Party on a hotel rooftop
FIRE, the restaurant crowning the swank, new, four-story Art Hotel, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, so if it gets too hot out on the full-service terrace, you can move to the gleaming bar without losing the view. Meanwhile, every Thursday evening through the end of August, the Four Seasons hosts Poolside Cocktail Parties on the rooftop, where you can drink how the other half drinks.
Drink on a patio -- any patio
Not that you can’t start your bender at street level. Hell, you can start with a 40 in a paper bag on the curb out in front of the liquor store if you want, we don’t judge. Just so long as you get an al fresco buzz sometime before autumn sets in. Still, you’ll probably have a nicer time doing it at any of the places on our list of the city’s best outdoor drinking spots.