By Lisa Crawford


A summer day or night isn’t quite as relaxing without a tasty cocktail in hand. And what better way to enjoy an ice cold beverage than al fresco? Rooftop bars not only add atmosphere to your day or night, they also make for a fun and lively way to imbibe your favorite drinks. Mojitos, margaritas or mixed cocktails, we’ve got the perfect places to celebrate this summer.

The Press Lounge


If you’re hanging out at Ink48, you have to head upstairs to the Press Lounge. Taking in the spectacular Manhattan skyline views is just half of the draw to this posh rooftop bar. The excellent wine list and mouthwatering cheese plate makes this an ideal spot to take business associates out on the town. Keep in mind, there is a dress code, but with the awesome views and comfortable banquets, you won’t mind. Guests have raved about the Lao made with passionfruit purée. Yum!

Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West 653 11th Ave 
(212) 757-2224

Cantina Rooftop


Talk about a lively atmosphere! This gorgeous garden like rooftop bar will keep the party going well after the sun goes down. With its vibrant colors and futuristic seating, you are sure to feel like you’ve walked into a whole new world.  Whether it’s Paraiso or Sangria, Cantina will have the drink to wet your whistle. And after sipping on a few cocktails, add an appetizer of Yellow Fin Tuna Tostaditas to your night. We hear it’s spectacular.

Hell’s Kitchen  605 W 48th St
(212) 957-1700

Alma Restaurant


If you are looking for the best views of the Brooklyn Bridge, look no further than Alma Restaurant. The spectacular sights will mesmerize you as you dine al fresco in the warm summer air. Whether you are sitting under a canopy at a wood top table or on a soft banquet gazing at the Manhattan skyline, you are sure to enjoy your view. A pitcher of Margaritas is a fun way to get your evening going. Dishes like Chicken Enchiladas with pumpkin seed sauce or the delicious guacamole to munch on keep guests satisfied. And for dessert? The Flan has been called, “out of this world!”

Columbia Street Waterfront District
187 Columbia St., Brooklyn
(718) 643-5400

Berry Park


If you consider yourself cool and laid-back, then Berry Park is going to be your new summer watering hole. The simple atmosphere leaves way for the delicious drinks like the Huckleberry lemonade! Berry Park also has a great assortment of hoppy German beers. And for an added bit of ambiance, check out the tables made out of kegs. This place is really fun!

Williamsburg – North Side
4 Berry St., Brooklyn
(718) 782-2829

Refinery Rooftop


Swanky and chic, this popular midtown watering hole is the ideal spot for a celebration with friends. With remarkable views of our vibrant city, this bar is sure to get you in the mood for some fun. Customers boast that Refinery Rooftop’s food is every bit as good as the view. Try the kale salad, beef sliders, and the spinach and blue crab dip to start. Add on a Ribeye for your entrée. And as far as dessert goes, try the Derby Caddy watermelon cocktail. It will be just the refreshment you need to end a perfect night out.

Midtown at 63 West 38th St.
(646) 664-0372

Loopy Doopy  Rooftop Bar


Looking for a Sunday “Fun day” escape? Loopy Doopy has modern and upscale meets funky and relaxing written all over it. And as an added bonus, revert back to childhood with a Prosecco Pop! Nothing will cool you down faster than a popsicle made of delicious prosecco in amazing flavors like blackberry gimlet,  raspberry basil, smash peach, chamomile punch, red plum, or  sour pick me up pear. You are going to love this place!

102 North End Ave. 
(646) 769-4250


VU Rooftop Bar


The vibe at VU Rooftop Bar is casual meets relaxing. We know in New York that Happy Hour is the best hour, but with these great drink prices and a tasty happy hour menu, plus a fantastic view of the Empire State Building, you really can’t go wrong. Also if you check in on Facebook, you can get a free house shot!

Koreatown, Midtown 17 W. 32nd St.
(212) 991-8842

Gallow Green


Imagine yourself having a romantic afternoon in a secret garden and you might get close to the beauty that is Gallow Green. Quaint and intimate doesn’t even begin to describe this picturesque haven.  We hear the Sleep No More cocktail (vodka with rose water, orange blossom and spice liqueur) is the perfect drink for a summer night.  And if you are a bit hungry, the Tuna Crudo and Charred Octopus appetizers are amazing.

Chelsea 542 W 27th St. 
(212) 564-1662

The Delancey


It’s hard to imagine having an intimate feel on a rooftop bar, but The Delancey manages to do just that. The beautiful plush gardens and the lively fountain make for the kind of ambiance that will only enhance your NYC evening. If dancing is on your agenda, the reggae is great and throughout the week, local DJs spin the hottest beats. The Delancey is great for birthday parties due to its fun atmosphere and “fabulous” cocktails.

Lower East Side 168 Delancey St.
(212) 254-9920

Roof at Park


South The soft glow of the romantic lights around you will be an enticing environment for a cocktail after work. This spot is great for grabbing a drink with friends and celebrating summertime. Known for its delicious bar food like pizza and wings, Roof at Park South also has decently priced cocktails that won’t break the bank. Patrons say you have to try the Watermelon Hibiscus Lime Popsicle. And if you are visiting at night, the fireplace is a nice touch to the ambiance.

Flatiron 125 E 27th St.
(212) 204-5222


Top of the Strand

Tots 2798-3

This glamourous rooftop bar gives New Yorkers an up close and personal view of the Empire State Building. In addition to the view, the staff at the hotel is extremely nice and friendly. Good music makes for a great atmosphere! The drinks are a bit pricey, but nothing out of the ordinary for a New York evening. All in all, you will have an entertaining night.

Midtown West 33 W 37th St.
(646) 368-6426


Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar


This larger than life rooftop bar is sure to catch your attention. The architecture alone makes this place stand out to even the most savvy of New Yorkers. The redbrick gives off a turn of the century feel, with a modern and funky twist. Not only is the décor great, there are spectacular views of the Chrysler Building. This rooftop has a good range of drinks including wine, beer and specialty cocktails. Don’t forget to eat! Both the guacamole and the tacos are fantastic!

Midtown East 45 E 39th St.
(212) 865-5800


The Skylark


Gorgeous and elegant, the Skylark is well-known among the New York elite. The ambiance is what draws guest in with its leather couches, floor to ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking midtown views and chandelier lighting that illuminates every spot giving this lounge a soft glow. Luckily, once you are upstairs, the rest of your evening will be just as good. Appetizers like the sliders and short ribs are delicious. The guacamole is also tasty and the cheese board has all the trimmings. Be sure to try the Fort Knox made of bourbon, reposado mezcal, and yellow chartreuse honey syrup. It is so yummy, you may just order two.

Midtown West 
200 W. 39th St.
(212) 257-4577