When spring hits NYC, it is as if the population doubles. Residents emerge from winter hibernation, refreshing new cocktails make their way onto every menu you can find, and sidewalks become cluttered with tables from bars and restaurants seeking to capitalize on the collective itch for some sunlight. Summer is all too fleeting though – with the humidity of a new york summer rapidly approaching so it’s important to take advantage of the best days NYC has to offer.
When it comes to appreciating the outdoors in NYC, there’s no better way to do so than drink in hand on a gorgeous rooftop. If you can take in the sun, a well-crafted cocktail, and sunsets on the west side all at once – then you’re doing something right. Here are 6 rooftop bars to stop by on those not-too-hot summer days and nights.
The Skylark has one of the best views in Manhattan and packages along terrific bar food and a classy lounge ambiance along with it. The flow between outdoor and indoor space is seamless and if the weather refuses to cooperate the drinks and indoor space are more than enough to distract. It’s hard to go wrong Instagram worthy cocktails and bar fare like mac & cheese cupcakes and frose shots with marshmallows.
200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Mr. Purple is often a very popular location and is sure to attract crowds so be prepared to socialize. Luckily it offers a large outdoor section as well as an expansive indoor lounge area so you can move around easily. If you’re a beer lover – you’ll be intrigued by the Mr. Purple IPA – a collaboration with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.
180 Orchard St 15th Floor, New York, NY 10002
The Terrace at Social Drink & Food
The recently redesigned terrace at Social Drink & Food is one of the largest rooftop bars in NYC. With a casual and colorful vibe, the terrace will hook you with its happy hour deal – $10 draft beer and pizza combo. This summer it’s beginning a beer pong tournament lasting for months and the space is packed with other games to keep the roof lively.
Yotel, 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036;
Jimmy at the James
This Soho rooftop gives you picture perfect skylines with the Freedom Tower and you can explore their surprisingly expansive cocktail menu poolside soaking up the sun. Inside, bar bites are offered in a lounge setting along with a dj that keeps the energy level high throughout the night.
15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013
The Water Tower
The Water Tower may offer one of most unique rooftop venues in all of NYC. While there is a pool area – a staple of the rooftop/hotel bars – it’s the water tower bar perched above that makes the place unique. You can appreciate the views of Williamsburg and the Manhattan skyline from the cylindrical bar furnished with gorgeous velvet couches.
96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Gallow Green is a lush rooftop that makes you feel immersed in the outdoors – a rare thing in Manhattan. While it may get crowded the roof offers a multitude of small secluded spaces to still give you that lost in the woods feel. Sundays live music is offered, keeping the place popular 7 days a week without fail.
542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
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