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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. Here’s where to find boozy popsicles, hammocks and breathtaking views. 

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The Crown

The Crown

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

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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

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The Heights

The Heights

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

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 Rooftop

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

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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

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Rooftop Reds

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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Surf Shack

Surf Shack

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

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Gallow Green

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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Azul on the Rooftop

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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Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple

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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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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The Skylark

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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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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The Roof at the Viceroy

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

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STK Rooftop

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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Loopy Doopy

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 

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