What are you doing this weekend? If you answered anything other than “drinking a cocktail on a rooftop,” you’re doing summer wrong. Fortunately, we tracked down the best rooftop bars NYC has to offer. Here’s where to find boozy ice pops, pools and breathtaking views.

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1. PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

Sunflower inspired dishes anyone? This is the third summer installation of Sunflower Dreams at the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown. It features a sunflower tunnel, a “sunflower dreams” cake and Cotton Candy Kisses cocktail. It has incredible views of Times Square and the Greater New York City.

210 W 55th Street; taogroup.com/venues/phd-terrace-new-york

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2. PUBLIC Hotel - The Roof at PUBLIC

The Lower East Side’s PUBLIC Hotel has recently relaunched The Roof at PUBLIC, a hotspot for al-fresco dining and imbibing in downtown Manhattan. It’s one of the best locales in the city to score a 360-degree view of the skyline—and known to be an energetic late-night buzzing party destination with local and international DJs from around the world.

215 Chrystie Street; publichotels.com/eat-and-drink/the-roof

3. The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens at The Times Square EDITION

Escape the (now) bustling streets of Times Square to The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens with a lush decor inspired by the iconic L’Orangerie at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Enjoy a “French Brasserie and American chophouse with a modern spin” culinary experience by Michelin-starred chef Jon Fraser. Think elegant yet simple house-made pastas, steaks and chops, and a variety of vegetable dishes like Royal Trumpet Carpaccio and Whole Roasted Cauliflower Tagine.

701 7th Ave 9th floor; editionhotels.com

Best New York City Rooftops Somewhere Nowhere
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4. Somewhere Nowhere

Located at the top of Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel, this massive rooftop merges sound and lighting technology with garden-inspired decor and magical design to indulge guests in an immersive nightlife experience. It also has an outdoor lounge and open-air rooftop pool with 360-views of Manhattan’s skyline.

112 W 25th Street; somewherenowherenyc.com

Best Rooftops in NYC 5. Castell Rooftop Lounge
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5. Castell Rooftop Lounge

Take the elevator up to the 21st floor of the AC Hotel New York Times Square and you’ll arrive at this pretty rooftop. The name (Castell) comes from the Catalan word for castle as well as the aptly named Catalonian tradition in which teams work together to build towers of people standing on each others shoulders—called castells—stacking nearly forty feet high. The cocktail program features multiple martini incarnations, with gin and/or vodka options.

AC Hotel, 260 W 40th Street; castellnyc.com

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M Social

6. M Social New York

Visit this Times Square rooftop for Beast & Butterflies, a private oasis perched above the city center. The 7,500 square foot wraparound terrace is adjacent to an indoor glass perch, meaning you can get all the feels of Times Square with none of the tourist crowd anxiety.

226 West 52nd Street; millenniumhotels.com

Best Rooftops in NYC Le Jardin at Baccarat Hotel New York
Baccarat Hotel New York

7. Le Jardin at Baccarat Hotel New York

This rooftop is a garden party. Recently opened this June, Le Jardin is an intimate floral filled garden terrace in the heart of midtown that features the largest Champagne list in the country. They also offer afternoon tea weekend brunch by the two Michelin-starred culinary director Gabriel Kreuther.

23 W 53rd Street; baccarathotels.com

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8. Sky Terrace

We love a good speakeasy-esque situation. Situated on the 11th floor of the Langham Hotel, this rooftop offers views of the heart of Manhattan, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. After checking in at Ai Fiori on the second floor, guests will be given a room key to enter an unsuspecting guest room that leads out onto the beautiful terrace.

The Langham Hotel, 400 5th Ave Second Floor; aifiorinyc.com/skyterrace

Best Rooftops in NYC Arlo Midtown Rooftop Bar
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9. Arlo Midtown Rooftop Bar, Nearly Ninth

Head to Hudson Yards for this 26th floor rooftop covered in greenery and views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Snack on light bites (think charcuterie and cheese, guacamole and tuna poke) while sipping Summertime Lemonade (vodka, lemonade and sage) and Elderflower Spritz (vodka, St. Germain, Prosecco and fresh mint).

351 West 38th Street; arlohotels.com

Best Rooftops in NYC Terrace on 7th at The Dominick
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10. Terrace on 7th at The Dominick

This poolside rooftop in SoHo recently welcomed its new Hawaiian-inspired dining concept El Ta'Koy this summer. There are spacious cabanas with views of SoHo where you can tuck into seafood-forward items like ceviches and tacos with a tropical cocktail list.

246 Spring Street; thedominickhotel.com

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11. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Located on the 16th floor of Conrad New York Downtown, score views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor while slurping boozy ice pops in Prosecco or ‘rosecco’ on tap.

102 North End Ave; conradnewyork.com

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12. Ampia Rooftop

A Mediterranean-inspired bi-level venue with floral decor and classic Italian dishes. This Battery Park venue has incredible views of the Financial District.

100 Broad St; ampianyc.com

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13. LiFE Rooftop

Newly opened LiFE Rooftop at the Le Meridien Hotel in Midtown  has views of Central Park. (Psst: It was formerly the rooftop at the Viceroy known as one of the city’s best rooftops and frequented by the likes of George and Amal Clooney.) If you’re with a group, check out the Rope Hanger Punch, a $150 Mai Tai Punch Bowl with an entire bottle of Krug.

124 West 57th Street; liferooftop.com

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14. Fornino

This spot at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park is great for taking in summer sunsets from their rooftop. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, salads and sandwiches.

Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park; fornino.com

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15. Gansevoort Meatpacking - Gansevoort Rooftop

Gansevoort Meatpacking’s iconic Gansevoort Rooftop has 360 views of Manhattan’s skyline, plus a heated rooftop pool. Grab a drink and lounge in the plush seating and enjoy the chic neon art.

18 Ninth Avenue; gansevoorthotelgroup.com

16. Happy Be at Walker Hotel Tribeca

Newly-opened Happy Be in Tribeca with views of lower Manhattan is covered in custom graffiti murals. Greenery-shaded booths are set amongst the artsy scene.

26 Cortlandt Alley; happybenyc.com

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Haven Rooftop

17. Haven Rooftop

Perched above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown, Haven offers a menu of sliders, tuna tartare, Buffalo wings, branzino and steak au poivre. Pair that with a Cloudtini or summer sangria and we’re in summertime heaven.

132 W. 47th Street; havenrooftop.com

Best Rooftops in NYC JIMMY Rooftop Bar at ModerHaus Soho Hotel
JIMMY Rooftop Bar at ModerHaus Soho Hotel

18. JIMMY ROOFTOP BAR AT MODERNHAUS SOHO HOTEL

One of New York City’s most popular rooftops, JIMMY is a Soho destination with an indoor lounge and pool deck. There’s a new chef, Michelin-starred chef George Mendes, serving Bar bites with a Portuguese twist and partner/mixologist Johnny Swet whipping up cocktails like the Mexican Honey Bee, Sazerac Tonic, Smoked Peach Margarita and Grilled Pineapple Mojito.

15 Thompson Street; jimmysoho.com

Best Rooftops in NYC Sushi Lab Rooftop
Sushi Lab Rooftop

19. Sushi Lab Rooftop

We’re back at The Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown but this time for our favorite food group: sushi. This must-see spot offers guests a creative spin on traditional sushi from executive chef Frankie Chen in a gorgeous canopied rooftop setting. Order all the nigiri, sashimi and maki sushi. Pro tip: You will be wowed by their omakase experience.

132 W. 47th Street; sushilab.nyc

Best Rooftops in NYC Ainslie
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20. Ainslie

The Williamsburg-based establishment is a restaurant, wine bar, beer garden AND rooftop. Led by executive chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro, the 26 seat rooftop offers a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free-range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings. The restaurant, wine bar and beer garden also has an extensive alcoholic beverage menu.

76 Ainslie Street; ainsliebk.com

Best Rooftops in NYC The Sentry
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21. The Sentry

The Sentry crowns the iconic American Copper Buildings in Kips Bay. It’s a members-only pool social club that sits high at 42 stories in the sky. The spacious private rooftop overlooking the East River on one side and the Empire State Building on the other has a capacity for over 200 guests and is also available for private events.

626 1st Ave.; thesentrynyc.com

Best Rooftops in NYC Bar Marseille
Bar Marseille

22. Bar Marseille

Awash in beachy white furniture is Bar Marseille, an airy outdoor patio and rooftop deck designed in collaboration with Studio Mapos. This spot is influenced by the French Riviera, with a seafood and beverage program that offers a variety of French aperitifs and digestifs.

190 Beach 69th Street; barmarseille.com

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23. SERRA by Birreria

A gorgeous, seasonally rotating rooftop atop the famous Eataly Flatiron is an Instagram favorite. Snap away in this rooftop greenhouse with flower buds, greenery and plants while enjoying seasonal pastas, grilled skewers, and bountiful salads. Drinks include Italian IPAS to showcase that hops really are flowers, cocktails with unique spins, natural wines and warm-weather mocktails.

200 5th Ave; eataly.com

24. Temple Court at The Beekman

Temple Court on Ten is back in action. Book a rezzie so you can enjoy the enchanting, upscale rooftop dining experience inside the wisteria-adorned terrace. Snack on dishes like salt-baked beets, glazed lobster, Peking duck breast over coals and tableside burnt s’mores. Best of all? Catch the skylines of lower Manhattan as you drink and dine.

123 Nassau Street; templecourtnyc.com

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25. THE ROOF AT LE MÉRIDIEN CENTRAL PARK

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

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26. Time Out Market

Along with an impressive food lineup (which includes vendors like Wayla and Clinton St. Baking Company), the city mag’s food hall boasts a pretty stellar rooftop atop Dumbo’s Empire Stores building. Load up with your eats of choice, plus drinks, then head upstairs to enjoy your haul alongside sweeping East River views.

55 Water St., Brooklyn; timeoutmarket.com

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27. Dumbo House

First things first: Yes, you’ll need a membership (or a member friend to bring you) to access this spot, just like its Soho counterpart. But once you’re in, you’ll have access to a gorgeous pool with insane views of the Brooklyn Bridge; an expansive seating area with plenty of wicker furniture and umbrellas; and a tasty selection of drinks and bites.

55 Water St., Brooklyn; dumbohouse.com

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28. Rooftop at Exchange Place

Psst: The best views of the city aren’t in the city at all—they’re across the Hudson in Jersey. Cozy up next to the outdoor fire pit (!) while sipping an uber-refreshing Green Goddess (cucumber vodka, aloe water, lime) and Instagramming to your heart’s content.

1 Exchange Pl., Jersey City; rooftopxp.com

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29. Broken Shaker

The chic hotel behind one of our favorite indoor hangouts has an 18-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 Taste You Can See is essentially breakfast in beverage form but better (think: Cinnamon Toast Crunch infused Wild Turkey Bourbon, Redemption Rye, demerara, tiki bitters, Angostura).

23 Lexington Ave.; freehandhotels.com

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30. Mondrian Terrace

Consider the Mondrian Park Avenue’s 15th-floor wraparound terrace the LBD of rooftop bars: It works for any occasion. It boasts plenty of seating, a refreshingly low-key vibe, drinks like a Tequila Stinger (tequila, pineapple and lime) and shareable bites like burrata with pistachio and fig balsamic. Really, what’s not to like?

444 Park Ave. South; morganshotelgroup.com

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31. Ophelia

This rooftop may be of the mostly 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—and the snug terrace has some of the loveliest views out there.

3 Mitchel Pl.; opheliany.com

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32. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Moxy Times Square's iconic Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge has transformed into an all-pink rooftop Rose Garden, complete with over 10,000 roses, pink rose themed cocktails and treats.

485 Seventh Ave.; 212-268-0188 or moxy-hotels.marriott.com

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33. Llama Inn

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 Llama Del Rey (pisco, rum, red wine, chicha morada, lime, grilled pineapple, pink peppercorn).

50 Withers St., Brooklyn; 718-387-3434 or llamainn.com

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34. The Roof at Park South

We’ll take our views of the Chrysler Building with a frozen margarita and a side of shrimp fried wontons.

125 E. 27th St.; 212-204-5222 or roofatparksouth.com

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35. 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 steak tartare 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

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36. 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), Perivoli (a Greek restaurant on the third floor) 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

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37. Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden

The beer garden gets a Japanese spin, with colorful lanterns, a Ping-Pong table and frozen Kirin Ichiban. And since this spot is from the Blue Ribbon folks, you can count on especially good eats, like their exceptional sushi platters and fried chicken.

190 Allen St.; 212-466-0404 or blueribbonrestaurants.com

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38. ARLO NOMAD

The Arlo team have another summer winner at its NoMad location, which boasts an extensive cocktails and bites menu.

11 E. 31st St.; 212-866-7035 or arlohotels.com

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Gallow Green

39. Gallow Green

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 pork belly banh mi while soaking up the ambience, even better.

547 W. 27th St.; 212-564-1662 or mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green

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40. Azul on the Rooftop

Couldn’t swing that trip to Cuba this year? Just head to this Soho perch for Old Havana vibes, passion-fruit mojitos and Hudson River views.

525 Greenwich St.; 917-409-2576 or azulrooftop.com

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41. Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo LES

Cozy couches, string lights, espresso martinis 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

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