The Ultimate Guide to NYC's Rooftop Bars

The Ultimate Guide to NYC’s Rooftop Bars

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More

Spring is finally settling in. I recently spent a great evening at Gallow Green, the rooftop bar that is part of The Heath Restaurant (great food) and The McKittrick Hotel, the venue of Sleep No More, an amazing interactive theater experience.  They need to ALL be experienced.  It reminded me of a post I did back in 2012 of the Mondrian Hotel’s rooftop bar here and last year on the rooftop bar and saltwater pool at the King & Grove Hotel in Williamsburg here.  Andrew Zimmer and Mikelle Street at Thrillist recently came out with the ultimate guide to New York City’s rooftop bars, worth repeating here…

80 NYC ROOFTOP BARS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

There are so many rooftop bars in NYC, that there’s really no way any one person could know about all of them. And that’s why we had two people write this. Here’s your neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to every rooftop bar in NYC (80 total!) worth knowing about.

Battery Park

LOOPY DOOPY
Loopy Doopy
102 North End Ave
They’ve got alcohol-infused ice pops and views of the Statue of Liberty.

The Bronx

PINE BAR AND GRILL
Pine Bar + Grill
1634 Eastchester Rd
Yes, they have a full menu. And yes, you should get the cheesesteak Spring roll.

Chelsea

Gallow Green
530 W 27th St
It’s run by the people behind Sleep No More, so you can expect some interactivity and wildness.La Piscine in Hotel Americano
518 W 27th St
You can also take a dip in the pool here.Rare View Chelsea
152 West 26th St
Dope burgers here.

The Eagle
554 W 28th St
It’s a leather bar.

Chinatown

City View Rooftop Lounge at The Wyndham
93 Bowery
Great views Uptown of the Empire State Building.

Flatiron District

230 Fifth Avenue
230 Fifth Ave
Open year-round. Plus, this is the place that had rooftop igloos earlier this year.La Birreria
200 Fifth Ave
It’s the beer garden on top of Eataly. Dogfish Head is involved with the brewing process, and they’ve been known to do some crazy interesting stuff.Bar 13
35 E 13th St
Run the risk of hanging with college kids… which could be terrible, or awesome, depending on your mood.

Financial District

Living Room
123 Washington St
Score some tapas here from BLT Bar & Grill, as well as unobstructed views of One World Trade Center.

Greenpoint

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Northern Territory
12 Franklin St
Enjoy meat pies, burgers topped with pineapple, and other Aussie eats while you take in the Manhattan skyline.

Hell’s Kitchen

621 W 46th St
This massive space is great for partying.Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club
641 W 51st St
This is (probably?) your best chance to see breasts on a roof.Press Lounge at Ink48
653 11th Ave
It overlooks the Hudson, serves small plates, and is flat-out gorgeous.

Social Bar and Lounge
795 8th Ave
If you’re near Times Square, you could do worse than a rooftop bar.

Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
Yeah, there’s a rooftop here.

Z Bar
605 W 48th St
They’ve got a full menu that includes truffle lobster mac ‘n cheese (which’s delicious).

Kips Bay

The Crow’s Nest
East River and 30th St
The roof of a boat totally counts. It’s a little like the Frying Pan, except on the East River.

Long Island City

Z Rooftop Bar at Z Hotel

11-01 43rd Ave
360-degree views, including across the river facing the Manhattan skyline.Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel in Long Island City
8-08 Queens Plaza South
Peer out over the city and enjoy some lobster dumplings and grilled swordfish skewers (from Executive Chef Seth Levine) at this Pacific Rim-inspired (the place, not the movie, don’t worry) beauty.

Lower East Side

Above Allen
190 Allen St
Although it’s semi-private, if you try hard enough, you still might be able to find yourself here at some point.The DL
95 Delancey St
Get some truffle mac ‘n cheese for dinner or some chicken and biscuits for brunch at this year-round spot.Hotel Chantelle
92 Ludlow St
Great party spot — you know you’re going to end up here at some point this Summer.

The Delancey
168 Delancey St
They’ve got live music and a rooftop that looks like a jungle.

Meatpacking District

Le Bain/Top of The Standard
848 Washington St
Party in a pool, or get there earlier and have an incredible sunset meal.Plunge at the Gansevoort Meatpacking
18 9th Ave
This is gonna get both crazy, and crazy packed.Catch Roof
21 9th St
They now have service on the roof, which means it’s time for a party dinner!

The Brass Monkey
55 Little West 12th St
If you want a scene, but not a scene-scene.

STK
26 Little West 12th St
This High Line-adjacent spot hosts regular parties throughout the Summer.

Midtown

Sky 31 at the Holiday Inn
30-32 West 31st St
Surprising location, awesome place.Hotel Metro Rooftop Bar
45 W 35th St
14th floor terrace with great Empire State Building views.The Roof at the Viceroy
124 West 57th St
Take in views of Central Park and sips of Negronis here.

Top of the Strand
33 West 37th St
They stay open year-round, thanks to a retractable glass roof, and you’ll want to go year-round, thanks to the fact that it’s a rooftop with pulled pork sliders.

Upstairs at the Kimberly
145 E 50th St
You’ll end up here at some point on your Rooftop Bar Crawl, and they’ve got hot bartenders.

Monarch Rooftop
71 W 35th St
Amazing spot for happy hours.

Midtown East

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

299 Madison Ave
Like drinking in the rooftop den of a Wall Streeter, with a professorial side.Rooftop at Pod 39 Hotel
145 E 39th St
Food by April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco and beautiful columnated setting.Mad46 Rooftop Lounge
45 E 45th St
Greenery and cabanas with excellent views of Midtown.

Midtown 1015
1015 2nd Ave
You can definitely frat-out here.

Aretsky’s Patroon
160 E 46th St
Class up your rooftopping at this place, and enjoy martinis and a prime dry-aged burger.

Rooftop Lounge at Renaissance Hotel
130 E 57th St
They shot Sex and the City‘s opening shot of the Chrysler Building from this rooftop. Boom, conversation started.

Salon de Ning
700 Fifth Ave
Influenced by Shanghai in the ‘30s. Grab some tuna sashimi and a cocktail.

Midtown West

Above 6

6 Columbus Circle
Overlook Columbus Circle from this spot with a retractable roof, so if it’s raining, you STILL don’t have to drink at street level.Ava Lounge
210 W 55th St
Styled after the French Riviera, this 14th floor bar is named after movie star Ava Gardner.Bar 54
135 W 45th St
It’s NYC’s highest rooftop lounge.

Four at Yotel
570 10th Ave
They do party brunches here on the weekends.

Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel
132 W 47th St
Get there at the right time, and you can score a shotski.

Le Parker Meridien New York
119 W 56th St
For $300 per month, you can score access to their rooftop pool and swim, tan, and drink with amazing views of Central Park.

Local West
1 Penn Plaza
Perfect after being cooped up on a train or at MSG for a while.

Refinery Rooftop
63 W 38th St
This stunner has nice eats like lobster rolls, Parm fries, and a three-tiered flatbread platter. You’ll probably just have cocktails, though.

Sky Room
330 W 40th St
One of the only reasons to be near Times Square during after-work hours.

Supernova Bar
226 W 52nd St
The wrap-around terrace is armed with fire pits… just in case.

The Skylark Rooftop Deck
200 W 39th St
You’ve got an solid chance of hanging with some models here. Also, they’ve got mac ‘n cheese cupcakes.

View Lounge
1535 Broadway
$8 cover for non-hotel guests after 8pm.

VU Rooftop Bar
17 West 32nd St
It’s happy hour all day on Sundays, plus there’re great views of the Empire State Building.

Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel
356 W 58th St
They’ve got 10 specialty sangrias.

Morningside Heights

The Heights Bar & Grill
2867 Broadway
Grab burritos and margaritas with the Columbia crowd.

Murray Hill

Gansevoort Park Rooftop
420 Park Ave S
Three levels of partying, and a pool.Rare View
303 Lexington Ave
Beautiful Chrysler Building views and a “beer shed”.Tavern29
47 E 29th St
This bar has a beer garden on top.

Tonic East
411 Third Ave
Lots of sports and lots of beer towers should be what you’re coming here for.

The Rooftop at NoMad
1170 Broadway
This truly beautiful space is available for private parties, book one and they may even let you into the cupola.

Park Slope

The Rock Shop
249 Fourth Ave
The roof is only open when it’s nice out, but they’ve got live music almost every day.

SoHo

246 Spring St
The pool and chairs are exclusive to hotel guests, but you can go eat and drink, or get a room and do it UP.Jimmy at the James
15 Thompson St
It’s an awesome place to watch the sunset. Plus, they’ve got a pool.Sonny’s Soda Shoppe
150 Lafayette St
It’s a cocktail bar and gelateria, so yeah, get a gelato float.

Upper East Side

The Met Rooftop (The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden)

Upper West Side

Level R on the Empire Hotel Rooftop
44 W 63rd St
Get here for happy hours and crazy DJ parties.LOCL View
2178 Broadway
This pop-up bar on the terrace of the 16th floor (on the NYLO Hotel) is open daily from 5-9pm with drinks and live music.

West Village

The Rooftop at the Jane
113 Jane St
This spot is reservation-only. Make it happen.

Williamsburg

4 Berry St
Get yourself a giant beer and pretzel, and scope the awesome views of the Manhattan skyline. Also, they’ve got a retractable roof… so it’s rain or shine.Bia
67 S 6th St
It’s a combination Vietnamese restaurant and rooftop beer garden. Intrigued? Thought so.Canopy Bar
74 Wythe Ave
Expect some crazy club parties at this venue on top of Output and The Panther Room.

Juliette
135 North 5th St
Tasty French/Mediterranean eats.

L’isola
128 Metropolitan Ave
Is there anything better than rooftop pizza? No, no there isn’t.

Night of Joy
667 Lorimer St
Fresh lime-frozen margaritas and a very Williamsburg vibe.

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Amazing views of the Manhattan skyline over the East River.

Upper Elm at King  & Grove Willliamsburg
160 North 12th St
Stop by the pool downstairs, then dry off with a grilled-lime mojito.

Zona Rosa
571 Lorimer St
Tacos and margaritas on top of an airstream trailer.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC Editor, and doesn’t plan on drinking anywhere but on a roof from now ’til it’s cold out. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

1. LA PISCINE AT HÔTEL AMERICANO Three tequila menus. Yes there’s also a grill that switches from Mediterannean to alpine themed with the seasons settled on this rooftop bar at the Hotel Americano, but what you should keep your attention on is the three tequila menus: Blanco, Anejo and Resposado. Of course there is an actual pool, though small, but those tequilas… that’s the key.