7 BEST St Pete Beach rooftop bars for epic views

Rachel HannahSeptember 23, 2022

There are a lot of great beach bars on St Pete Beach but finding really good St Pete Beach rooftop bars that have amazing views and delicious drinks aren’t quite as easy to find.

In this guide, I’m cutting straight to the chase to bring you a list of the 7 best rooftop bars on St Pete Beach so you can have the best views of the beachside with a drink in hand! Honestly, not a bad way to spend any weekday or weekend in St Pete!

Best St Pete Beach Rooftop Bars

I don’t know about you but a good view can really elevate my drinking or dining experience so I took myself on a scavenger hunt to find all the best rooftop & waterfront spots along the gulf coast!

Keep in mind when I say St Pete Beach I am generalizing. I am not just talking about the rooftop bars on St Pete Beach but also the surrounding areas stretching all the way south to Pass-a-grill Beach and all the way north to Indian Shores Beach.

The drive between both of these points along the coast is only a 30-40 minute drive so they are all relatively close to one another. Otherwise, this list would be rather small!

So if you’re looking for something classier than watered-down cocktails and people walking around in swimsuits keep reading for the best St Pete Beach rooftop bars – there’s something for everyone!

1. Level 11 Rooftop

  • Location: 5250 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach
  • Hours: every day from 4 pm – 11 pm
  • Cost: cocktails cost $14 USD
  • Why visit: the best beach view in St Pete
  • Parking: free parking in hotel parking lot

The view from the 11th floor on this rooftop bar on St Pete Beach is hard to beat! Level 11 Rooftop Bar on St Pete Beach is connected to Spinners Rooftop Grille (a super romantic place to dine) on the 12th floor which is the on-site restaurant for Bellweather Beach Resort’s Hotel which is also one of the best hotels in St Petersburg!

This rooftop bar on St Pete Beach is one of the best things to do in St Pete when you’re looking to impress or be impressed with panoramic views of the beach and part of the town. It’s somewhere I always take friends and family who are visiting!

I pretty much love everything about coming here for drinks! Since the rooftop bar is separate from the restaurant you don’t have to feel pressured to order food and there are plenty of tables and sofas so I’ve never had an issue with it being overly crowded.

Parking is free at the hotel which is a huge pro as this can be an issue at many other places around the beach.

Their drinks hit the mark too, they are a good size and reasonably priced for being right on the beach at $14 USD.

All the different cocktails I’ve tried have been delicious! I would personally recommend trying Bird of Paradise, it has Kettle One Peach & Orange Blossom, Cointreau, Sprite, hibiscus, fresh lemon, and lime Juice.

They have a happy hour that runs daily from sunset to 10 pm with discounts on wine, seltzers, and the cocktail of the day.

See Level 11 Rooftops menu here.

2. Ember Rooftop Lounge

  • Location: on top of the Cambria Hotel – 15015 Madeira Way, Madeira Beach
  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday 12 pm – 12 am
  • Cost: Cocktails cost $12-14 USD
  • Why visit: Hidden gem, live music, and great for sunsets
  • Parking: $25 USD valet parking at the hotel

While not right on the beach the Ember Rooftop Lounge is a modern rooftop bar with great views of the ocean. The swimming pool adds to the vibe of the space and there is often live music in the evenings.

It is situated closest to Madeira Beach making it a great choice if your coming from St Pete Beach or the Clearwater area.

This place is definitely about the atmosphere and not so much the drinks as they taste average and are on the smaller side. You can expect a cocktail here to cost between $12-$14 USD. For food they mostly serve appetizers and the Parmesan swordfish bites come highly rated but there are also a handful of choices for entrees.

Many of the options involve seafood but there are other protein choices too, plus, if you are gluten-free there are a few choices for you.

You can view Ember Rooftop Lounge’s menu here!

3. 82 Degrees

  • Location: 7203 Sunset Way, St Pete Beach
  • Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm – 11 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, and 5 pm to 10 pm for dinner and Monday 12 pm – 4 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm for dinner
  • Cost: Cocktails average $14 USD
  • Why visit: Beautiful space, live music, great cocktails, helpful staff, and delicious food
  • Parking: Free parking in the gravel lot next to the restaurant

82 degrees doesn’t technically meet the standards of a true rooftop bar being that there is a roof over the bar/dining area yet, I am including it because the space can be opened to the outside with these multi-functional hurricane-proof floor-to-ceiling sliding windows.

I was actually dining there once when it started storming and the server came and unfolded the windows like an accordion and latched them closed – I’ve never seen anything quite this before at a restaurant! Considering how fickle Florida weather can be this makes coming here on any given day a non-issue.

The view of the ocean from here isn’t straight on so not all tables have an ocean view but about half of the bar seating does face that way.

There is not an abundance of choices from the cocktail menu but most of the ones I’ve tried I have really enjoyed. Although on the smaller side they are strong without tasting like it – this is dangerous! Hot Summer Nights and their margaritas are my favorites. They can also make you most standard cocktails too.

82 degrees is located on the 3rd floor and attached to the quirky The Saint Hotel. It has such a lively put-together feel with modern furnishing and bright pops of decor.

There is also a lounge seating area on the first floor too where you can hang out if you want more space. This is where the live bands will perform most nights of the week.

To be honest, the food here is insane too and it’s not only one of my top St Pete Beach rooftop bars but also one of my favorite restaurants in St Pete. The menu is mainly seafood coastal with a range of simple and sophisticated dishes.

Happy Hour is Monday and Saturday from 12 pm – 4 pm including $3 USD beers, $4 USD strawberry lemonade, $5 USD margaritas and well pours, and $6 USD house wines

Check out 82 degrees’ menu here!

4. Vista at the Top

white tables and chairs on rooftop bar
  • Location: 214 Madonna Blvd, St. Petersburg on the 9th floor of the Residence Inn Marriot St. Petersburg Tierra Verde
  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12 pm – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 12 am
  • Cost: Cocktails cost $12-$14 USD
  • Why visit: For the 180-degree views, up-class setting, the best cocktails
  • Parking: Free parking at the Residence Inn Marriot

Head over to Vista at the Top for cocktails overlooking the harbor on one side and the Tierra Verde Bridge on the other. The bright white outdoor space feels chic and inviting and I loved the modern coastal decor.

It’s one of the most brilliant St Pete Beach rooftop bars to catch the sunset in the winter months (Nov-Feb) when the angle is right as to not be blocked behind other buildings.

They serve some of the best tastings drinks from this list! If you like coconut cream I’d recommend Write to Me an Escape! They are priced on par for the area ranging from $12-$14 USD and are decent sizes.

I will note that we experienced a long wait time for our drinks to be made and it seems to happen frequently based on other reviews so make sure to come when you aren’t in a hurry.

This rooftop bar in St Pete Beach tends to draw people of all ages considering it is on the top floor of the Residence Inn by Marriot.

The only food dishes they serve are tapas style and the menu is small but there is a restaurant in the same parking lot on the ground floor called The Island Grille & Raw Bar where you could have lunch or dinner instead. Their oysters rank in the top 10 in St Pete.

Happy Hour is from 4 pm – 6 pm daily and includes select craft cocktails and sangria, house wine, and draft beers.

You can view Vista at the Top’s menu here!

Note: If you have a boat you can actually dock it in the harbor and head inside to the restaurant or rooftop bar!

5. Hurricane Rooftop Bar

  • Location: Pass-a-Grille Beach
  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 am – 9:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am – 10 pm
  • Cost: Cocktails range from $5.75 – $9.25 USD
  • Why visit: Less crowds, panoramic views from every part of the rooftop, and cheap drinks
  • Parking: Paid or free street parking

Hurricane Rooftop Bar is the best St Pete Beach rooftop bar for views from every angle! I loved the funky colors and photo ops from here and it definitely makes you feel like you are on a tropical beach vacation!

The drinks here are CHEAP! You can find cocktails for just $5.75 USD which is a steal for drinks on the beach and the size of their drink menu is endless. There are cocktails, frozen drinks, coffee drinks, margaritas, mojitos, rum drinks, wine, beer, specialty cocktails, and even buckets!

They may not be the highest quality but I enjoyed mine just fine… maybe the price made me more biased?? Either way, once you see the view it won’t matter too much.

I enjoyed that the food menu (separated from the main restaurant below) had some healthy and fresh options for a beach bar! I ordered the red snapper with veggies and it tasted pretty fresh but in my opinion, it was overpriced for the quantity.

The setting of this rooftop is the most casual on this list and beachwear here would be appropriate.

6. Gulf Primeval on the Rooftop

  • Location: 109 8th Ave, St Pete Beach
  • Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 12 pm – 10 pm and closed Sunday to Tuesday
  • Cost: Cockails cost $12-$18 USD
  • Why visit: Hidden gem with lots of shade and right across the street from the beach
  • Parking: Paid or free street parking

Gulf Primeval is the best hidden gem rooftop bar on St Pete Beach… until now. This rooftop bar is on top of Dewey Restaurant and Berkeley Beach Club hotel and is an excellent spot to sip on some drinks. I love the location so much, it’s right across from Pass-a-Grill Beach in the little downtown which is fun to pop into the shops before your visit.

When we went it was during peak hours right before sunset and there was a long wait and they don’t allow people to stand around without a seat so we quickly walked across the street to see the sunset right on the beach and it turned into a photoshoot.

I got some amazing pictures and by the time the sun had set and we came back there was room for us so it worked out perfectly.

Prices here for drinks are quite expensive ranging from $12-$18 USD for a cocktail. My favorite of the drinks I tried was the Berry White!

There are limited seats looking directly out on the beach so make sure to come as soon as they open to secure those spots if that is important to you. But the other side of the rooftop faces the intercoastal waterway and is super beautiful too!

Afterward, head downstairs for a fancy dinner at The Dewey Restaurant. If you want to do this I would recommend making reservations in advance.

7. BRGR Kitchen & Bar

  • Location: 10800 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island
  • Hours: Every day from 7:30 am – 10 pm
  • Cost: $11- $14 USD
  • Why visit: Breakfast/brunch on the rooftop terrace!
  • Parking: Free, pull in and park on the bottom level of the hotel’s garage

BRGR Kitchen & Bar is located on the 2nd floor inside the Treasure Island Beach Resort on Treasure Island Beach. We happened to stumble across this spot the morning after a wedding and the brunch turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

My breakfast potatoes were well seasoned and perfectly crisped and my eggs and bacon were hot and cooked just how I like.

You can sit outside on the terrace for water views in the distance which is why this spot makes the cut for St Pete Beach rooftop bars. They have a great list of classic brunch drinks including sangria, spiked OJ, espresso martini, and bloody mary. Also, there are fun cocktails and mocktails!

I can’t speak for the rest of the lunch and dinner menu though and the reviews that I read though seemed to be a bit hit-and-miss. But don’t let that stop you from trying this place out at least once!

Check out BURG’s menu here!

My Final Word on Rooftop Bars on St Pete Beach

I am so glad you came across my site and I hope you found this guide to St Pete Beach rooftop bars helpful! These are all places I can easily see myself visiting time and time again.

I’m curious, which of these rooftops are you going to visit first!? As a local, I have more helpful guides on St Pete you can check out or see from these related blogs below:

Weekend in St Pete

Best boat tours on St Pete Beach

Best St Pete coffee shops

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