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 are also posts here on the Best Cafes to Work and What to do in San Miguel.
The Big Daddys of San Miguel Rooftops
These are the bars you’ll see referenced in the tour books. For the full San Miguel experience, plan to visit at least one of these while in town. In my opinion Atrio, Quince and Rosewood have the best views, cocktails, and staff.
Luna Tapas Bar (Rosewood)
How to Find: Inside the Rosewood hotel, which is a ten minute downhill walk or short taxi from the Jardin (centro). Enter the lobby, turn left before the main courtyard and left again to take the elevator (or stairs) to the top floor. On busy days they have a waiting list on the ground floor and won’t let you go up to the roof unless a spot is available.
Tupi DJ Roofbar
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. Often has live music downstairs.
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 GemsHere 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!
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.
El Palomar Hotel
It’s a climb, but you’ll be rewarded with the best view over the whole city. We tend to come here for margaritas or a cocktail and then move on to dinner in town, but they are well rated for food, too (if not cheap).
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!
This is my favorite rooftop for grabbing a quick bite to eat and a beer in centro, with a full bar. They are very reasonably priced and the tacos are to die for. Try the Costra, where your meat is wrapped in grilled cheese and then a tortilla.
You can also order from the Chicago deep dish pizza place downstairs. A key tip: the stuffed pizza is what Americans would call Deep Dish (not the one called Deep Dish).
How to Find: Right next to Tupinamba restaurant (and Tupi rooftop) on Zacateros. Pass through the restaurant with rows of benches and up the stairs painted in rainbow colors at the back to reach the rooftop.
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.
Mezcal, worm salt optional
A new kid in town, spread out over several levels (don’t be misled by the small entrance and keep climbing). Super central and sometimes has live music one level up from street.
How to Find: Super central, on Hidalgo, less than a block from the Jardin.
Bond 007 Gin BarMore 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. Bond 007 Facebook
Baja Fish Taquito
Baja Fish TaquitoGreat 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. Baja Fish Taquito Facebook
More Options with Great FoodHere 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).
Pegaso RestaurantGreat 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. El Pegaso Facebook
Fancy restaurant with upscale seafood optoins. Restaurant has the best view as bar is behind it, so not right on the terrace.
How to Find: not to be confused with La 21Unica (a fun downstarirs bar on Jesus /upper end of Pila Seca), La Unica is on Diez de Sollano, a few doors down from The Restaurant. It’s not instantly obvious that they have a terrace, so ask at the desk after you enter.