6 Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn

To get the most amazing Manhattan views, head over the East River and explore the Brooklyn rooftop bars.

January 17, 2024
Best rooftop bars Brooklyn
Brooklyn rooftop bars

Brooklyn has turned into one of the hippest and most popular neighborhoods in New York during the last couple of years. And along with this newfound popularity comes a lot of great Brooklyn rooftop bars.

Fact is, the best Brooklyn rooftop bars offer views that any of the more central NYC terraces have a hard time beating. Moving outside Manhattan, across the East River, means complete and amazing skyline views.

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The Rooftop Guide's list of the 6 best Brooklyn rooftop bars

1. Westlight

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - Westlight
Brooklyn rooftop bar - Westlight | Photo: www.westlightnyc.com/

Located on the 22nd floor of the trendy William Vale, this chic and modern rooftop bar offers unparalleled views of Williamsburg and the Manhattan skyline, and a drink and food menu to die for.

The creation of Chef Andrew Carmellini, every drink and bar bite offered in this place, comes not only with a story but also with the quality the NoHo hospitality group is known for.

All this comes at a price, of course, but rest assured that every penny spent at the Westlight is a penny well spent.

Considered not only one of the best bars in Brooklyn but also in New York, having a reservation is a must, at least if you want to sit at some point through the night.

Even while standing, though, the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable, with views that pair wonderfully with the bar's signature drinks.


2. Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.
Brooklyn rooftop bar - Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. | Photo: www.greenpointbeer.com/

Located in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. holds both a lower floor Beer Market and indoor dining room, as well as an upper floor, open-air rooftop terrace.

Colorful and industrial-chic in setting, the rooftop and its 'easy-to-notice' green stained glass water tower is a fantastic spot to enjoy some sunny drinks and charming views over the Greenpoint neighborhood.

Being a brewery, the menu of course comes packed with a wide selection of craft beer. From flavorful small batch of ales, lagers and brett beers made in-house, to selections from other local breweries, vineyards and cideries.

To go with the food, you can nibble on tasty comfort food from the open kitchen, including items like Giant Bavarian Pretzel with housemade beer cheese and a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich.

Open daily, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. comes with a laid back and relaxing atmosphere. Visit for afternoon beers and bites in the sun, or come enjoy the fantastic sunset.


3. Harriet's Rooftop

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - Harriet's Rooftop
Brooklyn rooftop bar - Harriet's Rooftop | Photo: www.therooftopguide.com

If you're looking for something a little bit more classic, try Harriet's Rooftop and its old-fashioned, yet contemporary, cocktail lounge atmosphere.

Located at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and blessed with beautiful views of the famous bridge and the Manhattan skyline, this relaxed bar offers a wide arrange of liquors, beers, and a whole lot of cocktails, all made with fresh ingredients.

Live DJs and the occasional live band enrich the ambiance and fill this place with life, so it's highly recommended to make a reservation before arriving.

Reservations can also earn you a spot in the pool area, where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan.

While this Brooklyn rooftop tends to get jam-packed during the nice summer days and nights, it's still one of Dumbo's best, so make sure to attend when you have the chance!


4. Bar Blondeau

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - Bar Blondeau
Brooklyn rooftop bar - Bar Blondeau | Photo: www.barblondeau.com/

Found on the 6th floor of the fabulous Wythe Hotel in the heart of Williamsburg, Bar Blondeau offers a French-inspired setting and unobstructed Manhattan views.

Highly chic and stylish, the rooftop blends a panoramic interior lounge with a spacious outdoor terrace, all surrounded with amazing vistas over East River and the skyline on the other side of the water.

The Bar Blondeau features small bites with French, Spanish and Portuguese influences, along with an international selection of natural wines from up-and-coming wine regions, as well as signature cocktails, frozen drinks and zero proof beverages.

For trendy and elevated evenings in Brooklyn, Bar Blondeau is hard to beat.


5. ART Williamsburg

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - ART Williamsburg
Brooklyn rooftop bar - ART Williamsburg | Photo: https://arlohotels.com/

Formerly known as The Williamsburg Hotel, Arlo Williamsburg continues to provide one of the best rooftop experiences Brooklyn has to offer.

Up on the 8th floor you find a 40-foot-long heated rooftop pool, comfy daybeds, private cabanas and two elevated bars. All surrounded with amazing 360-degree views across NYC and Brooklyn.

The poolside rooftop bar is called ART Williamsburg, a modern and urban venue that takes the quintessential local experience to a new level.

In full swing during the warmer season, the rooftop bar offers poolside bites, refreshing cocktails, brews, and wine by both glass and bottle. All to live DJ tunes.

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - ART Williamsburg
Brooklyn rooftop bar - The Water Tower | Photo: https://arlohotels.com/

For an even more Insta-worthy experience, take the stairs up to The Water Tower.

Open from 6pm, this is a prime spot to let amazing susnets turn into dazzling nights, sipping signature cocktails, beer or wine.


6. Berry Park

Best Rooftop Bars Brooklyn - Berry Park
Brooklyn rooftop bar - Berry Park | Photo: www.berryparkbk.com/

Located at a spacious rooftop terrace and overlooking the McCarren Park and the Manhattan skyline, this rooftop bar is the place to go if you're looking for casual sporty fun.

Equipped with a foosball table, large projector screens that show soccer matches all day long, and occasional live music, the Berry Park knows what it is: A lot of fun.

Though the food offerings are signature American bar bites, the beers available are anything, but; Belgian, German, and other European beers dominate the menu, though you can still find the occasional signature cocktail.

Open year-round, this is the perfect place to visit with friends for a fun and casual night out, particularly if those friends are soccer fans.


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.

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