Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

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There is virtually a rooftop bar in New York City to satisfy every taste: do you prefer a classic spot or a trendy lounge? A sophisticated atmosphere or an edgy vibe? Manhattan or Brooklyn? Here are our favorite rooftop bars that you can find throughout the city. So get out there and get your drink on!

1- 230 Fifth

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

230 Fifth(Photo via 230 Fifth)

This Rooftop garden might be the most popular one among visitors and New Yorkers alike. Open to the public 365 days a year, it has oversize umbrellas in case of rain and the roof is heated during the cooler months (blankets are even offered if it’s really chilly). Whether you go there for day drinking, brunch or at night, the views here will certainly not leave you disappointed. Especially the incomparable view of the Empire State Building!


2The Press Lounge @ Ink48

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

(Photo by Jenn Davis/ NYC & Company)

One of our favorite options in Midtown. Perched atop the Ink48 Hotel, this rooftop is definitely fancier than most, as the lounge enforces a strict dress code. If you are visiting after-work, you’ll find yourself among a crowd of very well-dressed businessmen and women. Do not let this intimidate you though! The lounge is committed to serving local ingredients, so many of their cocktails are seasonally inspired. Not to mention the breathtaking views of the city from above.


3- Refinery Rooftop

(63 west 38th street, New York, NY, 10018)
This year round rooftop bar is tucked away between the giants of NYC skyline and has many handcrafted drinks on the menu, which is why they continue to get raving reviews for their customers. You can also enjoy some tasty meals here. Whether it rains or shines, Refinery rooftop has got you covered, literally!


4Cantina Rooftop

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

Cantina NYC(Photo via Cantina Rooftop)

Beside the glorious views, the colorful décor and the climate controlled setting, this rooftop offers a skillfully crafted drink menu with a focus on Margaritas as one of their main specialties. They also serve Mexican dishes with a modern twist along with a huge selection of tequilas. Although, Cantina doesn’t really get too crowded, reservations are always recommended.


5- Pod 39 Rooftop

(145 E 39th street, New York, NY, 10016)
The red bricks and rust-colored pillars here will make you feel like you are somewhere other than NYC. Pod 39 is ideal for relaxing with friends while sipping on a drink and catching outstanding views of Downtown Manhattan. If you are not a big drinker, rest assured that you will still be happy here because the restaurant downstairs, Salvation Tacos, will bring delicious Mexican food to you on the roof.


6Z Rooftop Bar at the Z Hotel

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

(Photo by Julienne Schaer/ NYC & Company)

Absorb the never-ending views of New York City Skyline at this bar, especially at sunset when you can enjoy the vivid multicolored setting between the towers while you sip on some cocktails. Sometimes, the absolute best way to observe Manhattan’s skyline is away from the island.

7- Penthouse 808

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

penthouse-808 nyc(Photo via Penthouse 808)

The vibe at this Asian Pacific bistro will make you forget that you are in NYC until you check out the unmatchable and unique views of the city. Go to Penthouse 808 at night so you can appreciate the reflection of the skyline on the water.


8- Top of the Strand

(33 West 37th street, New York, NY)
This is one of New York City’s most impressive urban oasises. Its welcoming ambiance and well-made drinks all make this cocktail lounge many New Yorker’s favorite rooftop bar. The Top of the strand has such stunning views that it made our list of Best Places With Scenic Views of New York City.


9- The Skylark

(200 W39th street 30th floor, New York, NY, 10018)
This spot is not only known for their drinks but for their delicious and popular bar bites like their Mac & Cheese cupcakes. The Skylark delivers both classic and inventive drinks that you can enjoy while taking in the panoramic views of Midtown and the Hudson River.


10- Loopy Doopy Bar

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

pops_loopydoopy(Photo via Loopy Doopy)

The bar here serves up a variety of state-of-the-art cocktails such as their famous “Boozy Icepop.” They also have a wide variety of beer and wines, along with some small plates perfect for gatherings. We recommend making a reservation before going if you are in groups or would like to sit down.


11Gansevoort Park Rooftop

(420 Park Ave South, NY, NY, 10016)
This wonderland is opened everyday of the week and presents a friendly atmosphere that is true to the vibe in its neighborhood. It also offers views of many iconic New York City towers including the Empire State Building. The atmosphere here is a bit nightclub like but you will definitely have a good time.


15Sky Room

(330 W 40th St 33rd Fl, New York, NY, 10018)
You will first notice the illuminated furniture on the South Terrace on the 2nd level. Yet, the rooftop is designed to allow guests to actually appreciate being in the heart of Manhattan. The Sky room offers both glorious views of the Hudson River and Midtown as well as delicious cocktails to match.


13- PHD Lounge

(355 W 16th St, NY, NY, 10011)PH-D-terrace

(Photo via PHD Lounge)

Located inside the Dream Hotel, PHD was created for those looking for the ultimate penthouse experience with unmatched views of New York City. This swanky rooftop bar is especially great if you want to dress up, pop bottles and party. Go here for the drinks and stay longer for a night to remember.


14Monarch Rooftop

(71 W 35th Street, 18th Floor, NY, NY, 10001)
The Scandinavian-chic décor and the padded loungers invite patrons to unwind and recline with views of Midtown, while the decorative silk curtains frame the charming sight of the Empire State Building. The food is delicious and definitely worth having with a specialty drink. Although there is not a strict dress code, we recommend that you present yourself when choosing this rooftop.


15 The Terrace at Yotel

(570 10th avenue, New York, NY, 10036)
This may be the most spacious rooftop on our list, and maybe the most vibrant and welcoming. Here, you can soak up the views with great drinks and small dished available on their menu. The typical crowd here is almost always young and very cheerful.


16- Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

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

le bain NYC(Photo via Le Bain/Standard Hotel)

This penthouse club and rooftop bar not only features exciting views of the city, but it hosts a DJ spinning at night and a pool in the summertime. Besides the drinks, Le Bain also has a tiny stand that serves both sweet and savory crepes. If you are looking for something trendy, then this is definitely where you want to go.


17Hudson Terrace

(Photo by Will Steacy/ NYC & Company)

(621 w 46th street, New York, NY, 10036)
The renovated terrace is a great spot for drinking and dancing. Since opening its door, this treasured place has won the heart of many with its stunning views and its cool ambiance. If you are looking to dance or love music then this is the place for you.


18- The Roof at the Met

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

(Photo by Marley White / NYC & Company)

How about getting a drink after checking out some masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art? Whoever thought of this certainly understands a New Yorker’s needs. This laid-back martini bar and garden features cocktails, wine, light dishes and sweeping views of the city.


If you ever need a quick escape from the busy city streets, remember that you can always find an oasis on a rooftop. Also, if you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on or contact us at