Picture yourself on a Thursday night, in the clouds, holding a tequila and agave cocktail and swaying to some live music. Sounds too good to be true for an average weeknight, right? Not so fast: Hang out at one of the best rooftop bars in Miami and this’ll be your reality. Here, our eight favorites.

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1. Sugar

On the 40th floor of the East Miami hotel at Brickell City Centre, you’ll find a lush rooftop garden bar stocked with all the good stuff. Think: truffle pistachio tataki and wok-tossed edamame paired with lychee blossom cocktails and rosé champagne. Plus, the view is to die for.

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami; 786-805-4655 or easthotels.com

2. Watr at 1 Rooftop

Nothing like a soft sea breeze, white, pillowy couches and some delicious Peruvian-influenced Japanese cuisine to make us feel like we’re on vacation right here at home.

2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-6580 or 1hotels.com.

3. Area 31

Whisk yourself away to the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel and discover the excitement at Area 31. Feast on Korean barbecue steak tacos and Spanish croquetas with a glass of Merlot and gaze toward the downtown Miami skyline.

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way; 305-424-5234 or area31restaurant.com

4. Astra

Astra’s got the best of all worlds: a tropical-inspired alfresco space with next-level Miami views, Mediterranean-inspired fare and an in-house mixology team that can pretty much shake up any cocktail you could imagine.

2121 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 786-602-3449 or astramiami.com

5. No. 3 Social

There’s a lot going on at No. 3 Social’s rooftop. Situated on top of Wynwood’s Three restaurant, No. 3 Social incorporates the best of the restaurant’s food and drink with killer views of the Arts District and a robust calendar of events. We love Wednesday’s rooftop cinema, which pairs a classic flick with dining specials.

50 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-748-4540 or no3social.com

6. Juvia

The swankiest rooftop terrace in all of Miami and the coldest pinot grigio in town. Insider tip: Arrive 30 minutes before sunset, order a few appetizers and get ready for a magical evening.

1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-763-8272 or juviamiami.com

7. Vista

Order a bottle of wine, a charcuterie and cheese board and pistachio-mint gnocchi on Vista’s rooftop, which offers unobstructed views of the downtown skyline. Make sure to check the venue’s calendar in advance to coincide your outing with a live band performance.

5020 NE 2 Ave.; 305-405-7547 or vistamiamirestaurant.com

8. Citadel Rooftop

We know food halls are a dime a dozen now in Miami. But there’s something different at the 15,000-square-foot Citadel in Little River: a massive rooftop bar complete with handcrafted cocktails and stunning views of downtown. Don’t mind us—we’ll be casually spending our entire Saturday here. Seriously… brunch till happy hour…

8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-908-3849 or thecitadelmiami.com

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