Summer is officially in full swing. And after spending the whole day in your overly air-conditioned office, what could be better than enjoying a cold drink on a roof on a sunny day? Here is your go-to guide for the best rooftop bars to check off of your list this summer, for the tourist and New York native alike.
Enjoy a creative cocktail paired with a salumi plate while you enjoy panoramic views of Midtown, Manhattan and the Hudson River. If you’re still hungry, take the elevator right down to the ground floor for a meal at Print Restaurant. They have a seasonal menu, but you really can’t go wrong with anything that they offer.
For the inner dancer in all of you, head to Le Bain on the top floor of the Standard, High Line in the Meatpacking District. Functioning as a “discotheque” as well as a rooftop bar, you’re guaranteed to have a good night at this spot. Check out some of their events and DJ’s here.
Right in the heart of Manhattan, the Pod 39 rooftop’s chill vibe is the perfect place for after work drinks or even a night out. Much on some chips and guacamole and wash it down with one of their signature cocktails.
With one of the best views of the New York City skyline, Roof at Park South is a great choice for anyone with a palette for fancy cocktails. Picture this: a cocktail served with a portion of caviar. Check out their drink menu here.
Disclaimer: Their truffle fries are dangerously good.
You won’t be fighting for elbow room here! Experience New York’s largest rooftop bar. Rain or shine, 230 Fifth has large umbrellas to protect you from any weather. With a hearty food menu paired with an extensive cocktail list, you’ll leave feeling extremely satisfied.
Suggestion: On a hot day, try the “frose”, a mix of vodka and rose wine blended with ice.
Cantina rooftop boasts a glass rooftop with an unforgettable skyline view. Oh, and also a modern Mexican menu to fulfill all of your taco dreams. The bright colors and upbeat atmosphere will have you wanting to come back for more.
This gem is set on the top of the Strand Hotel in Midtown West. You’ll get to experience views of the city through the retractable glass roof. And, it’s open 365 days a year, so you can enjoy it in any season.
For one of the best NYC rooftops, head over to the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District. Enjoy the extensive lunch menu by day, or the handcrafted cocktails by night. The rooftop’s mixologist has a background in biochemistry, so you’ll be sipping on no ordinary drink. Fun fact: the hotel used to be a hat factory!
Calling all beer lovers! Tavern29 is well known for their craft beer selection. They focus on small breweries and you’re guaranteed to have a unique beer experience at this spot. Not a fan of beer? No worries, they offer both classic and innovative cocktails as well.
VU bar is known for its welcoming vibes and reasonable prices. From 4-7 they offer $6 Wells, $5 Beer (Bud/Bud Light), $6 Corona/Angry Orchard , and $4 House Shots. And with a view of the Empire State Building, you’re sure to get a good Instagram shot.