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Rooftop Bars in New York

The views make the drinks even better!

Rooftop Bars
Rooftop Bars
Rooftop Bars
Rooftop Bars

Rooftop bars are a summer season must in New York City. Sipping a cocktail high above the rest of the world while watching the sunset is something every New Yorker loves. Every year in spring little cozy and atmospheric bars start to appear around the city like mushrooms after the rain.

Among the countless rooftop bars, ​there are some especially good ones like the Gallow Green, which feels like the garden of Eden with all its plants and the romantic atmosphere. Or the rooftop at POD 39 Hotel with some incredible views of the Empire State Building and Lower Manhattan through the brick arches of the hotel's facade.

There's also Le Bain at the Standard Hotel with a transparent parapet that opens a mesmerizing view of the Hudson River. The list goes on and on so forget the rush, find your fav​ourite, and enjoy.​

Practical info

When is the best time to visit New York for rooftop bars?

To experience rooftop bars in New York, it is recommended to visit the city when the weather is warmest, which is from April to October. Expect them to be closed during winter. However, to avoid the crowds, it would be best to visit during the shoulder seasons as most rooftop bars can become very busy during the peak summer months. Show more

Where can I find rooftop bars with a romantic atmosphere?

Numerous romantic rooftop bars can be found in New York City. Couples can visit Gallow Green which provides an enchanted garden vibe or 1 Rooftop Garden and Bar which delivers a relaxing ambience and stunning views. Another favorite is the Westlight located in Williamsburg that boasts a terrace with eye-catching sights of the Manhattan skyline. Show more

What are some rooftop bars that offer views of iconic New York landmarks?

Be sure to check out the POD 39 and the Refinery Hotel's rooftop for striking views of the Empire State Building. The Press Lounge at the Ink48 Hotel also provides amazing views of the Hudson River and Intrepid Museum. You can also catch the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building at the James Hotel or the Top of the Strand. Don't forget to bring your camera with you as these landmarks serve as an excellent background. Show more

How crowded do rooftop bars in New York City typically get during the summer?

During the peak summer season, rooftop bars in New York City can get very crowded with long wait times, crowded elevators, and noisy crowds. It is recommended to visit either during weekdays or early evenings to avoid the large gatherings after work hours. Expect it to be too noisy to engage in conversations and patience is a must in these crowded areas. Show more

Are there any rooftop bars in New York City that offer happy hour specials or discounts?

Many rooftop bars in New York City offer various happy hour specials and discounts to their customers. Check out Westlight which offers daily happy hour specials on drinks and snacks or the Empire Hotel Rooftop which conducts a daily happy hour from 4-7 pm with discounted drinks and bites. The Sky Room Times Square also provides weekday happy hours promotions from 5-7 pm on both their drinks and food. It is recommended to confirm with the rooftop bar for the specific happy hour timings and special offers. Show more

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