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Summer in the City: New York’s Best Rooftop Bars

Summer in the City: New York’s Best Rooftop Bars

Summer has arrived in New York City. What better way to admire the striking skyline than from a rooftop bar? With breathtaking views, happy hour specials and tasty food, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the summer.

July 14th, 2023

Summer has arrived in New York City. What better way to admire the striking skyline than from a rooftop bar? With breathtaking views, happy hour specials and tasty food, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the summer. Below is a list of some notable ones around the city from Central Park, all the way Downtown.

Don’t forget to check out nyctourism.com to help you plan your next NYC getaway.

Central Park

Darling at the Park Lane New York

Located on the 47th floor of Park Lane Hotel, Darling is Central Park South’s only rooftop lounge offering a chic experience against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and iconic park. Darling provides an intimate and whimsical gathering space with an elevated cocktail menu and selection of thoughtfully curated food and beverage programming. Featuring a bold lounge with a wrap-around outdoor patio oasis, designed to embrace the expansive views. It is the final piece to the hotel and is the newest addition to Manhattan’s nightlife scene, bringing the eccentric spirit of the hotel to life. The food and beverage program has been created by Scott Sartiano, and includes a menu that features an eclectic mix of offerings such as seafood towers, caviar grilled cheese and A5 Wagyu Katsu Sando. This is complemented by extensive and inventive cocktails and spirits.


Refinery Rooftop Bar at the Refinery Hotel

Credit: Refinery Rooftop

Midtown’s Refinery Hotel boasts a glamorous rooftop bar and lounge with impressive views of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline. The American menu is designed for snacking and is accompanied by a signature cocktail list that is centered around natural ingredients and surprising pairings. Groups can order ‘cocktail caddies’ - four servings of their handcrafted cocktails, meant for sharing. The rooftop bar is a year-round destination, thanks to its retractable glass roof, there is a buzzing atmosphere no matter the season.

RT60 at Hard Rock Hotel New York

Credit: Hard Rock Hotel NYC

Located on the 33rd floor, RT60 delivers masterfully crafted cocktails, shareable bites and an effortlessly stylish scene. The music-themed bar is set to host world-renowned DJs and emerging local talent and boasts two outdoor terraces which offer incredible views of the surrounding Midtown skyline.

Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square

Credit: Chris Vilano

Set atop the 54-story tower of the Hyatt Centric Times Square, Bar 54 offers views that stretch across Manhattan from the East River to the Hudson River. Officially the highest hotel rooftop lounge in New York City, inside and outside, Bar 54 serves up tantalizing handcrafted cocktails and gourmet small plates.

Castell Rooftop Lounge at AC Hotel New York Times Square

Credit: Castell Rooftop Lounge

Perched atop the AC Hotel New York Times Square, offering iconic views, this cozy but modern rooftop bar has the spirit of the classic lounge, with extra emphasis on martinis. The venue’s contemporary décor provides a sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere to let off some steam. Guests can gather around the intimate fireplace lounge or the luxe granite bar or soak up some sun on the verdant, open-air terrace.

Haven Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel

Credit: Sanctuary Hotel New York

The Haven Rooftop, above The Sanctuary Hotel offers a perfect happy hour escape in Midtown. It’s just steps away from Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and The Museum of Modern Art. Haven Rooftop offers $6 select beers, $9 glasses of wine and champagne, and $10 margaritas and from 4pm - 6pm, Monday - Friday. They also offer lunch and dinner service Monday through Sunday as well as bottomless brunch service on weekends. To capture the warmth of sunny days, order the Watermelon Mule featuring Tito’s Vodka, Watermelon, Orange Liqueur, and Ginger beer, or a glass of their Summer in a Bottle Rosé.

Sushi Lab Rooftop at The Sanctuary Hotel

Enjoy a modern take on traditional sushi from Executive Chef Frankie Chen at the Sushi Lab Rooftop. Delight in one-of-a-kind Japanese inspired cocktails Highlights like their Strawberry Geisha, featuring sake, shochu, yuzu, muddled strawberries and lychee or Spicy Toki 18, featuring Japanese whiskey, jalapeno, fresh lime and sparkling water utilize exotic fruits to craft a signature experience. Besides the creative Nigiri, Sashimi and Maki sushi, the star of the show is their omakase experience, utilizing only the freshest ingredients for lunch and dinner.

Apotheke NoMad at the Sonder Flatiron

Featuring a cellar speakeasy, penthouse lounge, and rooftop terrace, Apotheke NoMad is the second NYC outpost for the brand, expanding Apotheke’s apothecary-inspired cocktails and experience. Each week on Mondays from 8:30pm - 11:30pm Apotheke's cellar speakeasy hosts a range of live music performances. The bar also offers bespoke academy mixology sessions in their penthouse lounge, which allows groups of up to 12 to choose a theme, liquor, or ingredient to be schooled in.

Nicolas O’Connor is behind the elaborate Garden-to-Glass cocktail menu, with many of Apotheke’s classic cocktails brought along with brand new creations such as sustainable caviar service and a selection of dumplings inspired by the bar’s Chinatown roots.

Lower East Side

Mr. Purple at the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York

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An NYC OG rooftop is Mr. Purple. It offers a menu focusing on locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients and an expansive collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, universal wine offerings and a rotating cocktail menu. Mr Purple captures the vibrant and artistic spirit of the Lower East Side in its modern industrial vibe and offers panoramic views of the city.

The Highlight Room at the Moxy Lower East Side

In March, I had the pleasure of staying at the brand-new 303-room Moxy Lower East Side hotel. Michaelis Boyd and Rockwell Group worked on the hotel interior and architecture by Stonehill Taylor, giving references to the Lower East Side’s eclectic social history with the vibrancy of today.

Its convenient location houses five new food and beverage establishments created in collaboration with Tao Group Hospitality. Look up 16 stories above the intersection of Broome and Bowery, and you will find The Highlight Room. The glamorous rooftop bar is encased in glass and a majestic tree spreads its branches across the room and outdoor terrace.


The Fleur Room at the Moxy Chelsea

A nod to the Flower District, you will find the Moxy Chelsea’s Fleur Room at 35 stories high. The new concept by Tao Group Hospitality and Angelo Bianchi, interiors that reference the Flower Market (a chandelier that resembles oversize water droplets; dazzling floral-patterned seating; and a copper-clad bar). A list of creative cocktails is accompanied by a simple, elegant menu of elevated bar snacks—warm olives with Marcona almonds, king crab club sandwich, truffle grilled cheese toast. The lounge area comes complete with a DJ booth and a massive vintage disco ball—a one-of-a-kind artifact salvaged from the 1980s L.A. nightclub Vertigo. The glass-enclosed rooftop lounge has expansive 360-degree views that stretch from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. Like magic (and at the touch of a button), a retractable window wall transforms the lounge into an alfresco sky veranda.

Soho House New York (Members Only)

The original New York City Soho House is set over six floors of a former warehouse in the heart of the Meatpacking District. A stone’s throw from The High Line and Chelsea Market, it’s home to (no pun intended) Soho House’s first-ever rooftop pool. The rooftop underwent a complete refresh ahead of the summer 2022 season and embraces a new floral-inspired design featuring Rosé-hued pastel tones and two new fully renovated bar areas. The pool is surrounded by sun loungers and umbrellas and boasts views of lower Manhattan. A menu of poolside fare, Soho House Favorites, and specialty cocktails also grace the House in addition to a whole host of events and pop-ups on the rooftop terrace. 

Daintree at the Hotel Henricks

Daintree sits atop Hotel Hendricks in Chelsea, and offers an unforgettable happy hour, two times a day! Pop in for an evening drink between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. or a nightcap from 11pm till close. Enjoy $12 sips such as the Aussie Spritz, Blood Orange Mule, Negroni, Old Fashioned and Mojito, discounted beers and wines like $10 Domaine De Moulin or $6 Reissdorf Kolsch, $8 bubbles, as well as a rotating list of bar snacks such as Hummus & Crudite, Boudin Balls, and and House Fries with Black Garlic Aioli for $6-$12.

Somewhere Nowhere NYC at the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel

Somewhere Nowhere NYC is a bi-level lounge, nightclub and rooftop pool complete with floor-to-ceiling windows with 360-degree views. Escape the busy Chelsea streets to the 38/39th floors of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel to this 5,516 square foot luxury daylife and nightlife destination.

Guests can wind down after work with creative yet delicious cocktails and tapas or dance to live music. Ongoing events include Gotham Jazz on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Trusted Mic with The Rakiem Walker Project Band on Fridays at 5 p.m.


PHD Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Downtown

PHD Rooftop Lounge is Dream Downtown’s rooftop nightclub and lounge bar decked out with uninterrupted views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building. With two full-service bars, a fully-equipped DJ booth and a retractable canopy for an outdoor terrace, PHD is one of the best rooftops in New York City. Located at Dream Downtown, a New York City lifestyle hotel with an emphasis on service and after-dark possibilities, there is no better place to experience exquisite Manhattan views.

Elena Murzello

Elena Murzello

The daughter of a Filipino-Chinese mother and an Italian-East Indian father, she comes by her exotic global influences naturally. After pursuing degrees at the University of Victoria (Nursing), and the University of British Columbia where she got her MBA, she packed her passport and headed out to the airport. Stops in Buenos Aires, London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Dubai and Tokyo gave this world traveler a true appreciation of the international lifestyle. Elena authored the book The Love List: A Guide To Getting Who You Want, which was published in 2013. Elena has appeared on the Tamron Hall Show, NBC News BETTER, The Today Show (Australia) and Good Morning Washington. She has also published countless pieces for both online and print: Thrive Global, Huffington Post Canada, Cosmopolitan UK, BELLA and RESIDENT Magazine. And now, House of Coco. Besides being a published author, the multi-talented Murzello also secured a reoccurring acting role on the Showtime series The L Word, (available on Netflix) and has appeared in television commercials for international brands such as AT&T.

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