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 well under 100 meters. This means that most of our rooftop bars here are only a few floors up; good news for acrophobics, 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 still be found if you look hard enough, and we’ve found five of the best.
This hugely popular downtown spot feels more like an outside-nightclub rather 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 with some rather thrifty drinks promos like 2-4-1 shots before 23:00, as well as free cover charge. A few sofas and tables can be found around the edge, while the several ceiling fans keep things cool in the most unglamorous
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 02:00 (varies on event)
- Address: 60 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida
- Tel: +1 321-245-7730
Hanson's Shoe Repair
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 a 20 more. Take your spot at the dilapidated main bar to chew the fat with bartender, or head outside to the slightly more modern (but still as compact) rooftop terrace to catch the live band or a movie screening. Do also explore Hanson’s impressive cocktail menu as much as your liver allows; it’s rated as one of the best in the city.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 02:00
- Location: 27 East Pine Street, Orlando, Florida
- Tel: +1 407-476-9446
This rooftop bar is part of the three-in-one nightlife complex on Church Street often just known as ‘Chillers’ – which is actually the name main bar downstairs. Head up to the roof, passing the speakeasy-style ‘Big Belly’ on the second floor along the way, to find Latitudes. Its name promises skyscraping views, but in reality the third-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 one drink, get three drinks free) happy hour every Friday from 16:30-21:00 and Saturday 22:30-23:30.
- Address: 33 West Church Street, Downtown Orlando, Florida, Orlando, FL 32801
- Tel: +1 407-649-4270
One80 Grey Goose Lounge
Vodka connoisseurs might argue that Grey Goose is all style over substance, and the same might be said about this rooftop spot atop Amway Arena. Backed by the premium vodka brand, it’s no surprise that One80 is a see-and-be-seen kind of place; undeniably stylish and glamorous, but a bit expensive. The good news, however, is that unlike many of Orlando’s other rooftop bars, there’s actually some impressive views to be had across the Downtown, which can be enjoyed from a range of comfy seating both inside and out. Do watch out for the crowds heading upstairs after the Magic games finish in the arena below, normally every other week.
- Opening Hours: Hours vary (typically 22:00-02:00 on the weekend)
- Address: 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805, United States
- Tel: +1 407-440-7180
Segafredo Rooftop Lounge
Coffee specialists Segafredo recently opened this cool rooftop lounge as an extension to their café-cum-restaurant at Mills Park, and it’s already proving a hit for its glamorous setting and inventive cocktail menu. The food here is all about rustic Italian, with pasta, flatbreads, salads and paninis served throughout the day. Their eye-catching Sunday Brunch (11:00-16:00) is worth checking out too; it’s just $25 to get in on their modest buffet spread and $5 on top of that for unlimited mimosa cocktails.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 20:00 (Fri - Sat closes at 02:00)
- Address: 1618 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida
- Tel: +1 407-930-6568