Complete guide

Rooftop Bars NYC

2024 update

From stylish and sky-high rooftop lounges above Times Square, to amazing Brooklyn terraces with complete Manhattan views, in this guide we take you to our favourite rooftop bars in NYC. We dare to promise some of the best and most elevated experiences the world has to offer.

Rooftop Bar NYC
United States Flag
Country United States
Currency US Dollar
Prime Season April - October
Courtesy of The Crown

NYC Rooftop Guide

Updated:February 4, 2024

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 spring 2024 sure is no exception. For solo travelers seeking a unique experience, check out Solo Traveler Tips for exclusive insights on navigating NYC's rooftop bars solo, making the most of your visit.

We will guide through our selection of the best NYC rooftop bars, with all info you need about each venue. And New York City arguably offers one of the best experiences in the world when it comes to rooftop venues. We have visited luxurious, relaxed, nightlife, fancy and cozy rooftop bars in every part of the city. From elevated Brooklyn spots to Midtown rooftop bars.

Stay fresh in a NYC rooftop pool or go for a weekend NYC rooftop brunch, all with the iconic skyline in front of you. But which is the best rooftop bar in New York? Just scroll down and find our top selections.

The list

35 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

A sunset from Bar 54 is an experience out of the ordinary.
1

Bar 54

54th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Highest
  • Instagram-view
  • $$$$$

The tallest rooftop bar in Times Square, and also among the highest in the city. Located at the Hyatt Centric Times Square, Bar 54 offers a really superb river-to-river view, including the Chrysler Building and all of lower Manhattan. The bar serves an 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 rooftop is open year-round, thanks to a chic and intimate indoor space.

Not only serving unique cocktails, Dear Irving also offers cocktail classes.
2

Dear Irving on Hudson

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

Stylish, multi-level rooftop & cocktail bar, elevated at the Aliz Hotel Times Square. Both indoor lounge and open-air terrace, where you can enjoy sweeping 360° 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.

A great NYC rooftop bar to gather with friends and family for some classic lounge vibes.
3

Castell Rooftop Lounge

21st floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail lounge
  • All-season
  • $$$$

Recapturing the spirit of a classic cocktail lounge in a contemporary setting, Castell Rooftop Lounge is an all-season and tasteful refuge to enjoy re-imagined cocktails and lovely NYC views. Blending comfy indoor seating with a lush, open-air terrace, the rooftop menu holds extra love for the iconic Martini, but is also complemented with craft beer, wine, non-alcoholic spirits and a tasty selection of tapas.

Roof at Park South is a seasonal hot-spot, open from mid-April to November.
4

Roof at Park South

9th floor | NoMad
  • Highlights
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Global bites
  • $$$

Perched on top of the Park South Hotel in NoMad, Roof at Park South offers a luxe and elevated NYC rooftop experience. Highly charming, lush and industrial-chic, the beautiful terrace comes surrounded with a spectacular and unobstructed view of the NYC skyline. Stylish yet unpretentious and friendly, here you can indulge in creative, crafted and spirit-forward cocktails, complemented with a refreshing and globally inspired selection of bites.

This good-vibes beach escape is available at any time of the year.
5

Sandbar Rooftop

23rd floor | Chelsea
  • Highlights
  • Manhattan views
  • Hamptons-inspired
  • $$$$

Found on the 23rd floor of the Hilton New York Fashion District, the chic Sandbar Rooftop brings a large slice of Hamptons-vibes to the heart of Manhattan. Filled with a both stylish and whimsical beach décor, the rooftop mixes indoor and outdoor seating, surrounded with nearly 360° views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. The rooftop menu fatures signature handcrafted cocktails, complemented with beer, wine, fresh sharables and pinsa-style pizza.

For the Mezcal-connoisseurs, Bar Cima is a must-visit.
6

Bar Cima

28th floor | Midtown South
  • Highlights
  • Mexican-inspired
  • Panoramic views
  • $$$$

Steps from Bryant Park, the indoor-outdoor Bar Cima is a refined rooftop tequileria & cocktail bar, filled with lux touches. Surrounded with panoramic views over NYC, from the ESB to both the East and Hudson Rivers, here you can indulge in impressive classic cocktails and creative Cima innovations, as well as an expansive mezcal & tequila collection. Sophisticated, cool and upscale in vibe, this is an elevated hot-spot to enjoy the best of drinks and views. Before, during and after sunset.

Interlude is available for private events and corporate functions.
7

Interlude Rooftop Lounge

38th floor | Times Square
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Panoramic views
  • $$$$

Found in the heart of Times Square, Interlude is an upscale and modern addition to the NYC rooftop scene. Filled with a refined yet playful ambiance, the 38th floor rooftop blends a stylish interior lounge with a breezy outdoor terrace, surrounded with panoramic NYC views. High above the city's bustle, here you can indulge in exquisite and hand-crafted cocktails, a fine selection of wine, brews and premium spirits.

The Sentry is the go-to when you want nibbles as elevated as the cocktails.
8

The Sentry Penthouse Lounge & Bar

18th floor | Flatiron
  • Highlights
  • Chic oasis
  • Midtown views
  • $$$$

Perched atop Hotel Henri in the Flatiron District, The Sentry Penthouse Lounge & Bar is a chic rooftop oasis to enjoy perfectly crafted cocktails, an extensive liquor offering, premium bites and Midtown views. The 18th floor rooftop evokes the allure of a sensuous penthouse loft and a discreet speakeasy spirit, where a retro-inspired interior is complemented with a small but quite dramatic outdoor terrace. A prime spot to gather with colleagues and friends, lounge out, and sip prime drinks.

Year-round destination for fine after-work drinks with a view.
9

Elsie Rooftop

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

Elsie Rooftop really brings a slice of fashionable 1920s cocktail bar to the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Set 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.

Don't miss the illuminated sky swing, dubbed 'The Sky Scraper'.
10

BLU33 Rooftop

24th floor | Garment District
  • Highlights
  • Clean & sleek
  • Amazing views
  • $$$$

Pretty much neighbor with Madison Square Garden, the modern BLU33 Rooftop holds a premier location to soak up the Midtown Manhattan scene. The sleek rooftop terrace offers amazing and unobstructed views over NYC, and up here you can enjoy light fare and a fully stocked bar, filled with everything from a signature selection of tantalizing classic cocktails to local beers. A great spot for weekday happy hour and sunsets, or nightly fun with a glowing Manhattan at your feet.

Perfect for both sky-high after works, or a special event.
11

Highwater Rooftop

25th floor | Financial District
  • Highlights
  • Dramatic views
  • Versitale
  • $$$$

Floating above the Financial District, Highwater Rooftop is a versitale and bi-level rooftop lounge and event space, and a sparkling new addition to the NYC rooftop heaven. Located on the 25th floor of the modern Hotel Indigo, the stylish rooftop is one of the most attractive bars in the city, mixing interior lounge with four outdoor terrace, surrounded with dramatic city views. Indulge in a masterfully curated cocktail menu, complemented by a local craft beers, a fine selection of wines and elevated lite bites.

12

Harriet's Rooftop

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

Located on top of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, 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 NYC rooftop pool.

13

Vue 180 Rooftop

28th floor | Garment District
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Year round
  • $$$$

Found in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Vue 180 Rooftop is a modern addition to the NYC rooftop heaven. Perched on top of DoubleTree New York Times Square South, the rooftop is aptly named for its stunning views of the NYC skyline and the most iconic landmarks, with the Empire State Building as impressive focal point. Open daily, here you can enjoy refreshing shareables and both classic and specialty cocktails, as well as a local and rotating selection of beer and wine.

14

The DL

3rd floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Extraordinary nightlife
  • Vibrant
  • $$$$

Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, The DL NYC is a cool, vibrant and multi-level lounge, offering rooftop, restaurant and event space all in one. The luxe venue includes the chandelier-lit restaurant Dinner on Ludlow on the first floor, the sexy and sultry second floor Red Room, and the lush and South Beach–esque Roofdeck. This is one of the largest retractable all-weather rooftops in NYC, offering sky-high fun year round, as well as fantastic views over the LES skyline and Williamsburg Bridge.

15

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

16th floor | Rockefeller Park
  • Highlights
  • River views
  • Summer nights
  • $$$$$

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is located at the Conrad New York Downtown Hotel, with an outstanding view of both the New York and New Jersey skyline, as well as the Hudson River. The bar offers a fresh and seasonal menu of small plates, but is mostly famous for a very good and creative cocktail list, especially the signature Poptail, a Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail. One of the best rooftop bars in New York to hang out with your friends, enjoying refreshing drinks and watch an amazing sunset.

16

The Delancey

2nd floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Lush rooftop garden
  • Year-round
  • $$$

Found in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, right at the start of the Williamsburg Bridge Path, The Delancey is vibrant three level venue, offering a prime NYC nightlife experience. Here you find a basement music venue, a main level interior bar, and an all weather canopied rooftop garden. Spacious and stylish, the terrace mixes plenty of greenery with comfy loungers, and here you can enjoy cool after works or happening late nights with live DJ session, rain or shine, summer or winter.

17

Le Bain & The Rooftop

18th floor | High Line
  • Highlights
  • Breathtaking views
  • Vibrant nights
  • $$$$

Situated on the top floor of The Standard High Line, Le Bain & The Rooftop inivtes to both sky-high parties and elevated relaxation. Surrounded with breathtaking views over the NYC skyline and the surrounding scenery, this is a perfect spot during weekend afternoons for more relaxing drinks in the sun, and later at night for a much more vibrant feel, with live DJs and dancing with a festive crowd.

18

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

2nd floor | Greenpoint
  • Highlights
  • Brewery
  • 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.

19

Panorama Room

18th floor | Roosevelt Island
  • Highlights
  • 360° views
  • Weekend brunch
  • $$$$

Perched on top of the Graduate Roosevelt Island, Panorama Room offers quite a unique NYC rooftop experience, from the setting and location to the views. As the first rooftop bar on the island available to the public, it comes dressed in a luxurious and dramatic suit, and surrounded by breathtaking 360° views over the Manhattan skyline, East River and the boroughs. Enjoy a wide selection of creative and crafted signature cocktails, as well as a sefood-focused bites menu.

20

Westlight NYC

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

Westlight is 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. The rooftop offers 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 and amazing sunsets over Manhattan, or a more festive and vibrant nightly visit, enjoying Brooklyn under the stars.

21

The Crown

21st floor | Chinatown
  • Highlights
  • 360° view
  • 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° views over the Big Apple. This is 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 serves tasty and well-crafted signature cocktails along with a variety of international bar bites, perfect to share.

22

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

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

St. Cloud Rooftop is located at the Knickerbocker Hotel, just off Times Square. From the terrace you get a lovely view of all the scyscrapers. In fact, you are right among them. Modern and lux, the rooftop bar offers a wide selection of well made cocktails, craft beer and champagne on bottle. There is also a menu of tasty and seasonal bar bites, along with an exclusive rooftop cigar lounge. There's an open and airy feel on the terrace, and even though it is popular, it usually don't feel over crowded.

23

Overstory

64th floor | Financial District
  • Highlights
  • Elegant
  • 360° views
  • $$$$

Located high above Manhattan’s Financial District, the contemporary & elegant Overstory really raises the bar for the NYC rooftop scene. Set on the 64th floor of 70 Pine Street, the rooftop holds an art deco-stylish interior lounge, surrounded by a wrap-around outdoor terrace and absolutely amazing 360° views over the New York City skyline and beyond. Praised as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, so expect plenty of artistic cocktails, crafted to perfection by the mixologists.

24

The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

16th floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic 360° views
  • Beautiful terrace
  • $$$$

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.

25

JIMMY SoHo

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

Located right in SoHo, the sleek and luxurious JIMMY rooftop offers a breathtaking 360° 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.

26

Electric Lemon

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

Set on top of 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 & the city skyline. 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.

27

230 Fifth

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

One of the largest and most famous rooftop bars New York has to offer, named after its location at 230 5th Ave. The terrace has seatings for approximately 1 000 people, 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 served every weekend.

28

Daintree Rooftop & Lounge

29th floor | Midtown South
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Aussie-Asian
  • $$$$

On top of Hotel Hendricks, in the heart of Midtown South, Daintree reimagines the NYC rooftop bar scene from an Aussie point-of-view. Mixing a stylish and lush indoor lounge with a spacious rooftop terrace, here you are surrounded with amazing views over the Manhattan skyline, including an unobstructed outlook over the Empire State Building. Indulge in a a fine selection of Martinis, crafted and contemporary versions of New York classics, as well as a wine list with a distinctly Australian accent and a playful approach to Aussie-Asian cuisine.

29

Refinery Rooftop

13th floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Year round
  • Weekend brunch
  • $$$$

Located in Midtown Manhattan, right between Times Square and the 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 the ESB and the city skyline.

30

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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

Magic Hour is a spacious, urban and happening year-round rooftop bar and lounge. Colorful 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.

31

Ophelia

26th floor | Midtown East
  • Highlights
  • Intimate
  • 360° views
  • $$$$

Found on top of the iconic art deco Beekman Tower on the East River, Ophelia Lounge NYC offers a prime setting to enjoy crafted cocktails, fine dining and amazing views. The rooftop comes with a wraparound terrace, part covered and part open-air, surrounded with panoramic 360° views that include Manhattan, Brooklyn and East River. Feeling a lot like a classic cocktail lounge from the the 1920s, the rooftop menu features crafted reinventions of classic and unique signature cocktails, as well as a curated selection of 5-star bar bites & dishes.

32

Upstairs at the Kimberly

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

Located on the 30th floor of the Kimberly Hotel, this NYC rooftop bar offers a great view of the Chrysler Building. The setting at Upstairs at the Kimberly is 'luxurious cocktail bar', with leather sofas and a stylish design. So it really is 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 you can also enjoy a fantastic NYC rooftop brunch.

33

Bar Blondeau at Wythe Hotel

$$$$ | 6th floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • French-inspired
  • Sunset views
  • Chic

From this chic & trendy 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. The French-style Bar Blondeau offers a tasty and seafood-forward food menu, packed with French, Spanish and Portuguese influences. Complementing the food are crafted signature cocktails and frozen drink, as well as an international selection of natural wines from up-and-coming wine regions.

34

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 comes surrounded with magnificent 360° views of Lower Manhattan, including both the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Equipped with 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.

35

The Skylark

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

The Skylark NYC rooftop is a classic cocktail lounge, holding a 30th floor position 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 this is 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.

Related
Explore more

Other great NYC rooftop options

Just outside the top list, these elevated spots are also well worth checking out for drinks with a view.

Rooftop bar NYC Somewhere Nowhere NYC in New York

Somewhere Nowhere NYC

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

Two-level lounge, nightclub & rooftop pool, surrounded with amazing 360° views over Manhattan.

Rooftop bar NYC Republica in New York

Republica

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

Restaurant, lounge and rooftop in the Inwood neighborhood, serving gourmet Dominican dishes and colorful vibes.

Rooftop bar NYC The Ready Rooftop Bar in New York

The Ready Rooftop Bar

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

Your (most likely) new favourite East Village rooftop backyard garden.

Rooftop bar NYC Monarch Rooftop Bar in New York

Monarch Rooftop Bar

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

5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor penthouse lounge.

Rooftop bar NYC Slate Rooftop in New York

Slate Rooftop

5th floor | Williamsburg
  • Highlights
  • New hot-spot
  • Manhattan views
  • $$$

Industrial chic and chill rooftop bar & lounge above Williamsburg.

Rooftop bar NYC Spyglass Rooftop Bar in New York

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

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

Elegant all-season rooftop, with the Empire State Building so close you could almost touch it.

Rooftop bar NYC Social Drink & Food in New York

Social Drink & Food

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

Spacious rooftop with craft cocktails, global street food and rooftop cinema.

Rooftop bar NYC Elsewhere Rooftop in New York

Elsewhere Rooftop

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

Happening and multi-level venue, topped with a large and seasonal rooftop.

Rooftop bar NYC Mr Purple in New York

Mr Purple

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

Lower East Side hot-spot, with rooftop pool and panoramic views.

Rooftop bar NYC Berry Park in New York

Berry Park

2nd floor | Brooklyn
  • Highlights
  • Skyline views
  • Sports
  • $$$

Beer Garden, Soccer Bar & Restaurant, with expansive rooftop and great Manhattan views.

Rooftop bar NYC Top of the Strand in New York

Top of the Strand

21st floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Relaxing
  • ESB views
  • $$$$

A year-round rooftop bar and urban oasis, floating above Midtown Manhattan.

Rooftop bar NYC Salon De Ning in New York

Salon de Ning

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

World-class cocktails in chic and luxurious setting, taking you to Shanghai in the early 1900s.

Rooftop bar NYC Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge in New York

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

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

Literary inspired rooftop lounge with cool cityscape views and a glass-enclosed greenhouse.

Rooftop bar NYC CloudM Rooftop Bar in New York

CloudM Rooftop Bar

20th floor | Lower East Side
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Creative menu
  • $$$$

Chic indoor / outdoor venue serving libations and snacks, complemented by panoramic city views.

Rooftop bar NYC Brass Monkey in New York

Brass Monkey

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

Classic American bar, and the only neighborhood bar in the neighborhood. Or above the neighborhood.

Rooftop bar NYC The Empire Rooftop in New York

The Empire Rooftop

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

Iconic location to enjoy cocktails, lite bites and impeccable views.

Rooftop bar NYC SERRA by Birreria in New York

SERRA by Birreria

14th floor | Madison Square Park
  • Highlights
  • Italian greenhouse
  • Seasonal changes
  • $$$$

Elevated Italian countryside charm in the heart of NYC.

Rooftop bar NYC Skylawn Rooftop Bar in New York

Skylawn Rooftop Bar

3rd floor | Fashion District
  • Highlights
  • Seasonal
  • Rooftop cinema
  • $$$

Seasonal outdoor lounge and event space, tucked inside of the bustling Fashion District.

Rooftop VERSA NYC in New York

VERSA NYC

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

Spacious and upscale gastropub above the juncture of Madison Square Garden.

Rooftop bar NYC Terrace on 7 in New York

Terrace on 7

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

An exclusive oasis with cabanas and views of the Manhattan skyline.

Rooftop bar NYC Pod 39 Hotel Rooftop in New York

Pod 39 Rooftop

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

Vibrant rooftop bar, perfect for after works with a view.

Rooftop bar NYC Gansevoort Rooftop in New York

Gansevoort Rooftop

14th floor | Meatpacking District
  • Highlights
  • Innovative cocktails
  • 360° view
  • $$$$

Refreshing cocktails and light bites above NYC's Meatpacking District.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

NYC Rooftop Map
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.

Hot Read

Explore

Browse all the cities & articles at The Rooftop Guide

Follow The Rooftop Guide

You may also like
Rooftop Bars Los Angeles
Complete guide
29 best rooftop bars Los Angeles
Rooftop Bars Miami
Complete guide
23 best rooftop bars Miami
Rooftop Bars Atlanta
Complete guide
18 best rooftop bars Atlanta
Rooftop Bars Toronto
Complete guide
22 best rooftop bars Toronto
Rooftop Bars San Diego
Complete guide
20 best rooftop bars San Diego
Rooftop Bars Bangkok
Complete guide
46 best rooftop bars Bangkok
Rooftop Bars London
Complete guide
42 best rooftop bars London
Rooftop Bars Chicago
Complete guide
29 best rooftop bars Chicago
Corniche
Collaboration
Timeless watches for timeless views