New York City has many nicknames, including “the city that never sleeps”. Anyone who has been there knows why – when the sun sets and the city lights switch on, New York awakens for the second time. In this post we bring you the best rooftop bars to have a drink or two and take in the spectacular views of New York City’s twinkling skyline.
If you’re not much of a night owl like the local New Yorkers, don’t worry, most of these bars are open all day. You now officially have no excuse not to book a flight to New York!
Perched nearly 400 feet over the city, enjoy a 360° view of NYC. Happy Hour is Tuesday to Friday from 5pm-7pm.
Address: Sky Room / 330 West 40th Street, NY 10018
Located in the West Village, right on the Hudson River, The Jane hotel’s rooftop bar is a great place to catch a sunset.
Address: The Jane / 113 Jane Street, NY 10014
In the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood (borough of Brooklyn), you will find The Ides Bar atop the Wythe Hotel, which offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.
Address: The Ides @ Wythe Hotel / 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Upstairs at the Kimberly
Upstairs is the name of the rooftop bar at the Kimberly hotel. From this ideal location you can have delicious food and cocktails with views of the Chrysler Building in the distance.
Address: Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel / 145 East 50th Street, NY 10022
Le Bain is the penthouse rooftop club and bar at the Standard Hotel. During the summer months the grass-covered dancefloor includes a plunge pool which makes for quite the extravagant party scene.
Address: Le Bain @ The Standard Hotel / 848 Washington Street, NY 10014
The Refinery Rooftop Bar belongs to the Refinery Hotel, and is a great place to cheers under the Empire State Building. The bar may not be big, but it is in a prime location – and there is also a covered area, meaning a visit is still worthwhile when the weather isn’t cooperating.
Address: Refinery Rooftop / 63W 38th Street, NY 10018
Roof Garden & Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
For art lovers, a visit to the Met, is an absolute must as it is the largest art museum in the entire United States and one of the top ten largest in the world. After a long day of admiring artwork, the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar is the perfect place to get a breath of fresh air, a drink and views of the Central Park treetops.
Address: Roof Garden @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art / 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY 10028
The Roof, atop the Viceroy New York, is a stylish lounge and outdoor terrace with great views of Midtown and Central Park. We recommend you order a Manhattan here, it would only be appropriate 🙂
Address: The Roof @ The Viceroy Hotel / 124 West 57th Street, 29th Floor, NY 10019
The exclusive pool bar and grill, La Piscine, is part of the Hotel Americano which is located directly on the High Line park. Head up to the rooftop in your own NYC viewing capsule, the hotel’s glass, exterior elevator. Your eyes will wander with great views over Chelsea, the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.
Address: La Piscine @ HÔTEL AMERICANO / 518 West 27TH Street, NY 10001
From Sheltering Sky – the rooftop bar and lounge at McCarren Hotel in Brooklyn – you have great views of McCarren Park and the Manhattan skyline.
Address: Sheltering Sky @ McCarren Hotel /160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
JIMMY @ THE JAMES
The JIMMY is the rooftop pub at The James Hotel in Soho – in addition to 360-degree views of Manhattan, you can also take advantage of the rooftop pool.
Address: Jimmy @ The James / 27 Grand Street, Soho , NY 10013