Top 14 Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Raleigh

Wine, dine and float on cloud nine at these popular Raleigh rooftop bars and restos.

Alexa, play “Rooftops” by Wiz Khalifa. … Come for the views and stay for the vibes (and the food and bev options, natch) at these high-in-the-sky spots around Raleigh as the summer begins. We’re seeing lots of alfresco meals in your future! 

Taverna Agora

An alfresco outing on Taverna Agora’s rooftop could easily be mistaken for a night out in Greece—what with its lush greenery, string lights and live Greek music on select nights, NTM those delish authentic Mediterranean dishes. Opah!

10th & Terrace

The perf Instagram backdrop doesn’t exis-… Don a fancy fit and venture to the rooftop of DTR’s Residence Inn for drinks and dinner—and that perf ’Gram-worthy photo op of course. Go over to enjoy one of 10th & Terraces uberpopular boozy pops!

Level 7

Hop on the stairway to seven… or settle for the elevator that takes you to the rooftop lounge of the AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills (a 2021 and 2022 RM Best Rooftop Bar winner!). This swanky and sophisticated space offers sips and samplings ideal for your next date night, GNO or any occasion in between. 

Raleigh Beer Garden

With three floors, there’s plenty of alfresco seating ops on which to cop a squat and sip one of RBG’s 350+ beers on tap—but, obv, the rooftop provides the best perch for panoramic views of Glenwood South. We’d tap that!

Raleigh Times Bar

Here’s one hot off the presses! Raleigh Times Bar’s rooftop is a DTR hidden gem—the ultimate spot for an alfresco outing with the crew, co-workers or your SO—whether for lunch, dinner or drinks. Essentially, it’s always time for those famous Times Nachos (!).  

The Willard

Take your next night out to new heights at The Willard, a can’t-miss sip and sup spot located atop DTR’s AC Hotel—and don’t miss the bar’s regularly occurring events and pop-ups.

Young Hearts Distilling

Oh, distill our beating hearts! Book a rez at Young Hearts’ rooftop to enjoy eats like smoked chicken hash, apple French toast, and smoked salmon croquettes while overlooking DTR for a Sunday Funday done right.

Carolina Alehouse

Hop over to Glenwood South and head up to Carolina Alehouse’s rooftop for your next game day outing—or when you’ve got a hankering for beer and bar food. Oh, ale yeah! 

Highgarden Rooftop Lounge

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Ride the high at one of our 2021 and 2022 Best Rooftop Bar winners, Highgarden. This Glenwood South addition offers a 100% open-air setting—aka views for days! And if you’re going with a group, you’re gonna wanna order the G&T tree (aka five G&Ts mixed to perfection) that’s as ’Grammable as it is sippable.

Hibernian Pub

Get the paddy started with a Guinness and some pub grub at Glenwood South’s staple Irish bar and restaurant. How grand!


Transport yourself a la Paris via this Person Street rooftop where the elevation serves as the perf match for elevated French dining at the hands of five-time Beard-nominated chef Scott Crawford.

Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria

Mezcal is having a moment—and there’s no better spot to enjoy the smoky liquor than at this famed local mezcaleria’s intimate open-air rooftop. 

Tin Roof

It’s all in the name. … Head to this lively Glenwood South live music bar every weekend to jam out to tunes from local DJs—or work your own vocal muscles during karaoke every Wednesday night.   

Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern

For impeccable views that aren’t tall buildings, head to Lynnwood Grill’s super-popular rooftop boasting a casual atmosphere and even better bites (Pizza! Wings!)—plus beer, natch.

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