While the weather is nice, enjoy a few cold ones high above the city streets at some of the best rooftop bars and lounges in New York City. Sure, ground-floor venues may be a bit more accessible, but martinis and mojitos definitely taste better a few stories above sea level. Here are our picks for 5 of the best rooftop party bars in NYC.
The Roof at the Viceroy New York
The Roof's 29th-floor, 1,200-square-foot outdoor terrace pairs its open-air imbibing with wow-factor vistas out over the vast green expanse of Central Park, as well as up and on to mod Midtown towers like the Time Warner Center, and the futuristic, sky-scraping Park Hyatt. A rotating selection of inventive cocktails, incorporating market-fresh ingredients, include house signatures like the Spicy Paloma (white tequila, Thai chili, Aperol, and grapefruit soda). Read our full review of The Roof at the Viceroy New York.
In a city of superlatives, Bar 54, Manhattan's highest rooftop bar, strives to stand above the rest in more ways then one. Set on a 54th-floor perch atop the Hyatt Times Square, patrons here can pair handcrafted cocktails with sweeping skyline views spanning the Hudson to East Rivers and over the towers of Times Square. Order up craft cocktails driven by seasonal produce, fresh house-made syrups (i.e., lavender, raspberry, and ginger), and locally distilled spirits. Read our full review of Bar 54.
Roof Garden Bar at the Metropolitan Museum
For a more cultured rooftop drinking experience, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tour the latest exhibits and then head to the roof for a cold beer, a glass of fine wine, or a frozen margarita, paired with sweeping views out over Central Park. Access is from the museum's fifth floor, via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries. Note the rooftop is seasonal (May through October).
Salon de Ning at the Peninsula Hotel
Located on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel, splurge-worthy Salon de Ning was designed to evoke the glamour of 1930's Shanghai. Enjoy Asian-inspired cocktails and bites and a view of the Manhattan skyline from upper Fifth Avenue.
230 Fifth's year-round rooftop bar offers amazing views of the New York skyline, including the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. The roof is open 365 days a year and their rooftop garden bar is partially heated for those chilly nights.