You think the rooftop bar season is over in winter? Not in New York! There are many rooftop bars in New York that are open even in the cold season – with radiant heaters, heated igloos (!) and warm blankets you can really enjoy it!
We love the rooftop bars of New York City. They are an absolute must for us on every visit, because they combine many things we like. Good drinks, relaxed atmosphere and of course the indescribable view over the city. That’s why you should definitely plan to go there if you’re in New York in winter! And now have fun with our list of rooftop bars for fall and winter, which we keep constantly updated!
230 Fifth Rooftop BarRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
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.
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 SkylarkRooftop Bar in Midtown Manhattan
You think the rooftop bar season is over in late autumn and winter? Not in New York! With the rooftop bar “The Skylark” in the Garment District you can enjoy fresh air and great views of the New York City canyons even in the cold season.
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. And even if you’re in New York during winter this rooftop bar is ideal. The sliding glass panels and walls guarantee wind protection!
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.
The Ides BarRooftop Bar in Williamsburg
Right next to the Brooklyn Brewery (our favorite beer) is the Wythe Hotel with its rooftop bar “The Ides”. From there you have a great view on the skyline of Manhattan. And: the bar is totally relaxed: no bottle service (i.e. you don’t have to take off whole bottles of champagne and co.) and no dress code make for a relaxed atmosphere.
B. On TopRooftop Bar in Meatpacking District
The B. on Top Rooftop Bar + Lounge in the Gansevoort Hotel belongs to the city-famous “Bagatelle Group” and convinces with a nice ambience and sensational views of New York City even in winter. The cocktails ($18 and up) were really super tasty and worth every penny. The wine selection at B. On Top is also great and high quality. All of this combined with that amazing view makes for a perfect evening.
With long opening hours, you can stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just to party later in the evening depending on what you’re in the mood for. From the B. on Top Rooftop Bar you can enjoy the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Meatpacking District.
All rooftop bars of New York on one map
A map with all rooftop bars of New York City that are open during winter can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each rooftop bar on the map to find out everything you need to know!