Europe is known for many things. From the rich cultures that inhabit each of its extraordinary countries, to the variety of different sights you can see in each place, there’s so much to discover when visiting the continent.
When booking a holiday in Europe, there are certain things you’ll look out for; including good accommodation, delicious restaurants and attractions to keep you busy. But at the end of the day after you’ve been exploring, you might want to pop somewhere for a relaxing tipple.
Regardless of which country you’re in, there are thousands of options to choose from; whether you like a quirky modern bar or one that’s more traditional. And many options offer something even more incredible – amazing views out towards the city or countryside.
Whether you’re in the midst of planning a European road trip or simply want some inspiration when it comes to bars with the best views in Europe, we’ve created a list with some great options to explore:
GAPP – Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Kicking off this list is Gapp in Amsterdam. Situated within the Hotel Casa, it offers a beautiful rooftop garden, surrounded by picturesque panoramic views of the city. An open-air bar, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink in the afternoon or evening. Not only does Gapp offer a large selection of local beers, but also a fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner menu if you want to indulge in some tasty food at the same time.
180º Sunset Bar – Mykonos
Mykonos is known for its breathtaking scenery; including whitewashed buildings, cobbled streets and turquoise waters. So whilst on the island, it would be rude not to enjoy a refreshing drink whilst taking in these views. Offering some of the best views across the island is 180’ Sunset Bar. With a buzzing atmosphere, an extensive list of drinks and tantalising food, this bar should be high on your list when visiting Mykonos.
The Duchess – Budapest
If you’re in Budapest and you’re looking for a bar with spectacular views that’s a little fancier, then The Duchess is the perfect option. Situated at the top of the Matild Palace in the centre of the city, this decadent rooftop bar (also known as the liquor library!) dates back to the early 1900s. After taking Budapest’s oldest elevator up to the top floor, you’ll be greeted with sweeping views out towards the Danube River, Gellert Hill and the Elisabeth Bridge. One of a kind, this bar has a selection of wines, liquors and fantastic cocktails.
Vista Sky Bar – Sorrento (Italy)
Located just outside of Sorrento is the fabulous Vista Sky Bar. If you’re holidaying in this magnificent region of Italy, this jaw-dropping bar is well worth a visit. Not only does it offer some of the most awe-inspiring views on this list (across Naples Bay), but a relaxing atmosphere, live music and a large drink selection; earning its place as one of the best bars to visit in Europe.
360 Degrees Hotel and Bar – Athens (Greece)
Image courtesy of 360 Hotel Athens
Set in the heart of Athens is the beautiful Monastiraki Square. Not only does this bustling plaza offer dozens of restaurants and a historic Byzantine church, but a handful of scenic rooftop bars. If you’re looking for a place to relax whilst taking in views of the nearby Parthenon, then the 360 Hotel is a wonderful choice. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, this bar has a menu including signature cocktails and traditional Greek cuisine.
The Sky Garden – London (UK)
Ok, so the UK has now technically left Europe. But for many years it was in it, so I think it’s still worth including a bar that’s in England on this list; especially when it’s one that’s so magical. Located within the iconic capital, the Sky Garden is simply enchanting. Situated within the ‘walkie talkie’ building, this bar is full of beautiful plants and offers unbelievable views of the city. The highest public garden in London, it’s well worth booking a reservation.
Terraza Ayre – Barcelona (Spain)
When in Barcelona, you’re going to want to visit the Sagrada Familia. The largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world, this historic building is one of the top attractions to visit when in the city. However, with this attraction comes hefty queues. So if you want to see this beautiful building but don’t want to spend hours queuing outside of it, then maybe a trip to the Terraza Ayre should be on your list. This Instagram-worthy bar grants views of the Sagrada Familia, whilst offering tasty drinks to tantalise the tastebuds.
34th Restaurant & Bar – Oslo (Norway)
Located within the Radisson Plaza Blu Hotel in Oslo, 34th Restaurant and Bar offers panoramic views that are second to none. High above the clouds, 110 metres above sea level, the Top Bar is a stylish international cocktail bar which runs alongside the hotel’s facade. Wonderful night and day, it’s a popular choice throughout the year for those discovering the beautiful city of Oslo.
So, there you go! There’s a list of some of the top bars with the best views in Europe. Of course, there are dozens to choose from; and it will very much depend on the country/countries that you’re visiting as to which you go to. But this list will hopefully help to start to inspire you as to the options you can choose from. From beautiful bars in Italy to a modern bar in Amsterdam, this list is just the start of incredible memories to come!