What better way to relax on a sunny day in NYC than with an ice cold drink in hand as you overlook the city’s impressive skyline? Take a break from sightseeing or unwind in the evening with a romantic drink at one of the coolest rooftop bars that New York City has to offer. With so many different places to choose from, we’ve picked 6 of our favourites to help you decide:
The Loopy Doopy Rooftop:
If the name alone isn’t enough to entice you through the doors of The Conrad Hotel, their speciality Prosecco and Ice Pop cocktails are sure to do the trick. Offering the perfect way to cool down from the heat, try a blueberry peach, strawberry lemongrass or empire apple flavoured ice lolly infused in a glass of prosecco. Enjoy the warm summer nights from the 16th floor of the Conrad Hotel with the perfect view of Lady Liberty welcoming you to the city in the background.
Where? The Conrad Hotel
Roof Garden Café & Martini Bar:
Image credit: The Met Museum Instagram
This rooftop bar is great to visit during the day as its opening hours match those of the museum. Why not head to the roof for a refreshing cocktail after admiring the artwork inside? This summer, you’ll also be able to take in the fascinating artwork from the roof, and this piece is something you might just recognise. The new addition stands at 30-foot-tall, and is a replica of the iconic barn from the horror movie Psycho! Enjoy beer, wine and light bites at a bar where there’s more than just drinks waiting for you at the top.
Where? The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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For food, drinks and incredible views right in the heart of Manhattan, 230 Fifth is the place to be. Make the most of the stunning panoramic views from the city’s largest rooftop garden and watch it come to life as the sun sets. Savour tasty dishes like a classic American beef burger, fish & chips and honey glazed chicken strips finished off with a mouth-watering crumbly chocolate brownie. Afterwards, wash it all down with an ice-cold martini! For something a bit different, why not try the weekend brunch buffet for an unlimited feast?
If you’re planning a holiday to New York outside of summer, this rooftop oasis is still a great place to come for drinks. Step inside heated inflatable igloos on the rooftop deck and enjoy an evening of tasty food and drink from the comfort of your own igloo, that features a TV and a bottle of champagne!
Where? 230 5th Avenue
Top of the Strand:
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If you want to see the Empire State Building, you can’t get a better view than this! Located in Midtown Manhattan, you’re right in the middle of the action. Take a seat at one of the wooden benches on the 21st floor and prepare for a front-row seat of the dazzling Empire State light show. Gaze out over the illuminated city for spectacular views that you’ll never forget. Serving beer, wine, champagne and delicious cocktails, there’s plenty to choose from. Our favourite is the ‘Never-ending Summer’ cocktail…if only!
Where? The Strand Hotel
Pod 39 Rooftop:
Image credit: Pod 39 Hotel
Pod 39 is a beautiful rooftop bar where the striking gaps in the architecture offer windows to the city. The picturesque surroundings make this bar really stand out from the rest. By day marvel at the mesmerising sights of skyscrapers and famous landmarks without even having to get up from your table, and as night falls, strings of fairy lights illuminate the rooftop area, creating the ultimate cosy atmosphere. Just a short walk from Grand Central Station, you can easily visit this bar from anywhere in the city.
Where? Pod 39 Hotel
Upstairs Rooftop Lounge:
Image credit: Upstairs at The Kimberley
This is an ideal location for a romantic evening in the city. The plush décor, sparkling fairy lights and ivy-covered walls make the perfect atmosphere for a date underneath the stars. Look straight ahead and you’ll see the gleaming Chrysler Building in the distance, or walk around the bar to fully appreciate the amazing 360 degree views. The heated wooden floors and retractable glass roof make this bar perfect for enjoying whatever the weather. Dine on small plates of olives, mac & cheese and burger sliders followed by none other than the signature cocktail ‘The Chrysler’!
Where? The Kimberley Hotel
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