Rooftop bars are a quintessential part of New York, and nothing quite beats al fresco drinking and dining with the city’s skyline spread out around you. Whether you are seeking a lush, low key, garden-inspired space, or a sleek and stylish cocktail bar, these are some of the best rooftop bars in NYC.
Gallow Green, Chelsea
Located on the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green is named after a field in Scotland, where witches used to be hanged. This bar has quite the unique ambiance, combining the feel of an old abandoned farm with that of a twinkling garden party, with everything from fairy lights to worn down flags to an antique rail car as decoration. This rooftop bar is open throughout the day, and in addition to their classic food menu, they also serve up one-of-a-kind creative cocktails.
Pod 39, Midtown
While the Pod 39 Hotel and its heritage building may not immediately make much of a statement to passer-bys, its rooftop bar is quite the hidden gem. With original brick walls that date back to 1917, and beautiful bold arches that frame the city skyline, as well as the Empire State Building, this is a gorgeous place in which to spend a few hours. The decor and food here has a distinct Latin twist to it, with everything from the colorful patterns on all the soft furnishings to the pisco-infused sangria on the menu.
The Ides, Williamsburg
The Ides is a rooftop bar that definitely has that cool Brooklyn vibe, meaning that it can often become uncomfortably crowded later in the evenings. However, if you make your way over there slightly earlier on in the day, you will be able to enjoy stunning views of Manhattan from both the indoor bar as well as the sprawling outdoor terrace, while feasting on their acclaimed small plates and cocktails.
The Press Lounge, Hell’s Kitchen
Situated on the western edge of Hell’s Kitchen, the Press Lounge is a rooftop bar atop the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, and always maintains a sophisticated and classy feel. With twinkling fairy lights, artisanal cocktails and unobstructed skyline views, this is a great spot to spend the evening. To top it all off, the bar comes complete with fire pits, making this spot perfect for the colder winter months.
The Jane, West Village
The Jane can be found at the top of West Village’s Park South Hotel, and unlike the boisterous Jane Ballroom, this space, which used to be the home of RuPaul, is much quieter and more serene. This indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge offers panoramic views of the Hudson River, and, with Café Gitane being located right downstairs, the hearty snack menu is always the perfect accompaniment to the spirit-heavy cocktails.
New York is home to a spectacular array of rooftop bars, each of which stand apart from the crowd for their own distinct reasons. From the Latin-inspired Pod 39 to quirky Gallow Green, the one aspect that all of these bars have in common is their dedication to creating some of the finest cocktails in the city.