New York City has so many amazing choices for rooftop bars with a view, but there are some that stand above the rest. Whether it's a view over Times Square, right in front of the Empire State Building, or overlooking Central Park, these are some of the best rooftop bars in NYC. Here's 15 of my picks for the best skyline views you’ll get at a New York rooftop bar.
1. Refinery Rooftop
Address: 63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
This Midtown rooftop bar and restaurant is located on the roof of the Refinery Hotel and offers an amazing view of the Empire State Building. In summer, they open up the roof on the patio and bring out the fairy lights, making it all the more magical.
2. Spyglass at the Archer Hotel
Address: 47 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
Just down the street from the Refinery Rooftop at the Archer Hotel is another amazing Midtown pick, Spyglass. It’s hard to get a better Empire State view than this.
3. The Skylark
Address: 200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
A premier cocktail lounge offering sweeping panoramic views of Midtown Manhattan from the 30th floor.
4. Pod 39 Rooftop
Address: 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Located on the rooftop of the Pod 39 hotel, this bar is all about the string lights and brick archways.
5. Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
Address: 145 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel is a great option all year around for views of the Chrysler Building and Midtown with your cocktails.
6. PH-D Lounge at Dream Downtown
Address: 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Located across the street from Chelsea Market, the Penthouse at Dream Downtown has amazing panoramic views of Manhattan, especially when they open up the patio in summer.
7. Bookmarks Lounge at the Library Hotel
Address: 299 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017
This indoor/outdoor lounge located at the Library Hotel is the perfect place to unwind in Midtown East.
8. Rooftop Reds
Address: 299 Sands St BLDG #275, Brooklyn, NY 11205
If you’re over in Brooklyn, don’t miss out on this rooftop vineyard. Have a wine tasting with a view!
9. Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric Times Square
Address: 135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Right in Times Square you’ll find Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric Times Square. As the name suggests, it’s on the 54th floor of the hotel, making it the second highest rooftop bar in the city!
10. The Heights at Arlo NoMad
Address: 11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016
What makes The Heights at Arlo NoMad unique, besides the sweeping views of Manhattan, is the glass bottom deck so you can get the perfect shoe selfie with your cocktail. Don’t look down!
11. plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
Address: 18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Party it up with 360-degree views at this Meatpacking District hotel bar. Gansevoort Meatpacking has some of the best skyline views around.
12. The Cantor Roof Garden Bar at The Met
Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
A little different from the rest of this list, but the Cantor Roof Garden Bar at The Met can’t be beat if you’re looking for an afternoon beer and views of Central Park.
13. The Crown At 50 Bowery
Address: 50 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10013
Located on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery in Downtown Manhattan Chinatown, this boutique hotel rooftop bar has sweeping skyline views, from the Empire State Building to the One World Trade Center.
14. Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side
Address: 180 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Located on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo - and did we mention one of their terraces has a pool?
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