It’s the season to capitalize on the sunshine and skyline in New York and get yourself to a rooftop bar. Whether you’re looking to unwind after work, get some cocktails with friends or a great date spot, this list should be your go-to for rooftop fun in the Big Apple.
Found in Brooklyn, this bar is also is the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard with a specially developed urban planter system that will eventually produce a completely Brooklyn vintage! Reservations are required but are free and allow entry at any time during opening hours on your chosen day for a glass of wine amongst the vines. The venue also does lots of interesting events like yoga or wine tastings that can be booked in advance.
Cantor Roof Garden Bar, Metropolitan Museum of Art
A rooftop bar on top of one of the world’s best museums, what more could you ask for? Just for good measure, let’s add the magical views across Central Park and a calm atmosphere to enjoy a post-culture glass of wine. The space also features contemporary art installations which change annually – another reason to keep coming back.
Jimmy at the James New York
With a beautiful spot in Manhattan, this terrace has fantastic panoramic views and a scene-stealing pool. With a small capacity and great cocktails, get here early to enjoy the chaise lounges and the vista.
Le Bain, The Standard, High Line
On the top floor of perfectly placed The Standard in the Meatpacking District, this grass-covered rooftop bar has great DJ’s and even better views over the Hudson River. There’s even a plunge-pool jacuzzi inside on the dance floor and just in case you forget your swimsuit, there’s a swimsuit vending machine for emergencies!
Mr Purple, Hotel Indigo
At the top of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, Mr Purple’s frozen margarita is a particular highlight of a drinks menu focussing on classics with a twist. There is a big outdoor terrace with a larger capacity than many other rooftop destinations on this list, together with a pool, bar and amazing city views. Designed with an artist-loft ambience, it’s a fantastic spot to spend an evening.
Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge, 1 Hotel
For another great Brooklyn option, enjoy a perfect view of the Manhattan skyline from Harriet’s. For the best way to while away a sunny Saturday, lock in a spot under an umbrella with your favourite cocktail in hand and just take in the amazing cityscape.
Gallow Green, McKaittrick Hotel
Styled as a bohemian country garden, with overgrown floral trellises and lots of weathered wooden benches and tables, the roof terrace at Gallow Green is too charming to miss and a great view of the West Side buildings sky-line is to be spied amongst the greenery. Gallow Green takes reservations for brunches, as well as for various other events, including theatrical experiences and cabaret.
There is something to suit everyone’s taste on this list and whether you’re just visiting New York this summer or looking for a new regular hang-out, our advice would be to check out these options and get yourself skyward!