16 Rooftop Bars to Hang Out on from Now Until September
What are you doing this weekend? If you answered anything other than "drinking a cocktail on a rooftop," you’re doing summer wrong. Here’s where to find boozy popsicles, hammocks and breathtaking views.
The brand-spanking-new Hotel 50 Bowery is oozing with charm, and that extends to its open-air bar, where the cocktails take cues from their surroundings—Chinatown—with ingredients like dragon fruit and oolong tea.
50 Bowery; 646-630-8057 or thecrownnyc.com
Calling the stylish balcony atop the William Vale photogenic would be an understatement—it made a cameo in Master of None—but it also happens to have top-notch cocktails and snacks like duck carnitas tacos and roasted carrot hummus.
111 N. 12th St., 22nd floor, Brooklyn; 718-307-7100 or westlightnyc.com
Another new spot from the team behind the Crown, this NoMad terrace features cocktails adorably named after NYC neighborhoods (like the rosemary-and-Thai-basil-infused Jackson Heights and the matcha-cucumber Prospect Heights), plus a cool but slightly terrifying glass floor.
11 E. 31st St.; 212-866-7035 or theheightsarlonomad.com
Nope, that’s not Photoshopped. It’s just the new rooftop pool and bar of the stunning (and sustainably designed!) new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. (And it makes a pretty unreal spot to catch the sunset.)
60 Furman St., Brooklyn; 877-803-1111 or 1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge
Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden
The always-reliable good vibes at this beer garden get a Japanese spin this summer, with colorful lanterns, a Ping-Pong table and boozy pops in flavors like watermelon-rosé, yuzu margarita and bourbon-choco-banana.
190 Allen St.; 212-466-0404 or blueribbonrestaurants.com
Guys, this is important: There’s a rooftop winery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. With hammocks. And Pizza Wine Movie Night every Thursday. We might be in love.
63 Flushing Ave., building 275, Brooklyn; 703-582-8609 or rooftopreds.com. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Two beloved summer vibes, together at last: the rooftop bar and the laid-back beach shack. If you need us, we'll be drinking a frozen cocktail out of a coconut and noshing on oysters and lobster rolls.
231 Hudson St.; 212-342-7000 or arlohotels.com
We never would have thought “overgrown Victorian train station” would be such a lovely aesthetic, but now that we know, we can’t get enough. And if we can sip a lilac-hued cocktail and eat a Nutella calzone while soaking up the ambience, even better.
547 W. 27th St.; 212-564-1662 or mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green
Cozy couches, string lights, a charred-pineapple daiquiri and even a pool: It’s like we willed this place into existence with our mind.
180 Orchard St.; 212-237-1790 or mrpurplenyc.com
Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room
Everyone knows Rainbow Room has some of the best views in Manhattan, but there are only so many occasions that call for a fancy-pants dinner (or brunch). Enter its slightly more chill, but still swanky, terrace bar, which just rolled out pitchers like strawberry-rhubarb rum punch.
30 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-632-5000 or rainbowroom.com
To get to this Midtown hideaway, you’ll wind through a series of labyrinthine hallways. Which makes it all the more delightful when you step out onto the wraparound patio. Order a Blackberry French 75 and try not to smile when the Empire State Building lights up next to you.
200 W. 39th St.; 212-257-4577 or theskylarknyc.com
Uh-oh, you accidentally got stuck in Times Square and desperately need to escape the crowds. Don’t panic: Your reprieve lies upward, in the form of cabanas and cocktails.
132 W. 47th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-466-9000 or havenrooftop.com
The Roof at the Viceroy
Giving a bar as straightforward a name as “The Roof” is a bold move—but when said bar comes with breathtaking views of Central Park, it works.
124 W. 57th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-707-8008 or theroofny.com
There’s brunch, and then there’s rooftop brunch with fried-chicken sandwiches, frozen mules and caviar-topped Tater-Tots.
26 Little W. 12th St.; 646-624-2444 or togrp.com
You’ve probably definitely seen these popsicle-prosecco pairings all over your feed, but the Instagrammable drinks aren’t the only draw: You’ll also find some pretty lovely views. (But OK, fine, we’re mainly here for the pops.)
102 North End Ave.; 646-769-4250 or conradnewyork.com