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10 NYC Rooftop Bars That Will Be Open Year Round

Published On 10/15/2014 Published On 10/15/2014
Year round rooftop bars
Scott Bleicher

Hell’s Kitchen
Sunsets may be happening earlier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t admire the crap out of them at this far-West, glass-enclosed spot that’s breaking out seasonal cocktails and eats for the fall/winter as well.

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The rooftop bar at the Wythe Hotel is a constant line-inducing scene throughout the summer, but head up there in the offseason and you can still grab cocktails and views with (relatively) smaller crowds.

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Midtown West
They'll do Oktoberfest goodness for the rest of month on the outdoor deck and in the connecting beer hall, Hudson Common. Then, in the colder months, they transform their deck into an enclosed ski lodge, complete with furs, fake snow, and s’mores grilled cheeses. It’s way better than getting real snowed on.

Refinery Hotel

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If you aren’t a guest -- since it’s pretty damn hard to get into this pool anyway -- you may feel better knowing that no one is swimming and everyone is just soaking in the beautiful views of lower Manhattan while sipping top-notch cocktails.

The Gansevoort Hotel

Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking hot spot above the Gansevoort has a retractable glass roof, so its 360-degree views don’t have to go into hibernation.

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A great reason to go to the West 30s, and our favorite bar near the Times Square subway stop, Skylark has wraparound views, a beautiful, classic bar inside, and heat lamps outside.

Upstairs at the Kimberly

Midtown East
This is another guy that’s got a retractable roof/wall thing going for it -- hit this for brunch when you’ll still be able to sip Champagne and eat truffled egg toast in the sun and pretend it’s not negative 100 degrees outside.


Midtown West
Take in views of the Empire State Building at this all-seasons Midtown go-to that's inspired by '40s- and '50s-era vibes and armed with plates from David Burke’s fabrick downstairs.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and he's willing to stand outside in the snow if it means he gets to drink on top of something. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

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1. The Press Lounge 653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

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.

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2. The Ides at Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

The Ides is perched atop the Wythe Hotel, and while the line for this Williamsburg bar may be a bit long -- and packed 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.

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3. 230 Fifth 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

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

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4. Hudson Lodge 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Hells Kitchen)

Hudson Hotel's Hudson Lodge, lives up to its name with draping their low-lying wooden furniture with fur blankets, hanging taxidermied stag heads above their kingly communal tables, and setting up foam-blowing snow machines. The drinks are as boozy as they're chocolatey!

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5. 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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6. The James Hotel 27 GRAND STREET, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Nestled amongst the busting streets of SoHo, and offering unobstructed views of the Hudson and East River, the James Hotel is the perfect place to decide which of the city's waterways is the coolest (Bronx River, son!) and experience city culture & shopping at its best

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7. Plunge Park Ave 420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016-8403 (Flatiron)

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.

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8. The Skylark 200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

The Skylark boasts wraparound window-side seating, an amazing roof deck, and mac 'n cheese cupcakes. Yes, mac 'n cheese cupcakes.

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9. 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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10. Spyglass Rooftop Bar 45 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)

This luxe rooftop bar atop the Archer Hotel gets you incredibly close to the Empire State Building, offering both indoor and outdoor seating 22 stories above Midtown. Its a contemporary bar, inspired by the classic sophistication and luxury of 1940s and 1950s NY glamour, and you’ll feel as if Gatsby is somewhere in the room. While it's a hotspot for celebrity-filled events, it’s also a comfortable escape for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Check it out for Insta-worthy panoramic views, light fare, and expertly crafted cocktails.