The best of Barcelona: Rooftop bars with music sessions

It’s not only the architecture and coastal setting of Barcelona that appeal to visitors. Capitalising on the city’s unique location and culture are rooftop bars with musical ambiences, enhanced superbly by bands and/or professional DJs.

It’s interesting to note that all rooftop bars in Barcelona with music sessions are exclusive to hotels. And even though the setting and design changes with each option, all rooftop terraces provide remarkable views of the city – some of only the glittering cityscape, others of the unforgettable beaches and Mediterranean Sea.

Scattered about the city, most rooftop bars are situated only a few hundred metres of each other, making it possible to visit more than one in a single night.

Some of the best-known rooftop bars in Barcelona with music sessions include:

The Pulitzer

Located on the 6th floor of the Pulitzer Hotel right next to Plaza Catalunya, The Pulitzer Terrace is one of the most popular spots for cocktail lovers in Barcelona. Its pleasant vibe is enhanced by the Wednesday gigs of various artist from the independent pop-, electronic- and funk scene (from about 20:00 – 21:00), while Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to live DJs from 19:00 to 22:00.

Location: Calle Bergara 8, 08002 Barcelona.

Opening hours: Every day from 18:00 to 00:00 from 5th May until 1st October.

La Dolce Vitae

Fresh air, luxurious designs and five-star treatment are what it’s all about at The Majestic Hotel’s La Dolce Vitae rooftop bar. Building on the hotel’s outstanding reputation, the rooftop bar adds a swimming pool, dishes prepared by a Michelin-star chef, and a fabulous selection of music ranging from bossa nova to jazz. Customers can enjoy Friday nights’ ‘Majestic Sunset Sessions’ in summer with international DJs reminding everyone why La Dolce Vitae is one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona with music sessions.

Location: Paseo de Gracia 68, 08007 Barcelona.

Opening hours: Every day in October to April (10:00 – 20:00); May (09:00 – 23:00); June to September (9:00 to 02:00).

Alaire  

As the Alaire caters for daytime meals and drinks as well, it’s ideal for family outings. Located on the eighth floor of Condes de Barcelona, the Alaire (literally meaning “in the air”) offers prime views of La Pedrera and the Sagrada Familia – the perfect backdrop while snacking on “tapas”, sipping cocktails, and listening to professional DJs provide live music after sunset.

Location: Paseo de Garcia 73-75, 08008 Barcelona.

Opening hours: Every day in summer from 12:00 to 02:00 (kitchen closes at 23:00).

1881 Per Sagardi

For a bird’s eye view of Port Vell and the Barcelona coastline, 1881 atop the Museum of the History of Catalonia is an excellent choice. This Bacardi-sponsored haven owes its name to the year in which Facundo Bacardi Massó obtained the gold medal in the universal exhibition of Matanzas for Ron Bacardi. White wooden cabanas, tropical plants, and a musical blend of Café Del Mar-style lounge and traditional Cuban music all enhance the rooftop’s nautical vibe.

Location: Plaça de Pau Vila 3, 08039 Barcelona.

Opening hours: 13:00 to 01:00 (closes at 03:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).

The Omm  

How about relaxing on a sofa (or in a hammock) next to a pool for cocktail hour? Then Hotel Omm’s rooftop bar is just the place. While open exclusively to hotel guests during the day, everyone is welcome after sunset. Guests get to snack on a small-yet-fine selection of nibbles from the Roca Bar while appreciating live music every day (except Sundays and Mondays). A mixture of Sinead Savage’s soulful tunes, Danny The Lip’s blues, and acoustic covers of legends like Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias and The Temptations ensures something for everyone’s ears.

Location: Rossello 265, Barcelona.

Opening hours: Every day from 11:00 to midnight.

Les Terrasses Bar & Lounge

Offering unparalleled views of the Barcelona skyline, the rooftop bar at Gran Hotel La Florida takes full advantage of its location atop the Tibidabo Mountain. This rooftop haven provides an inspiring mixture of relaxation and fun, as is evidenced by its carnival parties, extensive cocktail menu, and live music sessions during summer.

Location: Ctra Vallvidrera to Tibidabo 83-93 (next to Tibidabo).

Opening hours: Every day from 13:00 to 23:00

Sky Bar (at Grand Hotel Central)      

Sky Bar’s range of international cocktails, Mediterranean dishes and amazing city views might be what attracts guests, but its unique sensorial experience is what keeps them there. Thanks to Barcelona Sounds, the best jazz, funk, house- and other music is served up while guests relax on comfortable lounge sofas next to a magically lit-up pool. Keep in mind that the rooftop bar is exclusive to hotel guests before 20:00.

Location: Via Laietana 30, 08003 Barcelona.

Opening hours: Every day from March to October (20:30 to 01:00).

Eclipse Bar  

Eclipse Bar might not technically be a roof terrace, yet it still ensures views and vibes from Hotel Wella’s 26th floor. That Barcelona coastline is the perfect touch for this luxurious cocktail bar catering for glamorous clientele. Sundays are when internationally renowned DJs provide high-quality beats from 20:00 to midnight. For these “Premium Beats” events, guests are advised to make a reservation, “fix up and look sharp”.

Location: Plaça de la Rosa del Vents 1.

Opening hours: May: every day from 10:00 to 22:00; June: Sundays 09:00 to 02:00, Mondays to Thursdays 10:00 to 02:00, Fridays from 10:00 to 03:00, Saturdays from 09:00 to 03:00; July and August: every day from 10:00 to 03:00.

Hotel Barcelona Center

Lovers of electronic music flock to this rooftop terrace to sip on sundowners and relish in a cosmopolitan vibe. Open every day in summer, the rooftop bar is treated to live DJ music from 17:00 on Fridays. Just the spot if you like your dress-up code to be smart casual, and your music mixed with panoramic city views, cocktails and a sublime gastronomy experience.

Location: Carrer balmes 103-105.

Opening hours: Fridays 17:00.

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