Tampa’s stunning new rooftop bar, Sal Y Mar, is officially open


Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar, a stylish new rooftop lounge/bar, sits atop the gorgeous dual-branded Aloft and Element Hotel — and it’s officially open.

Sal Y Mar (Salt and Sea) is easily accessible from a dedicated elevator on the hotel’s ground floor and is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“It was a tremendous team effort and we couldn’t be happier with the way everything came together to create this exceptional new rooftop experience here in Midtown Tampa,” said Evette Torres, Dual General Manager for Aloft and Element Hotel. “The views are even more spectacular than I had hoped, and we’re thrilled to finally share them with our guests and our new neighbors in what I hope becomes their new favorite hangout in Midtown.”

While taking in 360-degree views of the Tampa, Westshore, and St. Petersburg skylines, guests at Sal Y Mar can experience a mouth-watering collection of tapas, from Citrus Crab Cakes and Vegetable Bruschetta, to more authentic Spanish treats such as Carne Asada Street Tacos and Pan Seared Scallops with mango puree, plantain crisp, and pico de gallo.

The menu was created by Executive Chef Stephanie Bisogne and showcases the freshest possible local ingredients in a surprising assortment of salads and entrees, including Filet Mignon, Pan-seared Grouper, Chipotle-charred Chicken and more, along with a small selection of fresh-made desserts to provide a sweet ending to any meal. Sal Y Mar also serves a wide array of classic and artisanal craft cocktails, local craft beers, wines and bubbles for guests to enjoy as they toast another Florida sunset.

READ: Shake Shack will open in Midtown Tampa

Tampa’s new food, drink, and entertainment destination

Midtown is quickly evolving into a key food and drink destination in the Tampa Bay region. The popular Hall on Franklin will close its Franklin Street location to focus on the emergence of its large space at Midtown.

“The Hall on Franklin is moving to Midtown Tampa where we will be able to share our next-generation experience with you,” reads an Instagram post from the food hall.  “It will include outdoor seating, private dining, and enhanced service.”

This debut is in addition to the popular food hall’s expansion to Orlando and St. Pete

READ: Joffrey’s Coffee opening at Midtown Tampa

A new neighborhood rooftop bar

“As a new one-of-a-kind, neighborhood rooftop bar, I have no doubt Sal Y Mar will be one of our most popular spaces and will enhance the essence of Midtown Tampa,” said Evette Torres, Dual General Manager for Aloft and Element Hotel. “We can’t wait to share our spectacular views and our passion for authentic Latin inspired cuisine and sensational cocktails with guests and the entire Midtown community. It’s going to be a truly fabulous space.”

Easily accessible from a dedicated elevator on the hotel’s ground floor, the rooftop lounge will offer 4,900 square feet of indoor and outdoor seating, including a covered terrace and drink rails lining the perimeter. Drawing on Tulum’s Mayan influences, the space will be dressed in earth tones and coastal organic finishes, with fresh crisp linens, bamboo ceiling and comfortable hanging hammock chairs. Whether gathered for happy hour, special events, or a fun evening out with friends, guests will enjoy panoramic skyline views of the Bay area through floor-to-ceiling windows or the open air.

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Go for the drinks, but stay for the inspired menu

Foodies will be drawn to Sal Y Mar to experience a mouth-watering collection of tapas, from Citrus Crab Cakes and Vegetable Bruschetta, to more authentic Spanish treats such as Carne Asada Street Tacos and Pan Seared Scallops with mango puree, plantain crisp, and pico de gallo. 

The menu will also showcase the freshest possible local ingredients in a surprising assortment of salads and entrees, including Filet Mignon, Pan-seared Grouper, Chipotle-charred Chicken and more, and a small selection of fresh-made desserts to provide a sweet ending to any meal. 

Sal Y Mar has been an amazing day and also be serving a wide array of classic and artisanal craft cocktails, local craft beers, wines and bubbles for guests to enjoy as they toast another Florida sunset. Whatever the occasion, guests of Sal Y Mar can expect to enjoy one of the area’s most vibrant and picturesque settings, while indulging in the freshest fare and libations.

A 22-acre game changing development

Linking Westshore to Downtown, the 22-acre Midtown Tampa project is centrally located and within minutes of many Tampa favorites, such as Raymond James Stadium, Amalie Arena, International Plaza, Westshore Plaza, University of Tampa and Hyde Park Village, as well as the Tampa International Airport and Tampa Convention Center. 

An authentic and new kind of urban experience, Midtown includes nearly 2 million square feet of retail space, residential living space, and office buildings, with ample parking and intuitive walkability.  A social hub for entertainment and hospitality, Midtown also features the central green space of Midtown Commons, the 3-acre Midtown Lake, and the Watercourse recreational trail. The dual-branded Aloft and Element property will feature 226 rooms and is expected to open January 2021. 

So far, Midtown has announced a new restaurant by chef Chris Ponte, who is a local favorite, as well as Shake Shack, BellaBrava New World Trattoria, Burtons Grill & Bar, True Food Kitchen and Joffrey’s Coffee Tea Café.

For more information on Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar, visit SalYMarRooftop.com.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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