Rooftop Bars NYC
53 best rooftop bars in NYC
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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About the author
This guide was made by The Rooftop Guide, the world's leading experts on rooftop bars. With over 800 rooftops visited over the last five years, we keep you up to date in the ever growing universe of rooftop venues.
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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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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.