My favorite time of year is summer and my favorite type of bar is a ROOFTOP! New York does a rooftop better than most cities because the skyline is so amazing! Whether you are looking Downtown to One World Trade or across the East River from Brooklyn there are so many great spots to check out.
Of course, I am not the only one who loves a rooftop bar, and they are always very full during the long warm summer evenings, so plan to arrive early to snag a good spot or be prepared to queue.
Arguably one of the best city views in NYC. This rooftop of the Ink48 hotel is a swanky affair, with great cocktails, and a large outdoor deck area to take in the amazing view. There is not much else happening near this hotel, so either eat before you arrive or come early for a drink then head elsewhere.
The Rooftop hotel is more like a garden party than a swanky scene, which is a nice change in NYC where you rarely see greenery. The home of "sleep no more" (theatrical production) attracts all types from casual drinkers to the party people. Definitely a fun day or night out and reminds me of drinking at an outdoor beer garden in Sydney.
The Super trendy hot spot at the top of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. Expect to queue to get in, then dance the night away with top DJ's or take a dip in the plunge pool.
if you don’t want to be outside the equally impressive indoor bar on the eighteenth floor of this hotel ticks all the boxes - amazing views, swanky atmosphere, good cocktails... bring your Amex Platinum card!
So, you have been to Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Centre, but have you had a cocktail on the 65th floor. You really can’t beat the view and with a cocktail in hand it is even better. There is an indoor bar and a glass protected outdoor terrace with a seated area.
The first rooftop I ever visited in NYC and what a place to start! The biggest rooftop in Manhattan with lots of lounge and seating plus plenty of standing space. I think this is a great spot for an afternoon drink in the sun, before the busy night crowd arrives. You are sure to secure a big lounge or cabana area earlier in the day.
If you are uptown looking for a cute boutique type bar with a great view of central park then this is the spot. It is not a large bar, but if you are lucky enough to snag a spot on the outdoor deck enjoy the view! lots of good restaurants close by including Nobu, Quality Meats and Polo Lounge.
I’m sure you have all seen pictures all over Instagram of the cute prosecco and ice pop cocktail. This bar is not very big and is always busy so be prepared to wait. Worth visiting for 1 or 2 fun cocktails and a popsicle, but you don’t need to stay all night. Nice view across the city to Jersey City.
Gorgeous Rooftop garden and Bar with fantastic views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. The Big plus at this new hot spot has an amazing plunge pool that is open to adults from 1-6pm on the weekends for pool parties! Reservations required for pool use.