28 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 ice pops, hammocks and breathtaking views.
The Turf Club at Westlight
We already love the stylish balcony atop the William Vale, but when we heard it was launching a lawn-party-themed pop-up for the summer—complete with beanbag chairs, cornhole and lobster rolls—we entered superfan territory.
111 N. 12th St., 22nd floor, Brooklyn; 718-307-7100 or westlightnyc.com
The chic hotel behind one of our favorite indoor hangouts just unveiled a new 18th-floor oasis, complete with a stunning interior (designed by Roman and Williams), a wraparound terrace, Caribbean-Middle Eastern eats and an intriguing cocktail menu—the Poppyseed Bagel Fizz turns our favorite circular baked good into a refreshing sipper.
23 Lexington Ave.; freehandhotels.com
We know the name of this lounge atop the Mondrian Park Avenue refers to its height, but given the views from the wraparound terrace, it could just as well be the number of Instagram Stories we’ll be posting.
444 Park Ave. South; morganshotelgroup.com
Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop
We’re digging the mid-century modern Mad Men vibes of this sleek hangout, complete with a retractable wall that opens onto a veranda. (And those living-room-esque nooks would be a great place to wait out a thunderstorm.)
37 W. 24th St.; 212-727-0258 or sirhenriny.com
This rooftop may be of the enclosed variety, but it’s too gorgeous not to include. Perched atop the historic Beekman Tower, the space takes many of its design cues from its Art Deco past.
3 Mitchel Place.; opheliany.com
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Any time of day becomes the magic hour at this carnival-themed spot atop the Moxy Times Square, which features two separate outdoor terraces, a sprawling indoor space and—wait for it—a miniature golf course.
485 Seventh Ave.; 212-268-0188 or moxy-hotels.marriott.com
Until we can move into a place with our own private terrace, this cozy Williamsburg rooftop will tide us over and keep us happy with charred octopus ceviche and refreshing drinks like the Cumbia Cocktail (tequila, orgeat, grilled pineapple and cinnamon).
The Roof at Park South
We’ll take our views of the Chrysler Building with a side of jalapeño popper taquitos and karaage fried chicken bites.
125 E. 27th St.; 212-204-5222 or roofatparksouth.com
Rose Hill Rooftop
The intimate rooftop above this landmark hotel is the ideal place to post up for a leisurely brunch—one that includes brûlée grapefruit and a croque madame.
34 E. 32nd St.; 212-448-1302 or rosehillrestaurant.com
Upstairs at the Kimberly
Sometimes you’re in the mood to dance next to a DJ booth while sipping from a plastic cup, and sometimes you need a more civilized vibe. For the latter, head to this elegant penthouse for filet mignon bruschetta and a glass of Tempranillo. (P.S. We’re not kidding about it being civilized—no sneakers or flip-flops allowed.)
145 E. 50th St.; 212-702-1600 or upstairsnyc.com
PHD Penthouse at Dream Downtown
Between underground sushi den Megu and the sprawling pool at The Beach, Dream Downtown has a venue for every vibe. And its rooftop lounge is not to be overlooked with its plush leather couches, panoramic views and entire menu dedicated to Champagne.
355 W. 16th St.; 212-229-2511 or phdlounge.com
The Ravel Hotel
This LIC waterfront hotel has not one but three options for outdoor revelry: Penthouse 808 (an elegant terrace restaurant with Asian-inspired fare), Estate Garden & Grill (a sprawling beer garden) and Profundo Pool Club (a pool with cushy day beds and skyline views).
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens; 718-289-7919 or ravelhotel.com
Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden
The always-reliable good vibes at this beer garden get a Japanese spin, with colorful lanterns, a Ping-Pong table and frosé. And the start of the week is slightly less terrible with its Happy Monday special, featuring four-for-$10 tacos and rotating drink specials.
190 Allen St.; 212-466-0404 or blueribbonrestaurants.com
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
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
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown
After-work drinks just got so much more enjoyable. We'll be stopping by for Aperitivo Tuesdays (featuring free Italian snacks) or Broadway Industry Night Thursdays (free chance to rub elbows with your fave stage stars).
210 W. 55th St.; phdlounge.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.
Arlo Roof Top
The Arlo Soho's newly relaunched rooftop (A.R.T. for short) has all the makings of an ideal summer evening: Hudson River views, twinkling lights and large-batch cocktails.
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