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Posted: Jun 25, 2021

It's Better on Top: Rooftop Bar Edition

  • rooftop bars
  • manhattan
  • brooklyn
  • outdoor drinks

Summertime in the city is all about being outdoors as much as possible. To-go drinks may no longer be a thing in NYC, but who says we still can't have drinks outside? Enjoy some cocktails at any one of these rooftop bars across the city before its winter and time to switch from the top to the bottom.

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Castell Rooftop Lounge

260 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, United States

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Take your person who can never get enough of rooftop views over to the Castell Rooftop Lounge. Located at the top of the AC Hotel, this lounge’s interior is just as stunning as the views of Midtown it boasts. Modern abstract art, huge arches, marble bars, and sleek couches all help this space feel just as chic and iconic as the hotel below. Their cocktail menu is huge and separated into shaken, stirred, punches, and their iconic martini list, featuring both classics and twists with ingredients like lemon oil, Lillet, or spicy peppers.

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Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

Set your sight on a clear view of the city with a drink at Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge, an old-fashioned cocktail spot atop 1 Hotel that promises more than just a gorgeous New York panorama. There’s space aplenty to catch the sunset outside, white satin umbrellas to lounge under, and cocktails, wine, and beer options to keep you company as you drink in the views. This spot can get pretty busy, so booking a table through their website the morning of wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge

230 5th Ave (duh), New York, NY 10001

230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge

230 5th Ave (duh), New York, NY 10001

Keep the night classy, upscale, and exciting and share some awesome views of our beloved Manhattan at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, the largest of its kind in the city. Despite its popularity and status, the bar's drinks are well-priced and classic, and the outdoor area is prepared for it all—a chill, breathtaking finish to a chic and zesty night. Be sure to come back during the holiday season when their famous igloos come out to play.

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Rooftop Reds

Building 275, 299 Sands St, Brooklyn, NY 11205

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The world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard opened a few years back and is aging like, well, a fine wine. Take in sweeping views of Manhattan while tasting some of the city’s best pours.

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The Ready Rooftop Bar

112 East 11th Street, New York, NY 10003

The Ready Rooftop Bar

Far away from the noise and sometimes questionable smells on the street, here sits a sanctuary. Presenting itself as an “escape from the daily grind”, The Ready Rooftop Bar is where you want to be any night of the week this summer. Meant to mimic and mix the casualness of an NYC backyard with the coolness of the East Village, The Ready effortlessly transitions from day to night and summer to winter. Just make sure to make reservations ahead of time as they are mandatory!

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Gansevoort Rooftop

18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Gansevoort Rooftop

18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Gansevoort Rooftop is unique within the Meatpacking district bars. It's a great spot to see and be seen, all while having 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River. Enjoy innovative, refreshing cocktails like the Volcanic Vision with volcan tequila or the Let’s Make a Dill with dill infused Belvedere. Pair your drinks with light bites like flatbreads and Pekin duck drumettes.

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Le Bain & Rooftop

848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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Le Bain does Meatpacking nightlife like no other, with its amazing location atop The Standard Hotel, overlooking the High Line. The grand space, with a circular bar, disco balls, crepe stand, hot tub, and astroturfed rooftop lounge area, hosts DJ's and parties with unparalleled views of the city that never sleeps.

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The Press Lounge

653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

The Press Lounge

Situated atop of the Ink48 Hotel, the Press Lounge features fantastic skyline views, a glass walled interior space, seasonal cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Sit by the outdoor reflection pool, by the fire pit, or in front of the glowing bar. As you drink and take in the view, you can also enjoy a food menu focused on sustainable, seasonally sourced ingredients.

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Westlight

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States

Westlight

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States

Westlight, a rooftop bar on the 22nd floor of the William Vale Hotel, offers incredible views of the big apple. Take in the 360-degree vantage point of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens through floor-to-ceiling windows while sipping on inventive cocktails. When we say it's the perfect #CoupleGoals photo opp, we mean it.

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Empire Rooftop

44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023, United States

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Head to The Empire Hotel's rooftop for a nightcap, Chuck and Blair style. You will get the best views of the Lincoln Center and take a photo with the iconic neon sign to complete your experience.

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