What’s better than enjoying an adult beverage with friends in Grand Rapids? Enjoying an adult beverage with friends while drinking in panoramic views of Grand Rapids!

Rooftop bars are all the rage in our Instagram age – who can resist sharing a photo of an artfully-crafted cocktail set against a city skyline? But these next-level destinations are also a great place to relax and unwind beneath a sunny (or starry) sky, up above the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Our list of rooftop bars includes a few that aren’t technically atop a building – but all of them offer spectacular birds’-eye views to complement their top-flight beverages and bites. Check them out to take your date night or get-together to new heights … and be sure to tag your rooftop photos with #ExperienceGR to spread the wow!

BrickYard Tavern - Outdoor Patio, 2021

History mixes with a pleasant outdoor dining atmosphere at the Brickyard Tavern.

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Brickyard Tavern

The elevated outdoor patio at this popular Monroe North restaurant overlooks the courtyard pool and fountain at Boardwalk Condominiums, a residential community situated in what was once the world’s largest furniture factory. It’s not so much a view of the city as a glimpse of one of the city’s most amazing (and award-winning) historic renovation projects. The Brickyard Tavern offers a full dining menu as well as craft beers, wine and cocktails.

Founders Brewing Co.

If you’re a fan of world-class craft beer, you probably already know about Founders’ famed outdoor beer garden. But did you know that Founders also offers a second-floor event space with even more expansive views of the city? The Centennial Room is equipped with two walls of windows and a two-sided patio. It can be rented for social and business events in 3-hour minimum blocks.

The Friesian Gastro Pub - Outdoor Patio, 2021.

Head to the top of the Friesian to find its intimate rooftop deck.

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The Friesian Gastro Pub

The 50-person rooftop deck at this casual neighborhood pub, just down the hill from downtown’s Medical Mile, offers views of busy Michigan Street and historic Heritage Hill homes while still managing to feel completely set apart from the city. Boasting “an eclectic twist on comfort food,” The Friesian is a fun spot for dinner and weekend brunch accompanied by beer, wine and creative cocktails.

A red cocktail at IDC's patio, positioned in front of an outdoor fire pit.

Panoramic views of downtown Grand Rapids and expertly-crafted beverages welcome you at IDC. No wonder locals want to keep it a secret!

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IDC

A private, covered, year-round balcony bar with indoor and outdoor seating, IDC affords guests a panoramic view of the street below and the city above. Expect delectable cocktails and a finely curated selection of wine, beer, cider and seltzer. Located in the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, IDC is open to the public but requires a secret code to enter. (Sign up at the IDC website to get it – just don’t tell anyone we told you.)

Knoop Rooftop Beer Garden - Patio Seating, 2021

Knoop's modern design and Dutch and German-inspired cuisine is a nod to Grand Rapids' roots.

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Knoop Rooftop Beer Garden

Enjoy craft cocktails and small bites at this upscale destination inside (and outside) the Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown hotel. Knoop offers an extensive variety of local craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails in addition to stunning views of downtown. Dinner and Sunday brunch menus offer a refined mix of Dutch and German-inspired cuisine with a modern touch.

MDRD

Okay, this one isn’t on the roof, but it is on the top two floors of the 29-story Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Grand Rapids. The views from MDRD’s floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony are truly breathtaking – and the food and drink are just as magnificent. The restaurant’s name is pronounced “Madrid” and it specializes in modern Spanish cuisine – including tapas, imported wine and beer, and lavish Latin-influenced cocktails.

Enjoying apps, craft beverages at Haute the rooftop.

If you want to impress your guests with city views, Mertens Rooftop is a great place to do just that.

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Mertens Rooftop

Take a trip to the south of France in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Mertens Rooftop serves French-inspired bites and cocktails in the open air along with expansive views of the city. A variety of soft-seating arrangements imparts an elegant yet laid-back ambiance. Perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks when visiting Mertens Prime steakhouse (also in the building) or for a memorable stand-alone experience.

Reserve Wine & Food - Outdoor Patio, 2021

Tucked away on Reserve's second floor is their rooftop terrace.

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Reserve Wine & Food

The second-floor outdoor terrace at downtown’s go-to wine, cheese and charcuterie destination feels both secluded and part of the big-city vibe. Reserve has more than 100 wines available by the glass, an extensive bottle collection and a sensational lineup of seasonal crafted cocktails, so you’re sure to find something to please your palate. If you’re feeling hungry, know that Reserve emphasizes modern-day classics built around locally sourced ingredients.

Rockwell Republic

This cocktail bar and gastro pub in downtown’s Heartside neighborhood has won numerous crowd-sourced awards for its elevated outdoor deck, which feels like a roof without actually being one. Known for its delectable craft cocktails and happy-hour specials, Rockwell Republic also offers a variety of made-from-scratch seasonal cuisine.

The Sky Deck at Bobarino's - The B.O.B., 2021

Bobarino's Sky Deck affords you great views of the city while enjoying a craft beer from B.O.B's Brewery.

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The Sky Deck at Bobarino’s

Downtown’s B.O.B. (Big Old Building) is the setting for this open-air space, which extends from the south of the building, up above busy Fulton Street. The Sky Deck is served by Bobarino’s, one of three restaurants inside the B.O.B., but it also offers craft beers from B.O.B.’s brewery, another building tenant, along with a full complement of bottled beer, craft cocktails and wine.

Waters View Rooftop Bar

Nestled atop the Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown hotel, this bar provides incredible views of the city along with numerous vantage points for drinking it all in – settle in to a comfy couch, grab a table or take a seat at the bar. Access to the Waters View is a special amenity reserved for guests of the hotel. (It’s worth the check-in.)

Whitewater Café and Lounge

It’s back to the Monroe North neighborhood for a tranquil view of nature in the city. Whitewater is located on the second floor of the Embassy Suites Grand Rapids hotel, and a balcony off the restaurant overlooks the Grand River and Sixth Street Park. It’s a relaxing spot to knock back a cocktail after a busy day in the city (or before a lively night on the town). An event space higher up in the hotel offers an even more elevated perspective – ideal for social and business gatherings.

Rooftop seating is in great demand, so bars may require reservations or call-ahead. Check individual websites for policies and hours. And enjoy the view!