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Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

April 16, 2015, 11:25 a.m.

The spring is here, and summer is just around the corner NYC! Tourists and local New Yorkers enjoy spending time taking in the fresh air while savoring a good cocktail amongst some of the best rooftop views in the state. Elevated New York City rooftop bars are one of the trendiest pastimes during the warmer months. With so many venues to choose from, it’s essential to know the prime places around town. Here is a list of the ten best rooftop bars in NYC (in no particular order).
Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Bar 54

Rooftop Bar 54 is located on the 54th floor at the top of the Hyatt in Times Square. Overlooking the busy city is this welcoming venue filled with plenty of seating, an outdoor fireplace, and a lit up ceiling. The décor contains plenty of wood and glass giving this location a very modern chic appeal.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Level R Rooftop Bar at Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel’s affluent rooftop bar located on the 12th floor is a lustrous outdoor lounge where the who’s who of New York enjoy fancy cocktails, beer, and wine while enjoying the Central Park scenery in the background.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

The Roof Bar

Located on the 29th floor of the stunning Viceroy New York is this elegant outdoor terrace slash lounge with picturesque views of the Big Apple. This rooftop bar offers some of the top cocktails in the City along with global wines and local beers.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

The Ides Rooftop Bar

One of NYC’s hottest rooftop bars is located at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where you can enjoy the gleaming Manhattan lights and skyscrapers. This upscale hotel has spectacular service at their bar filled with top-notch alcoholic beverages.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

The Z Bar Rooftop at Z Hotel

There is no better venue to enjoy panoramic views of the Manhattan Skyline than The Z Rooftop Bar located in Long Island City. This 5,000 square foot lounge is located at The Z Hotel where signature cocktails are served, and the fun never stops. This rooftop bar is one of the top locations right outside the city where you can relax and enjoy the delightful views and unpretentious service with your favorite people.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Cloud bar at Citizen M Hotel

There is no other rooftop bar as artsy and stylish as the one sitting on the rooftop of the CitizenM Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Although this venue is only available for hotel guests and private events, it’s well worth the booking if what you are looking for is a city styled locale with European flair.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel

Long Island City’s upscale rooftop bar Penthouse808 is yet another hot lounge that offers incredible views of the skyline in addition to some of the best Asian-fusion cuisine and distinctive cocktails the city has to offer. You can enjoy swordfish skewers & lobster dumplings while you sip on your favorite drinks.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

The Rock Shop

If casual and unpretentious is what you’re seeking, then The Rock Shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn is where you want to head to when the weather permits. One of the only rooftop bars in NYC that offers live music every day at this split-level venue. The tasty bar food will keep you coming back to the 4th Avenue saloon to unwind.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Juliette Rooftop Bar

Your friends did not lie to you when they said Paris moved to Brooklyn when this French bistro moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Juliette Restaurant offers a delicious menu with excellent views at their garden roof deck. The service at this rooftop bar is rated in a class of its own.

Top 10 NYC Rooftop Bars and Lounges

La Piscine Rooftop Bar

This popular rooftop bar in Chelsea is where sky high sippin’ meets Mediterranean grill on a night where you need three different tequila menus to choose from. Located at the Hotel Americano, this bar & grill offers a small pool that may go unnoticed when you set your drink buds on the tempting tequila.

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