Start Spreading the Views
The concept of rooftop bars first began to emerge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when new technologies allowed for the construction of taller buildings. As the skyline of cities rose, people began to take advantage of the added elevation by constructing bars on the rooftops of buildings. The trend really took off in the early 1920’s in New York. At that time, the city was teeming with speakeasies and nightclubs, and rooftop bars began to pop up as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Today there are still lot’s of great spots where groups can be a part of the most famous skyline in the world while enjoying an insider’s view of it. Here are some great options:
1. The Roof At Park South
A spectacular, unobstructed view of the City skyline accompanied by impeccable cocktails by Ivan Papic and a globally inspired menu by Michelin-Star and James Beard Award-winning chef Bryce Shuman combine to create a truly unique rooftop experience. The Roof at Park South is open mid-April to November.
2. The Press Lounge
Perched 16 stories above its sister venue, Print Restaurant, The Press Lounge is one of New York’s best rooftop destinations offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River year-round. Seasonal cocktails and local wines complement small plates and house-made accompaniments.
3. Somewhere Nowhere NYC
Looking for rooftop where your group can have a pool party? This two-level indoor lounge and open air rooftop pool venue, Somewhere Nowhere NYC sits at the top of the Renaissance NY Chelsea Hotel on the 38/39th floors. The venue offers guests a unique escape from the busy streets and sounds of NYC without having to leave the city.
4. Gallow Green
Your group will find it hard to believe they’re on a rooftop in the middle of New York City when they visit Gallow Green, one of the city’s best-kept secrets atop The McKittrick Hotel. Experience a whimsical and flourishing garden escape with seasonal cocktails and a delicious rooftop brunch.
5. Top of The Standard
Currently open for private events only, Top of the Standard in the Standard High Line Hotel, offers groups dramatic city views and is one of the best spots to enjoy watching the sun set. In the afternoon, groups can enjoy tea and drinks amid spectacular sunlit views. In the evening, live jazz music, a small-plate menu, and specialty cocktails turn the room into the city’s most sophisticated supper lounge.
6. The Skylark
Set thirty stories above ground in the heart of Times Square, The Skylark is an upscale, all-seasons cocktail lounge with views of some of the city’s most iconic locales—including the Empire State Building, Hudson River, Edge at Hudson Yards, Chrysler Building, One Vanderbilt and Times Square New Year’s Ball. Featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding windows and a mix of private nooks and communal seating, the multi-level interiors are a stylish backdrop for private functions.
7. Monarch Rooftop
The Monarch Rooftop is a 5,000 square foot bar hundreds of feet above West 35th Street in Herald Square. Located on the 18th floor penthouse, this rooftop lounge offers both a corporate and social atmosphere, with a view of the iconic Empire State Building that is second to none.
8. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
The Conrad New York Downtown’s swanky rooftop lounge, Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar has a lot to offer – be it glamorous views of the city, upscale ambiance, impressive service and stellar offerings, not to mention, a great view of the Statue of Liberty. The seasonal dining destination is open only between April and October.
9. Cantina Rooftop
A year-round rooftop oasis with panoramic views of New York City, Cantina Rooftop mixes Modern Mexican food with a festive & vivacious atmosphere. a modern Mexican menu from Chef Saul Montiel and eclectic selection of specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails.
10. Upstairs at the Kimberly
A unique indoor/outdoor roof top lounge 30 stories high atop the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Upstairs at the Kimberly offers unparalleled views of the iconic Chrysler Building and can accommodate up to 200 guests. There is also a private media lounge for smaller groups of 40 or less that is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual media, its own bar, and oversized windows offering Northern and Eastern views.