"Summertime when the living is easy" ... spending a summernight on one of New York's Rooftop bars just about beats everything. But there are so many, it's hard to choose. The one rooftop is hotter than hot, the other is more easy going. We proudly present our favorites. Don't forget to bring your ID and dress nicely. The better you look the more chance you'll have of getting in (it's not unusual to have to wait in line for an hour during around midnight).
(photo credit 230 fifth rooftop bar)
230 Fifth rooftop bar - dowtown Manhattan
The Penthouse Lounge is at the top floor. A huge bar with lots of windows. For an even more amazing view take the steps up to The Rooftop Garden. See the Empire State and Chrysler Building on one side and take a look at Downtown and the WTC on the other side. The place is usually packed in the weekends. Be prepared to stand in line, especially after 11 pm.
Rooftop bar The Ides (in het Wythe Hotel) in Brooklyn
Rooftop bar The Ides is at the Sixth Floor of the Wythe hotel (80 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn - easily reached by taking the grey L to Bedford Avenue. The view on the Manhattan Skyline is awesome.
Sky Room (in the Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel) - midtown Manhattan
Close to Times Square on the 33rd and 34th Floor of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel. This rooftopbar has several bars on various levels.
Gansevoort Hotel, Zerzura Rooftop Bar & Lounge in Meatpacking District
This cool rooftop is a great spot for a drink and bit to eat after a long day in New York. Reservations are a must. The place is very popular especially in the weekends. Best chance of getting in without have to wait in line is anytime before 11 pm. It gets more crowded after that and the line is usually the longest around 01.00 am.
Jimmy (in hotel The James) in SoHo
Go up the steps and take the elevator to the small but chique and hip rooftop with its beautiful terrace and inside bar. The terrace at the Garden, on the second Floor of the Jimmy, is a great spot for a wonderful lunch.
The Boom Boom Room (in The Standard Hotel) in Meatpacking District
The hotel is one of the hippest and coolest in the world, according to many. The rooftopbar is hotter dan hot. Decorations are spectacular and the views are magnificant. Le Bain, on the other side of the elevator is where you go if you feel like dancing.
Maybe you'd like to join a Rooftop Bar Crawl? That way you'll get to experience 3 rooftop bars and learn more about New York from a local! Skip the line is included! Check out the details here.
Have a good one!