (get it spicy).
Vue 360 doesn’t currently offer a food menu, but they plan to at some point. This makes Vue a great spot for pre dinner drinks and a sunset view before your dinner reservations elsewhere. You may even spot a dolphin or two while you’re there.
I’ve only been to Bar Tiki a handful of times, but each time is a memorable experience. Their crafted cocktails serve up total island vibes and they have very unique creations – such as the Eye of Kanaloa. Be prepared if you order one, it comes served black and yes it’s absolutely supposed to be.
Like Vue, Bar Tiki offers a spacious patio to enjoy. They also come equipped with a plethora of yard games you can play including corn hole, giant connect four and the one where you try to get the ring on the hook. What the heck is that called anyway?
Sip on a cocktail in a fun glass while you overlook the marina. Be sure to watch for Captain Memo’s pirate ship to go by.
Jimmy’s Crows Nest
I can’t even tell you how many of my beachy bar crawls have started at Jimmy’s. Mostly due to the fact that the views are incredible and you can catch a stellar sunset. A lot of people have the same idea though, so go early if you want a good seat.
Jimmy’s does offer food; however I don’t believe I have ever tried it. I’m usually in for a drink or two, a sunset view and then on my way. I will say that the Guana Bread Pretzel absolutely looks like a must try – if even only for the IG post. 😉
Have you been to any of these rooftop bars on Clearwater Beach? Which one is your favorite? Where should I try next?