The Best Rooftop Bars
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.
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. As in, super cool big fan for a light breeze while you sip your beverage.
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.
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.
A hot spot, this bar and restaurant is located downtown on College Avenue next to the old courthouse. The rooftop bar has spectacular views of the south part of town. In addition to local brews and craft cocktails, the restaurant features house-cured and smoked meats, sandwiches and seasonal entrees. Reservations suggested.
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.
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.
This unique, modern art facility that is an extension of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It is a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, and artist residencies. It also has a rooftop bar.
Places to drink with a view in Central Arkansas
The state's capital has a patio with a high vantage point in the heart of the city.
Located in the River Market District, this rooftop bar and outdoor patio offering delicious tapas and views over downtown Little Rock. Just 10 minutes from the airport, the hotel is walkable to restaurants, breweries, shops, museums, theaters, the Statehouse Convention Center and the Arkansas Arts Center.
The Rooftop Bar of The Waters Hotel is exceptional. With views of grand old architecture and treetops, this patio wraps around the entire roof top. In addition to beverages, it has a small menu of appetizers and sweets.