7 best rooftop bars on Manhattan

Published: April 4, 2020

Manhattan - probably the best area in the world when speaking of rooftop bars!

Manhattan is truly one of the top spots around the globe for anyone looking for a great variety of rooftop bars. Here you can find all kinds of rooftops – everything from super luxurios rooftop lounges, to more relaxed poolside terraces.

There are literally hundreds of great rooftop bars on Manhattan, which makes it hard to find the very best ones. Therefore, we have assembled this list of the best of the best among the Manhattan rooftops.

A list made by the world’s leading experts on rooftop bars – The Rooftop Guide.

1. The Press Lounge at Kimpton Hotel

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Press Lounge at Kimpton Hotel
The Press Lounge - Photo: www.thepresslounge.com

One of New York's most popular rooftop bars, The Press Lounge, offers both stunning views and fantastic services.

Admire the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline from the comfort of this bar's large lounge chairs, while enjoying one of its trademark original cocktails.

Quality over quantity is the name of the game when it comes to The Press, as its food and drink menu is relatively small but well worth the visit.

Large enough to accommodate up to 100 guests, this rooftop bar is open year-long but is often reserved for events, so make sure to give them a call to inquire about availability.

The dress code is smart casual, and many people frequent The Press straight after work, so leave the shorts and sandals at home before visiting this place.

THE PRESS LOUNGE

Ink 48 Hotel, 653 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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2. The Skylark NYC

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Skylark NYC
The Skylark NYC - Photo: www.theskylarknyc.com

A classic in the NYC rooftop bar scene, this Times Square wonder is located on a 30th floor and has views to spare.

Open to the public during the weekdays; the Skylark is a favorite amongst NYC's white-collar crowd, who enjoy visiting this rooftop bar straight after work.

Fine wines, artisanal beers, and a creative collection of signature go hand in hand with small bud delicious bar foods of high quality.

While this bar has a relaxed, almost casual atmosphere during the afternoon, the nights get a lot livelier thanks to the private shows and live DJ music.

Reservations are encouraged.

THE SKYLARK

200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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3. Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square
Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square - Photo: www.therooftopguide.com

The tallest sky lounge in Times Square, the Bar 54 offers unbeatable views of Times Square, the Chrysler Building, and the entirety of lower Manhattan.

Amazing views aren't the only thing the Bar 54 has to offer, as its impressive drink menu, which includes a collection of farm-to-table cocktails, experience on their own accord.

Prices are expensive, even for New York, but worth it.

Only the indoor area works with reservations. The open terrace works on a first-come, first-served basis, though if you're visiting during the weekend, you'll want to reserve one of the Bar's 54 famous terrace igloos.

BAR 54

135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

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4. The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery
The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery - Photo: www.thecrownnyc.com

You can find this exclusive yet minimalistic rooftop bar in Chinatown, just by the Lower East Side.

The Crown offers both indoor and outdoor seating options, as well as unmatched 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Decorated with a Scandinavian minimalistic approach, The Crown may not charm you at first sight, but its drinks certainly will.

Draft beers and organic wines are accompanied by an extensive collection of cocktails, some exclusively seasonal.

Though this is a very relaxed spot during the early afternoon, it does get loud at night when people come to enjoy live music and drinks.

The Crown hosts all kinds of music events and art installations, so don't be surprised if your visit turns into a cultural night out.

THE CROWN

50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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5. Monarch Rooftop Bar

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - Monarch Rooftop Bar
Monarch Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.therooftopguide.com

Located on an 18th floor, the Monarch offers fantastic views of midtown Manhattan and front-row seats to the Empire State.

This rooftop bar and indoor lounge are stylish and modern, with something of a Scandinavian-chic feel to it.

The open concept is peppered with comfortable lounge sofas, bar stools, and tables, all coming together to form a casual yet exclusive atmosphere.

The bar offers a small menu of bar-food, as well as an extensive collection of beers and wines.

The Monarch also has a creative menu of signature drinks, such as a spicy cocktail that mixes tequila, jalapeño, and lime.

Spacious and capable of seating around 300 people, this rooftop bar remains popular without being overcrowded, at least during the weekdays.

If you're visiting during a weekend or late at night, reservations are recommended.

MONARCH ROOFTOP

71 W 35th St, New York, NY 10018

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6. The Roof at Viceroy Central Park

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Roof at Viceroy Central Park
The Roof at Viceroy Central Park - Photo: www.theroofny.com

Perched on top of one of Manhattan's best hotels, The Roof delivers excellent service and beautiful views.

With front-row seats to Central Park, indoor and outdoor seating, and an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere that reminds us of a yacht, this is the place to be when you want to see and be seen.

Open year-round; this bar has a wide selection of cocktails –both classic and signatures–, regionally brewed beers, wines from all over the world, and a small menu if you're feeling hungry.

Though this bar can be described as relaxed during the early afternoon, it transforms into a more vibrant and fun place as the night progresses, and the party crowd comes out in full.

This is an expensive, trendy spot, which means not only is it expensive, but it's also hard to get in, so make sure to show up early and dress your best.

THE ROOF AT VICEROY

Viceroy New York, rooftop, 124 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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7. Jimmy at The James SoHo

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - Jimmy at The James SoHo
Jimmy at The James SoHo - Photo: www.therooftopguide.com

Also known as Jimmy Rooftop NYC, this rooftop bar is sleep, modern, and luxurious in all the right ways.

Located in the heart of SoHo, this sky bar offers impressive 360-degree views of the city, including the Freedom Tower, New Jersey, the Empire Estate, and other famous landmarks.

With plenty of open space, comfortable lounge areas, and a pool, this is a rather popular spot during the summers, as the pool –generally reserved for guests– is open to the public during Jimmy's pool parties.

Jimmy's specialty cocktails are both creative and delicious, so make sure to try them whenever visiting; if cocktails aren't your thing, you can also find wines and beers, alongside more typical spirits.

This rooftop bar has both indoor and outdoor seating available, so if the weather is too chilly to take a deep, just move into the indoor lounge and continue to enjoy your night.

As you can imagine, this is a popular spot, so reservations are encouraged, though not obligatory.

THE JAMES SOHO

15 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10013

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Written by:
The Rooftop Guide

- the world's leading experts on rooftop venues

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