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?

Rooftop-Bars at Times Square

The Sky Room-Bar: the highest rooftop lounge in Manhattan
mad46 Rooftop Lounge
Refinery Rooftop at Bryant Park
Rooftop Bar and Lounge BAR54

Rooftop Bars in the Meatpacking District

Rooftop Bar Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC with Pool
La Piscine at High Line Park
Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Rooftop Bars in Midtown

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”

Rooftop Bars in Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen & Garment District

The Press Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen
Rare View, Fashion 26-Rooftop Bar in New York
The Skylark: new in the Garment-District

Rooftop Bars in the Financial District

W Downtown Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bars on the Upper West Side

A classic: Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar

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The Sky Room-Bar: The highest rooftop lounge in Manhattan

sky room bar view at empire state building

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!

mad46 Rooftop-Lounge


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!

Refinery Rooftop-Bar

refinery rooftop bar at day

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.”

Rooftop Bar and Lounge BAR 54

bar 54 rooftop bar in the evening

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!

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Rooftop Bar Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC with Pool

gansevoort hote pool area

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!

Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge

plunge roofopt bar terrace

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.

La Piscine at High Line Park

pool at la piscine high line park

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 flavor, there is an easy explanation for this: La Piscine is owned by a Mexican hotel chain.

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230 Fifth Rooftop Bar: Views of the Empire State Building that are downright dreamy230 fifth rooftop bar crowded by visitors

This rooftop bar has an ingenious location on 5th Avenue near 27th Street, in the neighborhood 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!

More about 230 Fifth Rooftop-Bar

La Birreria – Rooftop Bar at the Flatiron

Visitors at Birreria Rooftop Bar

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.

Pod 39 Hotel

view from pod 39 rooftop bar
Photo by Thomas Farina

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 favorite areas of New York and there are lots of other bars and pubs in the immediate vicinity!

Renaissance New York Hotel 57

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. . .

Rooftop Bar and Lounge “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel”

Rooftopbar Upstairs

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.

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The Press Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen

press lounge at night

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.

Rare View, Fashion 26

visitors at the rooftop bar rare view
© Facebook Rare View

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.

Rooftop Bar “The Skylark”

skylark rooftop bar at night

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).

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W Downtown Rooftop Bar at One World Trade Center

Seating at W Downtown rooftop bar

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.

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A classic: Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar

Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar Seating

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!

Rooftop bars in New York on Pinterest

We have compiled the most beautiful pictures and views of the rooftop bars on our Pinterest-page.

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are there any rooftop bars which i can visit with my 19 year old daughter?!
Regards Petra


Hi Petra!

Rooftops that are primarily bars don’t allow under 21’s unfortunately. 230 fifth allows families up until 6pm and offers brunch on weekends, where I believe under 21’s are allowed. The Marriott Marquis hotel also offers some great views from its lounge and allows under 21’s.

Hope this helps! Have fun 🙂
– Mo

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