The best rooftop bars in Adelaide

Cocktails by the sea, beers above the city

Very soon – armed with our free vouchers for travel across the state – ¬†we’ll be looking to plan the perfect weekend getaway. For those looking to visit the city, look no further than this blog.¬†Sipping on your wine overlooking the ocean or the colourful city lights, ignites a kind of holiday feeling that we’re all after in 2020. A trip to Adelaide isn’t complete without a visit to a rooftop bar.

With hills to one side and the ocean to the other, Adelaide is literally made of good views. Even inside the city boundaries, tall towers, quaint old buildings and the luscious green parks, paint a pretty picture. Taking advantage of its striking scenes, multiple rooftop bars have sprung up in recent years. As a result, throughout Adelaide you can now sip on your cocktail looking across the ocean, or taste a local craft beer with a view of the Adelaide Oval.

In this blog, we will show off four dazzling rooftop bars in Adelaide. Whether you’re in for a classy setting to share a bottle of champagne or a trendy spot to celebrate the beginning of the weekend – you’ll find it here!

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Pic credit: The Mayfair Hotel / Hennessy

Hennessy Rooftop Bar

If you talk about rooftop bars in Adelaide, you can’t forget Hennessy Rooftop Bar at the Mayfair Hotel. Offering pure elegance and New York City vibes, this is an absolute must-visit location. Set upon level 13 of the hotel, the bar is embellished with stylish decorations and sleek interiors. Exit the interior space – finished off with chandeliers and talented bar staff – and find yourself in the glass-topped alfresco terrace. High-end wine, beers and spirits top off the experience at Hennessy, making it perhaps the classiest and most luxurious of rooftop bars in Adelaide.

Pic credit: Josh Geelen / West

West

Located in Henley and in close proximity to the beach, West is a premium rooftop bar with a stunning seaside setting. Offering a tasty menu, including bar food and snacks, this is the perfect spot for a sunny Saturday afternoon. Seasonal cocktails and a wonderful emphasis on all things local – craft beers and South Australian wines – provide guests with a real South Australian encounter here. If you’re a fan of gin, don’t pass up the opportunity to try one of the bar’s interesting array. Visit for sunrise and you’ll be witness to ocean views to die for, all whilst sitting within the cosy rooftop space. Absolutely dreamy.

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Rocket Rooftop

This energetic spot is the place to go if you’re looking for an atmosphere. Strewn with colourful garden furniture and livened with dazzling lighting and live music, you’ll get a real Friday feeling at Rocket Rooftop. An excellent array of inventive cocktails, fine wines and beers await you at this spirited Adelaide rooftop bar. Undercover seating, an open-air cinema section and multiple palm trees make the setting here casual and funky. On hot summer days, pay a visit and cool down with a jug of sangria. Retro garden vibes aren’t all you get here either. Rocket Rooftop’s central Adelaide location ensures that you’ll be getting a great view whilst you hang out.

Pic credit: SATC / The Gallery

The Gallery

Opening in 2013, The Gallery provided Adelaide with one of its only rooftop bars at the time. Since then, it has been popular and an Adelaide favourite. Whenever you choose to visit, you’ll be welcomed by a crowd of people and a warm open-air atmosphere. From Monday to Friday, the professional crowd head here for after work drinks, with Friday proving consistently busy. Saturdays entice anyone and everyone seeking a sophisticated drinking spot with a striking city view. Overhanging greenery, elegant lighting and cosy heaters for the winter months, create a welcoming feel at this third floor Adelaide rooftop bar.

Looking for more things to do in Adelaide?

A trip to Adelaide isn’t complete without a beer, wine or cocktail paired with a view. Yet there are plenty more things to do in Adelaide, as well as restaurants to visit, bars to try out and attractions to explore. For more information, check out Our Ultimate Guide to Adelaide.