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 lost of some of the best rooftop bars in NYC that are tented and open for the wintertime.
Tented Rooftop Bars in NYC
Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel
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.
Ava Penthouse Lounge at The Dream Hotel
Since opening in 2002, Ava Penthouse Lounge has been THE go-to spot for the upscale after work crowd. And while the place is nearly impossible to penetrate during those gorgeous spring and summer months, the winter is just as great as a time to visit this bi-level mod-inspired spot. Featuring multiple fireplaces, delicious cocktails and plush couches for guests to relax on, Ava Penthouse Lounge is the perfect place to warm up on those chilly winter nights.
Every winter, the Bryant Park ice-skating rink is a staple of the holiday season in NYC. And the 7000-square foot rinkside Celsius Bar offers guests a respite from the cold outside, with views of the skaters and the park’s festive holiday tree. This glass-enclosed bar, restaurant and lounge offers a fun cocktails like the Absolut Winter Fizz and the Snowjito as well as an extensive food menu including a Truffle Grilled Cheese, Meatball Sliders and a Hearty Chicken Pot Pie. But don’t wait too long before making a trip to Celsius – it’s only open for the winter!
Artico at the Hotel Americano
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.
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.
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