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1. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar 102 N End Ave, New York, NY 10282 (Financial District)

On top of the Conrad Hotel roof, this lounge offers contemporary craft cocktails like their prosecco with peach ginger popsicle. Each boozy popsicle cocktail can run you around twenty dollars.

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2. Gallow Green 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Gallow Green, the rooftop bar atop Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel, is a perpetual garden party, at least during the warmer months when its plush flora is in full bloom. During the winter, the campy space turns into a lodge with plushy chairs and a fireplace. No matter the season, the best time to go is for weekend brunch, where a $35 ticket will get you a three-course meal, a mimosa, and unlimited La Colombe coffee.

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3. Cityview at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown 93 Bowery , New York, NY 10002 (Chinatown)

This lounge on the 19th floor of the Wyndham Hotel is a must for anyone who enjoys a great view of Midtown and a quality cocktail.

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4. Living Room Bar & Terrace @ W New York - Downtown 123 Washington St, New York, NY 10006 (Downtown)

This 5th floor bar has a wrap-around terrace and stylish lighting great for drinks with friends and meeting new people. It also has a full view of the Freedom Tower.

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5. 230 Fifth 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

This vast, greenery-lined rooftop bar is one of New York's largest rooftop gardens, filled with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and palm trees. While 230 Fifth is perfect for outdoor drinking in the summer for obvious reasons, it's also open year-round thanks to heat lamps and inflatable igloos, making the winter rooftop scene just as enticing.

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6. Cantina Rooftop 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

A great spot for a low-key date, Cantina showcases the Manhattan skyline as it's meant to be seen, from a bright and lively rooftop restaurant. The view is excellent at sunset, but we’d definitely recommend this spot for brunch -- the house margarita is tasty, and the food is genuinely excellent, especially the tacos.

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7. Refinery Hotel 63 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)

The Refinery Hotel is the opulent reincarnation of the Colony Arcade Building. Constructed in 1912, its ornate, neo-gothic façade became the vision that welcomed the workday of the generation's milliners. These skilled artists were working at the peak of New York innovation, as showrooms, importers, and manufacturers thrived in this cultural and media center.

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8. The Crow's Nest 500 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

Situated on the rooftop of The Water Club, The Crow's Nest is more or less an East Side version of Frying Pan with casual eats that include burgers and a raw bar, as well as killer 'tails to enjoy while taking in the NYC views. Instead of Spring time on the subway, you could be staying cool with the Club's river breezes.

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9. VU Bar NYC 17 W 32nd St (rooftop), New York, NY 10001 (Korea Town)

This place has live music and a great happy hour. They have both an indoor and outdoor space and in a great location for commuters who travel through Penn Station.

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10. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Although it's not an actual hotel, you're gonna want to stay at this Lower East Side establishment for a nice long time, thanks to their gorgeous rooftop seating area, dinner seven nights a week, and live music serving as a perfect backdrop for a relaxing night.

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11. Le Bain 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10004 (Meatpacking)

On the 18th floor and rooftop of the Standard High Line is Le Bain, a sleek and ever-popular bar/nightclub. On the first floor of the bi-level space, you'll find Le Bain's most notable and distinguishing feature: a plunging indoor pool smack in the middle of the dance floor (hence the name, which translates to "the bath.") If you forget your swimsuit, not to worry -- there's a bathing-suit vending machine. Upstairs, you'll find an astro turf-covered rooftop with plenty of comfortable couch seating, a crĂŞperie, and some of the best views of the city.

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12. Upstairs At The Kimberly 145 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

Located atop the Kimberly Hotel, Upstairs is 3,000 square feet of culinary bliss perched 30 stories above Manhattan. They dub their signature Rum Service cocktail the manliest drink alive for its capturing of the fragrant nuances of tobacco-infused honey, and its resulting two-vice combination.

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13. Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown East)

This seasonal rooftop terrace, located on the Hudson Hotel's 15th floor, is a sunny oasis ideal for sipping cocktails (or one of 10 different types of sangria) while lounging in a hammock alongside locals and hotel guests alike. The atmosphere here is more relaxed than other hotel rooftop bars -- there's no blaring music or overwhelmingly trendy feel, and the servers are friendly and conversational.

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14. Rare View Chelsea 152 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

23 floors up you'll find a wooden bar with a limited menu and a focus on the view. A retractable roof makes this space a spot to visit(and watch their outdoor flat screens) either in rain or shine. If you're looking to fill your belly, head downstairs to the main restaurant for a ribeye burger and waffle fries.

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15. The Heights Bar & Grill 2867 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

The Heights is easy to love, with its two happy hours each day (5-7pm and 11pm-1am) that get you $6 pints of margaritas, and $5 drafts. The delicious burgers, Mexican food, and sweet rooftop deck seal the deal.

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16. JIMMY at The James 15 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Inspired by 1970s New York and classic pubs, JIMMY is an intimate rooftop escape with sleek upholstered seating, working fireplaces, and warm wood floors. Located on the roof of The James Hotel in Soho, the bar boasts unparalleled 360-degree views of the city skyline. Grab a chaise lounge poolside in the summer or sip the mezcal, honey, lemon, and smoked sea salt Pure & Simple indoors when the weather turns cold.

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17. Bar 13 35 E 13th St., New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

This bar includes a martini lounge and rooftop with techno, house, & hip-hop playing throughout its two floors.

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18. The Met Rooftop Bar 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Situated on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum, the aptly named Met Rooftop Bar offers sweeping views of Central Park and beyond that can be enjoyed with wine, cocktails, and light bites. It's only open when the museum is and it is oftentimes overflowing with tourists, but the scenery and the special atmosphere make it well-worth the limited hours and lines for drinks. Try to come on a weekday when the crowds have thinned. If you can make it on a weekday.

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19. The Empire Hotel Rooftop 44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023 (Upper West Side)

Located inside of the upscale Empire Hotel. This rooftop is very spacious with great views of the city. However, be prepared to wait in long lines to get into this bar.

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20. The Rooftop at The Jane 113 Jane St, Fl 6, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This rooftop bar is located at the top of The Jane hotel, and it offers great views, cold drinks, and a leisurely and fun atmosphere.



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