9 Rooftop Bars to Visit This Summer

by | May 10, 2019 | Bars, Dining, Downtown Eats Guides, Featured

Cozy fireplaces have given way to sidewalk seating, but we’re taking it a step further with these rooftop bars. Stop by for a drink, stay for a snack, and come back again for the view!

1. Refinery Rooftop

This stunning rooftop bar has both indoor and outdoor seating and unobstructed views of the iconic Empire State Building and the streets of Manhattan’s historic Garment District. With an extensive list of signature, seasonal cocktails, NY classics, and a speciality “mocktail” list paired with a simple but delicious food menu, Refinery Rooftop offers guests the ultimate outdoor dining experience during the warm weather. As part of the I Give A Sip campaign, this spring Refinery Rooftop features the signature Spring Freezer cocktail made with Tito’s Vodka, elderflower, raspberry, lemon, topped with prosecco. From every signature cocktail sold, $1 will go towards the Red Nose Foundation to support children’s education and development around the world. 63 W 38th Street.

2. Mondrian Terrace

Zip up to the 15th floor of the Mondrian Park Avenue hotel for impressive views of the city. This spring, The Mondrian Terrace is transforming to the Rosé Terrace, aosé lover’s paradise, lavishly decorated and totally dedicated to everyone’s favorite pink wine. Pose for photos in front of the flower wall or the rosé tower as you sip on refreshing glasses of rosé or specialty cocktails, and take in the breathtaking views of the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline. To kick off the season, Rosé Terrace is hosting a launch party on Friday, March 17th from 5-8pm. Each $60 ticket includes bottomless pours of rosé and rosé specialty cocktails, live DJ, photo booth, and exclusive access to “la vie en rose” overlooking Park Avenue South and East 30th Street. 444 Park Avenue South.

3. The Rooftop at the Williamsburg Hotel

Back for its second season, The Rooftop + Pool is an urban oasis with cabanas, daybeds, poolside snacks from executive chef Nicolas Caicedo, and creative cocktails (and a full-service bar) curated by beverage director Rael Petit. New on the menu this year is the Coco Frosé, a frozen cocktail made with refreshing coconut and rosé. This summer, The Rooftop will also offer morning yoga classes in partnership with SYNCSTUDIO and reggae nights on Wednesdays as a part of the property’s ongoing “Ilegal Mezcal Music Series.” 96 Wythe Avenue.

4. R17

Photo by Scott Rudd

Hidden atop Pier 17, R17 offers an elevated beverage menu and small plates year round. For the spring and summer, the rooftop patios and lounges hold over 250 guests and offer spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge, lower Manhattan skyline, and East RiverThe bar’s patio opens in late May and is ideal for imbibing in the sunshine! 89 South Street.

5. Cantina Rooftop

Our favorite place for a group brunch just happens to be a rooftop on the westside. Spring brunch features 90 minutes of unlimited brunch cocktails for $25. Sip on La Guayabana made of Cachaça, guava puree, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and agave nectar or a prickly pear margarita while dining on tres leeches French toast or breakfast enchiladas. 605 W 48th Street.

6. Roof at Park South

The seasonal rooftop cocktail bar and garden oasis, Roof at Park South is officially open for the spring, summer, and fall above the Park South Hotel in New York City. The venue is known for its quintessential summer cocktails paired with a delicious bar menu created by James Beard Award Winning Chef Tim Cushman. Views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings are the perfect pairing for frozen cocktails, falafel fritters, and wagyu burgers. 125 E 27th Street.

7. Clinton Hall

NYC’s beloved Supercraft beer hall and restaurant Clinton Hall is about to reach new heights with the opening of Clinton Hall Rooftop Beer Garden at the POD Brooklyn Hotel on May 17, 2019. The new venue will be Clinton Hall’s sixth across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx and it will also be Brooklyn’s only solar-powered rooftop beer garden. The rooftop will offer communal seating for up to 125 guests and will be open Thursday through Sunday from mid-May till Labor Day. Over 100 solar panels will supply power and recycle energy across the rooftop, hotel, and courtyard beer garden, making Clinton Hall’s Rooftop Beer Garden the greenest rooftop bar in the borough. 247 Metropolitan Avenue.

8. Haven Rooftop

Photo by Will Cadena

Situated up on top of the Sanctuary Hotel, far away from all the hustle and bustle of Midtown down below, is a year round fully enclosed and elevated oasis. Haven is surrounded by breathtaking views of Manhattan and offers guests delicious food and craft cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood to frolic in the sun with a cold cocktail or you want to party with a bunch of friends in the city that never sleeps, Haven Rooftop is a chic and festive restaurant and bar that offers a DJ, flat screen TVs, and a night to remember. 132 W 47th Street.

9. The Skylark

Set thirty stories up in the heart of Times Square South, The Skylark delivers a classically-styled cocktail lounge with expansive panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Times Square, The Empire State Building, and the best of Midtown Manhattan. The swanky, multi-story, open-air rooftop bar and lounge features mixologist designed cocktails and delicious light bites that will keep you drinking and snacking all through the night. 200 W 39th Street.

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