The Best Rooftop Bars

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The Preacher's Son rooftop bar
The Preacher's Son rooftop bar

Eating or drinking alfresco is always appealing. Eating or drinking outside on a rooftop is even more fun. Outdoor social spaces have an energy and nightlife all their own.

The view from the top of a building adds a special ambiance with blue skies and fluffy clouds or golden sunsets, glowing moons and starry nights. Plus, rooftop bars are usually in entertainment districts that add exciting city lights.

Where to drink with a view in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas offers rooftop hangouts in Fayetteville, which has a large entertainment district consisting of bars, restaurants, shops, art galleries, performance theaters and live music venues. Eureka Springs and Bentonville have unique outdoor atmospheres as well.

Fayetteville

The Amendment

Formerly called 21st Amendment, this is a laid back bar on Dickson Street. Known for its cocktails, it’s also the happening place to be with a swanky rooftop that includes a big big fan. As in, super cool big fan for a light breeze while you sip your beverage.

Dickson Street Pub

This relaxed gathering place with a rooftop terrace serves craft beer and cocktails and has live music and views of majestic Old Main on the University of Arkansas campus. It’s a cozy, popular spot on Dickson Street.

West End

People seek this cool rooftop bar for drink specials and DJs. It’s definitely a hit with the college crowd and for SEC Razorback game day fun. It’s in the block just off of the intersection of Dickson and West streets.

Feed and Folly

Currently under construction, but expected to open by the end of 2019, this new bar and restaurant is located downtown on College Avenue next to the old courthouse. The rooftop bar will offer great views of the south part of town, local brews and craft cocktails. The restaurant will feature house-cured and smoked meats, sandwiches and seasonal entrees.

Eureka Springs

Sky Bar at the Crescent Hotel

Technically, it's not on the roof, but it's close enough and shouldn't be missed. Located on the fourth floor of the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the view and the vibe is amazing. Look out over the lush hillsides and see the 67-foot-tall Christ of the Ozarks statue looking back at you. Pizza and craft beer are the specialties.

The Preacher's Son rooftop bar in Bentonville
The Preacher's Son rooftop bar in Bentonville

Bentonville

The Preacher’s Son

Located in a beautifully restored historic church, The Preacher’s Son offers three levels. The basement contains a dark bar with a speakeasy feel. Street level is a popular restaurant with a 100 percent gluten-free menu. Make reservations. The rooftop is, of course, a bar with couches, tables and chairs and a comfy, relaxed, partially-shaded setting.

The Momentary

This highly anticipated modern art facility that is an extension of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will open Feb. 22, 2020. It will be a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, and artist residencies. And, it will have a rooftop bar. Everyone is anxiously awaiting.