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Cocktails in the clouds

The best rooftop bars in Munich to sip a cocktail, have a chat or simply party at.


The rooftop terrace of the restaurant The Grill offers 100 seats.


When summer heats up in Munich, there is hardly anything more amazing than sitting in a shadowy beer garden with your friends and enjoying life with a snack and a glass stein of good German beer or two. However, there are alternatives galore in Munich, especially for those who think that there are occasions when ale-benches and beer mugs don’t quite cut it. Hot tip: visit one of the many spectacular rooftop bars that are scattered all across the city and enjoy your drink with a gorgeous view surrounding you.


China Moon Roof Terrace at Mandarin Oriental


China Moon Roof Terrace at the swish 5-star-house Mandarin Oriental is Munich’s best kept secret for delicious dishes, a terrific rooftop pool and of course a breath-taking panoramic view of the city. Get a taste of high life while you sip your cocktail in the clouds and indulge in Asian, Mediterranean or Arabic delicacies. Oriental statues and various foliage plants ooze a distinctive Asian flair on the terrace. Make sure you try the home-made Arabic mezze, hummus, baba ghanoush and tabouleh – they’re to die for! You can have a chat in one of the comfortable cane chairs and big sofas with orange cushions or just watch the sun set over the sprawling metropolis with the twin domes of Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in the background and the Alps on the horizon.


Opening times: May - October daily from 12.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. / Address: Neuturmstraße 1, 80331 München / On the internet:


Blue Spa Terrace at Hotel Bayerischer Hof


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There is no doubt that Hotel Bayerischer Hof is one of the hottest addresses in Munich. So it’s definitely also no surprise that there is a fancy rooftop terrace perched on top of the 5-star-house – which is second to none in the city. The Blue Spa Bar, that is directly located over the Blue Spa, lures with an opulent outdoor area. From there, you can see the Munich centre and Frauendom – an unbeatable view, no matter if it’s day or night. Highly recommended: the exclusive Blue Spa barbecue that is offered daily from June to September. Crispy, summer-fresh salads, light Mediterranean grilled fish and meat meals, and nonstandard summer cocktails will make your stay at this destination an unforgettable experience. If it happens that you are still not enough relaxed afterwards, treat yourself to a little massage or a luxury beauty treatment at Blue Spa.


Opening times: Open daily from 8.00 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. (when the weather is nice until midnight), daily barbecue from June to September from 12.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m., Polar Bar in winter from Mon - Fri 04.00 p.m. (Sat - Sun from 12.00 a.m.) - 10.30 p.m. / Address: Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333 München / On the internet:


Emiko Roof Terrace at Hotel Louis


Hotel Louis gives you a rare glimpse into an especially quiet rooftop hideaway. After a short registration at the reception, take the lift to the sixth floor where a narrow corridor will lead you straight to Munich’s probably cutest rooftop terrace. This smartened up hot spot is not only worth a visit because of its lonesome atmosphere. The Asian inspired cocktail creations at Emiko Bar attract cocktail aficionados from everywhere in Munich. The drinks are mixed with plum wine, saké, lemon grass, ginger and Thai basil. The new lunch offer called Sushi & Sunshine will also fill tables during summer. From 6 p.m. in the evening, guests can dine a la carte (make sure you have a reservation!). Butter-soft fillet of Wagyu Beef, fine sushi platters or the chef’s summer suggestion, aji tartare with grapefruit and turnip carpaccio, are just a few dishes from the multifaceted menu. The special thing about the food: all dishes are served in the middle of the table and are then enjoyed by the “sharing priniciple” – where everyone is able to try everything. This way of dining arranges for a unique, communicative eating experience. 


Opening times: daily from 12.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. / Address: Viktualienmarkt 6 (approach: Rindermarkt 2), 80331 München / On the internet:


Rooftop Terrace at Café Glockenspiel


Café Glockenspiel at Marienplatz is one of the classics among the rooftop bars in Munich. The outdoor area is daily open from 10.00 a.m. which is really the perfect time to scoff a yummy breakfast in a front-row seat to St Peter’s Church. The café is worth a visit in the evening, too. The bar at Glockenspiel doesn’t only offer a wide variety of spirits and cocktails but also a daily-changing evening menu. The fizzy chef’s suggestion which is ideal for hot summer nights: Sloe Gin Silver Fizz with sloe gin, lemon, sugar, egg white and soda. The wine list is also not to be sneezed at. Having to decide from 70 different wines is not an easy task at all. Once you’ve chosen a drink, there is absolutely nothing that could stand in the way of pleasant hours and exhilarating conversations over the roofs of the city centre anymore.


Opening times: Mon - Thu 09.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m., Fri - Sat 09.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m., Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. / Address: Marienplatz 28, 80331 München / On the internet:


Café Vorhölzer




At Café Vorhölzer, which is perched on the fifth floor of the TU building (Technical University Munich), guests will have a New York experience in the middle of Munich. OK, we admit that you will desperately seek for an impressive skyscraper skyline and deep urban canyons but, nevertheless, the luxurious rooftop terrace offers a stunning view over Munich, the Königsplatz or Frauenkirche. During the day, stressed out students and sun-hungry city slickers are likely to hang out in comfortable deckchairs and take a seat at one of the numerous tables. In the mornings, there is also a wide-ranging breakfast buffet. The rooftop terrace is also well-attended in the evening. This is no surprise as the destination is the perfect spot to start exploring Munich’s nightlife. The menu includes small snacks and a broad variety of coffee and tea. There are no cocktails at Café Vorhölzer but the thirsty guests are pampered with wine, beer, prosecco and summerly “fancy schmancy” signature drinks like Sprizz and Hugo.


Opening times: Mon - Fri 09.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m., Sat 10.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m., Sun 10.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. / Address: Arcisstraße 21, at TU, 80333 München / On the internet:


Rooftop Terrace The Grill


The restaurant The Grill at Künstlerhaus stands for ambitious cuisine paired with unique atmosphere. No wonder that the outdoor area of the old-established house is everything but run-of-the-mill. Get yourself up the spacious urban rooftop terrace atop the courtyard that offers 100 seats. Surrounded by listed buildings of the Künstlerhaus, you will certainly enjoy unforgettable metropolitan summer evenings of pure indulgence. At The Grill, chef Max Lechner pampers his guests with grilled meat, fish and sea food specialties. You will surely find something after your fancy on the menu as you can choose from different types of meat, side dishes and sauces which are served in small copper pots and pans (ideal for sharing!). Especially wine lovers are spoilt for choice in this place: the noble grape from Germany, South Africa, France and Japan will taste even better on the big terrace.


Opening times: Mon - Thu 06.00 p.m. - 12.00 p.m., Fri -Sat 06:00 p.m. - 01.00 a.m. / Address: Lenbachplatz 8, 80333 München / On the internet:


rooftop Terrace Karstadt/Oberpollinger


Perched atop the fifth floor of Karstadt/Oberpollinger, the self-service restaurant LeBuffet is a wonderful relaxation oasis for tired shopping fans. The big rooftop terrace is equipped with comfortable wicker chairs and scores with a spectacular view over Stachus and Lenbachplatz. The restaurant offers a wide range of food at the buffet. The dishes can be put together after one’s fancy and the chef prepares the meals right in front of the hungry guests. Make sure you try the Asian food which is either served with fish, meat or fresh vegetables – just as you like.


Opening times: Mon - Sat 10.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m. / Address: Neuhauser Straße 18, 80331 München / On the internet: