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The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

The best rooftops, whether you’re looking to relax or party, or something in between.

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“I’m just so sick of all these rooftop bars with glorious skyline views”—said Nobody. Ever.

New York City is famous for both its beautiful skyline as well as its bustling nightlife. Pair these two together and you’ve got the best rooftop bars in the city. There’s simply no better way to spend your beautiful summer nights than by embracing the Manhattan skyline while sipping cocktails with your girlfriends. And while the selection may be overwhelming (NYC has hundreds of rooftop bars), we’ve narrowed the list down to the ten best evening rooftop bars.

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

Urbanette has your complete guide to New York City’s most luxurious and fun rooftop bars on the following pages:

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 28 Comments

  1. Grace Stirling

    Was here for a friend’s birthday party with some close friends. I was super excited about the Delancey Rooftop Garden because it looked like such a cool and unique place to hang out with friends. The people are friendly and the energy is high. There’s trees and it turned out exactly what I thought it would be: a spacious, comfy and tropical setting for chilling out. Overall, cool spot if you are in the area.

  2. Elsie Spurlock

    Every year brings a spate of new rooftop bars to the city. When summer rolls around here in NYC, we and visitors alike love spending time outside. Preferably with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Everywhere you’ll look in New York there’s no shortage of awesome views to enjoy. Thank you for guiding me and others.

  3. Okay, personal observation, you might agree or disagree, rooftop bars are places where these people meet: professionals, prima donna types, trust-fund babies, regulars (like me) and tourists!

  4. One thing I’ve learned about rooftop bars: If you just want to chill, relax and not fond of big groups, go early! You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the space and take pictures! But if you’re in the mood for partying, then go late! (of course you have to check on the opening and closing hours to know early and late times… LOL)

    I usually go early!

  5. I love rooftop bars with pool! Thanks for including in your list 😉

  6. In my search for the “NYC best rooftop bar,” I try to google and compare recommendations of various articles. And I noticed that Gallow Green is always part of the list. I guess, it’s a must visit place for me in my upcoming trip to NYC. I’d like to commend you for you have the most fantastic photos, great job! (I’ve checked out 6 articles).

  7. I know for a fact that rooftop bars are “staple” for summer in NYC, but I wonder, which rooftop bars are for “all-season?” You mentioned Gallow converting into a rustic ski-lodge atmosphere during winter and Upstairs at Kimberly Hotel offering a good time regardless of the weather, but do you have addition to these two?

  8. Thank you for sharing great information about NYC! Rooftop bars give stunning views of the area (and that’s what I love about these places). I’ve visited a number of these but not in NYC! Reading this article got me excited! Will definitely check at least 2 from this list when I got the chance to visit NYC!

    • Magalie Kengert

      What was your best experience so far with rooftop bars? I was in Tokyo last summer but I regret that I haven’t been in a rooftop restaurant there, they looked amazing…

  9. Great photos! I felt like I was able to visit these rooftop bars, I find them beautiful, breathtaking and romantic 😉

  10. To answer your question: “Have you been to these; what did you think?”

    I’ve been to Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel a number of times (with friends). I love the ethereal, charmingly overgrown garden party vibe of the place! I also think that it’s 360(degree) view of NYC is fantastic!

    • Marvin Culman

      Thanks for your review, I always thought I should go there and now I’m almost convinced lol! I love how it looks with this big garden… What about the prices there?

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