Our rundown of Orlando’s rooftop bars brings attention to the city’s often-overlooked Downtown core, with a decent spread of places to drink, and in some cases, dance above street-level.

    Orlando isn’t blessed with the most spectacular of skylines, with most of the larger corporate buildings and hotels being pretty short. This means that most of the rooftop bars on our list are only a few floors up – good news if you’re not great with heights, but not so good for hard-to-please party animals used to sipping cocktails in the sky above Vegas or Miami. Still, bars with good views in Orlando can be found, if you look hard enough. We looked hard and found some of the best.


    Aero Rooftop Bar & Lounge

    This hugely popular downtown spot feels more like an outdoor nightclub than a chilled-out rooftop bar; you’ll certainly get that impression if you arrive close to midnight on a weekend, as DJs fill the terrace with commercial dance tunes and neon lasers are projected into the night sky. Aero’s party atmosphere is helped in no small part by some rather thrifty drinks promos, $3.50 "you call its" until 11 (any drink for the same price), and 2-4-1 shots every hour, as well as no cover charge. A few sofas and tables can be found around the edge.

    Location: 60 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

    Open: Thursdays from 10 pm to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am, Sundays from 5 pm to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +1 407-274-8452


    For cocktails, this former cobbler’s shop-turned-speakeasy rooftop bar is about as unique a place as you’ll find in Orlando. Intimate might be an understatement here, with only a dozen or so seats and standing space for perhaps 20 more. Take your spot at the dilapidated main bar to chew the fat with the bartender, or head outside to the slightly more modern (but still as compact) rooftop terrace to catch the live band or a movie screening. Be sure to explore Hanson’s impressive cocktail menu as much as your liver allows – it’s rated as one of the best in the city.

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    Location: 27 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday and Saturdays from 8 pm to 2 am, Fridays from 5 pm to 2 am, Sundays from 3 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 407-476-9446



    This rooftop bar is part of the 3-in-1 nightlife complex on Church Street often known as ‘Chillers’ – which is actually the name main bar downstairs. Head up to the roof, passing the speakeasy-style Big Belly on the 2nd floor along the way, to find Latitudes. Its name promises sky-scraping views, but in reality, the 3rd-floor terrace is dwarfed by most of the surrounding Downtown buildings. What it lacks in height, it makes up for with some fun beach-bar themed décor and tropical cocktails to match. Music, just like the generally busier Chillers bar downstairs, is kept lively with a mix of Top 40 hits and dance. They also run a ridiculously generous 3-4-1 (that’s 'buy 1 drink, get 2 drinks free') happy hour every Friday from 4.30pm to 9pm and Saturday from 10.30pm to 11.30pm.

    Location: 33 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

    Open: Daily from 4.30 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 407-649-4270


    One80 Skytop Lounge

    One80 is a see-and-be-seen kind of place – undeniably stylish and glamorous, but with prices to match. The good news, however, is that unlike many of Orlando’s other rooftop bars, there are actually some impressive views to be had across the Downtown area, which can be enjoyed from a range of comfy seating both inside and out. Do watch out for the crowds of basketball fans heading up to the lounge after the Magic games finish in the arena below, normally every other week.

    Location: Amway Center, 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805, USA

    Open: Mondays and Wednesday–Saturday from 10 pm to 2.30 am (closed on Sundays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 407-913-0180

    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveller

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