Summer is in full swing, which means it’s officially rooftop season. Woot! What’s better than sipping cocktails while socializing and soaking in sweeping views?
No matter how hot it gets, the allure of drinking outdoors never seems to fade. Whether you’re looking to unwind after work or end your evening with a nightcap, these are the best rooftop bars in the Big Apple.
Azul on the Rooftop
While Hudson Square, the area around the Holland Tunnel, is more oft associated with honking horns and freight facilities than hotspots, this Havana-inspired space atop Hotel Hugo is inarguably the latter. Its festive theme extends from the colorful decor and tasty tipples (the rum-soaked mojito slushies are dangerously delish) to the Cuban street food and toe-tapping tunes. Check out live music on Saturday afternoons.
525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
Imagine chilling in a hammock with a glass of Cabernet Franc Rosé in hand. Oenophiles looking for a laid-back locale to enjoy some vino, will love this glorious under-the-radar gem, nestled in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. By reservation only, the world's first commercially viable rooftop vineyard hosts popular wine and cheese pairings as well as yoga sessions, viticulture classes, and movie nights.
299 Sands St BLDG #275, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Floating above Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive at the iconic Rainbow Room dazzles with the most mesmerizing views in all of New York City. The spectacular setting is enhanced by the many mouth-watering offerings. On the menu for summer? Seasonal aperitifs and crowd-pleasing eats such as massive seafood towers (shrimp, lobster, oysters, crab claws, clams, tuna tartar, and uni) and popcorn on the cob with ranch powder and sriracha butter.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
The Press Lounge
Perched atop the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, this swanky lounge is open 365 days a year. We’ll admit, 11th Avenue is a ways west, but it’s worth the trek for a glimpse of the epic panoramas. This Hell's Kitchen haven also has plenty to offer in terms of ambiance. You don’t have to deal with a cover charge. Plus, there’s a great selection of wine and beer.
653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Tucked away on the 18th floor of the MADE Hotel, this urban oasis has a serene yet sociable sensibility. Lush foliage and wood ceilings imbue natural charm, while expansive windows and a cozy outdoor terrace allow for spellbinding views of the Empire State Building. And let’s just say that after your third Hibiki Harmony, we can’t guarantee your conduct will be described as “good behavior.”
44 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
1 Rooftop Garden & Bar
With refreshing sips, light fare, and a plunge pool, the 1 Rooftop Garden & Bar is the ultimate spot to beat the heat this summer. (Be sure to pack your SPF!) Adding to the appeal are spectacular vistas of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge that go on forever. Our favorite time to soak in the splendor is at sunset, when the sky is awash in sherbet hues. Getting in: There’s a $20 entry fee for non-hotel guests, a portion of which is donated to the Oceanic Global Foundation.
60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T.)
An alfresco lounge with eye-popping panoramas of the Hudson River, Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T.) seduces with its Instagram-friendly setting and stiff drinks. Post up on the couches and order an elderflower-infused spritz (or two). Hungry? Harold Moore revamped the menu and it’s pretty darn delicious. Think: deviled eggs and mezze platters with homemade naan. At night, strands of twinkle lights create an inviting atmosphere.
231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Housed on the 26th floor of the historic Beekman Tower, Ophelia is a rooftop speakeasy with a palpable sense of the past. Art deco architecture shines alongside vintage memorabilia (old photographs, matchbooks, and vanity mirrors). Libations harken back to its heyday, when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. were frequent patrons. Plus, the newly launched "Sunday Funday" experience is a legit reason to stay in the city next weekend.
3 Mitchell Pl, New York, NY 10017
Situated on the 22nd floor of The William Vale, Westlight is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle below. On a clear day, especially when the breeze gets going, you’ll thank your lucky stars to nab a seat on the sprawling terrace. Need a break from the sun? Classic cocktails and elevated bar snacks are available inside too. Glass walls mean you don’t have to sacrifice photo opps.
111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Since making its debut in May, Broken Shaker at the uber-trendy Freehand New York has emerged as perhaps the hippest haunt to grab a boozy beverage. Sweeping vistas and groovy vibes draw a cool crowd. Reggae echoes through the 2,500-square-foot space, filled with leafy plants and wicker furnishings. Bartenders craft tropical concoctions—including preserved lime caipirinhas—to wash down island-influenced fare.
23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010