Whether you want to gaze at Manhattan’s skyscrapers while enjoying a rooftop brunch or watch their shimmering lights under the stars, New York City has the best rooftop bars for any time of the day. These spots have more to offer than great views and clever libations — although that would be enough to make most of us happy. Music, games, comfy furniture, tantalizing treats to go with your drinks, a fireplace for chilly nights and a pool for warmer ones, create inviting options for a rooftop happy hour, date night, or partying with pals.
Can’t get away for a weekend escape? Your respite is just an elevator ride away to a resort-like scene around the pool at Jimmy or Mr. Purple. If a lush garden with flowers and greenery is your perfect setting, visit Gallow Green for an after-work cocktail or Sunday brunch. Use a bit of imagination and head to the tropics as you sit under a palm tree at 230 Fifth or sample Mexican snacks at Pod 39. If fun, games, music, and a bit of whimsy are your idea of a holiday, drop in to Magic Hour. From casual rooftop bars to rooftop restaurants, and from downtown to midtown rooftop bars, NYC has it all.
While there’s something about summer that gets us thinking about the fresh air, starry nights, and warm breezes of NYC rooftop bars, most of these spots let you enjoy the views in comfort all year long. Tropical cocktails might give way to warming toddies, but the escape from the day works just as well when it’s cold outside. And if anything can enhance the looks of Manhattan’s glass-clad giants, it’s the warm colors of sunset and a cocktail in your hand.