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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, hammocks and breathtaking views. 

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1. Lemon’s

The Wythe Hotel’s new summer pop-up is as crisp and refreshing as a tall glass of lemonade. Think the coast of Italy by way of Williamsburg: The interior is adorned in appropriately citrusy tones and tons of plants, with a sunny patio overlooking the East River. Oh, and there’s an all-star team behind the food and drinks, including folks from Chez Ma Tante and Slowly Shirley.

80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; 

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2. Summerly

Recently opened U.K. import the Hoxton is known for its Pinterest-worthy design, so it’s no surprise its rooftop is one of the most photogenic new spots to grab a drink. Order a Key Lime Colada, then play a game of Ping-Pong or kick back on a chaise lounge while watching the sunset.

97 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn;

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3. Time Out Market

Along with an impressive food lineup (which includes vendors like Bessou and Ice & Vice), the city mag’s new food hall boasts a pretty stellar rooftop atop Dumbo’s Empire Stores building. Load up with your eats of choice, plus drinks from cocktails curated by vets of Ghost Donkey and Angel’s Share, then head upstairs to enjoy your haul alongside sweeping East River views.

55 Water St., Brooklyn;

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4. The Roof at Public Hotel

The impossibly cool downtown hotel of course has an impossibly cool rooftop. And it just got even cooler, with a new mirrored structure designed by NYC architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Also new this season? A food menu served from 5 to 11 p.m. daily means you can now have dinner while taking in 360-degree views.

215 Chrystie St.;

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5. The Ledge

Throw on your grooviest boilersuit and head to Bushwick’s newest rooftop, a ’70s-inspired bar brought to you by the team behind Sea Wolf and designed by Lorraine Kirke. Cruise up to the monochromatic pink bar for a watermelon tonic (gin, aloe liqueur, fresh-squeezed watermelon) and snacks, then grab a seat on the patio (which boasts a retractable roof). 

321 Starr St., Brooklyn;

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6. 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 Siete, a summer pop-up taco bar complete with homemade salsas and frozen margs.

55 Water St., Brooklyn;

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7. 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 Garden State (gin, cucumber, elderflower liqueur, lime) and Instagramming to your heart’s content.

1 Exchange Pl., Jersey City;

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8. 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

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9. Broken Shaker

The chic hotel behind one of our favorite indoor hangouts just unveiled a new 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 Poppyseed Bagel Fizz turns our favorite circular baked good into a refreshing sipper.

23 Lexington Ave.;

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10. 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 Rosemary Paloma and shareable bites like burrata with pistachio and fig balsamic. Really, what’s not to like?

444 Park Ave. South;

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11. Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop

We’re digging the midcentury-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

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12. 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.;

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13. 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

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14. 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 Cumbia Cocktail (tequila, orgeat, grilled pineapple and cinnamon).

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

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15. The Roof at Park South

We’ll take our views of the Chrysler Building with a frozen piña colada and a side of gochujang-glazed ribs.

125 E. 27th St.; 212-204-5222 or

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16. 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

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17. 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

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18. 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

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19. 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 Peking duck tacos and grilled corn with miso butter.

190 Allen St.; 212-466-0404 or

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20. Royal Summer at the Crown

The roof of the Hotel 50 Bowery lives up to its regal name, with views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, sippable drinks like the Resting Peach Face (gin, strawberry, lime, peach, green chartreuse) and a lineup of events like all-female DJ nights and weekend brunch parties.

50 Bowery; 646-630-8057 or

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21. A.R.T. Nomad

The Arlo team just unveiled another summer winner at its NoMad location, which boasts a cocktail menu from Gadi Peleg (of Breads Bakery, Nur and the newly opened Lamalo in the hotel). There's also a glass-floor “sky walk” installation, if you're feeling brave.

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

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22. 1 Rooftop

Nope, that’s not Photoshopped. It’s just the new rooftop pool and bar of the stunning (and sustainably designed!) 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. (And it makes a pretty unreal spot to catch the sunset.)

60 Furman St., Brooklyn; 877-803-1111 or

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23. 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 (a free chance to rub elbows with your fave stage stars).

210 W. 55th St.;

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24. Rooftop Reds

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 Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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25. A.R.T. Soho

A.R.T., short for Arlo Roof Top, 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

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26. 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 a Nutella calzone while soaking up the ambience, even better.

547 W. 27th St.; 212-564-1662 or

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27. 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

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28. Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo LES

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

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29. 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

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30. The Skylark

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

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31. Haven Rooftop

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

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32. 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

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33. STK Rooftop

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

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34. Loopy Doopy

You’ve probably definitely seen these ice pop–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 

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