35 of the Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

With the annual international furniture fair, ICFF, and NYCxDesign taking over NYC design lovers are flocking to New York. After trekking through the fair or endless design events throughout the city, come the end of the day, a cocktail will definitely be in order! And since Spring is in the air one of the city’s rooftop bars will make the perfect place to relax. So, here’s a list of 35 of the best rooftop bars NYC has to offer. All sure to deliver an unforgettable experience!


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Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn

Best rooftop bars in NYC - Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

With a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, this rooftop bar is an old-fashioned cocktail lounge. It is the perfect escape to enjoy a great cocktail – either during the daylight, or the night, with a sparkling sky.

230 Fifth Flatiron

Manhattan

Best rooftop bars in NYC - 230 Fifth Flatiron rooftop bar
Rooftop Bar 230 Fifth Flatiron

Under shady umbrellas for the sunny days, and inside artificial igloos during the gold days (nights) this rooftop is the place to be. With a perfect view of the Empire State Building, you can enjoy a special drink and excellent appetizer during the week, or a buffet brunch on the weekends.

A.R.T. SoHo (Arlo Roof Top)

Arlo Hotel, SoHo

Best rooftop bars in NYC - arlo rooftop bar at A.R.T. SoHo
Rooftop Bar A.R.T.

The A.R.T. SoHo is a truly urban oasis. A place where you can enjoy an excellent selection of craft beer and mixed cocktails with a perfect match of grilled snacks and small plates.

Azul On The Rooftop

Hotel Hugo, Greenwich

Best rooftop bars in NYC - Azul on the Rooftop at hotel hugo
Azul On The Rooftop

At the top of the Hotel Hugo, you can find a rooftop with an Old Havana vibe, colorful decoration, and views of Lower Manhattan. This is the spot to enjoy an incredible sangria or a blood orange cosmopolitan paired with some appetizers.

Bar d’Eau

The Dominick Hotel, SoHo

best rooftop bars in nyc - bar d'eau at the dominick hotel
Bar d’Eau

If you are looking for Miami-vibes in NYC Bar d’Eau is the place for you! This luxurious rooftop bar features a swimming pool with stunning views, sushi, light bites, and stellar sun-worthy signature cocktails. Located at the Dominick Hotel (formerly Trump SoHo), non-hotel guests can reserve exclusive cabanas for the day to gain access to the pool.

black and gold bar stool - chandra by koket

Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room

Midtown West

Best rooftop bars in NYC:  Bar SixtyFive at the rainbow room
Rooftop Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room

The Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room is one of the highest outdoor terrace bars in NYC. Located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, this rooftop bar offers playful bistro and curated cocktails.

Cachet Boutique NYC Hotel

Hell’s Kitchen

Best rooftop bars in NYC: Cachet Boutique Hotel
Rooftop Bar at Cachet Boutique NYC Hotel

Sit back, relax and enjoy the open-air terrace at the Cachet Boutique NYC Hotel. In addition to the oasis vibes, the large mural by the artist JPOArt makes this the perfect spot to enjoy a special cocktail.

The Crosby Bar & Terrace 

Crosby Hotel, SoHo

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The Crosby Terrace at The Crosby Street Hotel

A warm and cheery interior space leads to a leafy oasis outdoor terrace at
The Crosby Bar & Terrace. Open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, coffee, cocktails and afternoon tea. Perfect for New York mornings, lazy lunches and sultry summer nights!

Gallow Green

McKittrick Hotel, Chelsea

Best Rooftop Bars in NYC - Gallow Green at mckittrick hotel
Rooftop Bar Gallow Green, at McKittrick Hotel

Located in the McKittrick Hotel, the Gallow Green takes you into an opulent experience. Here you can find antique decoration, with flowers, fairy lights, and wooden tables. You can also enjoy a full menu dinner while you’re listening to live music or theatre performances.

Good Behavior

MADE Hotel, NoMad

Best Rooftop Bars NYC: Good Behavior at made hotel
Good Behavior Rooftop Bar at MADE Hotel

On the 18th Floor of the MADE Hotel, you can find the incredible Good Behavior Rooftop bar. With both indoor and outdoor seating, here you can enjoy Tiki-inspired cocktails, craft beers and large format cocktails for sharing with someone you love. And with the fauna and flora decoration, wood ceilings and big windows, you have here the perfect view of New York City.


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Heaven Rooftop

Sanctuary Hotel, Time Square

Best rooftop bars nyc - Heaven Rooftop
Heaven Rooftop Bar

Located on the top of the Sanctuary Hotel and the heart of Time Square, this rooftop bar offers their guests the chance to appreciate Manhattan’s mesmerizing view, while enjoying modern American cuisine, craft cocktails and of course, good music.

Jimmy

The James Hotel, SoHo

Best Rooftop Bars nyc - Jimmy at The James Hotel
Rooftop Bar Jimmy at The James Hotel

Unlike typical rooftop bars, JIMMY is a year-round destination. On warmer days, you can enjoy the rooftop deck, decorated with velvet couches, exotic side tables and a pool with a view of Manhattan. On the cold days, you have an inside classic pub, with a 1970’s New York twist.

Leaf Bar and Lounge

Flushing

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Leaf Bar and Lounge

Leaf Bar and Lounge is given life by the energy and aspirations of Flushing’s dynamic next generation. This rooftop offers a panoramic view of Queens and the distant Manhattan skyline. Here you can enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails and menus of Taiwanese and Western small plates.  

Le Bain

The Standard Hotel, Meatpacking

best rooftop bars nyc - Le Bain at the standard hotel
Le Bain at The Standard Hotel

Le Bain is a discothèque and rooftop bar located on top of The Standard Hotel. During the summer, there’s a pool on the dance floor, colorful coaches and chairs!

Lelie Rooftop

Gansevoort Hotel, Meatpacking

best rooftop bars nyc - lelie rooftop at ganesvoort meatpacking
Lelie Rooftop at Gansevoort Meatpacking

With American bistro-style dishes and late-night entertainment, the Lelie Rooftop is the perfect setting to enjoy some cocktails. This rooftop bar is complete with a sparkling indoor space, plenty of sitting areas, an outdoor BBQ and a stylish main bar with a huge roof that remains open on hot days.

black and gold round dining table with glass top - intuition dining table by koket

Living Room Bar and Terrace

W New York Downtown, Financial District

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Living Room Bar and Terrace at W New York Downtown

Not a normal living room, this fifth-floor lounge is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Music, plush furniture, reflecting lights, small plates, and unusual cocktails define this place.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Moxy NYC, Times Square

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Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy NYC

With 10,000 square feet of multi-purpose space, this rooftop is the perfect place for special events. It features an “urban amusement park” with an adult sensibility and epic skyline views. The entrance features whimsical animals in naughty positions; a small interior lounge has a sexy urban-industrial vibe.

Make Believe

SIXTY LES, Lower East Side

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Rooftop Bar Make Believe at Sixty Les

Make Believe has whimsical decor by interior designer Pao Lopez and offers sprawling views of New York City. This is the ideal space for workday meetings or evening cocktails under the disco ball. The menu is inspired by the flavors of Japan.

Monarch Rooftop Bar

Courtyard by Marriott Herald Square, Midtown

best rooftop bars nyc - Monarch rooftop bar marriot herald square
Monarch Rooftop Bar, Courtyard by Marriot Herald Square

Located in the 18th-floor penthouse, this rooftop offers both outdoor and indoor spaces. It specializes in cocktails, delicious bites and breath-taking views. The indoor space has vintage bricks, white wood panels on the wall, custom tiles and upholstered sofas.

Mr. Purple

Hotel Indigo, Lower East Side

best rooftop bars nyc - Mr. Purple rooftop bar at hotel indigo
Mr. Purple Rooftop Bar

Mr. Purple is a rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. The space recreates an artist-loft ambiance with both indoor and outdoor areas. It features a swimming pool, bar and a variety of seating options, including chaises lounges, banquettes, and high-top communal tables.

Ophelia

Beekman Tower, Midtown East

best rooftop bars nyc - Ophelia at the beekman tower
Ophelia at the Beekman Tower

At the top of the Beekman Tower, you can find the Ophelia. A few years ago, this was a residence for working women, and now, it’s a cocktail lounge offering a unique 360-degree view of the East River and Manhattan skyline.

Penthouse 808

Ravel Hotel, Long Island City, Queens

Best rooftop and bars nyc -  Penthouse 808 rooftop bar at ravel hotel
Rooftop Bar & Restaurant Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel

Penthouse 808 is an indoor and outdoor rooftop restaurant and lounge that gives you the perfect view of the Queensboro Bridge, East River, and Manhattan skyline. The Hawaiian and Asian inspired menu is served for dinner and will take you on an experience you’ll never forget. After that, this rooftop turns into a nightclub where you can enjoy night vibes and good music.

PH-D

Dream Downtown

best rooftop bars nyc - PH-D rooftop bar at dream downtown hotel
Rooftop Bar PH-D at Dream Downtown

This rooftop lounge is the ultimate penthouse, combining timeless and luxurious finishes all over the place. Here you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline while sitting on custom-built Italian leather banquettes with marble tables. The menu is prepared by Chef Mike Armstrong and includes small dishes paired with bespoke cocktails.

Pod 39 Rooftop

Hotel Pod 39, Midtown East

Best rooftop bars nyc - Pod 39 rooftop bar at pod 39 hotel
Pod 39 Rooftop Bar at Pod 39 Hotel

This rooftop bar is open seasonally and will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Mexico. Chef Alex Stupak’s menu focuses on bar snacks, tacos, margaritas, beers, and shots along with a few tiki-inspired cocktails.

Refinery Rooftop

Hotel Refinery, Midtown West

Best rooftop bars nyc - Refinery Rooftop bar refinery hotel
Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel

Known as one of the most dynamic spaces, by day, you can enjoy the Refinery Bar’s full menu by Chef Jeff Haskell’s. And by night, a full list of signature cocktails with a focus on natural ingredients paired with surprising and refreshing combinations. The best part is that it’s open all year!  

Salon de Ning

The Peninsula New York, Midtown

Best rooftop bars nyc - Salon de Ning at the peninsula new york
Rooftop Bar Salon de Ning, at The Peninsula New York

Located on the 23rd floor of the exclusive Peninsula Hotel, Salon de Ning features a dramatic skyline view over Fifth Avenue. It’s a chic rooftop bar with two outdoor terraces and an interior bar. The lounge seating areas are sure to deliver an exclusive and relaxing experience.

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

Archer Hotel, Garment District

Best rooftop bars nyc - Spyglass rooftop bar at the archer hotel
Spyglass Rooftop Bar at Archer Hotel

In the Archer Hotel, with a perfect view of the Empire State Building, the Spyglass Rooftop Bar boats a quintessential New York Experience: craft cocktails and shareable bites by the Chef Charlie Palmer!

St. Cloud Special Rooftop

Knickerbocker Hotel, Times Square

Best Rooftop bars nyc - St. Cloud Special knickerbocker hotel
St. Cloud Special Rooftop at the Knickerbocker Hotel

With stylish indoor and outdoor options, the exclusive St. Cloud Special is the ultimate rooftop bar in New York City. It is located at the top of the luxury Knickerbocker Hotel and you can choose to merge with the crowd or enjoy a private room.

The Crown

Hotel 50 Bowery, China Town

Best rooftop bars nyc - The Crown at hotel 50 bowery
The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

On the roof of a Chinatown Hotel (Hotel 50 Bowery), you can now experience Asian-accented cocktails and small tastes of global street food. This summer, “Royal Summer” is coming to this rooftop bar: it will feature regularly scheduled acoustic sets and music by renowned DJ’s, curated art installations, branded partnerships, and weekend brunch parties! You really can’t miss this.

The Polynesian

Pod Hotel 42, Hell’s Kitchen

best rooftop bars nyc - bartender making drink at the polynesian tiki bar at pod 42
Brian Miller of The Polynesian

The Polynesian was born because Brian Miller had a dream of opening a 21st century Tiki Bar. And that’s exactly what it is! Polynesian features 19 original cocktails and 4 large format drinks! The interior design by Vanessa Guilford pays homage to the heritage and indigenous art forms of Oceania’s treasured past that originally inspired Tiki Culture.

The Press Lounge

Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, Hell’s Kitchen

best rooftop bars nyc - Press lounge at kimpton ink48 hotel
Press Lounge Rooftop & Bar

The Press Lounge offers some of Manhattan’s most beautiful and romantic panoramic views at the top of the INK48 Hotel. A glass interior space, seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine list, and small plates are what describes this incredible rooftop bar.

The Roof

PUBLIC Hotel, Lower East Side

best rooftop bars nyc: the roof at public hotel
The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

This roof is a vibrant and energetic bar that makes you feel like you’re floating in the sky. You can choose to watch a perfect panoramic view through floor-to-ceiling windows or on the spectacular outdoor terrace.

The Skylark

Midtown West

best rooftop bars nyc - The Skylark
The Skylark Rooftop Bar

With a classically styled cocktail lounge, the Skylark will offer you a panoramic view of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Times Square, the Empire State Building and the best of Midtown West. The unique mixologist’s cocktail menu is based on classic inspirations using only fresh ingredients.

Westlight

The William Vale, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Westlight Rooftop and Bar

Westlight is a 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group. It offers a dynamic menu of original and classic cocktails, craft beers, wine and small plates that are inspired by global street food.

VERSA

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

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VERSA NYC

Perched above the juncture of Madison Square Garden and the Garment District atop the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel is the modern and sleek rooftop restaurant and bar VERSA. With spectacular views of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline, VERSA has an indoor restaurant and lounge in addition to their spacious rooftop terrace!

Words by Rita Archer

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