Coolest Rooftop Bars to Check Out in NYC
Gaping at Manhattan’s spectacular skyline never gets old, and you don’t have to cross the Hudson or East River for a million-dollar skyline view. Ascend to one of these panoramic rooftop cocktail lounges and take in sweeping vistas from the heart of the city itself.
PH-D Terrace at Dream Downtown
This sought-after roof terrace puts you high above one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District. Sip a craft cocktail while grooving to beats from world-famous DJs or settling into a plush sofa with Empire State Building views.
355 West 16th Street
The Empire Rooftop
Perched above the Upper West Side, the rooftop of the Empire Hotel has the capacity to hold more than 350 people, making it a great place to schmooze as well as drink. Its views are another draw, as it faces Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House.
44 West 63rd Street
The popular deck atop the Lower East Side’s Hotel Indigo boasts a casual, carefree, laid-back ambience; contemporary design; and a drink menu that includes specialty cocktails and creative takes on the classics (think sparkling negronis carbonated and bottled in-house).
180 Orchard Street
Two-story Le Bain is complete with a crêperie and disco, along with its two bars and namesake pool. Given its rec-room vibe, rather unique for NYC rooftops, it is as popular by day as by night — at least, on weekends, when hipsters come to day-drink upon the loungers and waterbeds.
848 Washington Street
A spin-off the Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami, which received a James Beard Award nomination, Broken Shaker has a vibrant, eclectic, and decidedly festive feel. Stake out a rattan barstool and order a fruity tropical drink, or pay tribute to Magic City’s wellness culture with a fresh-pressed juice.
23 Lexington Avenue
The Jane Hotel Rooftop
Set to face the Hudson, the rooftop at the Jane Hotel is gorgeously designed and appointed, with alternatingly nautical and Moroccan-inspired décor that complements the opulent, glamorous, historic feel of the building’s lower floors. (The hotel was built in the early 20th century to accommodate sailors coming in from the river.)
113 Jane Street
One of the few popular Manhattan rooftop bars not attached to a hotel, the indoor/outdoor terrace at CATCH NYC attracts diners from the trendy dining space downstairs and anyone who loves to dance to top-40 hits. Although it’s a part of the restaurant by daytime, on weekends, after dark, it transforms into one of NYC’s coolest nightclubs.
21 9th Avenue
For a decidedly more whimsical and fantastical vibe than other Manhattan bars, Gallow Green is the rooftop of McKittrick Hotel, which is the venue for the immersive production Sleep No More. After dark, it gets an eerie vibe that echoes those of the building’s other dining and drinking outlets, like the rail-inspired Club Car.
542 West 27th Street
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