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NYC's Ultimate Rooftop Guide
NYC's Ultimate Rooftop Guide

NYC's Ultimate Rooftop Guide

20 places sure to elevate your rooftop game.


Published May 20, 2021

Perfect for any occasion, any time, and any mood, we’ve rounded up some of the top New York City rooftop bars. Check out Bucket Listers' picks below:

Monarch Rooftop

Monarch Rooftop

Known for its in-house mixologist, Monarch is a rooftop bar for the cocktail connoisseur. Open seven days a week, this is a perfect spot to head to with friends after work or for a weekend hang. And if you’re visiting after 10 pm on Friday or Saturday, be sure to ask about their late-night cocktail menu.

Where: 71 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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Known for its in-house mixologist, Monarch is a rooftop bar for the cocktail connoisseur. Open seven days a week, this is a perfect spot to head to with friends after work or for a weekend hang. And if you’re visiting after 10 pm on Friday or Saturday, be sure to ask about their late-night cocktail menu.

Where: 71 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

For more information on Monarch Rooftop.

Darling Rooftop

Darling Rooftop

Perfectly nestled on the 47th floor of Park Lane New York, Darling Rooftop is where you’ll want to go to see and be seen. Come for the sweeping views of Central Park, stay for the curated cocktails and weekend DJ sets.

Where: 36 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

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Perfectly nestled on the 47th floor of Park Lane New York, Darling Rooftop is where you’ll want to go to see and be seen. Come for the sweeping views of Central Park, stay for the curated cocktails and weekend DJ sets.

Where: 36 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

For more information on Darling Rooftop.

Glass Ceiling 

Glass Ceiling 

Bottomless brunch cocktails + stunning views of the Empire State Building = Glass Ceiling. Named for its retractable glass ceiling, this botanical-themed bar is a cozy reprieve from the city. Their menu features a wide array of beer and wine, plus food options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

Where: 1204 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

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Bottomless brunch cocktails + stunning views of the Empire State Building = Glass Ceiling. Named for its retractable glass ceiling, this botanical-themed bar is a cozy reprieve from the city. Their menu features a wide array of beer and wine, plus food options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

Where: 1204 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

For more information on Glass Ceiling.

Public Hotels

Public Hotels

Glamour is the name of the game at Public Hotel’s rooftop bar. Boasting panoramic 360° 

views of the city, you’ll feel like you’re suspended in the sky as you sip on handcrafted cocktails. There’s really no bad time to go to a rooftop bar, but we highly recommend going in the early evening to watch the sunset.

Where: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

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Glamour is the name of the game at Public Hotel’s rooftop bar. Boasting panoramic 360° 

views of the city, you’ll feel like you’re suspended in the sky as you sip on handcrafted cocktails. There’s really no bad time to go to a rooftop bar, but we highly recommend going in the early evening to watch the sunset.

Where: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

For more information on Public Hotels.

Highwater Rooftop

Highwater Rooftop

This sleek bi-level rooftop lounge bar sits 25 stories above the city atop the Hotel Indigo. Enjoy sweeping views of New York while sipping one-of-a-kind craft cocktails.

Where: 120 Water Street 25th Fl

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This sleek bi-level rooftop lounge bar sits 25 stories above the city atop the Hotel Indigo. Enjoy sweeping views of New York while sipping one-of-a-kind craft cocktails.

Where: 120 Water Street 25th Fl

For more information on Highwater Rooftop.

Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple

An LES staple, this elevated – literally and figuratively – indoor/outdoor space is a crowd pleaser. While nothing beats a Summer Saturday on the terrace, frosé in hand, as the seasons change, head inside and take in their exposed-brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables and free-hanging lights for a cozier winter feel. 

Where: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002 

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An LES staple, this elevated – literally and figuratively – indoor/outdoor space is a crowd pleaser. While nothing beats a Summer Saturday on the terrace, frosé in hand, as the seasons change, head inside and take in their exposed-brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables and free-hanging lights for a cozier winter feel. 

Where: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002 

For more information Mr. Purple.

Rooftop Reds

Rooftop Reds

Re-opening April 1st for the 2022 season—we’re ready to paint the town rooftop red at this innovative rooftop vineyard with dinners, yoga and movie nights! And, new for this year they are introducing a Loyalty Card! Bring this nifty little guy with you every visit to the roof, and receive a complimentary bottle of wine on your third visit. 

Where: 299 Sands St Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more information on Rooftop Reds.

Re-opening April 1st for the 2022 season—we’re ready to paint the town rooftop red at this innovative rooftop vineyard with dinners, yoga and movie nights! And, new for this year they are introducing a Loyalty Card! Bring this nifty little guy with you every visit to the roof, and receive a complimentary bottle of wine on your third visit. 

Where: 299 Sands St Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205

For more information on Rooftop Reds.

230 Fifth Rooftop

230 Fifth Rooftop

Last but clearly not least – your reward for making it through this list – is the 230 Fifth Rooftop. Whether you’re packing away your summer wardrobe and breaking out your puffer coats (or vice versa), this rooftop was crafted with year round enjoyment in mind. With heated igloo tents and boozy hot chocolate when the temperatures drop and pouch-filled frosé as the humidity rises, we’re ready to rise 20 floors to this rooftop 365 days a year.

Where: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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Last but clearly not least – your reward for making it through this list – is the 230 Fifth Rooftop. Whether you’re packing away your summer wardrobe and breaking out your puffer coats (or vice versa), this rooftop was crafted with year round enjoyment in mind. With heated igloo tents and boozy hot chocolate when the temperatures drop and pouch-filled frosé as the humidity rises, we’re ready to rise 20 floors to this rooftop 365 days a year.

Where: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

For more information on 230 Fifth.

Magic Hour at the Moxy Hotel

Magic Hour at the Moxy Hotel

Step into a magical urban amusement park atop the Moxy Hotel in Times Square. With 5 spaces varying in vibe and activities, you’ll almost forget you’re in NYC – until you glimpse that epic view of the Empire State Building.

Where: 485 7th Ave 18th floor, New York, NY 10018

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Step into a magical urban amusement park atop the Moxy Hotel in Times Square. With 5 spaces varying in vibe and activities, you’ll almost forget you’re in NYC – until you glimpse that epic view of the Empire State Building.

Where: 485 7th Ave 18th floor, New York, NY 10018

For more information on Magic Hour at Moxy Hotel.

cloudM at citizenM Hotel

cloudM at citizenM Hotel

No one does golden hour better than the sun-filled cloudM bar. With floor to ceiling windows and 360-degree views of the cityscape, their unexpected cocktails are the perfect finishing touch.

Where: 189 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

For more information on cloudM at citizenM Hotel.

No one does golden hour better than the sun-filled cloudM bar. With floor to ceiling windows and 360-degree views of the cityscape, their unexpected cocktails are the perfect finishing touch.

Where: 189 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

For more information on cloudM at citizenM Hotel.

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

A lux bar on The Knickerbocker Hotel rooftop with a cigar lounge and global tapas.With its three plush corner Sky Pods overlooking Times Square, stylish indoor and outdoor seating options, and lush living walls of greenery, St. Cloud is the ultimate elegant night out.

Where: 6 Times Square 17th Floor

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A lux bar on The Knickerbocker Hotel rooftop with a cigar lounge and global tapas.With its three plush corner Sky Pods overlooking Times Square, stylish indoor and outdoor seating options, and lush living walls of greenery, St. Cloud is the ultimate elegant night out.

Where: 6 Times Square 17th Floor

For more information on the St. Cloud Rooftop Bar.

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The best thing about leaving Manhattan are the views you get of Manhattan. This holds true at Harriet’s Rooftop in Brooklyn. With an insta-worthy view including the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Midtown skyscrapers, all that’s missing is a charcuterie board and classic cocktail – oh wait, they have those too.

Where: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

For more information on Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge.

The best thing about leaving Manhattan are the views you get of Manhattan. This holds true at Harriet’s Rooftop in Brooklyn. With an insta-worthy view including the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Midtown skyscrapers, all that’s missing is a charcuterie board and classic cocktail – oh wait, they have those too.

Where: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

For more information on Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge.

Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop

With wide views of the Empire State Building and Midtown skyline, Refinery Rooftop is a year-round favorite. Pro Tip: The 3,500 square foot indoor/outdoor space makes for a perfect social-distanced group gathering.

Where: 63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 

For more information on Refinery Rooftop.

With wide views of the Empire State Building and Midtown skyline, Refinery Rooftop is a year-round favorite. Pro Tip: The 3,500 square foot indoor/outdoor space makes for a perfect social-distanced group gathering.

Where: 63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 

For more information on Refinery Rooftop.

The Ready Rooftop

The Ready Rooftop

Fresh to the rooftop scene is The Ready Rooftop, perched above the Moxy East Village. With its eclectic décor – think string lights, a vine-strewn mural and bar made of plastic milk crates – and retractable glass walls and roof also allow for all-season panoramic views of the East Village. We love to see it.

Where: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

For more information on the Ready Rooftop.

Fresh to the rooftop scene is The Ready Rooftop, perched above the Moxy East Village. With its eclectic décor – think string lights, a vine-strewn mural and bar made of plastic milk crates – and retractable glass walls and roof also allow for all-season panoramic views of the East Village. We love to see it.

Where: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

For more information on the Ready Rooftop.

Cantina Rooftop

Cantina Rooftop

Cantina Rooftop is taking summer to new heights in Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll come for the umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh insta-worthy shot and stay for a few extra rounds of their specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Where: 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

For more information on Cantina Rooftop.

 

Cantina Rooftop is taking summer to new heights in Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll come for the umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh insta-worthy shot and stay for a few extra rounds of their specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Where: 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

For more information on Cantina Rooftop.

 

RH Rooftop Restaurant

RH Rooftop Restaurant

Restoration Hardware’s sixth-floor rooftop restaurant is in an ivy league of its own with ivy-draped ceilings, cascading lights and hanging chandeliers. And that's just considering the décor – its decadent menu of American classics is complemented with a robust wine list. Word on the street is the 2016 Château Saint Julian cabernet pairs nicely with spending $2,000 on an RH velvet burnt orange accent chair downstairs. 

Where: 9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

For more information on RH Rooftop Restaurant.

Restoration Hardware’s sixth-floor rooftop restaurant is in an ivy league of its own with ivy-draped ceilings, cascading lights and hanging chandeliers. And that's just considering the décor – its decadent menu of American classics is complemented with a robust wine list. Word on the street is the 2016 Château Saint Julian cabernet pairs nicely with spending $2,000 on an RH velvet burnt orange accent chair downstairs. 

Where: 9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

For more information on RH Rooftop Restaurant.

Sushi Lab NYC

Sushi Lab NYC

Taking elevated cuisine quite literally to the next level, is Sushi Lab, an intimate sushi bar stationed atop the Sanctuary Hotel. With Sushi Lab serving up Omakase and other creative Japanese fare, you’ll never want to eat sushi at ground level again. 

Where: Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

For more information on Sushi Lab NYC.

Taking elevated cuisine quite literally to the next level, is Sushi Lab, an intimate sushi bar stationed atop the Sanctuary Hotel. With Sushi Lab serving up Omakase and other creative Japanese fare, you’ll never want to eat sushi at ground level again. 

Where: Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

For more information on Sushi Lab NYC.

Azul Rooftop at Hotel Hugo

Azul Rooftop at Hotel Hugo

With its Old Havana-oh-na-na vibes, Hotel Hugo adds some color and warmth to even the cloudiest of days. While their sangria pairs perfectly with summer nights on the seasonal Azul Rooftop, head indoors when the temperatures drop to enjoy a blood orange cosmos in the year-round Bar Hugo. 

Where: 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

For more information on Azul Rooftop. 

With its Old Havana-oh-na-na vibes, Hotel Hugo adds some color and warmth to even the cloudiest of days. While their sangria pairs perfectly with summer nights on the seasonal Azul Rooftop, head indoors when the temperatures drop to enjoy a blood orange cosmos in the year-round Bar Hugo. 

Where: 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

For more information on Azul Rooftop. 

Sandbar

Sandbar

The Hamptons on an NYC rooftop. Sandbar Rooftop brings soothing coastal vibes to the concrete jungle. Experience a beach escape with lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings created from reclaimed wine barrels – all while soaking in 360-degree views of Manhattan.

Where: 152 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

For more information on the Sandbar Rooftop.

The Hamptons on an NYC rooftop. Sandbar Rooftop brings soothing coastal vibes to the concrete jungle. Experience a beach escape with lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings created from reclaimed wine barrels – all while soaking in 360-degree views of Manhattan.

Where: 152 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

For more information on the Sandbar Rooftop.

Ampia Rooftop

Ampia Rooftop

Greenhouses. For outdoor dining. Now that really is groundbreaking. Welcome to Ampia, where you and your  friends can sip sangria in your own private greenhouse, surrounded by live music, colorful flower gardens, and Italian-themed art and décor.

Where: 100 Broad Street, 2nd Fl Entrance on Bridge Street b/t Broad St and, Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004

For more information on Ampia Rooftop.

Greenhouses. For outdoor dining. Now that really is groundbreaking. Welcome to Ampia, where you and your  friends can sip sangria in your own private greenhouse, surrounded by live music, colorful flower gardens, and Italian-themed art and décor.

Where: 100 Broad Street, 2nd Fl Entrance on Bridge Street b/t Broad St and, Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004

For more information on Ampia Rooftop.

Westlight

Westlight

Toast your rooftop rosé because Westlight NYC is back, 22 stories above the William Vale Hotel. Sip on craft cocktails while taking in panoramic skyline views of Manhattan. 

Where: 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information on Westlight.

Toast your rooftop rosé because Westlight NYC is back, 22 stories above the William Vale Hotel. Sip on craft cocktails while taking in panoramic skyline views of Manhattan. 

Where: 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information on Westlight.

Haven Rooftop

Haven Rooftop

Haven is a little slice of Heaven in the Theatre District. Known for alternating its decor per season, this midtown hotspot makes for year-round enjoyment. With braided macramé lining its tented rooftop, Haven welcomes guests with elevated cocktails, regardless of rain or shine.

Where: 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 

For more information on Haven Rooftop.

Haven is a little slice of Heaven in the Theatre District. Known for alternating its decor per season, this midtown hotspot makes for year-round enjoyment. With braided macramé lining its tented rooftop, Haven welcomes guests with elevated cocktails, regardless of rain or shine.

Where: 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 

For more information on Haven Rooftop.

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

Spyglass is simultaneously warmly welcoming with craft cocktails and elegant seating, plus majorly cool with an NYC view of the Empire State Building so close you can almost touch it. Take in all the picture perfect views, craft cocktails and shareable bites above the Archer Hotel’s 22nd floor.

Where: 47 W 38th St

For more information on Spyglass Rooftop Bar.

Spyglass is simultaneously warmly welcoming with craft cocktails and elegant seating, plus majorly cool with an NYC view of the Empire State Building so close you can almost touch it. Take in all the picture perfect views, craft cocktails and shareable bites above the Archer Hotel’s 22nd floor.

Where: 47 W 38th St

For more information on Spyglass Rooftop Bar.

Vida Verde

Vida Verde

Colorful palettes – in both art form and tacos – welcome you at this hidden treasure in the heart of Midtown. Dripping in hand painted murals, Vida Verde adds even more color to our lives with not one, not two, but ten different flavors of margs on their menu.

Where: 248 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

For more information on Vida Verde.

Colorful palettes – in both art form and tacos – welcome you at this hidden treasure in the heart of Midtown. Dripping in hand painted murals, Vida Verde adds even more color to our lives with not one, not two, but ten different flavors of margs on their menu.

Where: 248 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

For more information on Vida Verde.

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