Warm weather practically demands outdoor drinking, which is why we’re bringing you another edition of our Ultimate NYC Rooftop Bar Guide. Get out there, get drinking, and don't forget your sunglasses.
The Loopy Doopy
102 North End Ave
This bar atop the Conrad Hotel is famous for its alcohol-infused ice pops and killer Statue of Liberty views.
Pine Bar & Grill
1634 Eastchester Rd
An enormous food menu and a solid selection of drinks.
187 Columbia St
Year-round rooftop serving up some of Brooklyn’s best Mexican eats.
542 W 27th St
Perched above the McKittrick Hotel, this rooftop garden has a prime seasonal cocktail list.
La Piscine at the Americano Hotel
518 W 27th St
A pool, an open grill, and skyline views make this a seriously chill destination.
Rare View Rooftop, Chelsea
152 W 26th St
Burgers + beer + proximity to MSG.
554 W 28th St
The gay bar has a strict dress code, so look your best.
PHD at the Dream Hotel
355 W 16th St
Ultra-clubby rooftop with sick skyline views.
The Beach at Dream Downtown
355 W 16th St
Just below PHD, this pool and lounge offers weekday and summer passes for non-hotel guests.
The Wyndham Garden Chinatown
This unassuming hotel has a sleek and simple rooftop with great Downtown views.
230 5th Ave
Some of the best skyline views in all of NYC.
200 5th Ave
This beer garden above Eataly features high-end imported beer and dope Italian eats like fried veal sweetbreads.
35 E 13th St
A dance hall/martini lounge/rooftop that’s popular with NYU folks.
12 Franklin St
Australian-inspired beer, food, and cocktails dominate this rooftop with plenty of seating.
621 W 46th St
It’s a restaurant, a club, and a giant rooftop all in one.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club
641 W 51st St
Strippers on a roof, nuff said.
The Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel
653 11th Ave
A swanky top-of-the-building spot with 360-degree skyline views.
Social Bar and Lounge
795 8th Ave
A three-level Irish pub and rooftop.
610 W 56th St
Three thousand people can fit in here, and thankfully not all of them on the roof.
605 W 48th St
Spacious cloud-toucher known for its Mexican and margaritas
The Crow’s Nest
East River & 30th St
Perched atop The Water Club with panoramic East River views.
Z Rooftop Bar at the Z Hotel
Long Island City
11-01 43rd Ave
Adjacent to the 59th St Bridge, this 5,000sqft rooftop has major skyline views.
Long Island City
8-08 Queens Plaza S
This upscale city-overlooker and lounge boasts a full menu with Asian-inspired entrees like the Angry Lobster and Game of Prawns.
Lower East Side
190 Allen St
Clubby rooftop with great views.
Lower East Side
95 Delancey St
Grab dinner downstairs at Dinner on Ludlow before heading up to this chic way-way-way-upstairs spot.
Lower East Side
92 Ludlow St
With a menu that boasts truffle tater tots and maple bacon deviled eggs, you can’t go wrong at this laid-back location.
Lower East Side
168 Delancey St
This jungle-like rooftop needs to be experienced at least once.
Plunge Bar & Lounge
19 9th Ave
Atop the Gansevoort Meatpacking sits this roof/lounge/club notorious for very loud music.
55 Little W 12th St
Still here, and still fratty.
26 Little W 12th St
Special summer cocktails dominate this casual rooftop above the fancier Meatpacking restaurant.
Top of the Strand
33 West 37th St
Open year-round thanks to a retractable glass roof, this bar & lounge has a badass selection of bourbon cocktails and unobstructed Empire State Building views.
330 W 40th St
An awesome, uh, sky room in an admittedly weird location.
Hotel Metro Rooftop
45 West 35th St
Minimalist rooftop with great views of the Empire State Building.
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
145 E 50th St
Sprawling indoor/outdoor art-deco spot with 3,000sqft of space.
71 W 35th St
Penthouse rooftop with small bites and a solid drinks selection.
Henry’s Rooftop Bar
501 Lexington Ave
Cocktails, food, and East River views at this rooftop above the Roger Smith Hotel.
Pod 51 Rooftop
230 East 51st St
Sister hotel/roof of Pod 39.
160 E 46th St
Upscale American restaurant with a high-end rooftop bar.
The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel
124 W 57th St
Enjoy innovative cocktails, Central Park views, and plush seating at this prime Midtown spot.
210 W 55th St
An Art Deco, South Beach-inspired scene with sight lines of the Hudson River and Times Square.
The Attic Rooftop & Lounge
251 W 48th St
A massive indoor/outdoor rooftop inspired by Old Hollywood.
135 W 45th St
This bar and lounge on the 54th floor of the Hyatt hotel is the tallest rooftop in NYC. Boosh.
300 W 40th St
Yes, the Port Authority has its own beer garden, and there’s a roof deck, too.
605 W 48th St
This new year-round rooftop offers creative Mexican eats in a relaxed setting.
Four at Yotel
570 10th Ave
This insanely huge terrace (7,000sqft!) is the largest in NYC.
132 W 47th St
Cabanas, cocktails, and a full menu make this a great Midtown pit stop.
Latitude Bar & Grill
783 8th Ave
Live music and a casual rooftop bar.
Le Parker Meridien Rooftop Pool
119 W 56th St
With floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park + pool and sun deck, we can almost justify the $300/month membership. Almost.
One Penn Plaza
Grab a rooftop drink before hitching the train home -- you know you need it.
The Perfect Pint
123 W 45th St
Multi-level Irish pub with a rooftop bar.
Refinery Hotel Rooftop
63 W 38th St
Any place that serves conch fritters and pork belly sliders is fine by us.
Spyglass Rooftop Bar
47 W 38th St
Above the Archer Hotel, this high-end rooftop has perfect Empire State Building views.
226 W 52nd St
Making Times Square more tolerable, one cocktail at a time.
200 W 39th St
With a giant signature cocktail list and bites like mac & cheese cupcakes, we’re sold on this sleek Midtown roof.
Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel
356 W 58th St
Famous for its specialty sangrias and the fact that you can see Central Park from above.
Tonic Times Square
727 7th Ave
Giant sports bar with a rooftop.
Up on 20 at the Hyatt Herald Square
20-32 West 31st St
Spacious seating, Empire State Building views, and contemporary cocktails.
Margaritas and martinis dominate this rooftop cocktail menu, and we’re not complaining.
Vu Rooftop Bar
17 W 32nd St
A low-key indoor/outdoor bar with $5 happy hour drink specials.
Rare View, Murray Hill
303 Lexington Ave
Live music, flat-screen TVs, and 360-degree skyline views.
47 E 29th St
Casual rooftop beer garden.
The Roof at Park South
125 East 27th St
This laid-back spot specializes in Tiki cocktails and boasts an unobstructed look at the skyline.
411 3rd Ave
Massive three-level sports bar/frat house.
The Rooftop at The Nomad Hotel
It’s for private events only, but the vibe is swanky as hell.
The Heights Bar & Grill
Casual rooftop that’s known for its frozen margaritas.
The Rock Shop
249 4th Ave
Live music downstairs, rooftop chillin’ upstairs.
Bar D’eau at the Trump Soho
246 Spring St
It’s a Trump hotel, so you know what to expect.
525 Greenwich St
Enjoy Hudson River and World Trade Center views at this business-casual rooftop with a $5 beer and $6 wine happy hour special.
Jimmy at the James Hotel
15 Thompson St
Pop-culture inspired cocktails like the Sid & Nancy and sunset views make this a Downtown staple.
The Roof at the Met
Upper East Side
1000 5th Ave
A rooftop garden and martini bar perfect for laid-back lounging.
The Rooftop at the Jane Hotel
113 Jane St
No longer reservation-only, this walk-in-friendly rooftop is the ultimate sunset-viewing spot.
135 N 5th St
Cozy French bistro with an indoor garden room and roof deck.
128 Metropolitan Ave
Enjoy classic wood-fire pizzas on this Italian restaurant’s roof deck.
Night of Joy
667 Lorimer St
Hipster heaven, on a roof.
The Ides at the Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Incredible skyline views in an upscale setting.
Sheltering Sky at the McCarren Hotel
160 N 12th St
This manicured rooftop has prime skyline views and live music events throughout the summer.
571 Lorimer St
Mexican food atop the world -- does life get any better?
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This story was originally published on 5/16/2014.
1. La Piscine at Hôtel Americano518 West 27th Street, New York
2. Rare View Chelsea152 W 26th St, New York
3. Larry Flynt's Hustler Gentlemen's Club Cigar Lounge641 W 51st St, New York
4. Z Bar Restaurant & Sky-Lounge605 W 48th St, New York
5. The Delancey168 Delancey St, New York
6. Tavern2947 E 29th St, New York
7. Haven Rooftop NYC132 W 47th St, New York
8. Refinery Hotel63 W 38th Street, New York
9. Sky Room330 W 40th St, New York
10. Sky Terrace at Hudson Hotel356 W 58th St, New York
11. The Heights Bar & Grill2867 Broadway, New York
12. RARE View303 Lexington Ave, New York
13. Penthouse8088-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City
14. Sonny's Soda Shoppe9 Crosby St, New York
15. JIMMY at The James15 Thompson St., New York
16. Level R at Empire Hotel Rooftop44 W 63rd St, New York
17. STK Downtown & Rooftop26 Little West 12th St, New York
18. Gallow Green542 W 27th St, New York
19. 230 Fifth230 5th Ave, New York
20. La Birreria200 5th Ave, New York
21. Hudson Terrace621 W 46th St, New York
22. The Press Lounge653 11th Ave, New York
23. Terminal 5610 W 56th St, New York
24. The Crow's Nest500 E 30th St, New York
25. Z New York11-01 43rd Ave, New York
26. The DL95 Delancey St, New York
27. Hotel Chantelle92 Ludlow St, New York
28. Le Bain848 Washington St, New York
29. Plunge Park Ave420 Park Ave S, New York
30. CATCH Roof21 9th Ave, New York
31. Brass Monkey55 Little West 12th St, New York
32. The Roof124 W 57th St, New York
33. Top of the Strand33 W 37th St, New York
34. Upstairs At The Kimberly145 E 50th St, New York
35. Monarch Rooftop Lounge71 W 35th St, New York
36. Pod 39 Rooftop Bar145 East 39th St, New York
37. Salon de Ning700 5th Ave, New York
38. The Skylark200 W 39th St, New York
39. Gansevoort Park Rooftop420 Park Ave S, New York
40. The NoMad1170 Broadway, New York
41. The Rock Shop249 4th Ave, Brooklyn
42. Bar d'Eau246 Spring St, New York
43. The Met Rooftop Bar1000 5th Ave, New York
44. Berry Park4 Berry St, Brooklyn
45. Bia Bar & Grill67 S 6th St, New York
46. Canopy Bar & The Panther Room74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
47. Juliette135 N 5th St, Brooklyn
48. Night of Joy667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn
49. The Ides at Wythe Hotel80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
50. Upper Elm at King & Grove Williamsburg160 N 12th St, Brooklyn
51. Zona Rosa571 Lorimer St, Brooklyn
52. The Rooftop at The Jane113 Jane St, Fl 6, New York
53. L'isola128 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
54. Watermark Bar78 South St, New York
La Piscine is the rooftop pool and bar atop Chelsea's Hôtel Americano. Luckily, you don't have to be a hotel guest to lounge poolside as day passes are available for purchase. Lounge poolside, order a cocktail and some Mediterranean bites, and you're set for a relaxing summer day in the city.
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.
If you can pull yourself away from the girls on the 20ft pole inside or any one of the themed suites, take a gander at this cigar lounge and bar. If you've mistakenly lost your shirt throughout the festivities, no worries, the deck is heated so you can still enjoy the view of the Hudson with a cold one amongst Doric columns in the dead of winter.
Nibble on charred octopus or chow down on black angus skirt steak at this resto with a rooftop bar. With glass enclosure, rest assured your piquillo pepper chimichurri and any one of the cocktails you decide to choose, will remain relatively unaffected by the elements.
This nightlife spot on the Lower East Side includes a plush lounge, canopied roof deck and basement performance space. In the summer, make a beeline for the top deck of this tri-level club— the palm tree rooftop is the place to be when the sun is still out and when summer nights are oh so nice. If it's too hot, the air conditioned performance space in the basement is a definite runner up. Speaking of, stop in Thursdays at 8pm for the “Comedy as a Second Language” series. This shows have been rotating in new comedians for nearly eight years. Luckily, the same roaring laughs, cheap drinks and free admission never went away.
Right off the NoMad portion of Park Park, Tavern29 is a solid spot for post-work drinks. The bar features more than 25 craft beers on tap, a solid wine list, whiskey flights, and incredible happy hour deals. The kitchen serves elevated bar food like three-cheese mac & cheese, sliders, and flatbread, so it's the kind of place where drinks can easily transition into dinner. Located in a converted townhouse, the space includes two bars and a rooftop beer garden with communal tables.
On top of the Sanctuary Hotel, Haven is year-round fun for those who seek swanky cocktails with cuisine inspired by the French Alps.
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.
The Sky Room is a classy rooftop oasis with casual eats, comfy couches, an amazing view -- and it may be one of the only reasons to come near Times Square after work hours.
Open for the Summers only, Sky Terrace sits atop the Hudson Hotel, offering sweet views of the city, tons of lounge chairs and even a hammock (!), plus drinks like their 10 varieties of sangria.
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.
With outposts in Chelsea as well as this Murray hill locale, RARE offers delicious seasonal cocktails, bar bites (mmmmm waffle fries), and opens up their space for private functions as well.
Perched above the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, Penthouse 808 has a vibe that's skewed slightly more Miami than post-industrial LIC. Clocking in at 9,500sqft, the swanky indoor/outdoor rooftop offers unbeatable views of Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge. The fusion menu takes cues from Japanese and Hawaiian cuisines, featuring sushi, robata skewers, and poke.
Nestled into the Mondrian SoHo, Sonny's is a rooftop, '50s-inspired "Italian beach club" designed by DeVinn Bruce that slings gelato, pizzas, and obviously, alcoholic gelato float cocktails. Because, duh.
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.
Nestled on the top of the Empire Hotel is this boozer where you can score sweet drinks while you peep killer views of Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side.
This modern steakhouse has a chic feel that can be enjoyed on leather upholstered furniture on the rooftop while enjoying meaty bites from Executive Chef Anthony Fusco.
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 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.
Atop the Flatiron food emporium Eataly sits La Birreria, an 8000sqft Italian beer garden that pours glasses of amber ale in view of both the copper-capped Metropolitan Life Building and Empire State. It's an impressive setting for sipping cask ale brewed onsite, or any of the local and imported taps on offer (some ten drafts and twenty bottles). Communal tables under the big city sky are perfect for groups, as is the Piatto Misto platter made up of a beer- and apricot-braised pork shoulder and a host of sausages (both Italian cotechino and German bratwurst make cameos). Even in the dead of winter, this rooftop is in full swing as it transforms into an Italian Alps-inspired pop-up Biata. Yes, the roof gets covered, but stringed light, ski lodge aesthetics, and specials like muleld wine make up for it.
A lavish, three story boozing fort with a roofdeck overlooking the Hudson, HT's an incongruously ritzy offering from guys behind Village Pourhouse.
The Hudson River-scoping rooftop above the Ink 48 Hotel has a wraparound terrace and a glassy reflective pool, offering excellent warm-weather ambience for sipping cocktails and taking in the sunset. There may be a doorman-guarded entrance and a collection of beautiful patrons, but anyone can still feel comfortable snagging a spot on the couches and ordering a round or two.
With 3,000 seats and three bars, T5 is one of the largest (and coolest) concert venues in NYC.
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.
One of the best rooftop destinations in the city, Z offers incredible Manhattan skyline views, fresh-baked 'za, and custom-crafted twin metal bars slinging signature cocktails.
Ludlow Manor's shut down the top two floors in order to focus on bringing a new resto to life on the first one, which looks like an oligarch's reception chamber thanks to massive curtains, distressed mirrors, a gilded trellis, and glitzy chandeliers. New American small plates get a "touch of irony", resulting in a PB&J that's actually a pork belly & jam slider, Lobster Crack (knuckle meat steamed in vermouth), and bacon-topped Ludlow Mac, hopefully not a cheesy nickname you give to yourself.
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 on the 20th floor of the Gansevoort Park Ave, this "crown jewel" is resplendent with handcrafted mosaic tiling, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, and wrap-around terraces, all spread out over six unique areas, the center of which is a backlit glass bar'd main room rocking a double-height ceiling and a "dramatic window wall that sweeps the NYC skyline indoors", though not under the rug, as legally they can't have one for fear of people cutting it.
Located at the top of a building in the Meatpacking District, CATCH offers panoramic views of the city skyline and a relaxing space to sip cocktails and enjoy good weather.
Just before you hit the Hudson River on Little West 12th, you'll find Brass Monkey, which houses three bars (!) and includes a rooftop beer garden with some views that might take your socks and just knock 'em right off. The beer selection is equally sock knock-offing with 100 domestic, import, and craft drafts + bottles. Hungry? Happy hour, besides sweet drink specials, offers $5 bar snacks including pork scratchings & malt vinegar, roasted bangers & mustard, and fried chorizo with lime crema.
Located at the top of Viceroy New York, The Roof is a sophisticated and comfortable lounge with brass accents and walnut-and-leather sofas, and it features an outdoor terrace that offers breathtaking views of Central Park.
Located on the top of the Strand Hotel, the Top of the Strand is a stylish, garden-like rooftop bar with excellent views of the Empire State Building. It's open 365 days a year, thanks to a retractable glass rooftop, so whether the whether is good or not, you can still enjoy carefully crafted cocktails and great views.
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 5000sqft rooftop bar with modern Manhattan-meets-Scandinavia decor has killer views of the Empire State building, and even more killer cocktails like the eponymous Monarch or the Butterfly Effect.
A hotel rooftop lounge equipped with an extensive bar, cocktail list, and great views of the city.
This rooftop bar at the Peninsula Hotel is the perfect leisure spot to sip signature craft 'tails and munch on Asian-inspired light fare while taking in refreshing views of the Big Apple.
The Skylark is sleek, sexy, and has killer views -- essentially, what you come to expect from a Midtown rooftop haunt. From a partner behind city favorites like The Lambs Club and Jimmy at the James, Sklark maintains a refined air that's bolstered by contemporary copper light fixtures, dark woods behind the bar and mod sofas arranged along wall-to-wall windows. Mixologist Johnny Swet crafted the cocktail list, with twists on classlics like a Manhattan spiked with American oak extract. Asian and American flavors zigzag on the bar menu, featuring avocado toasts and Peking duck wontons, but the real fun is had with indulgently quirky items like mac & cheese cupcakes.
The rooftop of Gansevoort Park Avenue is a massive, tri-level space with views of the city from all sides. At the center is the Main Bar, an atrium-like space with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the New York skyline. Then there's the year-round pool, split into indoor and outdoor portions by a collapsible garage door. Previously called the Sun Deck, the top floor of the roof is home to Drift, a beach-themed cocktail lounge.
Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.
The Rock Shop is one of the area's quintessential beer/sports bar/hang out spots, designed for concert-goers and catering to the most laid back crowd... ever (it is Brooklyn, after all).
The Trump Soho's swank new Soho House-like seasonal lounge's expressly set up to accommodate New Yorkers' need for laid back warm weather fun, brought to you by the team behind some of "South Beach's hottest nightspots", making it the perfect place to spend a Mynt.
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.
If it's warm out, you're definitely gonna want to snag a seat on this 100+ rooftop bar, where you can gaze upon awesome views of the NYC skyline, while sipping on a variety of German suds and sharing some small bites.
The owners of the now-closed East Village dive bar Duke’s ran a new experiment: they set Vietnamese cuisine up on a blind date with Asian brews in a hipster setting, and the result dubs them the most successful matchmakers in South Williamsburg.
Relax with a cocktail and watch the sunset on the rooftop of Canopy Bar, then head downstairs to The Panther Room for some big-name DJs and sweet parties.
Despite its bustling location right off Bedford Ave, Juliette is a quaint French bistro that serves unfussy but elegant food in a large, romantic space. The multi-room restaurant includes a bar area, an indoor garden room with plants hanging from the ceiling, and a large rooftop patio. The dinner and brunch menus stick to classic French dishes like croque monsieur, steak tartare, and crispy duck confit, but you'll always find a burger with pomme frites. Affordable drinks, like house red and white wines, make Juliette a great spot for group meals, especially birthday dinners.
Stepping into this bar is like walking into your grandmother's place; vintage Victorian throw rugs and ottomans are set up for you to lounge on while sipping lemonade. The difference is that this lemonade, of an orange blossom variety, gets a bit of extra kick from some added rum. It's one of many three-ingredient-max cocktails on a list shared between both floors of this bi-level den. Our advice? Head to the second floor, a rooftop bar with a frozen-margarita station to complement the list of beers available downstairs.
The Ides is perched atop the Wythe Hotel, and while the line for this Williamsburg bar may be a bit long -- and dense with European tourists -- after sunset, the view is worth it. The indoor-outdoor lounge boasts glittering views of Manhattan, and though the buildings are the same as what you'd see from many a North Brooklyn rooftop, the Ides' bartenders mix strong drinks with a professional edge.
Lofted above the King & Grove Hotel, this bar holds a salt-water pool, cushiony lounge area and a steady rotation of DJs and acoustic performers. With a menu that includes dishes like shrimp tempura BLT with nori aioli, a dry-aged burger and lobster lettuce cups, it's a definite must-visit for summer days. One of the best parts? It's partially enclosed for when it gets chilly.
This rooftop bar in Brooklyn houses an old Airstream trailer and's serving up awesome Mexican eats like queso fundido, carnitos tacos, and watermelon margaritas.
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.
This Williamsburg eatery and drinkery doles out additional Italian fare including brick-oven pizzas, AND it has a comfy roof deck to enjoy your food, some drinks, and a pleasant atmosphere in good weather.
Reasons to spend your summer at Watermark Bar: burgers, cocktails, alcoholic sno-cones, and, oh, just a rooftop park. Get your mingle on at this Pier 15-adjacent hotspot -- it's one of our NYC warm-weather favorites.