The Best Rooftop Bars for Your Visit to New York City
- Sep 7, 2021
New York City is a place that knows how to use every square inch of space for something great. So when you’re looking for some fresh air and memorable city views, we suggest you head to one of New York City’s famed rooftop bars. Given the city’s stunning, sparkling skyline, waterside views and sky-high real estate, the choices are certainly overwhelming. We’ve cherry-picked our top eight rooftop bars – in four distinct categories – for you to visit during your NYC stay.
For Manhattan Views, from Brooklyn
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Enjoy some of NYC’s most cinematic views — from the Statue of Liberty to Uptown Manhattan — at this wraparound rooftop venue at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. The space is epically Brooklyn. Industrial stadium seating was installed from pine beams of Brooklyn’s original Domino Sugar Factory, while fire pits, vertical gardens and a pool offer even more to love. Known to many as one of the best rooftop bars in NYC, try to come at the right time to marvel at the sunset.
The William Vale
111 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
It’s hard to envision a better point of view of the New York City skyline than from the rooftop of The William Vale hotel. Look around this rooftop bar in NYC, and you’ll notice a sophisticated café and parlor with the beautiful backdrop of nearly all of Manhattan. Westlight is where wealthy Brooklynites want to be, and where savvy travelers enjoy a local favorite.
Insider tip: Make sure you have a reservation.
For Manhattan Views, from Manhattan
Hotel 50 Bowery
Manhattan, NY 10013
Brooklyn isn’t the only place where you can see those famed and stunning views of Manhattan. Instead, enjoy the view from within! Take yourself to the 21st floor of the Hotel 50 Bowery in Lower Manhattan. Here you’ll find The Crown, a boutique rooftop lounge with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and more.
Insider tip: Try the Chinatown Spritz.
525 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
Azul on the Rooftop feels like a classic Cuban bar smack dab in the middle of a modern metropolis. Set against brilliant 360-degree views of Lower Manhattan, you can see the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty at this NYC rooftop bar atop SoHo’s Hotel Hugo. The decor mixes blown-glass pendants with chrome touches, creating a cosmic atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re floating in the sky.
For Beer Lovers
47 East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016
Craving a sky-high beer while meandering through midtown? Centrally located off Manhattan’s Park Avenue, the rooftop at Tavern 29 is the perfect spot to chill with a cold one. Their “American Biergarten” flaunts 34 drafts on tap that are continuously changed with the seasons. An ideal mix of solace and class, the Tavern 29 rooftop sits atop a 19th-century renovated condo that mixes old New York with new.
1150 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11222
Art lovers will appreciate the green stained glass water tower by Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin on top of this enormous brewery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. On the 2,000-square-foot Manhattan Ave rooftop, you can appreciate the art and sparkling rainbow glass while having a beer and signature snack. Try the loaded Belgian fries, Chinese pork dumplings or Nashville hot chicken sandwich.
For Something Unique
542 W 27th St.
New York, New York 10001
The ambiance of Gallow Green atop the McKittrick Hotel feels like you’ve been transported to another place in time. And that might be because the entire affair is a fantasy. The McKittrick Hotel itself is not even a hotel, but the venue for Sleep No More, an acclaimed immersive theater production. Repeatedly named one of the top rooftop bars in NYC, Gallow Green’s lush gardens and rustic woodwork make you feel like you might be dreaming. We recommend experiencing the whimsical sorcery of this unique spot on a quiet weeknight.
Moxy NYC East Village
112 E 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
The Ready Rooftop takes up the highest level of the Moxy Hotel in the East Village. This backyard party spot is full of plants, shimmering hanging lights and quirky outdoor furniture. A vast, retractable glass roof allows patrons to enjoy this spot even when the weather is chilly, and opens up for a whole new experience when the weather is warm.
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