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Cheers to the Top Hotspots for Rooftop Dining, Drinking and Mingling

Greater Tampa Bay boasts some impressive scenery that is worth a look whenever possible. For a night out on the town, what better place to take it in than from the panoramic views of the area’s many rooftop hotspots?

Cold drinks, warm breezes, sunsets and stargazing make these outdoor venues among the most desirable for the nightlife crowd. Overlooking the bay, the gulf or a city skyline, these high-flying experiences are top notch.

Birchwood Canopy

Historic and grand, The Birchwood hotel in St. Petersburg is more than meets the eye. This elegant spot also features a fine dining restaurant called Birch & Vine, a Grand Ballroom for hosting special occasions and rooftop hangout the Birchwood Canopy.

This luxurious lounge claims impressive views of both downtown St. Pete and Tampa Bay. With cabanas for rent and signature craft cocktails served, Birchwood Canopy is a must-try for rooftop lovers. No reservations are taken, so it is first-come, first-serve.

Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar

With its past grounded in secrecy as a basement speakeasy, Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar in Dunedin is just one small part of the famed, historical Fenway Hotel.

A relaxed, low-key spot, Hi-Fi is the place to lay back, sip a drink and grab a bite. Take in the sunset over Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. Loveseats and a cozy atmosphere make it the rooftop to be on for a pleasant evening nightcap.

Jimmy’s on the Edge

Looking to get the party started a little earlier? Clearwater Beach’s Jimmy’s on the Edge opens the door to the rooftop at 11 a.m. Food, drinks and desserts galore, this 10th-floor hangout, the largest in Clearwater, is top-tier for Florida vibes.

Views stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the Intercoastal Waterway, but if a big game is on, look no further than the 30-foot projection screen. Underneath, the Edge Hotel features amenities such as a creperie and waterfront pool.

Luna Lounge Tampa

Atop the Bulla Gastrobar Tampa is the Luna Lounge, a trendy and elegant rooftop bar that melds perfectly within the Hyde Park neighborhood.

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City skyline views and an intimate setting make for a romantic night out, allowing guests to enjoy some of the best that Tampa has to offer.

EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge

At the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa is the bustling and electric  EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge. True to the name, this bar specializes in serving only the finest ingredients in its crafted cocktails.

Always awash in events, EDGE offers weekly Happy Hours, live DJs each Saturday and Hospitality Nights. Comfy, spacious and modern, this rooftop bar is filled with light, color and art — sure to appeal to anyone’s epicurean delights.

GTB’s agreeable climate ensures that these rooftop bars can be enjoyed year-round. Some other notable locations include M.Bird at Armature Works, Pier Teaki in St. Petersburg and Sal Y Mar in Tampa.

By Ryan Walsh.

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