The 8 Best Rooftop Cocktail Bars in NYC

By: Sarah

The best way to enjoy a nice drink in New York is on a rooftop bar. There are many in the city that are advertising the best views. However, these eight are my top picks for the ultimate rooftop bar experience in NYC. All of the bars on this list have a breathtaking view, excellent craft cocktails, a luxurious environment, and a minimum 4 out of 5 star rating or higher.

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Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge - There are several Brooklyn bars that have decent views of Manhattan. However, one of the best to see the city skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty is from Harriet’s Rooftop. Here you will find refined craft cocktails and thoughtful bites. You can also cool off in their crystalline plunge pool if you’re lucky enough to be a hotel guest.

    1. Rating: 4.0 rating with 119 reviews

    2. Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

    3. Menu - Cocktails $16+, Beer $9+, Wine $14+

Westlight

Westlight - Another iconic rooftop bar in Brooklyn is Westlight. This bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group has gorgeous views of New York City from atop The William Vale in Williamsburg. They ave a dynamic menu of original and classic cocktails alongside rare spirits, craft beer and wine. Don’t miss out on Carmellini’s menu of small plates which reflect inspiration from global street food.

    1. Rating: 4.4 rating with 943 reviews

    2. Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    3. Menu - Cocktails $18 +, Beer $9+, Wine $14+

Rooftop at Exchange Place

Rooftop at Exchange Place - I’m going to do something crazy and recommend a bar that is technically not in NYC - gasp! Though the RoofTop at Exchange Place is in Jersey City, it has better views than many Manhattan rooftop bars and slightly lower prices. From its rooftop you’ll have stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and beyond. The RoofTop provides year round comfortable vibes with its retractable glass roof and walls which creates the perfect setting for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and sunset cocktails with a view. On the weekend, it turns into a day and night hot spot featuring live DJs.

    1. Rating: 4.3 rating with 736 reviews

    2. Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

    3. Menu - Cocktails $14+, Beer $6+, Wine $9+

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

Spyglass Rooftop Bar - If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the Empire State Building head to Spyglass Rooftop Bar. They are known for their craft cocktails and shareable bites from celebrated chef Charlie Palmer. The rooftop is located within Archer Hotel New York and is inspired by "Rear Window" with patrons serving as voyeurs to the city below and aesthetically drawing cues from the beautiful telescope used by the lead Jimmy Stewart in that film and its era of elegance and style.

    1. Rating: 4.2 rating with 322 reviews

    2. Location: Midtown, Manhattan

    3. Menu - Cocktails $17+, Beer $9+, Wine $16+

Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop - This trendy midtown bar has 3,500 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including a lounge with fireplace and leather sofas, a bar area with retractable roof, and a summery alfresco terrace with cozy wooden tables overlooking the memorable Manhattan skyline. Guests here are treated to natural handcrafted cocktails and shareable New American dishes.

    1. Rating: 4.4 rating with 1,079 reviews

    2. Location: Midtown, Manhattan

    3. Menu - Cocktails $16+, Beer $8+, Wine $14+

Salon de Ning

Salon de Ning - If you are interested in one of the most luxurious experiences in town head to Salon de Ning. It is the rooftop bar at the Peninsula Hotel, and is known for its world-class cocktails made with premium ingredients, contemporary small plates, a tasteful decor inspired by 1930s Shanghai, and breathtaking panoramic views of Fifth Avenue.

    1. Rating: 4.2 rating with 267 reviews

    2. Location: Midtown, Manhattan

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Bar SixtyFive

Rainbow Room’s Bar SixtyFive - Skip the Top of the Rock and head to the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza instead. Here you’ll find Bar SixtyFive with its panoramic views of Manhattan. The glamorous rooftop lounge has a wraparound open-air terrace where patrons can experience alfresco drinking and dining at 240 m up in the air. Make sure to get reservations in advance here.

    1. Rating: 4.4 rating with 295 reviews

    2. Location: Midtown, Manhattan

    3. Menu - Cocktails $16+, Beer $10+, Wine $15+

The Skylark

The Skylark - The Skylark is one of my go-to spots in the city. It is a sophisticated year-round destination for expertly crafted cocktails in a modern lounge setting with bewildering panoramic views of New York City. Elegantly furnished, the indoor lounge has glorious floor-to-ceiling windows, while the open-air rooftop terrace draws patrons with its expansive vistas of Times Square and the Empire State Building. I recommend ordering the “Borracho Amigo”. It is my favorite drink.

    1. 4.5 rating with 737 reviews

    2. Midtown, Manhattan

    3. Menu - Cocktails $18+, Beer $9+, Wine $13+


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