The Best Rooftop Bars in Medellin

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Hit the Highs of a Top Night Out in Medellin in the City’s Best Rooftop Bars

It took a while for the rooftop bars of Medellin to reach the heady heights of elevated drinking dens to be found in other global cities. Up until recently the city’s best, biggest and brashest bars and nightclubs tended to be tucked away in warehouse districts, far from the city’s residential neighborhoods. Medellin’s efforts to hit a high note with foreign visitors in the last 10 years, however, has been accompanied by a proliferation of bars with a view popping up on the last floor of the city’s top hotels and hostels. The trend clearly caters to a more international party set and while these bars still have some way to go to rival the rooftop bars to be found in New York, Miami, Sao Paulo or Bogota, things are most definitely looking up in Medellin’s bar scene.

Los Rooftops
The Los Patios Hostels in hip and happening Manila has not just one, but two of the best rooftop bars in Medellin. Comprising two buildings, both with a rooftop area, each made for mingling, Los Rooftops allow you to mix and match through the night combining the Ziruma Tiki Bar and El Bar. Both of which are popular with a flashpacker crowd that has made Manila their Medellin home-from-home.  The rooftops come to life in the evening, but are also good to go during the day as venues for early morning yoga sessions or as makeshift offices for digital nomads that are more worried about topping up their tan than hitting their deadlines. The stereo rooftop bars swing into action from 16:30. With an informal vibe with craft beers, a fair to middling cocktail menu and a familiar soundtrack for global travelers, Los Rooftops are a tippity top way to get a night out in Medellin started. 

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: 3:00pm-11:00pm

Contact & Address:
T. +57 314 234 0490
Carrera 43e # 11-40 El Poblado, Medellín

Mosquito Rooftop
You can’t miss the 11-storey poshtel, The Somos, with its distinctive staircase linking the basement bar and diner to the rooftop. You can take the lift to the top, of course, but the scenic route up or down offers plenty of chance meetings with the hotel’s fun-loving guests. Get there early-ish for a Gin & Tonic and a deep house sunset with an impressive 360  view of the city and Medellin’s marvelous mountain backdrop. Owned by one of Medellin’s most talented architectural studios, A5 Arquitectura, both of the Mosquito Social spaces (basement and rooftop) are a treat for lovers of clever, contemporary design. You might have already put in a shift at one of their co-working creations, Noi Coworking close to the Museum of Modern Art. The space isn’t enormous but it’s perfectly formed for rubbing shoulders and getting down with a good-looking crowd. 

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: 5:00pm-12:00am

Contact & Address:
T. +57 324 490 7830
Calle 10a #40-19, Poblado, Medellin

La Deriva
The L-shaped jungle on the roof of the Click Clack hotel hides a pool with a party in the best possible Miami-style. A lively and lovely crowd makes Click Clack’s La Deriva rooftop bar, a fun place to pass an afternoon or linger longer than you probably should in your bikini blending, or should that be blurring, dirty martini into dirty martini, day into night? People don’t go for the view, it’s right in front of you. The talented deck technicians keep the groove going into the early hours at weekends. The rooftop is regularly rented out for some of the hottest happenings in the city so you may need to slip the doorman a Gabo (COP$50,000) to blag your way in.

Opening hours:
Sun-Wed: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Thur: 12:00pm-12:00am
Fri-Sat: 12:00pm-1:00am

Contact & Address:
T. +57 (4) 604 32 32
Calle 10B #37-29, Poblado, Medellin

The Envy Rooftop
Big and brash, the cherry on The Charlee Hotel’s cake, The Envy Rooftop, isn’t everyone’s cup-of-tea. Having said that, buffed up extroverts that enjoy showing off their six packs and the voyeurs that get off on that sort of thing, all love a little bit of The Envy at weekends. Split over two levels with an aquarium-style pool that leaves little to the imagination, The Envy is as bling bling as rooftops get in Medellin, especially on the ever so boozy brunch on the last Sunday of every month. Friday and Saturdays is when it gets pumping, with big-spending groups of guys flashing their plastic to keep the champagne or whisky overflowing. If you’re more of a flushing violet but still want to check out one of the best views of Medellin’s Manhattanesque skyline go early and taste your way through a sushi menu that would turn some of the Itamae’s at the best Asian restaurants in Medellin positively green with envy.

Opening hours:
Mon: 12:00pm-12:00am
Tue: 9:00pm-12:00am
Wed-Thur: 9:00am-2:00am
Fri: 9:00am-4:00am
Sun: 9:00am-12:00am

Contact & Address:
T. +57 (4) 444 4968
Web: Envy Rooftop
IG: @HotelTheCharlee
Calle 9A #37-16, Poblado, Medellín

Alambique squeezes into our list of the best rooftop bars in Medellin because it’s on the roof (kind of – you can at least see a roof) but don’t go expecting an elevated pew with a view, Alambique is for hipsters that are more interested in conversation and great food than 360 degree panoramas. The double-height space on Parque Poblado is not easy to find, but there’s a beaten up graffitied door that points the way to one of our favourite dining spots in Medellin. Taking its name from the kit used by alchemists to produce their precious concoctions, Alambique’s chef Juan José Piedrahita, takes his cocktails and other creations deadly seriously. What this rooftop lacks in height it more than makes up for in character. The eclectic interiors with recycled wood, second hand books, and mix and match upcycled furniture would sit comfortably in the most bohemian barrios of Paris or Sao Paulo. There’s a constantly changing vibe including jazz on a Tuesday and a menu that changes every 20 days. 

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Fri-Sat: 12:00pm-12:00am
Sun: 1:00pm-9:00pm

Contact & Address:
T. +57 310 587 0362
Calle 10 #43a-30, Poblado, Medellin

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