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Best Heated Rooftop Bars in NYC

Sept. 24, 2015, 7:50 p.m.

Best Heated Rooftop Bars in NYC

Manhattan’s high life is hotter than most cities in the United States during the summer and the colder seasons are no exception to the NYC nightlife. Denver has a picturesque Rocky Mountain background, and Seattle has the famed Space Needle. But then again NYC has a growing number of excellent hotel rooftop lounges with panoramic skyline sights. Now that the fall and winter seasons are approaching, the regular NYC rooftop party goers should know where the heat will be turned on at many of these bars. Now winterized with heat lamps, tents, or covered with glass and retractable roofs. So drinkers can capture the outdoor spirit and sip a “Mad Mojito” without the freezing chill.

Rooftop Crawl has compiled a list of popular rooftop venues where you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the cheerful ambiance.

1. Empire Hotel – Rooftop

Location: West 63rd Street
Views: of Lincoln Center
Atmosphere: upscale
Space design: wraparound terraces, indoor lounge
Decor/Features: modern, earthtone motif

2. Ink 48 Hotel – Press Lounge

Location/ # Floor: West 48th Street/16th floor
Views: of Hudson River and sunsets
Atmosphere: upscale
Size of space: holds up to 172 patrons
Decor/Features: large deck with reflecting pool, portable fireplace

3. Sanctuary Hotel – Haven Bar
Location: West 47th Street (not far from Super Bowl Blvd., on Broadway from 37-47 Sts)
Views: of midtown NYC
Atmosphere: casual
Size of space: 2,500 square feet
Decor/Features: tented and heated, cabanas, greenery

4. Refinery29 Hotel Roortop
Location: West 38th Street (not far from Super Bowl Blvd.)
Views: of Empire State Building
Atmosphere: trendy
Decor/Features: brick fireplace, wood paneled

5. Strand Hotel – Top of the Strand
Location/ # Floor: West 37th Street/21st floor (not far from Super Bowl Blvd.)
Views: of NYC midtown skyline
Atmosphere: chic, casual
Decor/Features: retractable roof

6. Marriott Courtyard – Monarch Lounge
Location: West 35th Street (not far from Super Bowl Blvd.)
Views: of Empire State Building (also image upper left)
Atmosphere: casual
Size of space: 5,000 square feet, holds up to 500 patrons
Decor/Features: Outdoor enclosed terrace, glass ceilinged indoor bar

Midtown East

7. Peninsula Hotel – Salon de Ning
Location: 5th Avenue and 55th Street
Views: of midtown NYC, MoMA sculpture garden
Atmosphere: luxury, chic
Space design: 2 large outdoor terraces and lounge
Decor/Features: Asian influences, Shanghai deco, art collection

8. Kimberly Hotel – Upstairs
Location/ # Floor: East 50th Street, 31st floor
Views: wraparound vistas includes Chrysler Building and East River (also image upper right)
Atmosphere: upscale
Space design/Size: 3 separate indoor/outdoor areas, 3,000 square feet, holds up to 250 patrons
Decor/Features: greenery, fireplace, heat lamps, 2 flatscreen TVs for Super Bowl Sunday

9. Roosevelt Hotel – Mad46
Location/ # Floor: East 46th Street/19th floor
Views: of western midtown NYC
Atmosphere: upscale
Space design: glassed-in indoor lounge
Decor/Features: home of the ‘Mad Mojito’
* Private events only in winter

10. Library Hotel – Bookmarks
Location/ # Floor: East 41st Street/14th floor
Views: cityscapes of midtown NYC
Atmosphere: casual salon style
Decor/Features: high ceilinged greenhouse

Flatiron, Gramercy, Fashion, Meatpacking Districts

11. Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue – Rooftop
Location/ # Floor: East 29th Street/ 20th floor
Views: of Empire State Building
Atmosphere: trendy
Space design: 6 separate areas, atrium style
Decor/Features: pool, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, wraparound terraces

12. Hilton Fashion District – Rare View Rooftop
Location: West 26th Street
Views: 360 degree views of NYC skyline
Atmosphere: casual
Space design: wraparound glass enclosed terraces
Decor/Features: hosts Game Day events

13. Gramercy Park Hotel – Gramercy Terrace
Location/ # Floor: East 21st Street/18th floor
Views: of Gramercy Park, downtown skyline
Atmosphere: luxury, chic
Size of space: 1,500 square feet, multiple areas hold up to 250 patrons
Decor/Features: outside gardens, interior salons, modern artworks
* Private events only year-round

14. Gansevoort Hotel – Meatpacking – the Plunge
Location/ # Floor: on 9th Avenue near Hudson Street/15th floor
Views: 360 degrees of Hudson River and sunsets
Atmosphere: trendy
Space design: wraparound balconies
Decor/Features: indoor loft, DJ booth

Downtown: SoHo and Lower East Side

15. Hotel Chantelle – Rooftop
Location: Ludlow Street, lower east side
Views: of downtown NYC
Atmosphere: casual
Decor/Features: hotel in name only, picnic style benches

16. Jimmy at the James Hotel
Location/ # Floor: Thompson Street in SoHo/18th floor
Views: 360 degree vistas river to river, Wall Street, Brooklyn Bridge
Atmosphere: trendy
Decor/Features: pool deck, working fireplaces, enclosed bar


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