8 best rooftop bars on Manhattan

The very heart of the Big Apple, and most likely the best area in the world when speaking of rooftop bars.

September 4, 2021
Best rooftop bars on Manhattan

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.


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
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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.


200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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3. Somewhere Nowhere NYC

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - Somewhere Nowhere NYC
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Perched on top of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel, Somewhere Nowhere NYC invites you to an enchanted, wanderlust getaway from Manhattan's busy city streets.

Covering both the 38th and 39th floor, the rooftop mixes lounge and nightclub with a luxurious rooftop pool.

The main indoor garden lounge is both magical and whimsical, with custom art pieces of gnomes and fireflies and plenty of neon signs. The open-air top floor is more sleek, where the pool and comfy lounge furniture is surrounded with smashing 360° views over Manhattan.

Aiming to provide a unique all-day escape, you can visit Somewhere Nowhere for fine after work cocktails and light bites, or come later at night for elevated vibes with international and local live DJs


112 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

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4. Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square
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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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5. The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery
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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.


50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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6. Monarch Rooftop Bar

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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.


71 W 35th St, New York, NY 10018

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7. The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

Best Rooftop Bars Manhattan - The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel
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This vibrant and energetic rooftop bar is set on top of the affordable luxury PUBLIC Hotel, floating above Lower East Side Manhattan.

Part stylish indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, and part beautiful and lush outdoor terrace, the rooftop comes surrounded with panoramic 360° views over the Manhattan skyline.

Open nightly, The Roof is a great spot for some fine sunset cocktails, or more late night vibes, with some best local and international DJ’s from around the world creating the soundtrack.

Indulge in an extensive and varied menu, filled with everything from delicious and creative cocktails, to craft beers, wines and popular spirits.


215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

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

Also known as Jimmy Rooftop NYC, this rooftop bar is sleek, 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.


15 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10013

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The Rooftop Guide
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The Rooftop Guide

- The world's leading experts on rooftop venues