Greenville, SC has pretty amazing weather. And since you can spend so much of the year outside, why not eat/drink outside in style. And I don’t mean our garden, patio, deck, and sidewalk seating (which the city has so much of). I’m talking about the best rooftop bars in Greenville.
New restaurants and bars are opening up daily here, so I’m trying to keep up with this list. As I visit these places (or re-visit and take pictures), I’ll update the locations below. For those without pictures, I’ll try to pull in some instagram photos where I can.
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The views at Up On The Roof are probably some of the best in town. It looks out over the Reedy River with 2 different terraces. They also have a covered bar (that leads out onto the terrace) and indoor dining as well. The food is amazing (small plates) and the cocktails are interesting and delicious.
What I love: Those sunset views | Price of a cocktail: $12.50.
This is the most casual place on the list and I love that. There are people there dressed up for a fun night out, for happy hour, or for a quick lunch. It’s got a great American upscale pub menu (with some good Southern favorites) and a full bar.
What I love: More casual atmosphere | Price of a draft beer: $6.50.
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Greenville’s newest garden rooftop experience. To see what it’s all about, definitely check out their Instagram. I loved the botanical, open, airy decor. (Which seemed to be a mix of both real and fake plants.) And this is a swanky place. Be prepared to dress up.
The foot was incredible, but the menu is smaller. Just a handful of appetizers, salads, entrees, and pizzas (the firebox section). But it was all delicious and unique. We went for the buffalo cauliflower starter, the Juniper salad, the prosciutto and burrata pizza, and the citrus pie.
The cocktails (especially gin, their signature liquor) were all incredible. Though expect them to be pricey.
Be warned though that you will need a reservation. And they fill up fast. I had to make mine 4 weeks out. You can only make reservations for 6 weeks in advance and they are only open Wed.-Sat. If you want dinner, make sure to get a reservation for 9:45pm or earlier. The kitchen closes at 10pm. If you make a reservation after this, you’ll still be able to get some drinks.
What I love: The botanical decor | Price of a cocktail: ~$14-16.
Picture coming soon!
I always think of SIP as the original rooftop bar of Greenville. When I moved here, it was the only one in town. It’s got a sophisticated lounge feel with plenty of outdoor seating (compared to its relatively small indoor bar). Lots of comfy outdoor furniture for the perfect happy hour or a late-night out.
What I love: The views over the plaza
Hoppin’ is one of those places with tons of taps on the wall (beer, cider, wine, prosecco, and kombucha are all options) and you get a glass and wristband when you get there and pour yourself as much or as little as you want. Then you pay when you leave based on what you poured.
And though they don’t serve food, there is pizza right next door that you can bring over. The only bad thing is the parking. Both lots across from the place are pay to park through a weird glitchy app.
What I love: Dog friendly rooftop | Price of a craft beer: avg. about $0.50 per ounce ($8)
W XYZ Bar
Okay so this one isn’t technically on a roof of a building. I’ve put it at the bottom of the list because of that. The bar is located a handful of stories above the One City Plaza more on a balcony (since the rest of the hotel extends above it).
What I love: Dog friendly balcony
Open in 2021, Double Stamp is a new brewery off of Laurens Road about 1.5 miles from downtown. It’s got a fun 90’s theme going on with decor, music, and even beer names. While no food is offered on site, Home Team BBQ is literally right next door.
The rooftop bar is a little small and just one story, but it’s dog friendly! (The whole brewery is dog friendly actually!)
There’s even a bar on the rooftop patio too (though no one was serving when we went in October 2021 – maybe soon though).
Double Stamp also has trivia every Wednesday and maybe yoga every Thursday. Be sure to follow their Instagram for all the details on the events.
What I love: Dog friendliness and pint glasses | Price of a beer: $5-$7