The 12 Best Rooftop Bars in Adelaide for the Ultimate Night Out
Plan your next night out under the stars with a cocktail or spritz at the best rooftop bars in Adelaide.
As the weather warms up, we don't blame you if you suddenly find yourself in the mood for a Friday evening knock-off, a cheeky cocktail before dinner, or a refreshing spritz in the heart of Adelaide. There are no two ways about it — when the spring weather arrives, not much is better than enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and good vibes from a buzzing rooftop location, with a delicious drink in hand, of course.
So, gather up the gang and clear the schedule for elevated fun and breathtaking views, as you indulge in expertly crafted cocktails and tasty bar bites at the best rooftop bars in Adelaide. We’ll cheers to that!
The Pirie Street skyline has transformed with the arrival of SORA, the latest and greatest rooftop bar in Adelaide. Translating to "sky" in Japanese, SORA is more than just another new venue; it's an elevated space for discerning tastes, seamlessly marrying approachable culinary bites with fantastic entertainment and some of the best panoramic views in the city.
This sophisticated multi-level destination effortlessly combines both bar and restaurant feel, and can accommodate up to 400 people at any given time. Food is influenced by a fusion of Asian and Western flavours, ensuring a fun and approachable menu you'll want to keep snacking on.
Beyond the restaurant, a bar and dance floor dot the landscape; there's even VIP areas for top-tier members. It all works to take SORA (and your next night out) to a whole other level, promising a transformative dining and entertainment experience you won't soon forget.
A masterclass in both sophistication and relaxed refinement, this is the latest rooftop bar in Adelaide to see and be seen at.
L9/89 Pirie Street, Adelaide
West at Henley
West at Henley is our go-to destination on days that call for ocean views, sipping on cocktails and soaking up the delicious sunshine. The folk at West are avid lovers of impressive cocktails, from a Fruitloop Pina Colada to Coconut Castaway, they test the limits and bring unique twists to the classics.
In the mood for a nibble? Head downstairs for an Italian feast at Melt, or venture a little further and get your seafood fix at Seasalt. This stylish yet simple bar sets the tone for rooftop vibes on a summer night and has our tick of approval!
Level 1/269 Seaview Road, Henley
2KW Bar and Kitchen
The elegant 2KW Bar and Kitchen overlooks Adelaide Oval and the Torrens, opening up in the warmer months to become an in-demand and sophisticated setting, with one of a kind city views.
Whether you want to dine inside on a five-star menu, enjoy pizza and beer on the terrace bar, or book out a cabana for a more intimate gathering or special occasion, 2KW really does have it all. You can probably understand why this is one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide just from the photos alone!
2 King William Street, Adelaide
How does unparalleled views of the Adelaide Hills and CBD combined with poolside cocktails sound? Pretty good if you ask us! Located on level 10 at Crowne Plaza, Luna10 is a stunning bar and lounge retreat you need to try ASAP.
Finding a secure spot on this list as one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide, Luna10 is a relaxing urban oasis where you can easily flow from work to play as the sun begins to set. There is a food menu to accompany the drinks, including cheese boards for the times you just need something light. Meet you there!
27 Frome Street, Adelaide
Take your celebrations sky high at the highest rooftop bar in Adelaide! Merrymaker Rooftop is located within the colourful and vibrant Hotel Indigo, in the heart of the city. The chic terrace comes complete with stunning views, pastel décor and inventive cocktails.
This isn’t just for tasty drinks either– seafood, tapas and pizzas are available from the kitchen, so you can settle in for the whole afternoon or evening. Merrymaker Rooftop is a little smaller, so we recommend booking ahead to avoid missing out on the fun.
Hotel Indigo, 23-29 Market Street, Adelaide
Sôl Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
Arguably the best spot in Adelaide for a boozy brunch, Sôl's stylishly chic restaurant and sunny rooftop will charm visitors at any time of the day. Sitting atop the beautiful SkyCity in the heart of Adelaide, Sol is no doubt one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide.
Make the most of the long summer nights at their Sunset Sessions every Friday from 5pm - 10:30pm, where resident DJs set the tone as you take in the 270-degree view of our glorious city. The sophisticated rooftop stays open until late on Fridays and Saturdays, so you've got plenty of time to party and mingle.
SkyCity, North Terrace, Adelaide
This inner city hidden gem is one of Adelaide's most unassuming rooftop destinations. Entering through the small bar at the front, you'll head upstairs and soon be sipping your drink of choice under the stars at Proof Bar while overlooking the passers-by below.
If you're after an intimate night – or perhaps a cute spot for a first date – this is definitely one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide for just that. Enjoy an array of intriguing cocktails, a sophisticated wine list and indulge in one of their infamous gourmet toasties from the bar.
9a Anster Street, Adelaide
Perched atop the glamorous Mayfair Hotel and far above the bustling nightlife on Hindley Street, Hennessy Rooftop Bar offers the glitz and glam of rooftop dining right in the city. An elegant blend of indoor and outdoor seating offers sweeping views over Rundle Mall and King William Street, adding to the already alluring vibes.
An impressive list of premium alcohol and an extensive cocktail list is on offer, paired with snacks and nibbles that showcase the best South Australian produce. This is without a doubt one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide, and we definitely suggest adding it to your hit list!
45 King William Street, Adelaide
Nestled between the office blocks of Waymouth Street you'll find a venue that oozes style and space that also happens to be the largest outdoor rooftop garden in Adelaide. The epic rooftop at The Gallery has a fabulous food and wine menu to match the vibe, showcasing local wines from all around South Australia.
Spritzers, cocktails and carafes set the mood for an after-work drink and gourmet pizzas and nibbles will leave you feeling satisfied. We're sure you'll be planning your next date back here before you've even finished your last vino. Catch you on the roof!
30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
On the outskirts of the CBD you will find The Unley, a fun and vibrant outdoor venue with fairy lights and potted plants that is perfect for a summer catch up with friends. Look out over the treetops and beautiful homes in the surrounding streets and take in the free-flowing contemporary venue.
The bright setting makes it feel like summer all year round, making it one of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide. We love this venue for a casual arvo drink, but beware, the chilled-out vibes could turn a lazy drink into something much bigger...
27 Unley Road, Parkside
Rocket Bar & Rooftop
If you need to take the party up a notch, head to upbeat Rocket Bar & Rooftop in Adelaide, a fun tropical getaway in the heart of the city. The beach party style bar is the ultimate hangout on a Saturday night and is a fan favourite among the younger crowds.
The open-air venue hosts a mixture of different DJs and live acts and is the type of venue that just screams summer night fun. With the sun setting, taps flowing, and live music, this is a rooftop paradise that’s hard to beat.
142 Hindley Street, Adelaide
A new-ish addition to the Adelaide rooftop bar scene, Verandah Bar at the Strathmore Hotel is quickly becoming a regular watering hole for locals and tourists alike. Play it safe with your regular beer on tap, or sip on a glass of wine from the extensive drinks list that proudly showcases the world-renowned wine regions of South Australia.
Gather your girls and share a cocktail jug, or choose a refreshing spritz for yourself. The best part? Verandah Bar is open seven days a week and is winter-friendly, with a cosy fireplace and indoor seating making this a year-round venue ideal for a tipple or two.
129 North Terrace, Adelaide
Has our round up of the best rooftop bars in Adelaide got you in the mood for more good drinks and good times? We’ve got you covered there too – check out the bars at these secret spots in Adelaide for a cheeky cocktail, or head out of the city for a day of sips and swills at the states best wineries.