10 Cool Rooftop Bars to Visit this Summer in NYC


Summertime in New York City is the best time to enjoy the many rooftop bars around town. With its world renowned skyline, enjoying the city from any angle is always an unforgettable experience. With every borough having something unique to offer city dwellers and visitors, this summer should be full of fun filled activities to be enjoyed outdoors.

Whether it be a restaurant with great food, an amazing outdoor ambiance, an event space or a chic hotel, rooftop bars are located in an array of venues throughout the city. Here are 10 rooftop bars where you can hang out with friends and meet new ones this summer all while taking great photos.

10. The Skylark Roof Deck


Photo: www.theskylarknyc.com

Located in the Garment District of Manhattan, the Skylark’s cocktail lounge, developed in part by hospitality guru David Rabin, boasts panoramic views of the Hudson River, Midtown Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Sitting 30 floors above the city streets, this rooftop deck can be enjoyed all year round due to its inviting indoor space with floor to ceiling windows.

The Skylark
200 West 39th Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10018


9. Sonny’s Soda Shoppe

Photo: www.zagat.com

Photo: www.zagat.com

Sonny’s Soda Shoppe is a 3000 square foot inside and outdoor penthouse located in Soho’s Mondrain Hotel. Inspired by the Italian beach resort Forte Dei Marmi, here at Sonny’s, you can get a taste of Italy right off the menu! There is an outdoor Gelato stand, Italian cocktails such as Gelato Floats and signature pizzas and snacks. Stop by, sip on Limoncello and enjoy amazing views of lower Manhattan.

Sonny’s Soda Shoppe
Mondrain Soho, 25th Floor
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013


8. Penthouse 808 @ The Ravel

Photo: Penthouse 808

Photo: Penthouse 808

This Asian Bistro and Lounge located in Long Island City boasts great views of Manhattan from Queens. Literally located in what can be considered a Penthouse, this unique space has a lot to offer to those looking for a unique place to host an event, enjoy dinner or have a cocktail. From the rooftop bar area, many parts of the Manhattan skyline are visible such as the Empire State Building, the United Nations and the 59th Street Bridge.

Penthouse 808
8-08 Queens Plaza South
Long Island City, NY 11101


7. The Empire Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Photo: Empire Hotel

Photo: Empire Hotel

First opened in 1923, the Empire Hotel is a historic landmark in NYC. The Empire Rooftop Bar & Lounge is located on the 12th floor with views of Lincoln Center and Broadway and Columbus Ave. This famous yet down to earth location is always holding events and you can be sure to have an amazing time with friends relaxing in a cozy white chair, underneath a palm tree.

The Empire Hotel, 12th Floor
44 West 63rd Street
New York, NY 10023


6. The Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel

Photo: The Press Lounge

Rated as one of the top rooftop bars in the world by ABC News, the Press Lounge’s astonishing views of New York City are one of the best a venue has to offer visitors. With an open space allowing you too see the Hudson River, New Jersey and almost unobstructed views of midtown, this is by far a favorite among many.

The Press Lounge
653 11th Avenue at 48th Street
New York, NY 10036


5. Northern Territory

Photo: Northern Territory

This Brooklyn rooftop restaurant located in Greenpoint has great views of the Manhattan skyline. The Australian themed setting is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat, sip on Aussie wine, while taking in the summer sun.

Northern Territory
12 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222


4. The Delancey

Photo: The Delancey

A jungle? In the Lower East Side? Yes, that’s right, this rooftop bar and lounge located on Delancey Street may not have views of the city but it is on a roof top, covered in trees, may have a live band, a DJ and a trendy crowd dancing all night. This year-round venue, which opened in 2004 has red velvet booths, enclosed by silky drapes, chandeliers, low lighting and three levels of fun.

The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002


3. Rare View Bar & Grill

Photo: Rare View

Photo: Rare View

The Rare View Bar & Grill has two locations in Manhattan where you can enjoy an outside ambiance. Rare View Murray Hill has a roof top garden in a 4000 square foot space with 360 degree spectacular views of New York City. The Chelsea Rare View location is open year round, has a great view of the Empire State Building, a retractable roof and flat screen TVs throughout.

Rare View Chelsea
152 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Rare View Murray Hill
303 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016

2. The Sky Room

Photo: Sky Room

New York City’s highest rooftop lounge, the Sky Room, never disappoints party goers on a weekend night. Open year round this popular bar and lounge in the sky on the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by the Marriott has 5 cool places to enjoy the views: Times Square Lounge, the Cube balcony, the Private Salon, the North terrace (year-round), and the South Terrace.

The Sky Room
330 West 40th Street, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10018


1. The Grill at La Piscine in Hotel Americano

Photo: Travel Plus Style

Photo: Travel Plus Style

La Piscine located at the top of Hotel Americano in Chelsea offers great, views, great food and an amazing ambiance. This venue is eclectic yet chic with a happening scene all seasons. Stop by La Piscine and take a dip in yummy hummus with fresh grilled pita bread.

La Piscine
518 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001



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