The town of San Miguel de Allende doesn’t have beaches, so the best location to enjoy fresh lime margaritas and watch the sunset is one of San Miguel’s numerous rooftop bars.
Since my partner and I seem to have made a habit of hanging out at them, here’s our view of the best rooftop bars in San Miguel, with a few restaurants thrown in for good measure. There’s a map of rooftop bars here which includes several more that aren’t in this blog post. There’s also a post here on the Top San Miguel Experiences.
The Big Daddys of San Miguel Rooftops
These are four bars you’ll see referenced in the tour books. In my opinion Atrio, Quince and Rosewood have the best views, cocktails, and staff.
Luna Tapas Bar (Rosewood)
One of best bars in Centro with an outstanding view of the parroquia. Come here before sunset for drinks and enjoy watching them ring the bells, followed by lighting up the church. Fun flirty wait staff and upscale food. Prices to match.
How to Find: Located on the street down the right side of the Parroquia (Cuna de Allende). You’ll enter through a courtyard. Head up the stairs on your right beyond the fountain. May require a reservation on busy weekends, but generally available earlier for drinks (before dinner reservation time).
Busy busy popular! On weekends and holidays there’s a waiting list at the very front entry of the building.
How to find: Entrance to Terraza bar is on left about half way into the restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Mama Mia.
Nice chill bar that sometimes has a DJ spinning.
How to Find: Upstairs above El Pueblo Viejo restaurant at Umaran 6 in Centro (turn right inside before you reach the restaurant).
Photo courtesy of Pablo O from San Miguel (via TripAdvisor)
How to Find: A few doors down from Mama Mia
The Hidden Gems
Here are some less mobbed San Miguel de Allende rooftop bars with stellar views and a more laid-back vibe. To be honest, most of these I prefer to the bars above. Once you get sick of hanging one street off the Jardin (main square), you can’t go wrong with any of these!
El Palomar Hotel
It’s a climb,but you’ll be rewarded with the best view over the whole city. So high that it’s best to avoid when windy!
How to Find: Head up San Francisco from the Jardin and it’s 3 blocks up the hill on right side. Enter hotel entry from San Francisco (stone doorway), turn left into hotel and climb, climb, climb!
An excellent alternate to Rosewood. Awesome views of the Parroquia and downtown. It’s located right opposite on same street as the Rosewood Hotel, but on opposite side of the road and the view is from a little less high. Try the margaritas!
How to Find: On the same street as the Rosewood Hotel. Enter the courtyard and go straight pass the fountain, through the lobby and up the stairs to the right.
Mezcal, worm salt optional
Awesome Oaxacan style food (try the mushroom tlayuda- it’s like a filled Mexican flatbread). Ask the friendly owner downstairs to tell you about his different mezcals, all brought in from Oaxaca.
How to find: it’s on Insurgentes. Go through the bar and out to the right, up the stairs to the roof deck.
Great wood-fired pizza, beer and wine. Order downstairs by the pizza oven before climbing up to the deck on top of this tiny hotel.
How to Find: Up the hill from the Jardin on Corroe. To reach the terraza go straight past the beer wall on one side, up the stairs, past the 5 or so hotel rooms, around the corner and up more stairs.
Bond 007 Gin Bar
More of a bar to hang out than a restaurant. Good mezcal and one of best gin selections in town.
How to Find: A short walk away from the Jardin on Hidalgo. Once you find it, keep climbing the stairs from the street and keep climbing past the first bar.
Nice views of downtown and a great place to grab a drink if you’re headed to dinner at Hecho en Mexico or CarneVino. The bar located here previously didn’t make it – so we’ll see if this one does!
How to Find: Right opposite the Instituto on Ancha de San Antonio just before corner with Orizaba. Enter the liquor store and go up the stairs straight opposite the door.
More Options with Great Food
Here are some more awesome restaurants that have great food options, but don’t forget there’s also Baja Fish Taquito for tacos and seafood and Chiquita Sunset for pizza (above).
Baja Fish Taquito
Baja Fish Taquito
Great fish tacos close to the jardin, with beer and wine to match.
How to Find: A few gentle blocks up the hill on Mesones. Enter and go up the exceedingly narrow stairs on your right.
MX Sushi & Terraza
Nice sushi and lounge atmosphere.Great fish tacos close to the jardin, with beer and wine to match. Try the MX roll.
How to Find: Enter the restaurant and head up the stairs at the back.
Great food menu with amazing deserts and rumored the best flan in town. Friendly staff and fun decor (the items on the wall are for sale).
How to Find: It’s on Correo one block away from the Jardin. Entry is left and up the stairs. Nice view away from town to the houses on the hill behind downtown.
The Best Bar in Town
Of course, if I’m honest my favorite bar is our own back patio. So easy and accessible, and there’s always cold beer ready in the fridge.
How to Find: Give me a call and come on over!