A rooftop bar is one the best ways to get the most out of cool, summer nights while enjoying the sights of Baltimore.
The ambiance is key to any rooftop bar, but there are plenty of other factors, like location and price, that I look out for when I’m going out.
Many of these bars are located around the Patapsco River, but I’ve found plenty of hidden gems with fantastic views in their own right.
Here’s my list of some of my favorite rooftop bars in the city of Baltimore.
3328 Foster Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
The Chasseur was a few blocks away from the river, but we saw that they have a great view of it from the rooftop bar.
The menu was filled with grill options. I have to say that the seafood available was a great feature, and I went for the crab mac and cheese.
They had a massive list of cocktails to choose from too. I loved the caramel apple mule. It tasted like autumn in a cup, with a nice kick.
800 N Wolfe St #16, Baltimore, MD 21205
If you’re near Johns Hopkins, 16 On The Park is a great place to check out.
They have a wide selection of local beers, which always gives me more of a special hometown feeling, though there are some great signature cocktail options if that’s more your thing.
The place feels very high-end, and there’s lots of hardwood and natural light. Still, it is casual enough that for most events this is a flexible place to go.
410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Cafe Gia Ristorante is located just off the water in Little Italy, and really would make you think twice about where you are.
Between the hip decorative style with older style paintings, traditional Italian dishes, and the Maryland flair throughout, I was blown away.
The choices of fine Italian wines are immense, and they’ve got some Italian beers too that I had no idea about. They’re very accommodating to larger groups.
20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201
The Lord Baltimore Hotel runs the LB Skybar, which has some great views of the Baltimore skyline.
The best part is, this place is right in the city center, which was so much easier when I went out with friends since it is right in the middle of everything.
They have some great craft cocktails and craft beers, but my friends and I enjoyed the bucket drinks. There is a menu as well with some limited grill options.
5700 Newbury St., Baltimore, MD 21209
I’ve found this place a lot more relaxed than most other bars, which can be a relief for a more casual evening out with friends.
This is also a little further outside the city center, but still only about a 10-minute drive. The menu is broad especially compared to some of these other places that just have expensive snacks.
I would recommend the roast beef and goat cheese stack. The Mt. Washington Tavern got plenty of seafood specialties being so close to the water. There are some nice desserts too.
As mentioned, the rooftop bar is only open seasonally, so best to check ahead if you want the feeling of a drink outdoors.
200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
The Splash Pool Bar & Grill is located within the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. The first time I came here was actually for a wedding.
This spot is a great venue for events, but it’s a nice spot to go out with friends too. They’ve got plenty of foods like burgers throughout the day.
But the Mexican-style dishes are probably the best ones. Check ahead of time because this place is only open during the spring and summer months.
400 International Drive 29th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202
Also on the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel is The Bygone, which has some of the best views of the night skyline over the end of the river I’ve ever seen.
The dining is upscale and will feel more like a fancy occasion. The cocktail menu is pretty long, but my favorite was the Bee’s Knees; I love anything with elderflower.
They change the menu seasonally, which is one of the reasons I love going back. It always feels a little different.
101 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Even though this is in a historic area, these drinks could stand on their own. I had the vampire blues. Even though I don’t often go for whiskey drinks, I found the fruit and spice flavors brought a nice element to the cocktail.
They’ve also got a nice dinner menu. I loved the duck breast, and my friend raved about the Chilean sea bass they had.
They close a bit earlier than some bars, so not ideal if you’re looking to be out at midnight, but this place is great for something more relaxed.
333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
The Roof Deck is open on game days and doesn’t have much for cocktails, but it has an energetic atmosphere.
It’s best done as a weekend activity but doesn’t just have to be for baseball fans, but it does overlook the Orioles’ field. Often there are live events like musical performances.
The biggest benefit to the open-air drinks is when there are fireworks displays on some Saturdays. They do offer a few grill options for foods as well and while I like burgers, these are fairly limited.
240 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202
The Loch Bar is also found in the Four Seasons Hotel but does have its unique feeling. I went once when they had live music, which is always a fun way to spice up a night out.
It’s a specialized whiskey bar with tons of seafood choices on the thorough menu. They also had a great selection of beers and have their cocktail list. I would probably go back for the Kentucky Buck the next time I go.
There are plenty of fantastic rooftop bars in Baltimore, all with their own unique vibe and menu selections. Did we miss any of your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments.