Are you looking for the best rooftop bars in Manhattan? Then check out my best list here! Here you will find rooftop bars and terraces in Manhattan, from which you have a great view of New York and can wonderfully end your day. Depending on the location, you can see Central Park, One World Trade Center or the Empire State Building.
So you can quickly and easily see which spot is near you, you can find all the rooftops of Manhattan on an interactive map.
By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!
The 50 Best Rooftop Bars in Manhattan
cloudM New York BoweryRooftop Bar in Lower East SideOur Highlight
For me, the cloudM Rooftop Bar is one of the most beautiful rooftop bars not only in the Lower East Side, but in all of New York. It is located on the roof of the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel and offers everything that makes a good rooftop bar: a great view, beautiful design and relaxed atmosphere.
Dear Irving on HudsonBar in Hell's KitchenOur Highlight
The bar Dear Irving on Hudson is a real insider tip. Located very close to Times Square, you can look down on Manhattan’s “urban canyons” from here and be relatively undisturbed. The bar is small and cozy and not yet as crowded as many others in the neighborhood. The cocktail menu is not that big, but the cocktails are really good.
Electric LemonRooftop Bar in Hudson YardsOur Highlight
On the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel in the Hudson Yards you will find the rooftop bar Electric Lemon – I myself have been here several times and am thrilled every time. The atmosphere here is very special and the view over the Hudson River at sunset is amazing.
The first area of the Electric Lemon Rooftop Bar consists of several lounge furniture and tables, then you will immediately notice the stylish outdoor bar and glass fireplace (and the view of The Vessel), which really comes into its own in the evening. Add to that a huge wire sculpture and a water basin – really nice!
The larger area with lots of comfy lounge chairs is the part where you probably spend the most time. Especially if you’ve been out on the High Line, the Electric Lemon Rooftop Bar is a really nice spot to relax. They make you pay for it, too: Cocktails cost $19.
Equinox HotelHotels & Accommodations in Hudson YardsOur Highlight
Refinery RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanOur Highlight
A very small rooftop bar very close to Bryant Park with a nice view of the Empire State Building is the Refinery Rooftop from the Refinery Hotel. This two-story rooftop bar in Midtown isn’t particularly large, but it certainly has its appeal due to the combination of location and quality of the cocktails.
230 Fifth Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
230 Fifth is arguably the most famous rooftop bar in New York City. It is well known for its stunning views of the Empire State Building great cocktails and large outside seating area. Whether in summer or winter, the 230 Fifth is always a good idea. The sunset is always enchanting and in the winter cuddled under blankets and heated mushrooms has also something to sit.
B. On TopRooftop Bar in Meatpacking District
BAR 54 RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
One of the most popular rooftop bars in Times Square is Bar 54, located on the roof of the Hyatt Times Square Hotel New York, on the 54th floor (hence the name), where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city. The Bar 54 is also a lounge, so you can go there even if the weather is not so good.
Blu 33 RooftopRooftop Bar in West Village
Cantina RooftopRooftop Bar in Hell's Kitchen
Cantor Rooftop at The MetRooftop Bar in Upper East Side
The Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar is not only a great spot to round off a visit to the world-famous The Metropolitan Museum of Art – “The Met” for short. From April to October you can enjoy art, coffee, light snacks, cocktails and a clear view over Central Park, Midtown and the Upper East Side. The relaxed and informal atmosphere is especially pleasant here – also a nice & quiet place for families with children.
Catch RoofRooftop Bar in Meatpacking District
City Vineyard at Pier 26Rooftop Bar in Tribeca
Darling RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
Indulge in a taste of paradise at Darling Rooftop, a hidden garden oasis on the 47th floor above Central Park. With its uniquely crafted cocktails and enchanting ambiance, it’s the only rooftop lounge overlooking the park. Designed in collaboration with Bond Hospitality, Darling Rooftop offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, making it the perfect spot for an intimate gathering with friends. Experience this one-of-a-kind rooftop lounge and get ready to be charmed by its whimsical charm and picturesque setting.
Gallow Green Rooftop GardenRooftop Bar in Chelsea
Gallow Green is a unique rooftop bar located above McKittrick Hotel. What makes it so special is its quaint and green atmosphere. The whole bar is overgrown with foliage and certainly does its name justice: It looks like a garden! Not to be forgotten are the delicious drinks that are served there. It’s even listed in our Rooftop Bar Guide as one of the 43 Best Rooftop Bars in New York.
Haven Rooftop & RestaurantRooftop Bar in Theatre District
In the heart of the Theatre District on Times Square you will find the Haven Rooftop & Restaurant. It is on the 10th floor of the Sanctuary Hotel at 47th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue and offers you a sensational perspective. Although it is in Times Square, it is surprisingly quiet. I love the mix of “being in the middle of the city” and “still having peace and quiet” – and that’s exactly what you can expect there.
Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
To me having a drink at one of the rooftop bars in NYC is high on my list of fun activities in nyc in the winter. It’s amazing how rooftop bars are still a great place to go even though it’s cold out. At 230 5th Ave, they have rooftop igloos where you can stay warm while enjoying the breathtaking city views.
Jimmy at the James HotelRooftop Bar in SoHo
Le Bain Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Chelsea
Le Bain Rooftop Bar ranks high among the best clubs and rooftop bars in NYC. A good cocktail will cost you around 12 dollars and entry is free, meaning that prices are not as outlandish as in some other popular NYC nightclubs. Defintiely worth a visit, especially if you are looking for an awesome view over Manhattan!
Loopy Doopy Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Battery Park City
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & LoungeRooftop Bar in Garment District
The Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is located on the 18th floor of the Moxy Times Square Hotel and offers magnificent views over the city. The entrance hall resembles a gallery, with a few whimsical animal figures in naughty positions. The style of the small indoor lounge is urban-industrial, while the two outdoor areas have an almost contrasting design: If you like to enjoy the view of the Empire State Building, you should have a drink on the elegantly designed east side. If you prefer something fancier, head to the western area of the bar, as it features rotating seating, reminiscent of an antique carousel.
On the menu there are not only great cocktails, but also some tasty snacks. You can even have brunch at the Magic Hour. Fun Fact: for a limited time, you can get the biggest croissant in Manhattan for brunch!
Monarch RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
I have a great rooftop bar for you: the Monarch Rooftop Lounge. It is not only beautifully designed, consists of one of the most beautiful lounges in town and an outdoor area, but also offers you a sensational view of the Empire State Building. So if you are looking for a spot where good food, fair prices (!) and relaxed music come together, then the Monarch Rooftop Lounge should be on your myNY list.
Mr. PurpleRooftop Bar in Lower East Side
Panorama RoomRooftop Bar in Roosevelt Island
The Panorama Room is a rooftop bar & lounge and belongs to the Graduate New York Hotel on Roosevelt Island. Located on the 18th floor, it offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of New York City. At the Panorama Room you can get fresh seafood dishes and a delicious brunch, but also various alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Plunge Rooftop Bar & LoungeRooftop Bar in Meatpacking District
One of the top addresses is the ultra-stylish Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District. And the highlight is the “Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge”, which is located on the roof of the hotel. Lots of glass, typical lounge look, relaxed music and lots of pretty people: the location is easily in New York’s top 3 when it comes to high celebrity density and designer photo shoots.
Rooftop93 Bar & LoungeRooftop Bar in Chinatown
Salon de Ning im The Peninsula HotelRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
Especially in the evening a visit to the Rooftopbar is a highlight: the lights of the city shine, the many cars on 5th Avenue are in constant motion and you enjoy the silence in airy heights and you have spectacular views of two of the most famous sights of the Big Apple: the probably most famous shopping mile of the world “5th Avenue” and the green lung of Manhattan – Central Park.
SERRA by BirreriaRooftop Bar in Flatiron District
SixtyFive Rooftop & LoungeRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
Closed for a la carte reservations. Open for private events.
Due to its great location you can look almost 50 kilometres (!) in good weather – in several directions: north, west and south. By the way, the SixtyFive Bar and Rooftop-Lounge is NOT open on weekends! Attention: there is a dress code: Jeans & Jacket are ok, Sneakers and Basecaps are not.
Sky Room (CLOSED)Rooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
One of the hippest lounges in New York is located at over 120 meters (400 feet) on the roof of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Times Square. The name says it all: from here you can enjoy a sensational view of just about anything you want, from Times Square to Hudson to the Empire. Thanks to the 360 degree view!
Spyglass Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
If you’re looking for a rooftop bar with a fantastic view of the Empire State Building, you should not only think of the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar but also of the Bar Spyglass. You will find it on the 2nd floor of the Archer Hotel in Midtown and it is also perfect for cold days (autumn & winter!) because it has a great indoor area.
STK Downtown & RooftopRooftop Bar in West Village
The Rooftop Bar can be found above the STK Downtown Steakhouse. With a delicious cocktail you can enjoy the fantastic view of the Hudson River and the New York skyline.
Tavern29Rooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
The CrownRooftop Bar in Chinatown
The Crown Rooftop Bar in Chinatown is one of my newest highlights of the city and made it directly into our list of the best rooftop bars in New York. It offers probably the most beautiful view of Manhattan AND Brooklyn.
The DelanceyRooftop Bar in Lower East Side
The Delancey, situated in Lower East Side, has been a nightlife staple since its May 2004 debut. As a three-level club, it continually redefines the nightlife experience, offering vibrant music, inviting bars, and an all-weather rooftop garden that provides glimpses of the Manhattan skyline near the Williamsburg Bridge. The Delancey embodies authentic New York nightlife, with each floor offering a unique atmosphere reflecting the city’s dynamic pulse. The Main Floor caters to dance enthusiasts, the Rooftop Garden offers a serene escape, and the Downstairs Venue nurtures live music aficionados.
The DL (Delancey & Ludlow)Rooftop Bar in Lower East Side
Rooftopbar The DL is a wonderful destination at any time of the year: if the weather is not so good, there is a lounge with windows down to the floor, so you can enjoy the view of the Lower East Side skyline. It’s just the roof of the third floor, but it feels much higher.
The Empire Rooftop & LoungeRooftop Bar in Upper West Side
The Empire Hotel has a great rooftop bar with a view to Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side. Many of you will know the red lettering that is mounted on the hotel roof. We were there last time to test it and take a closer look. Compared to other rooftop bars in New York these cocktails were among the good ones – also the price-performance ratio is really ok.
The HeightsRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
The Heights is a rooftop bar in Midtown in the immediate vicinity of the Empire State Building. The highlight? A glass floor that lets you look down 90 degrees!
The Highlight RoomRooftop Bar in Lower East Side
The Highlight Room is a glamorous rooftop bar on the 16th floor of the Moxy Hotel on the Lower East Side. Both the outdoor terrace and the interior, surrounded on all sides by windows, are adorned by the branches of a majestic tree. The ambiance of this bar is reminiscent of a 19th century pleasure garden.
All year round you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city while having a cocktail. For the little hunger in between, there is also a selection of delicious snacks. So the Highlight Room is suitable for any occasion.
The Lookup RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
The Press LoungeRooftop Bar in Hell's Kitchen
When it comes to the best rooftop bars in NYC, The Press Lounge is a place you have to visit to enjoy a drink. On top of the Ink48 Hotel, this gorgeous bar offers stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
The Ready RooftopRooftop Bar in East Village
The Ready Rooftop is one of the hottest rooftops in New York for the cold season. The interior will warm your heart with palm trees, bright colors, tacos and an incredibly relaxed atmosphere.
The rooftop bar is located at the Moxy NYC East Village hotel, which for me is one of the most beautiful hotels in Manhattan. The bar has a roof that can be opened in good weather like the Eataly Flatiron rooftop. So it’s a stylish outdoor terrace in the summer and a covered lounge in the cold season (until March) with the theme “Holiday Palms”.
The SkylarkRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
In the rooftop bar “The Skylark” in the Garment District you can enjoy fresh air and great views of the New York City canyons in every season!
The Top of the StandardRooftop Bar in Meatpacking District
Upstairs at the Kimberly HotelRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
On the 30th floor of the Kimberly Hotel you will find the rooftop bar and lounge “Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel”. Located in midtown, you have a spectacular view of one of the most beautiful buildings in New York: the Chrysler Building. Not all rooftop bars offer a limitless panoramic view, but the “Upstairs” can offer it.
Versa NYCRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
Versa NYC is a Rooftop Bar and Restaurant located inside The Renaissance Hotel in Midtown NYC and provides beautiful views of the city and the Empire State Building. The outdoor portion of the bar is relatively small compared to other rooftop bars, but it is quite intimate. If you’re a small group of 2 -4 people, this could be a great place to relax and enjoy the weather.
YOTEL Times SquareHotels & Accommodations in Hell's Kitchen
3 Stars | This hotel gives you incredibly good value for your money. Also, it offers a fantastic views over the city, located right in New York’s legendary area Hell’s Kitchen. What else is close to the YOTEL Times Square? Not only Broadway, where you can see the most popular musicals in New York, but also Rockefeller Center with its “Top of the Rock” observation deck, Bryant Park, the Flatiron and much, much more. This hotel really puts you in the middle of New York and you will have so many attractions close by! And it even has a rooftop bar on the roof of the hotel.
- Free WiFi
- Rooftop Bar
- 24-hour front desk
- Daily housekeeping
- Family rooms
- Fitness centre
- Air conditioning
The 50 Best Rooftop Bars in Manhattan on the map
A map with all Rooftop Bars in Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know