Enjoy a bite and a cocktail with a view.
San Juan's gorgeous year-round weather and tropical breeze create the perfect setting for some premium rooftop dining. But these restaurants and bars are more than just a photo-worthy backdrop; their brunch, dinner and tapas menus, not to mention the cocktail and wine selection, make each one worth squeezing into the itinerary.
The best part is you have quite a variety to choose from for an unforgettable al fresco happy hour or meal.
Bar.C.Lona Rooftop at AC Hotel by Marriott
Atop the AC Hotel by Marriott, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the elegant Condado neighborhood is Bar.C.Lona (a play on Barcelona), an upscale tapas bar with a cozy open-air terrace. The space is decorated in a chic European style that matches the hotel's modern vibe. The menu is composed of tasty tapas, a Spanish-centric wine list, and handcrafted cocktails. Bar.C.Lona also offers themed nights open to the general public such as Gin & Thursdays, perfect for some "after-work cocktails and mingle," and Bohemian Nights, showcasing live acoustic music.
Eter Rooftop & Lounge
Gorgeous views of the Miramar neighborhood await at the top of Ciqala Luxury Suites. The ambiance is upscale casual, with good music and an espresso and cocktail bar right beside the rooftop pool. Eter is open every day for lunch, dinner, and drinks, serving tantalizing Puerto Rican-influenced canapés and hearty entrees, as well as original cocktails and a selection of wines.
Alfresco Rooftop Wine Bar
Alfresco Rooftop Wine Bar is an intimate terrace that opens as the sun sets. Housed in the same building as St. Germaine Bistro and The Mezzanine cocktail bar, Alfresco is popular for its view of the beautiful colonial buildings of Old San Juan, daily happy hour specials and extensive wine list and hors d'oeuvre menu. The terrace is also available for private events like birthdays and bachelorette parties.
ARYA Rooftop at O:LV Fifty Five Hotel
Designed as a sophisticated oasis in the middle of the city, the ARYA Rooftop delivers stunning views of the Condado skyline and lagoon, while dining poolside in the elegant O:LV Fifty Five boutique hotel. Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or their rooftop casual menu, paired with one of the bar's signature cocktails.
Kumo Rooftop at San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel
On the top floor of the San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel is a bar-restaurant with one of the most stunning views around. During the day, unwind by the pool while sipping a tropical cocktail and looking down on the white sandy beach below and the Atlantic Ocean's navy blue stretching into the horizon. When the sun goes down, experience what the hotel calls "a celebration of the culinary senses.”
For a great low-key, dive bar experience in Old San Juan visit La Vergüenza, a rooftop chinchorro with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The bar overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the San Cristóbal fort. Some afternoons you can watch cruise ships and freighters sailing in and out of the old city. On Fridays, a DJ plays Latin music and for special events, they'll bring live bands to get the party started properly. La Vergüenza is an animal-friendly establishment, so feel free to bring your pet.
Mall of San Juan
After a day of shopping at Puerto Rico's luxury mall, there is nothing better than going up to the terrace at the Mall of San Juan for a relaxing afternoon. The dining options include Burger & Beer Joint or Il Nuovo Mercato, an Italian-style marketplace featuring hot and cold food options, a wine bar, and coffee and pastry shop Starbene Caffe. Dine inside or take your food and drinks to the outside patio, where live music and events take place every month.
Atelier Rooftop Terrace
Everything is better when you're overlooking the stunning views of Old San Juan from Atelier Rooftop Terrace, perched atop the iconic boutique Hotel Palacio Provincial. This exclusive spot draws inspiration from both nature and the breathtaking vistas, creating an unforgettable experience. The name 'Atelier' pays homage to the building's artistic heritage, where the renowned painter Francisco Oller once taught painting classes to fellow artists. Here, guests can savor the finest sunsets while indulging in captivating cocktails and enjoying tapas and bites infused with local flavors.