Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

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Having a drink on a rooftop is one of those experiences you absolutely must do during your stay in New York City! This city offers more than 100 rooftops scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even Long Island City. Classics, trendy, sophisticated, or cool, there’s something for everyone and for all types of occasions. To help you get better acquainted, we’ve prepared a list of the best rooftops in NYC, by neighborhood. All you’ll have to do is choose!

Before we get started, here’s a little advice:

– Access to most rooftops is often forbidden to those under 21 years of age (the legal drinking age in the USA). Certain rooftops, which open in the afternoon, however, may accept minors. Be sure to call first or check out their website so you’re not turned away at the door.

– As in every bar serving alcohol in New York, you will be asked to show an identity card at the entrance. Remember to bring yours.

– Certain rooftops are highly sought after. Avoid peak hours of operation during the weekend (8pm-10pm) if you don’t want to wait in line to get in.

 

Must-See: 230 Fifth

(230 5th Ave, corner of 27th street New York, NY, 10001)

Even if the place is a bit touristy, 230 Fifth is one of the most popular rooftops in New York (even with New Yorkers!) Aside from the fact that it’s open all year long, it offers a direct, unrivalled view of The Empire State Building. Whether you come during the summer or the winter, for a drink or for brunch, you will not be disappointed! To access 230 Fifth, enter the building and take the elevator at the end of the hallway. You can really go there any time of the year, because even in freezing temperatures, they bring out blankets and heaters. Even just the window views from the lounge, in bad weather, are totally worth a look!

– Ambiance: relaxed and festive – a good mix of tourists and New Yorkers
– Prices: beer on tap from $9, wine from $10, cocktails from $14
– Hours of operation: Monday-Friday opens at 2:00pm; Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays begins at 10:00am

www.230-fifth.com

 

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Rooftops in Midtown Manhattan

 

Press Lounge

(653 11th avenue, New York, NY, 10036)

One of our absolute favorite places in Midtown Manhattan in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen is Press Lounge! This chic rooftop (dress code enforced) situated at the top of Ink48 Hotel was even voted “Best Rooftop” by New York Magazine. It’s a bar New Yorkers adore after work, offering heart-stopping views of Times Square buildings on one side and the Hudson River on the other. Bonus* if you stay for dinner: their menu exclusively contains dishes using local and seasonal items.

– Ambiance: business chic with a lot of very well dressed New Yorkers
– Prices: beer on tap from $9, glass of wine from $12, cocktails from $18
– Hours of operation: all year long from 5:00pm
– Flip-flops, tank tops, ripped clothing, baseball caps, or beachwear are not authorized

www.thepresslounge.com

 

The Skylark

(200 W39th street 30th floor, New York, NY, 10018)

This rather chic spot is known for its lounge ambiance and delicious cocktails. Spanning two floors, The Skylark has an indoor bar with very large bay windows and an outdoor patio with an incredible view of The Empire State Building. It is only open to the public weekday evenings and you’ll especially find New Yorkers there after work. During the weekend, The Skylark is reserved for private events.

– Ambiance: semi-casual with lounge music; ideal for having conversations
– Prices: bottled beer from $8, glass of wine from $12, cocktails from $18
– Hours of operation: only open during the week 4:30pm-11:00pm

theskylarknyc.com

 

Refinery Rooftop

(63 west 38th street, New York, NY, 10018)

Also open all year long, Refinery Rooftop, situated at the top of the Refinery Hotel (that we love) offers 3 spaces (covered, semi-covered, and open) in a laid back atmosphere. It has an extensive selection of cocktails and assorted drinks on the menu on top of having splendid views of The Empire State Building. The regulars are unanimous, and we are as well, in saying: this rooftop is a must-see.

– Ambiance: rather laidback
– Prices: bottled beer from $8, glass of wine from $14, cocktails from $16
– Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-1:00am, Friday 11:30am-3:00am, Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-1:00am

www.refineryrooftopnyc.com

 

Cantina Rooftop

(605 W48th street, New York, NY, 10019)

Cantina Rooftop is ideal for sipping a margarita and eating a couple of tacos or other delicious Mexican specialties all the while admiring exquisite views of NYC. With its colorful and punchy decor, and cool music, with a DJ on weekends for an atmosphere a bit more festive, the Cantina Rooftop is surprisingly rarely full, but we still recommend you reserve your spot for the evenings as they can get crowded.

– Ambiance: relaxed with a weekend DJ
– Prices: bottled beer from $8, glass of wine from $12, cocktails from $14
– Happy Hour from 4:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday-Thursday
– Hours of operation: Closed on Mondays; Tuesday-Friday from 4:00pm-11:00pm; Saturday from 11:00am-11:00pm; Sunday from 11:00am-4:00pm

www.cantinarooftop.com

 

Pod 39 Rooftop

(145 E 39th street, New York, NY, 10016)

Total mind-body immersion guaranteed with its zany red bricks and pillars; and the overall decor of the charming Pod 39 Rooftop. Ideal for relaxing with friends while admiring the views of Downtown Manhattan, be sure to try the delectable tacos from “Salvation Tacos”, the hotel restaurant.

– Ambiance: laidback
– Prices: bottled beer from $8, glass of wine from $10, cocktails from $12
– Hours of operation: open in spring and summer (check website for times)

www.thepodhotel.com

 

Top of the Strand

(33 West 37th street, New York, NY)

An impressive urban oasis in the heart of Midtown, Top of the Strand is worth a visit for its cocktails and its sublime views of The Empire State Building. Its open-windowed rooftop allows you to enjoy the view in any season! Open everyday from 5:00pm, with a DJ from 7:00pm-11:00pm Thursday-Saturday.

– Ambiance: business casual
– Prices: beer from $8, glass of wine from $10, cocktails from $16
– Hours of operation: everyday from 5:00pm, DJ Thursday-Saturday 7:00pm-11:00pm

www.topofthestrand.com

 

Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

(420 Park Ave South, NY, NY, 10016) – Ancien Gansevoort Park Rooftop

In a casual atmosphere, this 3-level rooftop offers views of several iconic buildings in New York such as The Empire State Building and famous Park Avenue. Have a drink on the terrace or inside if the weather isn’t wonderful, comfortably seated in their big armchairs. Wanna catch some rays? Go all the way up to the top floor on the sundeck for some Vitamin D while slurping on a snow cone. Icing on the cake: Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4:00pm-7:00pm!

– Ambiance: laidback
– Happy Hour prices: beer on tap from $5, glass of wine from $7, Mix drinks from $8
– Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday from 11:00am-CLOSE; Sunday 11:00-08:00pm

www.royaltonparkavenue.com

 

Sky Room

(330 W 40th St 33rd Fl, New York, NY, 10018)

Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Sky Room offers 2 levels of breathtaking views of the Hudson River and The Empire State Building, among tons of other high rises in the neighborhood. It’s also one of the highest rooftop bars in NYC! Less known than 230 Fifth, Sky Room is also much less frequented by tourists. Thus, it’s the ideal place to have a drink surrounded by New Yorkers and, especially, to dance!

– Ambiance: festive
– Price: cocktails from $15

skyroomnyc.com

 

Monarch Rooftop

(71 W 35th Street, 18th Floor, NY, NY, 10001)

Trendy bar in the center of Manhattan, the Monarch Rooftop, like others in the area, offers spectacular views of Midtown high rises and landmark buildings. The menu and cocktails are delicious. Appropriate dress code is enforced here, and avoid peak hours over the weekend if you don’t want to wait in line.

– Ambiance: trendy chic
– Price: cocktails from $15
– Hours of operation: Tuesday-Thursday 3:00pm-2:00am; Friday 3:00pm-4:00am; Saturday 4:00pm-4:00am; Sunday 4:00pm-1:00am; Monday 3:00pm-1:00am

addisongroupnyc.com

 

The Terrace at Yotel

(570 10th avenue, New York, NY, 10036)

This one is surely the largest rooftop on our list! Located in the heart of Times Square, The Terrace at Yotel is also one of the nicest and most welcoming, taken over by a young and trendy crowd at the end of the day.

– Ambiance: laidback
– Happy Hour from 3:00pm-5:00pm with a pizza-beer combo for $10
– Hours of operation: everyday from 11:30am

www.yotel.com

 

The Roof at the Met

(1000 5th Ave #5, New York, NY 10028)

The Roof at the MET is a rooftop that visitors to the museum often don’t know about. After your museum visit, and if the weather permits, think about taking a stroll on the rooftop and taking in the fabulous views of Central Park. Please note: the rooftop is only open from April until the end of October.

– Hours of operation: everyday at 11:00am from April 16

www.metmuseum.org

 

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Rooftops of Lower Manhattan

 

PHD Lounge

(355 W 16th St, NY, NY, 10011)

Situated in the heart of the Dream Hotel, this chic bar offers unparalleled views of gorgeous Manhattan. The perfect bar to spend a trendy New York evening: in chic dress code, sipping fabulous cocktails! The door people are sometimes finicky especially during peak hours of the evening. So, to be sure you get in, do as New Yorkers do: dress to impress and reserve in advance!

– Ambiance: festive, trendy, and selective
– Price: cocktails from $19
– Hours of operation: Monday 8:00pm-4:00am; Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm-4:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm-Midnight

phdlounge.com/

 

Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

(444 w 13th street, New York, NY, 10014)

This penthouse Club and rooftop located at the top of The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District has the most beautiful views of New Jersey and New York. On top of the usual cocktails, Le Bain serves delicious crepes, and has a gorgeous pool to relax in during the summer, which transforms into a club at 10:00pm. If you’re looking for a trendy spot to go out to, this is definitely a great option!

– Ambiance: laidback during the day, festive and very selective in the evening
– Hours of operation: Wednesday-Thursday 10:00pm-4:00am; Friday 4:00pm-4:00am; Saturday 2:00pm-4:00am; Sunday 2:00pm-3:00am.

www.standardhotels.com

 

Mr Purple

(15th floor, Hotel Indigo, 180 Orchard St, New York)

A newcomer, Mr. Purple is quickly becoming a must-see rooftop, offering 360-degree views of the city and a heated swimming pool all year long. Our advice: head to this super trendy rooftop spot in the Lower East Side, still “a little” unknown before everybody hears about it!

– Ambiance: casual chic
– Price: beer on tap from $8, glass of wine from $13, Mixed drinks from $16
– Hours of operation: Monday-Tuesday 4:00pm-2:00am; Wednesday 4:00pm-3:00am; Thursday-Friday 4:00pm-4:00am; Saturday 11:00am-4:00am; Sunday 11:00am-2:00am

www.mrpurplenyc.com

 

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Rooftops of Brooklyn and Queens

 

Z Rooftop Bar at the Z Hotel

(11-01 43rd avenue, Long Island City, NY, 11101)

The Z Rooftop Bar at the Z Hotel is the ideal rooftop for gazing at exquisite sunsets over the elegant Skyline of Manhattan while sipping a delicious cocktail. This is surely one of the best spots for its stunning views of Manhattan and Queens. However please note this rooftop is open exclusively from April until October, weather permitting.

www.zhotelny.com

 

Penthouse 808

(8-08 Queens Plaza south, Long Island City, NY, 11101)

The Asia-Pacific ambiance of the Penthouse 808 bistro will almost make you forget you’re in New York, before the obvious breathtaking views in the background remind you. Head there at night to admire the reflection of the Skyline over the water. The outstanding cocktails are another reason to go there!

– Ambiance: laidback but dress code enforced
– Price: bottled beer from $7, glass of wine from $12, cocktails from $14
– Hours of operation: Open all year long except two weeks in January. Restaurant: Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm; Lounge: Friday-Saturday 11:00pm-3:00am.

penthouse808rooftop.com

 

Loopy Doopy Bar

(102 North End avenue, New York, NY, 10282)

Go to the seasonal and mega trendy Loopy Doopy Bar to taste the, hands down, most prominent and innovative cocktails of New York City. Witness the famous “Boozy Icepop”, a fruity popsicle in a glass of alcohol, with flavors changing by the month. Remember to reserve if you’re going in a group because the place often gets packed during the season.

– Ambiance: relaxed but dress code strictly enforced
– Price: bottled beer from $10, glass of wine from $16, cocktails from $18, Boozy Icepops $23
– Hours of operation: open only in spring and summer: Monday-Thursday 3:00pm-11:00pm; Friday-Saturday 2:00pm-12:00am; Sunday 2:00pm-10:00pm

www.conradnewyork.com

 

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel

(Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249)

In the very hyped Wythe Hotel in the, no less, ultra hyped neighborhood of Williamsburg- The Ides certainly offers one of the most gorgeous views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. A classic must-add to your NYC to-do list of bars and rooftops, keep in mind that only before 7:00pm, are minors authorized to enter, in the company of their parents.

– Ambiance: laidback and trendy
– Price: beer from $6, glass of wine from $12, cocktails from $13
– Hours of operation: open all year long Thursday 5:00pm-12:30am; Friday 5:00pm-1:30am; Saturday 12:00pm-1:30am; Sunday 12:00pm-12:30am; closed Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

wythehotel.com

 

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Rooftops are a definite must-do New York experience. You now have all the necessary info to choose which place is the most convenient for you! It’s all up to you now! To find out more about what to do in New York, take a look at our large array of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also advise you on the planning of your trip or create a custom made trip just for you, based on your particular needs and budget. More info at www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.

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