Six great rooftop bars in the UK


Golden Bee rooftop bar in London

When the sun is shining and the mercury begins to rise, a gloomy pub is the last place you want to be. Make the most of any fleeting fine weather by taking your date to one of the UK’s many fun and sophisticated rooftop bars.


Bohemia, Brighton

It’s no surprise that the UK’s party capital boasts a plethora of quality sun-drenched bars. One of the ones most suited to couples is Bohemia – an elegant glass-walled affair situated in the romantic South Laine area. Expect champagne buckets, big sunglasses and people you vaguely recognise from TV.

Where: 54-55 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, BN1 1HB

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The Forth, Newcastle

The seemingly hodgepodge style of the Forth’s roof terrace is anything but. It combines artwork by local artists, a jumble of reclaimed furniture, and a fine selection of British cask ales and American craft beers. As one of the few rooftop bars in Newcastle, the Forth can get a little busy. Despite this, the atmosphere is always charmingly laid back.

Where: Pink Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5DW

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The Bureau, Birmingham

Housed in a Grade II listed turn-of-the-century building, the Bureau bar is a chic cocktail bar with a fantastic rooftop terrace. Accessed via an elegant set of spiral stairs, the Gin Terrace boasts its own bar and intimate booth seating.

Where: 110 Colmore Row, B3 3AG

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Golden Bee, London

Since opening its doors in 2012, the rooftop bar at the Golden Bee in Shoreditch has attracted quite a name for itself. By day, the terrace has a feel-good tropical atmosphere. At night, the heaters come on, as do the hundreds of twinkly lights and resident DJ. If you fancy a mid-week date, the terrace turns into an open-air cinema every Wednesday.

Where: Singer Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9DD

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Roof Garden Playground, Manchester

What was once a Victorian school house on Great John Street is now a chic hotel topped with a fantastic rooftop bar. The south-facing terrace is stylishly fitted out with wicker, wood and chrome, and has great views to boot. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the area is regularly used as a venue for private parties – so check in advance that it’s open to the public before turning up with your date.

Where: Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD

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The Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

There’s only one place to meet for a drink if the sun is shining in Glasgow, and that’s the rooftop bar of the Ubiquitous Chip. It may not be glamorous, but the atmosphere is convivial and the range of wines and whiskies is impressive.

Where: 12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8SJ

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