Are you looking for the trendiest and best rooftop bars in New York? We have the coolest spots for you to enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline. Is there anything better than gazing over New York from a rooftop bar, especially when the sun starts to set and the lights of the skyscrapers light up?
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar New York: Views onto the Empire State Building are dreamy
La Birreria – Rooftop Bar at the Flatiron
Pod 39 Hotel Rooftop Bar in New York (Midtown-East)
Rooftop Terrace of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57
Rooftop Bar and Lounge “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel”
The best Rooftop Bars near Times Square
One of the trendiest lounges in New York is located 120 meters (400 feet) above street level, on the roof of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott at Times Square. The name gives it away: from here the sensational views will strike you: Times Square, the Hudson River, and the Empire State Building are all visible from here. Nothing beats a 360-degree view!
The rooftop bar mad46, is located on top of The Roosevelt Hotel, New York on Madison Avenue, right next to Bryant Park. This lesser-known and therefore less crowded rooftop lounge in Midtown is truly an insider’s tip!
Measuring only 300 m2, the rooftop bar of the Refinery Hotel near Bryant Park is not particularly large however offers wonderful views of the Empire State Building. This two-story rooftop bar is a great spot, not only due to its great location but also because of it’s superior quality of its cocktails. This is thanks to the cocktails being created by the famous Alex Ott, who has also developed innovative and modern drinks for the rooftop bar “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel.”
In February 2014 Times Square gained another rooftop bar: on the 54th floor of the Hyatt Hotel Times Square New York, you will find the new rooftop bar and lounge, Bar 54. What we really like is that the owners take great care to ensure that ingredients for the cocktails are produced locally. There is also an outside fireplace!
The best Rooftop Bars in the Meatpacking District
The Gansevoort Park Avenue, is the second hotel of the Gansevoort Hotel Group in New York City. We have reviewed the first hotel in the Meatpacking District with its rooftop-bar “Plunge”, below. The Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC is located near Times Square and Madison Square Garden and is just as popular with celebrities as its sister hotel. Don’t be surprised to see some familiar faces passing by!
One of the top addresses in the City is the ultra-stylish Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District. The highlight of the hotel is the “Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge” which features lots of glass, modern lounge decor, relaxing music, and lots of beautiful people. This location is easily in the top 3 in regard to designer photo-shoots.
This spot is located on the roof of the boutique hotel, Hotel Americano. In addition to a small pool, this rooftop bar offers pure relaxation with its many daybeds and cabanas. It also boasts beautiful views of the Empire State Building and across the Hudson River. If you are wondering about the many drinks with a certain Mexican flavour, there is an easy explanation for this: La Piscine is owned by a Mexican hotel chain.
The Best Rooftop Bars in Midtown
This rooftop bar has an ingenious location on 5th Avenue near 27th Street, in the neighbourhood of the Flatiron Building in Midtown. In July 2010, my wife and I took this photo of the Empire State Building from the bar – 3 months later, this spot served as the kick-off to my bachelor party. This makes 230 Fifth all the more special to me!
We came to La Birreria after watching a documentary on the beer specialist, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, on TV. Calagione makes specialty beers, sometimes using unusual ingredients such as wood chips or herbs in the brewing process. This rooftop bar is one of those places you pass by numerous times before discovering it! It is right at the Flatiron building near Eataly – a marketplace that offers sensational shopping for Italian food.
Small but charming: one of the newest rooftop bars in New York is the one on top of the Hotel Pod 39, located along the East River. The bar offers great views across the East River and right into the heart of Midtown. Its located right in one of our favourite areas of New York and there are lots of other bars and pubs in the immediate vicinity!
One of the lesser-known rooftop bars in New York can be found on top of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57. The interior is beautifully furnished featuring Asian and Oriental styles that are reinforced throughout its decor. The bar offers nice views despite the fact that it is located on the 17th floor.
By the way: the intro to the TV series, “Sex in the City,” includes a shot from this spot. . .
The rooftop bar “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel” is located on the 30th floor of the Kimberly Hotel. Since it is situated in Midtown, the bar offers spectacular views of one of the most beautiful buildings of New York: the Chrysler Building. Not all rooftop bars can boast endless, panoramic views, but “Upstairs” delivers. Even if you are visiting New York City in the colder months – this spot is still ideal: movable glass and wall panels can be adjusted to provide shelter from the elements. You will also find a number of delicious cocktails created by Alex Ott here, making this space a truly unique experience.
The best Rooftop-bars in Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen & Garment District
The Press Lounge is one of the most notable newest Rooftop Bars in New York. It is built on top of the Hotel Ink48, and offers tremendous views over Manhattan and the Hudson River. The Press Lounge, has also been named “Top New Rooftop Bar” by New York Magazine.
Located in the heart of the Fashion District on the roof of the Hilton Hotel Fashion 26, is the rooftop bar, Rare View. Here, you are surrounded by the fantastic Midtown skyline.You can also enjoy great views of the Empire State Building from here.
The bar “The Skylark” is divided into three levels where the top level is on the rooftop. The other two levels are also stylishly furnished. The bar has a feel of a modern, huge living room or apartment (complete with fantastic views of Manhattan).
The best rooftop bars in the Financial District
The newest project of the W Hotel group, which operates five other hotels in New York, is in close proximity to One World Trade Center, offering sensational views of Downtown Manhattan. W Hotels are boutique hotels created in a design-conscious manner with each having its own sense of style and individual character.
The Best Rooftop Bars on the Upper West Side
The Empire Hotel includes a great rooftop bar with views of Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. Compared to other rooftop bars in New York, cocktails at the Empire priced very competitively. It gets even better: “Overtime NYC” – a Happy Hour-Deals-Website, offers great deals on cocktails at the Empire Hotel rooftop bar. You can save up to 50% on drinks!
We hope you a good time testing lots of different rooftop bars of New York!