The Best Winter Rooftops in New York City

Everyone loves a rooftop bar – they boast amazing views of the city and are generally pretty swanky spots perched above a boutique hotel. But while these lounges in the sky are often open-air, they aren’t only for summertime socializing. Below we have put together a list of some of the best winter rooftop bars that you can drink at in NYC. There are some new comers to the list.

Best Winter Rooftops in NYC


Westlight at the William Vale

Westlight Rooftop

111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Westlight is a 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini, with amazing views of New York City from atop The William Vale in Williamsburg. The bar program, led by Anne Robinson, presents both original and classic cocktails. They also have wine and other high-end spirits


The Lodge at Gallow Green

The Lodge at Gallow Green - McKittrick Hotel

542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

The lodge recently opened at the top of the McKittrick hotel in Chelsea. Galllow Green is transformed into a cozy alpine resort and in true Sleep No More fashion they don’t skimp on the detail. There is everything from a fire pit that is surrounded by a small forest of evergreens to bunk beds that you can cuddle up on.

Artico at the Hotel Americano

Artico at Hotel Americano Chelsea
518 West 27th Street

Since opening on the block formerly inhabited by some of the city’s wildest nightclubs, Hotel Americano has made a nice addition to the block. And for the winter, the Artico rooftop is a swanky spot to enjoy cocktails or gourmet food by Chef Joseph Buenconsejo. Made u of a modern and sleek dining room and a casual lounge area, Artico offers a delicious Ketel One Arctic Rose, the Cabernet-based Nortic Glogg (served hot) and a selection of Champagne by the bottle. Hungry? The Kale Ceasar Salad and Lobster Sausage don’t disappoint.


Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel

Haven at Sanctuary Hotel

132 West 47th Street

The brainchild of father-and-son hoteliers Hank and Brandon Fried, Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary is a heated oasis amid the hectic streets of Times Square below. Featuring a private elevator to easily transport guests to the roof, Haven offers amazing views of Midtown, and over 2500-square feet of ski-chalet themed party space, along with an impressive menu of cocktails and French-inspired food.

Monarch Rooftop

Monarch Rooftop Lounge

71 West 35th Street

The new kid on the rooftop bar block, Monarch – a Herald Square lounge by the same team that created Ava Penthouse Lounge – is already impressing the nightlife tastemakers of NYC. A 5000-square foot indoor/outdoor Scandinavian-designed space on the 18th floor, Monarch features inventive cocktails and a light fare menu and a perfect view of the Empire State Building.

Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop Midtown

63 West 38th Street, New York, NY

This rooftop features three distinct sections that transition seamlessly from a cozy interior space complete with fireplace, water feature, and wooden ceilings. Located at the top of the Refinery Hotel on 38th Street, the venue is centrally located with views of the Empire State building. They have a huge happy hour business, especially on Thursday and Fridays, so if you are heading up there make sure and get there early.

The Skylark

The Skylark NYC

200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

This midtown location has a huge lounge area, the bar area and a game room that can be reserved for private events. At night they have a DJ by the bar and amazing views of Times Square, Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan.

Lower East Side

Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle Lower East Side

92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

This NYC hotspot is not only open year round, but it has a retractable roof. They also have a Sunday Brunch on the roof with everything from chicken and waffles to a two course family-style brunch. Beyond their Sunday Brunch, they are better known as more of a nightlife-meets-dining spot that serves French fare from executive Chef Seth Levine.

Mr. Purple

Mr Purple Lower East Side

180 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Mr. Purple is one of the newest rooftop bars to open in Manhattan, they have both outdoor and indoor (3,000 sq feet) space makes it one of the best winter time rooftops in the Lower East Side. The bar features a collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, universal wine offerings and a rotating specialty cocktail menu. They also serve fresh cold-pressed juices and handcrafted coffee from Liquiteria and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.


JIMMY at The James

Jimmy at the James Soho - Winter Rooftops
15 Thompson Street/NY 10013

JIMMYis located at the top of The James hotel in SoHo, they have indoor seating and a bar that features a number of fall cocktails designed by Johnny Swet. They open weekdays 5pm to close (around 2am) and weekends at 3pm.

Featured Image Credit: NYPost

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