Staff Picks: Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

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There’s virtually a rooftop bar in New York City for each taste: do you prefer classic or trendy? Sophisticated or edgy? 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 of the 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!

2Press Lounge (653 11th avenue, New York, NY, 10036)
One of our favorite options in Midtown. Perched atop the Ink48 Hotel, this rooftop is definitely more on the fancy side. If you are visiting after-work, you’ll find yourself among a crowd of very well-dressed people, and there is a strict dress code. This shouldn’t discourage you to come here though, because the views really are breathtaking. On the menu, they are committed to serving local ingredients; so, many of their cocktails are inspired by seasonal items in NYC.

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. But, this place 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 Salvation Tacos (the restaurant downstairs) 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)
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. Because the absolute best way to observe Manhattan’s skyline, is to get off the island.

7- Penthouse 808 (8-08 Queens Plaza south, Long island City, NY, 11101)

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The vibe at this Asian Pacific bistro will make you forget that you are in NYC until you check out the breathtaking views of the city that you really can’t get in many places. Go to Penthouse 808 at night so you can appreciate the reflection of the skyline on the water. Also, their cocktails will only enhance your overall experience.

8- Top of the Strand (33 West 37th street, New York, NY)
This is one of New York City’s most impressive urban oasis. 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 its drinks but for their delicious and popular bar bites like their Mac & Cheese cupcakes. The Skylark delivers classic as well as new 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)

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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. Try 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)
One of the highlights here is the illuminated furniture on the South Terrace on the 2nd level. But, the rooftop is set up to allow guests to actually appreciate being in the heart of Manhattan by offering glorious views of the Hudson River and Midtown.

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. The dress code is not very strict but dressing up is recommended.

15The Terrace at Yotel (570 10th avenue, New York, NY, 10036)
This may be the most spacious rooftop on our list but it’s also really welcoming and vibrant. Here, you can soak up the views with great drinks and a menu of small dishes that are available. 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, it has 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 (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)
How about getting a drink after checking out some masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art? Whoever thought of this clearly understand New Yorkers. This laid-back martini bar and garden features cocktails, wine, light dishes and sweeping views of the city.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by Gotham City’s packed streets, its hustle and bustle, and all that goes on, remember that you can still find an oasis on rooftops. Did we leave your favorite rooftop out? Let us know!