New York You already know where to find the best rooftops for a date, the best rooftops for brunch, and the best rooftops that're actually open year-round (bless their souls), but what about those times when you're not near any of those, but you still need to find a good Manhattan rooftop STAT? Well, for those times there's this: your guide to the best rooftop bars in Manhattan, conveniently broken down by neighborhood. More Stuff You Will Like
Loopy Doopy (address and info) Yes, that’s an ice pop inside of a glass of Prosecco, and the top of the Conrad Hotel is the place to get it. (In addition to some pretty serious Hudson River views, but, again, boozy ice pop cocktails...) Continue Reading
Gallow Green (address and info)
It’s like the Secret Garden, but with alcohol, and on top of the McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More). If a "cute” brunch is in order -- which, sometimes it just is -- this is the place for it.
City View at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown (address and info)
The Wyndham Garden rooftop is still not super well known, so it’s great if you’re looking to avoid the typical crowded rooftop scene, and want to drink well-priced drinks while taking in cinematic views of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Which is something even the most jaded New Yorker can get behind.
Living Room Bar at the W Downtown (address and info)
A super-modern rooftop with nice cocktails and a DJ, the Living Room Bar is a good choice for outdoor after-work drinks. If you run out of things to talk about with your co-workers you can just gaze up at One World Trade.
230 Fifth (address and info)
It’s open year-round -- meaning, in the summer you get to drink your drinks next to the Manhattan skyline and in the winter you get to do the same, except you’ll be inside of a plastic igloo. Which may even be... more exciting?
Refinery Rooftop (address and info)
There are both indoor and outdoor portions to the bar on top of the Refinery Hotel, so yes, year-round rooftop drinking is in the cards. It’s also got a solid brunch and cocktail menu, and some of the best Empire State Building views in the city.
Crow’s Nest (address and info)
On top of the Water Club restaurant you’ll get East River views alongside eats like burgers and a raw bar. Plus, it feels like you’re on top of a boat, but without all the near-vomiting -- win-win.
Vu Rooftop Bar (address and info)
This super-casual indoor/outdoor bar has a daily 5-7pm happy hour (all day on Sunday!), crazy up-close Empire State Building views, and retractable awnings and heat lamps in the winter.
Lower East Side
Hotel Chantelle (address and info) No need worry about post-dinner or post-brunch plans if you’re eating on the rooftop at Hotel Chantelle. It’s got a lively bar scene (plus there's a downstairs club) and a retractable roof that opens up when it’s nice out.
Le Bain (address and info)
The still-popular top of the Standard High Line is great for sunset drinks with views of the Hudson, and has clubbier, scene-y vibes at night if that's your thing. Yes, the cocktails will set you back a bit, but it's more than worth it to see who actually gets into the hot tub.
Upstairs at the Kimberly (address and info)
The indoor/outdoor bar atop the Kimberly Hotel is open year-round, and offers brunch, a number of good bar bites, and several creative signature cocktails. Word to the wise: dressy attire is required, and you won't get in if you're in sneakers or a baseball cap -- but you (probably) won't even notice how insanely uncomfortable your dress shoes are when you're staring out at the Chrysler Building.
Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel (address and info)
The Hudson Hotel rooftop has pretty unbeatable Statue of Liberty views, top-notch sangria and cocktails, and outdoor heat lamps for when it's below zero and you still need your rooftop fix/circulation in your toes.
Rare View Rooftop (address and info)
It's not often that you find a Manhattan rooftop that's super casual and not at all pretentious. Rare is something of a Murray Hill gem (yes, those actually exist) with DJs, TVs with sports games, and insane skyline views.
The Heights Bar & Grill (address and info)
The Heights is one of the best bars in Morningside to begin with, so the all-weather rooftop is just an added bonus. It's got cheap frozen margaritas, burgers, and Mexican, and is a favorite of Columbia students and humans over the age of 21 alike.
Jimmy at the James Hotel (address and info)
The pool may be hard to sneak into if you’re not a guest at the hotel, but you’re definitely allowed to stand adjacent to it while drinking great cocktails. There’s also indoor seating available, and a pretty damn good view of Downtown Manhattan.
Bar 13 (address and info)
This NYU favorite has a small rooftop decked out with palm trees that pairs pretty nicely with happy hour deals that last until 8pm.
Upper East Side
The Met Rooftop Bar (address and info) There's probably nothing better than drinking martinis in a rooftop garden with panoramic city views, and then heading downstairs to look at art (which is always 10 times easier to interpret when you’re a few martinis deep).
Upper West Side
The Empire Hotel Rooftop (address and info)
Whether you want to bask in the light of the iconic neon sign while you drink and admire the city views, or just want to live out your Gossip Girl fantasies (we’re not judging... that much) the Empire Hotel’s rooftop is your best UWS rooftop bet.
Jane Hotel Rooftop (address and info)
The roof on top of the Jane is super intimate and date nighty, and perfect for taking in a sunset view of the Hudson while pretending you're part of the model crowd, which is worth doing every so often.
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Lucy Meilus is Thrillist’s New York editor and is still desperately trying to access the rooftop of her apartment building. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
1. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar102 N End Ave, New York
2. Gallow Green542 W 27th St, New York
3. Cityview at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown93 Bowery , New York
4. Living Room Bar & Terrace @ W New York - Downtown123 Washington St, New York
5. 230 Fifth230 5th Ave, New York
6. Cantina Rooftop605 W 48th St, New York
7. Refinery Hotel63 W 38th Street, New York
8. The Crow's Nest500 E 30th St, New York
9. VU Bar NYC17 W 32nd St (rooftop), New York
10. Hotel Chantelle92 Ludlow St, New York
11. Le Bain848 Washington St, New York
12. Upstairs At The Kimberly145 E 50th St, New York
13. Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel356 W 58th St, New York
14. Rare View Chelsea152 W 26th St, New York
15. The Heights Bar & Grill2867 Broadway, New York
16. JIMMY at The James15 Thompson St., New York
17. Bar 1335 E 13th St., New York
18. The Met Rooftop Bar1000 5th Ave, New York
19. The Empire Hotel Rooftop44 W 63rd St, New York
20. The Rooftop at The Jane113 Jane St, Fl 6, New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 crêperie, and some of the best views of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This bar includes a martini lounge and rooftop with techno, house, & hip-hop playing throughout its two floors.
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.
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.