The Universal Studios Bistro With Unmissable Rooftop Views

What could be better than sipping creatively crafted cocktails while nibbling on innovative and delicious appetizers? Doing so while the skyline backdrop sparks imaginative and child-like joy. At Universal Orlando Resort, there is such a place — and its aerial views of The Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are just some of the sights you'll see during your early-evening happy hour or dinner.

Universal Orlando is known for great food and beverage options across its three theme parks: Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and Volcano Bay. Mythos, one of the dining spots in Islands of Adventure, has been named Theme Park Insider's Best Restaurant 10 times — a first in the history of the awards. With a theme park eatery being held in such esteem, it's no surprise that the restaurants at the onsite resort hotels hold the same reputation. However, you can find something among these resort dining destinations that the parks don't have: a sky-high bar overlooking the entire Universal Orlando property. At Bar 17 Bistro, Aventura Hotel's rooftop lounge, that's exactly what you get.

Take in Bar 17 Bistro's magical views

As the name implies, take the elevator up to the 17th floor at Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel to reach Bar 17 Bistro, where you can soak in panoramic views of all three theme parks, the numerous resorts on the property, and the iconic CityWalk from your seat (via TouringPlans). Welcome to both hotel guests and walk-ins, the open-air lounge has a menu that can stand on its own in the sweeping landscape.

What makes this spot so popular, in addition to its views, is its daily happy hour that runs from 10 p.m. until closing — making it a desired place to go to after the parks have closed and you're not ready to end your night (per Orlando Informer). On the menu, guests can order creative cocktails with fun names, such as the Orlandos & Don'ts — made from gin, sake, lemon, cucumber, and raspberry — or the One in a Melon — crafted with vodka, St-Germain (one of the most popular types of liqueur), melon, pear, and lemon. You can pair these libations with bites like Korean fried chicken wings, Mongolian beef, vegetable, or pork belly bao buns, or the Bar 17 Steak.