8 rooftop bars with unbeatable views in NYC

Welcome to the land of endless rooftop bars. As far as skylines rank, New York is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers and best outdoor hangouts. When it comes to drinking and dining, what’s better than a dreamy skyline backdrop?

After our recent visit to the Big Apple, here’s our personal roundup of where to score the best views (and cocktails – duh):

8 A.R.T NoMad

If you’re terrified of heights – this rooftop will either break you or break you out of your phobia. We’re talking about the “sky walk” glass floor installation, 31 stories above the ground at A.R.T. NoMad.

Luckily, there are plenty of hangout areas sans glass bottoms where you can snack on Middle Eastern-style tapas, and sip your way through Arlo’s stellar cocktail menu.

Where | 11 E. 31st Street, New York

Photo Cred | @mascha_krylova

7 Mr. Purple

On the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo, this trendy, Lower East Side terrace has an artist loft vibe and even has its own swimming pool! The food menu features items like tuna tartare, fish tacos, and prosciutto flatbread while the cocktail menu puts a spin on classics and also spotlights refreshing specialty cocktails unique to Mr.Purple.

If visiting for the first time, make sure to try the Casamigos Frozen Marg made up of  Casamigos blanco tequila, cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave.  Sooooo good.

Where | 180 Orchard Street, New York

Photo Cred | @mrpurplenyc

6 PHD Lounge

One of the better known rooftops in the city, PHD is a hot spot for the young, the fun and the ready to spend. This upscale joint has a slightly pretentious aura and isn’t cheap (be prepared to pay cover) but the million dollar view of the Manhattan skyline is worth experiencing. Also one of the best spots in the city to meet new people if you’re single or travelling solo.

Tip: Dress to impress.

Where | 355 W 16th Street, New York

Photo Cred | @phdrooftopny

5 230 Fifth Rooftop

If we could only choose one rooftop to hit up over and over again, chances are high it would be this one. 1) It’s massive. 2) It’s always busy. 3) THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IS LITERALLY YOUR BACKDROP. Guaranteed you’ll be the envy of all your IG friends.

Need we say more?

Where | 230 Fifth Avenue, New York

Photo Cred | @230fifthrooftop

4 Dumbo House

If you happen to have a Soho House membership or have a buddy that does – consider yourself lucky.  The rooftop at Dumbo House is nothing short of breathtaking, so close to the Brooklyn Bridge – you can almost touch it.  Slight exaggeration but you get our drift.

An exclusive hangout for creative types including celebrities, the outdoor garden terrace features a center bar while the 40 foot rooftop pool overlooks Manhattan and the East River.

Where | 55 Water Street, Brooklyn

Photo Cred | @candice_cameron

3 The Williamsburg Hotel

A Brooklyn oasis, The Williamsburg Hotel rooftop opened in 2018. Literally on top of a water tower, this outdoor space is luxe to the max and amenities include an outdoor pool, bar, cafe and priceless views on views.  Day passes are available for $65 Mon-Thurs, and $100 Fri-Sun. Lounge chairs, daybeds, and cabanas are also available.

Important to note: Pool hours are from 8am to 10pm, with exclusive access granted only to hotel guests until 12pm. Based on availability.

Where | 96 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

Photo Cred | @wburghotel

2 Z Roof

Sometimes you have to get out of the city in order to see the city. Such is the case at Z Roof at Z NYC Hotel.  This 5,000 sq ft Long Island City rooftop has a playful, laid-back feel with bright pops of color and the friendliest staff.

Hands down, one of the best spots in New York City for a 360 panoramic view.

Where | 11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City

Photo Cred | @znychotel

1 Westlight at the William Vale

With a postcard worthy skyline, the 22nd-floor rooftop bar atop the The William Vale in Williamsburg is an essential add-on to any NYC bucket-list. Hang out in the lounge or grab a spot outdoors – either way, the view, as New Yorkers would say is “mad”.

Where | 111 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn

Photo Cred | @westlightnyc

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