The Las Palmas rooftop bar scene is taking off with new hotel bars and terraces opening regularly.
It’s because the law changed at the start of 2018 to allow restaurants and clubs to use their rooftops, albeit with restricted opening time to limit disturbance to neighbours.
Here’s my list of all the rooftop bars in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city, starting by Las Canteras and moving south towards Vegueta and Triana.
Aloe Canteras Rooftop Bar
The brand new Aloe Canteras Hotel bar is on the top floor of the hotel with views of Las Canteras beach and the rooftops of La Puntilla and the Puerto District. It has regular live music.
The bar open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday:
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 15:00 to 23:00
Friday and Saturdays from 16:00 to 00:00
Just walk through reception and use the lift to head up to the terrace.
El Tendedero de Catalina in Santa Catalina Square
The Tendedero was one of Las Palmas’ first rooftop bars and is still popular. It’s at the top of the BedandChic hotel and overlooks Santa Catalina Square.
Tendedero attracts an arty local crowd and does some great cocktails with a hipster edge.
Access is via the lift in the hotel reception.
Las Casa Roja O Sole Mío on the beachfront
The only beachfront roof terrace in Las Palmas, this chilled-out terrace is on the roof of the O Sole Mío pizza restaurant in the emblematic Casa Roja where Luis Morote Street meets the beach.
It’s the perfect spot for a sundowner drink as it has great views of the beach and the sunset.
Open daily from 13.00 to 11.45pm.
BEX Hotel rooftop bar on the 12th floor
The design-led BEX Hotel is in the imposing 12-storey building that was home to the Spanish Banco Exterior. Its Ibex Rooftop and Lounge has one of the best panoramic views of Las Palmas city and port.
The BEX Hotel is on Leon y Castillo 330 just south of Santa Catalina Square. The lift in the lobby takes you right up to the bar. It’s open every day from midday to midnight but really shines at sunset.
Take a layer as it can be breezy that high up above the city.
La Azotea de Benito in Triana
This huge rooftop bar is on the top of the Monopol arcade in Triana with superb views of Vegueta old town and the cathedral. It has a huge gin and cocktail range and is busy at the weekends (and on Thursday nights for the Vegueta tapas evening).
La Azotea de Benito opens every day…
Sundays 16.00 to 01.00
Monday-Wednesday 17.00 to 01.00
Thursday 17.00 to 02.30
Friday-Saturday 16.00 to 02.30
Santa Catalina Hotel Rooftop Alis Bar
The rooftop bar of the Santa Catalina Hotel is a complete contrast from the classic and venerable hotel itself. It’s open and minimal and achingly trendy with drinks prices to match. A beer sets you back six euros and cocktails start in double figures. You do get a live DJ and saxophone soundtrack at sunset, very attractive staff, and wonderful views out over Parque Doramas and the marina.
However, when we visited it felt like the sort of bar you go to be seen rather than to have a good time. It didn’t have much atmosphere because all the tables were spaced out and the decor was so sparse.
Hotel 21 rooftop brunch and bar
Hotel 21 is one of Las Palmas’ newest and smartest hotels and it has a discreet rooftop bar and terrace that opens to the public from Thursday to Sunday. It offers brunch and lunchtime tapas to non-guests at the weekends (book to bag a table).
Friday: 13.00-23.00 (tapas at lunchtime)
Saturday: 10.00-23.00 (brunch and lunch tapas)
Sunday: 10.00-17.00 (brunch and lunch tapas)
COMING SOON; MAYBE: Rooftop bar plan at the Gabinete Literario
The Gabinete is a private members club on the Plaza del Cairasco in Triana district. It’s set in a beautiful eclectic modernist building and its restaurant by the plaza is open to the public.
The restaurant is now run by the same company that runs the excellent Maroa Club de Mar on Anfi Island. It has just announced plans to open a rooftop bar at the Gabinete.
That’s all the rooftop bars in Las Palmas so far. As soon as new ones open up I’ll add them. Enjoy the views!