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When visiting New York you must visit a rooftop! New York is all about the rooftops, enjoy a delicious cocktail and take in spectacular views of the best rooftops New York has to offer. Here is a list of my personal favorites of best rooftops in Manhattan!

1. The Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar – (102 North End Ave: Battery Park) Rooftop of the Conrad Hotel. Very small but has the best alcoholic drinks with a popsicle to help cool you down during the hot summer days.

Loopy Doopy

2. The Jane Rooftop – (113 Jane St: West Village) Located at the Jane Hotel, this was a well kept secret! For the first two years the only way to visit the rooftop was to have a reservation. It’s a fairly small space but it’s a beautiful way to relax and enjoy the sunset.

The Jane Rooftop

3. SixtyFive Bar – (30 Rockefeller Plaza: Midtown) Located on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Building. Tip – save money and go here instead of Top of the Rock for the same exact views for FREE!!! This is probably my favorite view when it comes to best rooftops in Manhattan!

SixtyFive Bar

4. Press Lounge –  (653 11th Ave: Hell’s Kitchen) Rooftop of Ink48 Hotel. Along the west side, Press Lounge is upscale and has spectacular night views and a personal favorite.

Press Lounge

Photo by The Every Girl

5. Le Bain at the Standard – (848 Washington St: Meat Packing) Rooftop of the Standard Hotel is a great place to lounge on pink beds and colorful seats. This is one of the funnest rooftops and best for summer afternoons. During the summer they have summer events with music. This is also one of my favorite rooftops to take my visitors.

The Standard Le Bain Rooftop

Photo by The Standard Hotels

6. Jimmy at the James – (15 Thompson St: Soho) Rooftop on top of The James Hotel in Soho has a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center. There’s also a pool right in the middle of the rooftop.

Jimmy at the James

Photo by: @jimmyatthejames

7. Roof Garden Café at The Met – (1000 5th Ave: Upper East Side) Located at the Roof Garden Cafe at the Metropolitan Museum is a lovely place for happy hour or a great break from wandering the museum. Amazing views of Central Park!!

The Met Rooftop

8. The Skylark – (200 W 39th St: Midtown) Awesome rooftop in Midtown with great food and drinks. Pretty large space so it’s great for large parties and a night out.

The Skylark


9. Gallow Green Rooftop – (542 W 27th St: Chelsea) Open during the summer with a green garden. Located in the Mckittrick Hotel, home of “Sleep No More”.

10. Refinery Rooftop – (63 W 38th St: Midtown) Trendy and great for happy hour after work!

11. The Monarch Rooftop (71 W 35th St: Midtown) Upscale and low key rooftop in Midtown

12. Bar 54 at the Hyatt – (135 W 45th St: Times Square) On the 54th floor of the Hyatt Hotel with amazing views of Times Square

13. St Cloud – (6 Times Square: Times Square) Upscale bar at the Knickerbocker Hotel Rooftop

14. The Rooftop Lounge at Pod 39 – (145 E 39th St: Midtown East) Really cute vibe and has a great Mexican restaurant on the ground floor

15. 230 Fifth – (230 5th Ave: Flatiron) Very popular for young professionals with a great view of the Empire State Building and has a beautiful greenery setting

16. Bar Hugo – (525 Greenwich St: Tribeca) Stylish rooftop at Hotel Hugo

17. The Empire Rooftop – (44 W 63rd St: Upper West Side) Located at the Empire Hotel this is a great happy hour spot and they play live music

There are so many to choose from and even I haven’t had a chance to visit them all! Please let me know what are your favorite Manhattan Rooftops!

17 Best Rooftops in Manhattan


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  • Tami

    August 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I sure wish I’d had this list when we were there last year! Tell me, is it free to visit any of the rooftop bars? Or must you order something in order to see the view? I could definitely see why Press Lounge was one of your favorites!

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Tami, they’re all free!!! They don’t make you purchase anything but some of them may take awhile to get in during nights. I usually like going a little earlier so I get in before the crowds. Hope you get to go back to NY to visit the rooftops!

  • Mindi Hirsch

    August 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I had no idea that there are so many rooftop bars in Manhattan now. I can’t wait to return to NYC and check them out in person.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      There is so many more that I didn’t put on the list either! I hope you get to go back to NY soon and experience them!

  • Charles McCool

    August 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I am almost ready to book a 2 week New York City stay just to try all of these wonderful suggestions.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Haha it will be well worth the stay!

  • Lara Dunning

    August 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Great list and in the summer having a drink on the roof with a view is so nice. I love the idea of a drink with a popsicle.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

      It really is! It’s one of the best things and one of the things I miss most about NY.

  • Vicky and Buddy

    August 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I can’t wait to go back to New York and check some of these out!

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      You will enjoy them!

  • Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler

    August 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    In all the times I’ve been to NYC, I haven’t yet been to a rooftop bar in Manhattan. I do love the rooftop bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Fantastic view of Manhattan skyline! I’ll have to share this post with my sister. Next time I visit her we’ll have to grab rooftop drinks at one of these bars!

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      I love the Wythe Hotel Rooftop! It’s a great view of Manhattan. I hope you get to visit a few of these rooftops the next time you’re in NY =)

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