It’s been a long winter in New York (aren’t they all?) and the season we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us: rooftop drinking season. Whether you’re looking to scope out sweeping views of New York City or grabbing a cocktail with friends, these venues are sure to provide the best combination of laid-back and luxe.
1 The Roof
Located at the top of Viceroy Central Park, The Roof is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests a perch to take in the city’s energy and soaring views of Central Park. Gerber Group's sweeping rooftop venue has maintained it status as one of NYC's best rooftop views, ever since opening its doors. The 2,400 sq. ft. space evokes the aesthetic of a luxury airliner complete with an indoor lounge and bar and an outdoor terrace with a variety of seating options.
120 W 57th Street
2 Mr. Purple
Redefining laid-back chic in the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple's allure lies in its it-crowd. Artists, models and the fashion crowd frequent this spot for 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan, great music and their carefully curated menu of small plates and craft cocktails.
180 Orchard Street
3 Refinery Rooftop
With ample indoor seating on the roof, a sun-drenched bar area and industrial-chic vibes, Refinery Rooftop at the Refinery Hotel is the perfect place for large groups. Enjoy dramatic Empire State views and some of their signature dishes, including Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Grilled Hanger Steak Flatbread and the Little Gem Caesar salad with watermelon radish and frico.
63 W 38th Street
4 Berry Park
Brooklynites swear by this rooftop bar that offers an extensive European beer list, a live DJ every weekend and huge flatscreens to satisfy your craving for sports. Climb up to the deck to enjoy the unobstructed views of the city and enjoy a German ale from their vast selection of imports.
4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY
5 Top of the Standard
Natives and tourists alike frequent the Top of the Standard all summer for strong cocktail pitchers, jaw-dropping views of Manhattan and a fun, laid-back crowd. Join the day crowd for after-brunch mimosas or take in the incredible sunset view: both offer an equally alive experience that'll leave you wanting to come back.
848 Washington Street