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53 best rooftop bars in NYC

Updated:September 13, 2021

How do you get the most out of the world's most famous skyline? Well, you enjoy it with a side of cocktails, bites and spritzer at a NYC rooftop bar. Elevated hours is always a good idea, and this summer we deserve it more than ever.

Here you'll find the best NYC rooftop bars, with all info you need about each venue. Opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. New York City is arguably one of the best cities in the world when it comes to rooftop bars and terraces. You can find luxurious, relaxed, nightlife, fancy and cozy rooftop bars in every part of the city. From Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan.

Stay fresh in a NYC rooftop pool or go for a weekend NYC rooftop brunch, all with one of the most iconic skyline views you can find. But which is the best rooftop bar in New York? Just scroll down and find the NYC rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Rooftop in NYC The Press Lounge in New York
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The Press Lounge

$$$$ | 16th floor | Hell's Kitchen
  • Highlights
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Rooftop pool

One of the best NYC rooftop bars. Known for their amazing service and quality regarding everything, along with spectacular views over both Hudson River and the mighty Manhattan skyline. A menu with quality over quantity, including a set of well crafted cocktails, beer on both bottle and draught, wine and bubbles by the glass and a few bar bites and snacks. Perfect place for both after work and post dinner cocktails, soaking in views of the Big Apple, enjoying the sophisticated but vibrant atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Harriet's Rooftop in New York
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Harriet's Rooftop

$$$ | 11th floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • Amazing Manhattan-views
  • Rooftop pool
  • Craft cocktails

Located on top of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo (Brooklyn), this is the place for craft cocktails and amazing panoramic views over the Manhattan skyline. Both open-air rooftop bar and indoor lounge, Harriet's is open daily and offers a lush and vibrant setting. Popular spot that, apart from fine cocktails, also offers some very fresh and tasty bar bites. Guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy the small but fantastic rooftop pool.

Rooftop in NYC Somewhere Nowhere NYC in New York
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Somewhere Nowhere NYC

$$$$ | 38th & 39th floor | Chelsea
  • Highlights
  • Nightclub & lounge
  • Rooftop pool
  • 360° views

Covering the top floors of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel, Somewhere Nowhere NYC is a two-level lounge, nightclub and rooftop pool, surrounded with amazing 360° views over Manhattan. Up here you find a magical and whimsical indoor garden lounge, as well as an open-air rooftop, where a luxurious rooftop pool and panormic views are part of the stylish decoration. Open 7 days a week and year-round, you can visit for after work cocktails and tapas, to late and vibrant weekend nights with international and local live DJs.

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Rooftop in NYC 230 Fifth in New York
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230 Fifth

$$$ | 20th floor | NoMad
  • Highlights
  • Huge rooftop garden
  • Magical views
  • Weekend brunch

One of the largest and most famous rooftop bars in NYC, named after its location at 230 5th Ave. The terrace has seatings for approximately 1 000 people at the same time and offers some really magical views of the Manhattan skyline, with the Empire State Building as a mighty focal point. Open year round, with heaters for colder nights and awesome rooftop igloos in winter, offering a wide selection of both food and drinks. With the highlight beeing the rooftop brunch buffet served every weekend.

Rooftop in NYC Dear Irving on Hudson in New York
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Dear Irving on Hudson

$$$$ | 40th & 41st floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail bar
  • Amazing views
  • Stylish

Stylish, multi-level rooftop & cocktail bar, located on the 40th and 41st floor of the Aliz Hotel Times Square. Both indoor lounge and open-air terrace, where you can enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. Perfect spot for fantastic evening cocktails, served both through an exploration of New York-made spirits, as well as more classic 'Tried & True cocktails. The Dear Irving rooftop bar is also available for corporate & private events up to 300 people.

Rooftop in NYC Westlight NYC in New York
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Westlight NYC

$$$$ | 22nd floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • Original cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Williamsburg

Westlight is a NYC rooftop bar, located on the 22nd floor of The William Vale in trendy Williamsburg. From here you’ll get sweeping city views over the famous Manhattan skyline and the East River. Incredible! Run by the Chef Andrew Carmelllini’s NoHo Hospitality Group, offering a dynamic menu with both classic and original cocktails, a long list of wines, craft beer, rare sprits and some small plates with inspration of global street food. Perfect spot for both early evening cocktails, trying to catch the amazing sunset over Manhattan, or a more festive and vibrant nightly visit, with a young and chic crowd enjoying Brooklyn under the stars.

Rooftop in NYC The Crown in New York
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The Crown

$$$$ | 21st floor | Chinatown
  • Highlights
  • Amazing 360-views
  • Modern
  • Cocktail bar

Set on top of Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown offers an indoor bar / lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and two outdoor rooftop terraces, where you get absolutely fantastic 360-degree views over the Big Apple. Actually one of few places in the city that offers unobstructed views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. Modern and bright in decoration, the rooftop bar offers tasty and well-crafted signature cocktails along with a variety of international bar bites, perfect to share. Chill lounge vibes by day, more vibrant and crowded by night.

Rooftop in NYC Republica in New York
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Republica

$$$ | 3rd floor | Inwood
  • Highlights
  • Dominican cuisine
  • Great vibes
  • Year-round

Located in Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan, Rupublica NYC offers several floors of gourmet Dominican dishes, seasonal handcrafted cocktails and party-vibes. All topped off with a lovely rooftop terrace. Not the highest rooftop in NYC, but the spacious, lush and colorful terrace is still a fantastic spot to enjoy a generous menu, great atmosphere and charming views over the neighborhood, year-round and in any weather. Visit for relaxing Happy Hour drinks and bites, a weekend rooftop brunch, or a fun night out with friends and family.

Rooftop in NYC The Ready Rooftop Bar in New York
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The Ready Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 12th floor | East Village
  • Highlights
  • Backyard garden
  • New 2021
  • Unique

Fresh out of the box for the 2021 NYC rooftop season, The Ready Rooftop Bar on top of the Moxy NYC East Village comes packed with a lush and colorful setting. Inspired by a casual backyard garden, the rooftop is filled with unique charm. For instance, the bar is made of stacked plastic milk crates. Equipped with a retractable glass roof, the rooftop is weather-safe and a year-round destination. The rooftop menu includes classic fresh and frozen cocktails, made-to-order fresh tacos and tableside coolers, where you can mix and match canned beer, wine and cocktails.

Rooftop in NYC St Cloud Rooftop Bar in New York
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St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 17th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Lovely views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Great vibes

St. Cloud Rooftop is located at the Knickerbocker Hotel, just off Times Square in New York. From the terrace you get a lovely view of all the scyscrapers. In fact, you are right among them. An exclusive rooftop bar that is luxurious and modernly furnished. In the bar you can order from a wide selection of well made cocktails, craft beer and champagne on bottle. There is also a menu of tasty bar bites that changes over the season, along with an exclusive rooftop cigar lounge. Open and airy feel on the terrace, and even though it is popular, it usually does not feel over crowded.

Rooftop in NYC Bar 54 in New York
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Bar 54

$$$$$ | 54th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Winter igloos
  • Instagram-view
  • Luxurious

The tallest rooftop bar in Times Square, and also among the highest in the city. Located at the Hyatt Centric Times Square, displaying a really superb river-to-river view, including the Chrysler Building and all of lower Manhattan. The bar offers a really impressive drink menu, inclduing a large set of well crafted cocktails, beers, wines in both glass and by bottle, a wide section of whiskey and also some tasty bar bites. The prices are quite hefty, but if you look beyond that and towards the view, you will see it is worth it. Also a great rooftop for a winter time visit, when the rooftop igloos are out.

Rooftop in NYC The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel in New York
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The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

$$$$ | 16th floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic 360° views
  • Beautiful terrace
  • Sunset cocktails/night time DJs

Perched on top of the PUBLIC Hotel on Lower East Side, The Roof has turned into one of NYC's rooftop hot-spots since opening in 2017. Equipped with a stylish indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a beautiful landscaped outdoor terrace, the panoramic 360° views over the city are amazing anywhere you go. Always energetic and towards exclusive, The Roof is a great spot for some fine and creative sunset cocktails, turning into a sexy late-night hotspot, hosting the best local and international DJ’s from around the world.

Rooftop in NYC Sky Room in New York
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Sky Room

$$$$ | 33-34th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Nightclub

One of New York's highest sky lounges, located on the 33rd and 34th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Times Square. Up here you get an impressive 360-degree view, including both Empire State Building and Hudson River. Here you can enjoy a more relaxing cocktail with a view earlier at night, and later on the party atmosphere usually takes over, with a festive crowd enjoying live DJs, drinks and views. The rooftop bar offers fine cocktails inspired by a whole team of mixologists, a full menu of spirits and champagne on bottle, along with a good set of bar bites.

Rooftop in NYC JIMMY SoHo in New York
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JIMMY SoHo

$$$$ | 18th floor | SoHo
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop pool
  • Manhattan views
  • Popular

A modern, sleek and luxurious terrace bar located right in SoHo. The rooftop offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of New York and you can see the Freedom Tower, New Jersey skyline, the Empire State Building. Yeah, literally all of Manhattan is at your feet. The terrace has one of the best rooftop pools in NYC, mainly open for hotel guests during the day, but in summer weekends there are usually Pool Party Series for everyone. This highly popular rooftop bar offers a good set of specialty cocktails, with an upscale and trendy crowd loving to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Rooftop in NYC Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar in New York
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Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

$$$$$ | 16th floor | Rockefeller Park
  • Highlights
  • Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails
  • River views
  • Summer nights

The Loopy Doopy rooftop bar is located at the Conrad New York Hotel with an outstanding view of both New York and New Jersey’s skyline, as well as the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The bar offers some small plates for eating, but is mostly famous for a very good and creative cocktail list, especially the Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail. One of the best rooftop bars in New York to hang out with your friends, enjoying refreshing cocktails and watch an amazing sunset.

Rooftop in NYC Electric Lemon in New York
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Electric Lemon

$$$$ | 24th floor | Hudson Yards
  • Highlights
  • Hudson River views
  • Rooftop restaurant & bar
  • Luxurious

Set on top of the five star Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards, Electric Lemon is truly a rooftop venue unlike any other in NYC. Both New American rooftop restaurant and stylish rooftop bar, here you find a 8,000 square foot rooftop garden, complete with a monumental Jaume Plensa sculpture. Beautiful in setting, the rooftop terrace is just about as impressive as the views, over Hudson River and the city skyline. Here you can indulge in a wide range food and drinks. From light bites to seasonal offerings at dinner and rooftop brunch on the weekends, to a large selection of wine, champagne and signature cocktails.

Rooftop in NYC Monarch Rooftop Bar in New York
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Monarch Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 18th floor | Empire State Building
  • Highlights
  • Speciality cocktails
  • Magical Manhattan views
  • Heated

This impressive rooftop bar in NYC is located on the 18th floor and from the terrace you get a stunning view over midtown Manhattan, and most of all, fantastic vistas of the Empire State Building. Very modern and stylish, both indoors and outdoors, with a Scandinavian-chic feel with lots of comfy lounge sofas and bar stools. The menu has smaller bar bites and offers the regular selection of beers and wines along with some very well made specialty cocktails. Popular and energetic place, reservations are highly recommended.

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Rooftop in NYC Brass Monkey in New York
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Brass Monkey

$$$ | 4th floor | High Line
  • Highlights
  • Beer garden
  • Hudson River views
  • Relaxed

A classic American bar with good prices, burgers and alot of different beers. Everything you would expect from a good ol' bar, just that this one also comes with a lovely terrace where you can catch a glimpse of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Not the highest or most fancy rooftop bar in New York, but instead 'the only neighborhood bar in the neighborhood'. Located just below the High Line, the rooftop bar serves beers, wine and signature cocktails along with all the food that a classic bar menu should have. And all this with a great and friendly service along with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Refinery Rooftop in New York
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Refinery Rooftop

$$$$ | 13th floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Empire State-views
  • Year round
  • Weekend brunch

Located in Midtown Manhattan, right between Times Square and Empire State Building, this is a charming, fashionable and dymanic rooftop bar for many occasions. Open 7 days and week and year-round, here you can enjoy both weekday rooftop lunch, weekend rooftop brunch, or come for vibrant and fun evening cocktails. All served in a great atmosphere and to amazing views over Empire State building and the city skyline.

Rooftop in NYC Upstairs at the Kimberly in New York
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Upstairs at the Kimberly

$$$$ | 30th floor | Midtown East
  • Highlights
  • Signature cocktails
  • Luxurious
  • Harmonious

This rooftop bar in New York is located on the 30th floor at the Kimberly Hotel. From the roof you get a great view of the Chrysler Building. The setting at the rooftop is 'luxurious cocktail bar', with leather chairs, a stylish design, so really a sophisticated oasis above the buzzing streets below. The rooftop bar offers a large set of signature cocktails, wines and a wide selection of tasty bar bites. Every weekend between 12-4pm you can also enjoy a fantastic rooftop brunch. Open year round thanks to a retractable glass roof and wall.

Rooftop in NYC Arlo Midtown Rooftop Bar, Nearly Ninth in New York
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Arlo Midtown Rooftop Bar, Nearly Ninth

$$$ | 26th floor | Garment District
  • Highlights
  • All-day venue
  • Panoramic views
  • Innovative cocktails

Found at the Arlo Midtown, Nearly Ninth is a modern all-day destination, featuring no less than five dining spaces, including an elevated rooftop bar. Warm and stylish in setting throughout, the rooftop terrace is an urban oasis, equipped with comfy lounge spots, surrounded with greenery and some fantastic panoramic views over the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Here you can indulge in an innovative selection of crafted cocktails, as well as crafted beer, organic wines and Italian-inspired fare. The perfect respite during the day, turning into a buzzing bar at night.

Rooftop in NYC Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel in New York
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Haven Rooftop NYC

$$$$ | 9th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Great atmosphere
  • Weekend brunch

A terrace bar in NYC which is situated on the roof of the Sancturay Hotel, right in the city center. The location is almost as good as it gets, one minute away from Times Square and about the same distance to Rockefeller Center, and the terrace offers great views of Manhattan. Both rooftop bar and restaurant, offering modern American cuisine for lunch and dinner, along with hand crafted cocktails, wines and a good set of beers. And every weekend you can also enjoy a great rooftop brunch, with a large food menu and bottomless mimosas. Light and airy terrace with a great and vibrant atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Le Bain & The Rooftop in New York
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Le Bain & The Rooftop

$$$$ | 18th floor | High Line
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • River views
  • Trendy

Le Bain is a NYC rooftop bar is located at The Standard High Line in downtown New York in the Meatpacking District. The roof terrace is home for both parties and relaxation, but whatever you come for the views you get from the rooftop are always breathtaking. Visit during the afternoon for more relaxing drinks in the sun, and later at night for a more vibrant feel with live DJs and mingle with a younger and festive crowd. Very popular rooftop, so try to be in good time, and even so, be prepared for a little bit of queing.

Rooftop in NYC Spyglass Rooftop Bar in New York
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Spyglass Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 22nd floor | Fashion District
  • Highlights
  • Empire State Building views
  • Chic and stylish
  • Intimate

Set right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Spyglass Rooftop Bar offers a contemporary interpretation of the glamorous and sophisticated NYC mid-century era. 22 floors up, this indoor / outdoor lounge offers amazing views over the city skyline, with the Empire State Building as majestic and central focal point. Intimate and charming, the rooftop bar menu includes signature craft cocktails, wines crafted brews and shareable bites.

Rooftop in NYC Elsie Rooftop in New York
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Elsie Rooftop

$$$$ | 25th floor | Midtown West
  • Highlights
  • Fashionable
  • Progressive mixology cocktails
  • Year-round

Elsie Rooftop really brings a slice of fashionable 1920s cocktail bar to the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Situated on the 25th floor of an office building near Bryant Park, the rooftop comes with an upscale and glamorous indoor lounge, surrounded by a wraparound terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyscrapers. The rooftop bar seves progressive mixology cocktails, along with wines, champagne and an upscale seasonally focused light fare menu.

Rooftop in NYC Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in New York
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Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

$$$$ | 18th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Year-round
  • Weekend brunch
  • Fun & vibrant

A spacious, urban and happening year-round rooftop bar and lounge. Colorful, fun and vibrant, the rooftop deck has several different spaces, including the elegant and garden-like east side, offering fantastic views over the Empire State Building, and the Foreplay area with a miniature putt-putt course. Open for nightly fun and weekend brunch, the rooftop bar serves both creative cocktails perfect to share and full bottle service.

Rooftop in NYC A.R.T. NoMad (Arlo Roof Top) in New York
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A.R.T. NoMad (Arlo Roof Top)

$$$$ | 31st floor | NoMad
  • Highlights
  • Great vibe
  • Panoramic views
  • Glass floor

All the way up at hotel Arlo NoMad you find this relaxed NYC rooftop bar, with superb views over both Downtown and Uptown Manhattan. Not the biggest terrace in town, but with a very open and airy feel. The rooftop bar features a great set of signature cocktails, Froze, beer on tap and a rotating selection of Middle Easten bites. Quite a scaled down menu, and so is the decór, with some lounge sofas and some standing tables. And this is the best thing about A.R.T. NoMad, it is at a luxurious location but offers an unpretentious and relaxing atmosphere, where you can just sit back and enjoy a drink and the views.

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Rooftop in NYC Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. in New York
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Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

$$$ | 2nd floor | Greenpoint
  • Highlights
  • Brewery
  • Relaxing & laid back
  • Comfort food

Sharing name with its location, this brewery with a rooftop is found in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn. While it's by no means the only brewery in Brooklyn, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. is one of the largest, and one of the best. On the colorful and industrial-chic upper floor rooftop terrace you can enjoy lovely views over the neighborhood, as well as a wide selection of craft beer (both in-house and from other local breweries) and a tasty array of comfort food. Relaxing and laid back in atmosphere, this is a great spot for both sunny or sunset al fresco drinks.

Rooftop in NYC Social Drink & Food in New York
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Social Drink & Food

$$$ | 4th floor | Hell's Kitchen
  • Highlights
  • Large terrace
  • Great ambience
  • Rooftop cinema

This rooftop bar in NYC is decorated in a is decorated in a 1960's style, with rainbow colored circle chairs, lounge sofas and exotic dragon trees. This is New York's largest hotel terrace with space for about 400 guests. The rooftop bar offers a relaxing, fun and comfortable atmosphere along with Mediterranean influenced street food and seasonal, well crafted cocktails. On Thursday's part of the terrace is transformed into a rooftop cinema, where you can enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars.

Rooftop in NYC Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue in New York
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Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

$$$$ | 20th floor | NoMad
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop pool
  • Weekend nightlife
  • Central Manhattan

Situated right in central Manhattan, you'll find this perfect, party friendly roof terrace with great views over the sky scrapers and Empire State Building. The rooftop has a great outdoor pool for guest at the hotel, as a non-guest you will have to settle for hanging out poolside, on the balcony like terrace or at the indoor lounge. The rooftop bar offers a large menu of specialty cocktails and bottles of champagne, along with sharable platters and small plates. Open for rooftop brunch every weekend, and during weekdays you can have relaxing drink, while towards weekend nights the party atmosphere really rises.

Rooftop in NYC Elsewhere Rooftop in New York
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Elsewhere Rooftop

$$$ | 3rd floor | Bushwick
  • Highlights
  • Multi-level
  • Live entertainment
  • Vibrant

Elsewhere is creative, multi-level and multifaceted venue, found in an old warehouse on Johnson Ave in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is a live music venue, a nightclub and an arts space, but in summer all signs point upwards, to the Elsewhere Rooftop. Spacious and open-air, the colorful terrace is surrounded with panoramic views over Brooklyn, and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. One of the very best rooftops in NYC to enjoy live entertainment mixed with outdoor vibes and views, and a menu with everything from refreshing cocktails to seasonal Guatemalan small plates and entrees.

Rooftop in NYC Cantina Rooftop in New York
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Cantina Rooftop

$$$ | 4th floor | Hell's Kitchen
  • Highlights
  • Mexican flavours
  • Colorful & vibrant
  • Weekend brunch

Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge is a colorful and year-round destination, serving authentic Mexican food and panoramic views over the Big Apple all days of the week. On the spacious and lush terrace (equipped with a climate-controlled retractable glass roof) you can indulge in innovative food and expertly crafted cocktails, either as dinner or a weekend rooftop brunch. Fun, friendly and vibrant, perfect for both sunny and relaxing happy hour drinks and nightly fun with live DJs.

Rooftop in NYC Mr Purple in New York
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Mr Purple

$$$$ | 15th floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop pool
  • Manhattan views
  • Impressive menu

Mr. Purple is a lovely rooftop bar and restaurant in New York, located on the luxurious Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Here you can find one of the best rooftop pools in NYC, magical views of the skyline and an impressive menu, both regarding drinks and food. Classic cocktails with a twist, specialty cocktails, craft cocktails carbonated and bottled in-house, rotating seasonal selection of beer on tap and all types of wine along with American dishes and a great brunch menu. Top of with nice music, a great ambience, vibrant but still relaxed, and you have a really good NYC rooftop bar.

Rooftop in NYC Broken Shaker at Freehand NYC in New York
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Broken Shaker at Freehand NYC

$$$ | 18th floor | Gramercy
  • Highlights
  • Tropical oasis
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Vibrant & friendly

Found in Gramercy, on top of Freehand New York, Broken Shaker brings the tropical vibes from the Miami original, right to the heart of NYC. Lush, green and colorful outside and in, the rooftop is both chic and charming, and the views over NYC are fabolous. Awarded several times, and with highly skilled bartenders, the rooftop offers an eclectic menu of handcrafted cocktails. Complementing the drinks are some Mexican-style bites. With a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, Broken Shaker is a great NYC rooftop bar to grab some drinks and bites with a group of friends.

Rooftop in NYC The Skylark in New York
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The Skylark

$$$$ | 30th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Weekdays
  • Amazing views
  • Mixologist cocktails

The Skylark NYC rooftop is a classic cocktail lounge, located on the 30th floor near Times Square. From the roof terrace you get an absolutely stunning view of, among other things, the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and Times Square. Only open to the public during weekdays, so therefore a popular place for after work. Here you can enjoy a large set of mixologist signature cocktails made with the best ingredients, along with tasty bar bites. Great rooftop bar, known for a luxorius yet cosy and warm atmosphere, great service and sunset views to die for.

Rooftop in NYC Savanna Rooftop in New York
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Savanna Rooftop

$$$ | 12th floor | Long Island City
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop brunch
  • Fantastic Manhattan views
  • Winter 'Sky Suites'

Perched up on the 12th floor in Long Island City, Savanna Rooftop serves as a year-round rooftop retreat, surrounded with amazing 360° views over the Manhattan skyline and Long Island. Drawing inspiration from the savannas of Africa, the lush terrace is perfect for any hot New York summer night, but thanks to heated and enclosed 'Sky Suites', it works fantastic in winter as well. Here you can enjoy a menu filled with everything from playful signature cocktails to craft beers and wine, a selection of international small plates, and a great weekend rooftop brunch.

Rooftop in NYC PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown in New York
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PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown

$$$$ | 12th floor | Chelsea
  • Highlights
  • Luxurious decoration
  • Panoramic skyline views
  • Weekend nightspot

A rooftop lounge in New York located on the hip hotel The Dream Downtown, situated in the trendy Meatpacking area. PH-D Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers an outstanding skyline view of Manhattan and the towering skyscrapers, and both the indoor lounge and the roof terrace is luxuriously furnished. The rooftop bar offers tasty cocktails, smaller bits & bites to eat and a large selection of champagne Visit earlier in the evening for a more relaxed lounge feel, and later at night it is a perfect rooftop in NYC if you are looking for a top atmosphere and party.

Rooftop in NYC Berry Park in New York
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Berry Park

$$$ | 2nd floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • Skyline views
  • Show sports
  • Weekend brunch

This is a very large rooftop bar located in Brooklyn NYC. Simply put, it's a Beer Garden, Soccer Bar & Restaurant with great city views. Really great actually, the Manhattan skyline looks amazing from here. Here you can drink lots of German and Belgian beers or a signature cocktail and grab food that mostly consist of American pub classics. There is also a special brunch menu every weekend between 11am-3pm. Come here to enjoy the relaxed, fun and lively atmosphere and watch the skyline, or head inside and watch sports and dance to nightly weekend DJs.

Rooftop in NYC Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room in New York
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Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

$$$$$ | 65th floor | Rockefeller Plaza
  • Highlights
  • Highest outdoor terrace bar
  • Amazing views
  • Luxurious

Perched 65 floors above Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive rooftop is the highest outdoor terrace bar in NYC. No surprise, the views you get from up here are simply breathtaking, with panoramics including sights like the Empire State Buildning, Downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and New Jersey. High above NYC you can indulge in playful bistro fare and signature, seasonal and classic cocktails crafted to perfection. All served in an upscale and exclusive atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Top of the Strand in New York
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Top of the Strand

$$$$ | 21st floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Relaxing
  • Empire State Building views

Perched on the 21st floor of the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse in Midtown Manhattan, and considered as one of the best rooftop bars in NYC open year round. A retractable glass roof makes Top of the Strand a great nightly destination both in summer and winter, and the front row views of Empire State building are always available. The rooftop patio is not very big, but offers an intimate setting, with pillow topped benches, bar stools at the edge, surrounded by palms and other greenery. Enjoy well-made signature cocktails, beers, wine and some tasty light fare in an atmosphere towards upscale but very friendly and relaxing.

Rooftop in NYC Salon De Ning in New York
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Salon de Ning

$$$$$ | 23rd floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Two terraces
  • Signature cocktails
  • Chic & stylish

When you enter this chic terrace bar in NYC, you get the feeling of being in Shanghai in the early 1900s, with a décor in classic Asian style. Located at the famous and luxurious Peninsula Hotel, and from the two terraces you get a magical view of 5th Avenue and the surrounding sky scrapers. The rooftop bar offers an extensive cocktail list, with well made signature cocktails, and even their own classics, along with wine and bubbles by the glass and some small plates for the hungry ones. High in quality, and also quite high in price.

Rooftop in NYC Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge in New York
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Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ | 14th floor | Grand Central Station
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop garden
  • Literary inspired cocktails
  • Elegant

Lovely and elegant rooftop garden, located at the 14th floor of the Library Hotel, close to Grand Central and (suitably enough) the New York Public Library. Up here you find both a cozy indoor lounge, a green and lush rooftop terrace that also holds two greenhouses where you can stay warm and still watch the stars. The rooftop menu plays with the library theme and you can choose between different specialty cocktails, like the 'Tequila Mockingbird', an exciting set of specialty sangrias, along with some small plates to nibble on. Usually a charming and calm atmosphere, with a friendly service.

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CloudM Rooftop Bar

$$$$ | 20th floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Creative menu
  • Modern yet laid-back

Found in the heart of the Lower East Side district, CloudM is a colorful rooftop retreat, surrounded with impressive panoramas over NYC. Best of course on the spacious outside terrace, but also great through the floor-to-ceiling windows inside. The roofotp bar offers a drink menu that is as extensive as it is creative, with all kinds of craft beers, a colorful signature cocktail collection and worldly wines, complemented with some tasty snacks. Modern yet laid-back in atmosphere, CloudM is usually relatively quiet for being a NYC rooftop bar.

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The Empire Rooftop

$$$$ | 12th floor | Lincoln Center
  • Highlights
  • Two bars
  • Cosy interior
  • Weekend brunch

The Empire Rooftop bar boost with both an indoor lounge along with East and West terraces, where the West terrace also has a retractable roof, creating a year round rooftop experience. Newly redecorated, the rooftop has a light and modern decór with lots of different seating areas, and from the 12th floor location you get adorable views over Lincoln Center, Brodway and Central Park. Open for breakfast and brunch, the rooftop is otherwise a perfect place for an after work or after show drink, or a full weekend night out, enjoying the friendly and relaxed vibe with a group of friends.

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Azul Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 20th floor | SoHo
  • Highlights
  • Cuban vibes
  • 360 views
  • Vibrant lounge

Set on top of Hotel Hugo, Azul Rooftop offers a large slice of Cuban vibes in the heart of NYC. Open seasonally, the colorful and urban-chic terrace offers magnificent 360-degree views of Lower Manhattan, including both the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Equipped with both comfy lounge sofas and lots of bar spots, you can visit weekdays for softer lounge vibes and weekends for a larger crowd and live DJs keeping the atmosphere on top.

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Gallow Green

$$$$ | 7th floor | Chelsea
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop garden
  • 'The Lodge' in winter
  • Weekend brunch

The roof terrace at Gallow Green, located above the McKaittrick Hotel, is lush in an overgrown way and cozy decorated with lots of plants and wooden benches and tables. Probably as close to nature as you will get in the middle of New York. Between all the grenery there is also a beautiful view of the New York skyline. Daily the rooftop serves both dinner and cocktails in a charming, lively and vibrant atmosphere. And on weekends there is a fantastic brunch with live entertainment. A great rooftop bar to visit for a sunny brunch, a charming and romantic dinner or relaxing cocktails with friends.

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Lemon's at Wythe Hotel

$$$$ | 6th floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • Good vibe
  • Sunset views
  • Brooklyn

From this rooftop bar in Brooklyn you get a magical view of Manhattan and the East River. Especially at sunset, watching a glowing New York skyline from here is absolutely fantastic. Taking inspiration from 1960’s Italy and the aperitivo culture, offering the rooftop offers a stylish laid-back vibe, where daytime relaxation go hand in hand with nightly DJs. Popular place, both among locals and travelers. Perfect to visit during afternoon / early evening for a more chill experience, when darkness falls the atmosphere gets more buzzing.

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SERRA by Birreria

$$$ | 14th floor | Madison Square Park
  • Highlights
  • Italian greenhouse
  • Changes with the season
  • Great atmosphere

Set above the Italian megastore Eataly, SERRA by Birreria is a rooftop bar and restaurant that brings a large slice of Italian charm to the heart of NYC. 'Serra' is Italian for 'greenhouse', and the rooftop really lives up to its name with a lush and beautiful setting. Here you can enjoy down to earth Italian dishes, made with top local produce and seasonal ingredients, complemented with a fine array of seasonal botanical cocktails, Italian IPAs and a wine list that dives deep into a selection of natural and biodynamic wines.

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The Cantor Roof Garden Bar

$$$$ | 5th floor | Central Park
  • Highlights
  • The MET
  • Central Park views

Note: The Cantor Roof Garden Bar at The Met is closed until further notice.

A roof garden in New York located on one of the world's most famous museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Placed in the east side of Central Park, from the roof terrace at The Cantor Roof Garden NYC you get a completely magical view across the park and the surrounding sky scrapers. Large and lush garden, with some benches and tables to sit at, or you just place yourself at the big lawn. The rooftop bar offers specialty cocktails, wine by the glass, housemade lemonade and some sandwiches & salads. You can also go up to the roof without buying anything and just enjoy the view.

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VERSA NYC

$$$ | 5th floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Restaurant + Bar
  • Empire State views
  • Modern & relaxed

Modern and sleek rooftop restaurant and bar located at the Renaissance NYC Midtown Hotel, just around the corner from Madison Square Garden. A spacious indoor restaurant and lounge leads out to an equally spacious rooftop terrace, offering grand views of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline. Open from early breakfast to late night dinner and cocktails, plus for rooftop brunch, the restaurant and rooftop bar serves fresh and carefully crafted American gastro food and a nice selection of creative signature cocktails.

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Terrace on 7

$$$$$ | 7th floor | SoHo
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop pool
  • Sushi
  • Signature cocktails

One of New York's latest rooftops with a swimming pool. This luxurious indoor-outdoor restaurant and rooftop bar is located at the Dominick Hotel, offering a lush terrace and Japanese inspirations in both food and drinks. There are both delicious selections of fresh sushi, and hand-crafted cocktails with Asian touches. Non-hotel guest you can reserve exclusive cabanas for the day to gain access to the pool. Or just visit for a lunch in the sun or some early night cocktails, taking in the chic and trendy atmosphere.

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Pod 39 Rooftop

$$$ | 17th floor | Murray Hill / Chrysler Building
  • Highlights
  • Mexican food
  • Youthful
  • Great atmosphere

This rooftop provides a stunning view of New York City and all the skyscrapers. Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, the terrace has a really cool 1800's setting with brick arches, ivy walls and cosy lanterns glowing in the night. The Pod 39 Rooftop is run by Empellón Al Pastor, who holds a full Mexican restaurant in the lobby at the hotel, open from early morning to midnight. The rooftop bar opens at 5pm, and up here you can enjoy fresh cocktails, canned beers, wine by the glass and a few different and tasty tacos. Perfect place for some after work and evening cocktails.

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Gansevoort Rooftop

$$$$ | 14th floor | Meatpacking District
  • Highlights
  • Innovative cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Renovated 2021

Unique within the Meatpacking District bars, Gansevoort Rooftop was renovated in 2021 and is now open! It’s an escape for hotel guests and downtown locals, located on top of the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC’s rooftop. Surrounded with amazing 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, up here you can enjoy innovative, refreshing cocktails paired with fresh light bites. One of the more exclusive NYC rooftop bars, perfect for chic nightly drinks and bites with a view.

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FAQ NYC Rooftops
  • What is the age limit at NYC rooftop bars?

    The legal drinking age in New York is 21, just like in the rest of the United States (source). This means that the age limit at the rooftop bars in NYC by standard is +21. People under the age of 21 can usually visit rooftop bars during daytime, in the company of a legal guardian.

  • Can you smoke at NYC rooftop bars?

    New York City has some of the toughest smoking laws in the United States (source). Smoking is illegal at all indoor bars and pubs, including sidewalk seating areas. Rooftop bars are however more "away from the crowds", and some rooftop bars have designated smooking areas, but most NYC rooftop bars has a no-smoking policy.

  • What is the NYC rooftop bar dress code?

    There is no general dress code on the NYC rooftop bars. However, the most common dress code is smart casual. Aim to dress in well-fitting clothes that are neat and appropriate, and don't wear sporting clothes, flips flops or other attire more associated with the beach. During daytime the dress code is usually more casual, and then more strict at night. You can find the specicifc dress code for each rooftop bar by clicking them above, and more information in this article.

  • Are NYC rooftop bars free?

    The majority of NYC rooftop bars has free entrance. If there is an entrance fee, it is usually in connection with an event, like a late night weekend rooftop party with DJs, or something even more special, like a New Year's Eve event. To book a table at a rooftop bar might mean a minimum spend.

  • When is the best time to visit a NYC rooftop bar?

    Our recommendation for the best time to visit a NYC rooftop bar is late afternoon / early evening. This usually means a bit calmer, but still vibrant atmosphere and daytime views hopefully turning into a beautiful sunset. However, the best time is also dependant on what you seek. Late nights there are several NYC rooftop bars offering a real party vibe, and during weekends you can get the day started with rooftop brunch. Don't forget that as a non-American nationals you need to apply for your ESTA before you visit USA.

  • Do you have to be a hotel guest to visit a NYC hotel rooftop bar?

    No, in general the NYC rooftop bars located at hotels are open to all, both to the public and to hotel guests. There might however be sections of the rooftop that is exclusive to hotel guests. This is for instance usually the case with NYC hotels with a rooftop pool, where the pool is often only available to guests staying at the hotel.

  • Can you do rooftop yoga in NYC?

    Yes, rooftop yoga in NYC is a popular trend, and many rooftops offers this more healthy way to enjoy the skyline views several times a week. Usually in the mornings. In this article you can read more about NYC rooftop yoga.

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Rooftop bar New York

Rooftop-grade: 10/10

Prime season: April-Oct

Residents: 20 millions

Climate: humid temperate

Which are the best rooftop bars NYC? This guide will help you find all the best rooftops located in NYC. New York is, probably alongside Bangkok, the world's best city in terms of great rooftop bars. NYC is packed with luxurious, cozy and large roof terraces that include everything one could ask for.

The best rooftop bars in NYC are often located at the top of a hotel roof, and often with quite breathtaking views over the city's skyscrapers and skyline.

The climate here is hot with the exception of a few months in winter, resulting in the rooftop bars in New York beeing open most of the year.

When it comes to terrace bars in this lovely city, they are scattered throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. There are so many rooftop bars here that you would almost not have enough time to visit all of them, if you were here for a whole month.

Most are obviously located in Manhattan and many of them around Central Park or Downtown. New York is often ranked as one of - if not - the best city in the world when it comes to places to drink with a view.

We have gathered the best rooftop bars here at our website. And the page is filled with newly opened ones as well. Check out the map of the best NYC rooftops and also find the ones nearest to your location. And here you can find free tours by foot in New York.

About New York

New York is the largest city in the US. New York counts as a metropolis that has a strong global influence in finance, media, politics, education, entertainment, sports and fashion. The city is the world's leading financial center and they also have the UN headquarters. "The city that never sleeps" and "The Big Apple" are just some of the nicknames that New York has received over the years. There are numerous attractions such as Times Square, Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, etc.

Food, drink and party on rooftop bars in New York

New York is a city that has everything. Even so when it comes to rooftop bars. Here you can find everything in terms of food and drinks. Modern cocktails, classic cocktails, fine wines, a variety of different beers, bubbles, etc. The same goes for food. Some roof terraces offer fine al a carte dinners, while others only have a bar snack menu. If there is one thing you can do in NYC, it's partying. In most of the rooftop bars in New York it’s a lovely festive atmosphere. The roof terraces here are perfect places to meet up for party and drinks, before venturing on to any nightclub or similar. Some rooftop bars in New York are open all night where you can party until the wee hours.

Alltitude and views from the rooftop bars in NYC

The rooftop bars really stand out in New York when compared to many other cities. Rooftop bars located on the roof of skyscrapers always gives absolutely stunning views, creating a magical view of the whole city and its surroundings. From the rooftop bars in NYC, you can see the most famous spots and buildings here. Or how about Central Park, Times Square, the Hudson River, One World Trade Center, New Jersey, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc. The list is endless. By far the best way to get a good overview of New York and Manhattan is to get up to one of the city's high altitude rooftops and just enjoy the views they have to offer.

Other attractions in New York

Yes, where do we start. As with everything else regarding this city, almost all you could want to do is available here. If you like sports, you can watch basketball, hockey, football, baseball, soccer, etc. If you like to party and eat delicious food you have some of the world's hippest and best nightclubs and restaurants here. For those who like to stroll around and shop then there is probably no better city in the world than New York. Otherwise you can always go around and look at known sites and buildings. Or what about the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street, Yankee Stadium, etc. And when you want to take it easy, just stroll to Central Park to settle down in the grass or walk around and look at the city's impressive skyline and cozy parks.

Rooftop pools in New York

In New York, there is an OK amount of great rooftop swimming pools, or so-called rooftop pools. But looking at the amount of rooftop bar available in NYC, it's not really common with swimming pool right on the roof terraces. Some of New York's Hotel can take pride in having rooftop pools. Unfortunately, there is no infinity pools here, which is quite common in Asia and some parts of Europe. The season for rooftop bars in New York lasts for about 6 months and the same applies to the city's rooftop swimming pools. The rooftop pools found in NYC is only available for hotel guests. So go on and book a room at a hotel with rooftop pool right here, and get the best prices on the market.

Flights and hotels in New York

Here you find some of the world's busiest airports. Total 3 very large airports, where planes from all countries and cities in the world arrive. The airports are located at some distance from Manhattan, but by taxi you are inside the city in about 30-40 minutes. New York and Manhattan in particular is probably the center of the whole world that has the most hotels. In many of these hotels you can find the best rooftop bars throughout New York. Both super luxury and a little more relaxed and affordable is available. Hotel prices are quite expensive, but considering what you get to experience it is well worth every penny you spend. Book your hotel through us and take advantage of the best rates and deals you can get on the market. At this lovely website, you can find the best hotel views in NYC.