We have compiled a list with recommendations of the 5 top rooftop bars in NYC that offer the best views, service and atmosphere in the Big Apple.

New York is one of those cities that has captured and held the world’s fascination. With massive urban development, tall skyscrapers and its cultural offerings it remains one of the go-to travel destinations globally. NYC offers a thrilling array of activities, establishments and boasts with of the most beautiful skylines anywhere in the world.

It is, therefore, no surprise that New York welcomes over 60 million visitors annually. The city’s attractions are endless and there is always something to do, no matter the time – living up to its nickname ‘the city that never sleeps’.

Some interesting New York City facts

  • Going around topless in NYC is actually legal and it’s celebrated through the go topless day parade.
  • New York has the world’s first underground park.
  • New York City has 722 miles of subway track.
  • The New York public library has over 50 million books.
  • The federal reserve bank of NYC holds $90 billion gold in its reserves which remains the largest in the world.

Now, finding a good cocktail or mixologist in New York is no challenge, but being able to sip on your favourite tipple on a rooftop with a view of the skyline is every New York visitor’s dream.

There is something about a rooftop bar that just makes them irresistible, but a rooftop bar in NYC? It surely doesn’t get better than that. Enjoying a drink looking around the lit up city at night remains a wonderful experience and New York delivers this like no other.

We took the time to compare, explore and review the best rooftop bars in the Big Apple. We took into consideration the view, service, offering and most importantly, atmosphere.

List of the 5 Top rooftop bars in NYC

The Press Lounge

The Press Lounge rooftop bar is an amazing place to hang out and grab a drink with a stunning view of the city. Located on the 16th floor, they specialize in serving handcrafted cocktails. The Press Lounge has a very cosmopolitan feel and thanks to the outdoor pool it is easy to forget you are in a public space as it feels more like a swanky private penthouse-party.

From the rooftop, you get a spectacular view of the Hudson River and the iconic Manhattan skyline. This tops the list for the best rooftop bars in NYC. Being able to overnight at the luxurious Kimpton Ink48 Hotel remains an added advantage as the bar is located on its rooftop.

VERSA NYC

This amazing rooftop bar is conveniently located on the 5th floor of the Renaissance NYC Midtown Hotel. It features a spacious indoor restaurant, lounge and an amazing rooftop terrace.

From here you can enjoy an amazing view of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline while enjoying your favourite drink. They also serve a variety of food and snacks. From their cocktail selection, we highly recommend the Spring Mule. This deliciously refreshing drink consists of Grey Goose Vodka, Passion Fruit Purée, Sugar, Lemon and Ginger Beer.

St. Cloud Rooftop

You are definitely going to fall in love with St. Cloud Rooftop bar. It is located on the 17th floor of the hotel Knickerbocker at Time Square. This luxurious rooftop bar offers cocktails, craft beer and champagne by the bottle. This movie-like rooftop bar also boasts an exclusive rooftop cigar lounge.

The combination of incredible views and the craft cocktails create the perfect New York rooftop experience.

Le Bain at the Standard

If you believe in reincarnation then it’s safe to say that Le Bain is the rebirth of Studio 54. Not the overpublicized-celebrity-crowded aspect of it. Le Bain at the Standard embodies what made Studio 54 what it was. It is wild, free and self-expression is a must here.

Situated on the 18th floor the bar boasts with some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. It’s edgy, cool, free and very retro feel makes this our most creatively vibrant rooftop bar pick. This also remains the only rooftop bar on our list that has an indoor jacuzzi so be warned, the parties here are incredible!

Another warning is that the bar can get quite crowded so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. But as they say, the wait is well worth it.

230 Fifth

If it is the quintessential New York view you want then 230 Fifth is the spot for you. Located on the 20th floor, it offers a stunning view and expansive environment as it can accommodate over 1 000 people at a time.

Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop. They also serve a rooftop brunch buffet every weekend which really is a must do!

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