With the arrival of warmer weather and longer days, the rooftop bars of New York come alive as locals and visitors alike enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking views to be found storeys above the city. Whether you’re after a refreshing cocktail after a day’s sightseeing or a craft beer whilst watching the sunset, check out our list of the top rooftop bars in NYC.
Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square NYC
Boasting breath-taking views of Manhattan from the Hudson River to the East River, set a dizzying 54 storeys above the city this is the highest rooftop bar in NYC. Panoramic views like this come at a premium, but its Times Square location makes it the perfect place to escape the crowds and relax with a specialty cocktail on the outdoor terrace.
- Address: 135 West 45th Street
Bookmarks Lounge at the Library Hotel
Grab >cheap flights to New York and you could find yourself sipping literary inspired cocktails while enjoying views over Midtown East at this sophisticated rooftop bar offering a side of bookish culture with your drink. The wraparound outdoor terrace offers a relaxed setting to enjoy those warm summer nights.
- Address: Library Hotel at 41st Street, 299 Madison Avenue
Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel
Make your way to the roof of the McKittrick hotel where a leafy green terrace adorned with fairy lights and flowers awaits, offering a romantic setting worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Home to acclaimed immersive theatre production Sleep No More, this unique rooftop bar offers a creative drinks menu and a relaxed, slightly theatrical vibe.
- Address: 542 West 27th Street
Roof at Park South
Serving first class food and drink, this rooftop bar also boasts a freestanding fireplace to lend a cosy touch and keep you warm when the sun goes down. The Chrysler and Empire State buildings form part of the stunning views, whilst the décor lends a Mediterranean feel.
- Address: 125 East 27th Street
Pod 39 at the Pod 39 Hotel
Relax with a margarita or frosty bottle of craft beer and watch the sunset from this rooftop bar perched atop the boutique Pod 39 Hotel. Part of a collaboration with Salvation Taco, the food is Mexican inspired and the atmosphere is down to earth – the perfect place to check out New York from above on a sunny summer evening!
- Address: 145 East 39th Street