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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, have been accompanied by a proliferation of bars with a view popping up on the last floor of the city’s top hotels and hostels.
If you’re interested in checking out some of these prime rooftop bars, we’re here for you. Let’s get inspired by some of the best places to grab a drink and have good views of the city in Medellin!
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 made for mingling, Los Rooftops allow you to mix and match through the night combining the Ziruma Tiki Bar and El Bar.
Both these bars are popular with a flashpacker crowd that has made Manila their Medellin home-away-from-home.
The rooftops come to life in the evening but are also good to go to during the day as venues for early morning yoga sessions or as makeshift offices for digital nomads.
Starting at 16:30, however, the rooftop bars swing into action. With an informal vibe comprising 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.
What’s great about Los Rooftops is that they’re located in our favorite neighborhood – El Poblado. Poblado is a place that’s packed full of nightlife, which makes this spot ideal for those who want to go bar hopping.
You can’t miss the 11-story poshtel, The Somos, with its distinctive staircase linking the basement bar and diner to the rooftop.
You can take the elevator to the top, of course, but the scenic route up or down offers plenty of chances for running into the hotel’s fun-loving guests.
Owned by one of Medellin’s most talented architectural studios, A5 Arquitectura, both of the Mosquito social spaces (the basement and the 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, which is located 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.
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.
By Colombian standards, this rooftop bar closes early. Still, considering you’ll be able to enjoy the space until midnight, you shouldn’t have any trouble soaking up the sights and sipping on your favorite cocktails.
Address: Calle 10a #40-19, Poblado, Medellin
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.
What’s great about this bar is that 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.
As with some of our other favorite rooftop bars around Medellin, you’ll find La Deriva in the trendy Poblado district. If you feel like taking in the city for a day or night during your trip, this is a convenient and high-class place to go.
Address: Calle 10B #37-29, Poblado, Medellin
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 as rooftops get in Medellin, especially on the ever so boozy brunch on the last Sunday of every month.
Friday and Saturdays are 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.
Envy Rooftop is close to home, located right here in Poblado. It’s the perfect place for those wanting to get out of their vacation rental for a night on the town.
Address: Calle 9A #37-16, Poblado, Medellín
Alambique squeezes into our list of the best rooftop bars in Medellin because it’s on the roof. Well, kind of – you can at least see a roof. However, 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 favorite 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.
If you’re ready to enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz in this (you guessed it) El Poblado rooftop bar, we hear you. The bar is open late into the night and offers the perfect place to mix and mingle on your trip.
Address: Calle 10 #43a-30, Poblado, Medellin
The Marquee offers some incredible experiences, such as their coffee tasting experience. This is one of the reasons it’s such a popular spot to visit.
However, if you’re after something a little stronger than coffee, you should check out their rooftop bar.
The rooftop comes alive during the late afternoons and well into the night. There, you’ll enjoy a slightly quieter rooftop experience than some of the other bars around the city.
It’s a classy, and high-end spot that keeps the drinks coming.
The Marquee is, unsurprisingly, located in the heart of El Poblado. Considering it’s one of the classiest spots on the list, it’s no surprise that it would also be located in Medellin’s classiest neighborhood.
Address: Cra. 38 #9A-13, Medellín, Antioquia
There’s nothing quite as glamorous as spending the night at one of Medellin’s rooftop bars. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of a glittering city as you sip on some of your favorite cocktails.
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