10 NYC Rooftops to Visit Before the Temperature Drops

As NYC enters Fall, the days to enjoy rooftop drinking are numbered. The peak days to take in New York’s skyline and sunsets are in deep summer, but a couple weeks remain for cocktail enthusiasts to grab a drink and soak in the sunshine.
Whether you’re looking for an elevated cocktail list or dancing nightlife, there’s a rooftop that can offer it along with a stunning view to complete the picture. Below are 10 rooftop bars to finish off the skyline season at.

LiFe Rooftop

Formerly the rooftop of the Viecroy, LiFe Rooftop has one of the city’s best views of Central Park and with its stylish indoor section it remains a must-see spot as the temperature’s chill. With an elevated menu and cocktail offerings, LiFe still remains surprisingly affordable considering its affluent neighborhood. With rotating DJs Wednesday through Saturday, the rooftops energy is infectious. 19 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001


Offering both a 10th floor lounge and a stunning, panoramic rooftop, Harriet’s in the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge provides both exceptional views and seasonally inspired cocktails. While the lounge embodies the nostalgia of a reinvigorated old-fashioned cocktail lounge, the rooftop feels cozy and botanical with deep cushioned chairs and benches throughout. 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Press Lounge

Located on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel, the Press Lounge offers a 360-degree view of the city and is richly appointed for an elegant ambience. Classic cocktails and seasonally inspired small plates keep guests occupied as they decide between city views on one side and breathtaking views of the Hudson on the other. 653 11th Ave 16th Floor, new York, NY 10036

Dear Irving on Hudson

To cap off the list is Dear Irving on Hudson which has some of the best views in Manhattan along with one of the strongest cocktail list and mixologists tandems. The luxurious ambience makes it a top spot for dates or high-class drinks after work.
301 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Ready Rooftop Bar

The Ready at Moxy East Village navigates a balance between fun and refined, adding a splash of color to its grey surroundings. Hanging electric lights and a bar made of plastic milk crates all add to the feel of a backyard bar that landed on an NYC rooftop. Retractable glass walls and roof make this spot four seasons must-see, and the cocktails and small plate offerings vary with the temperature making it a true year-round hotspot. 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

Electric Lemon

Located on top of the luxurious Equinox Hotel in rapidly growing Hudson Yards, Electric Lemon is a gorgeous spot to take in sunsets over the Hudson. With a small but strong selection of cocktails and a large outdoor terrace, Electric Lemon is best taken in during the last few days of warm weather. 33 Hudson yards 24th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey is a perfect spot for affordable fun with a classic American menu and a large beer selection. The large indoor bar can get packed at night, so make your way up to the roof to enjoy the space and energetic nightlife.  55 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

The Skylark

Thirty blocks above the bustle of midtown, The Skylark is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood. The Skylark is only open Monday through Friday but can double as a great spot for pre-game drinks at MSG or as a post-work happy hour with an elevated menu of cocktails and small bites. 200 W 29th St, New York, NY 10018

Gallow Green

Exposed railroad tracks, lush vegetation, and a railway car all create a unique ambience at Gallow Green that makes you feel you’ve been transported outside grey NYC. While it may get crowded, the roof offers a multitude of small secluded spaces to still give you that “lost in the woods” feel. 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

The Cantor Roof Garden Bar

Located atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cantor Roof Garden is the best way to cap off a day of sightseeing. The rooftop offers specialty cocktails and a large and lush garden replete with benches and tables to handle the crowds.
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028


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