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The Best Rooftop Bars in New York City

Nicole Cueto

Nothing beats the view of the New York City skyline from the top of any of its buildings. And if you have a drink in your hand, you'll feel you can touch the sky (almost literally!)

Rooftop bars are the latest trend in New York City. When summer arrives, New Yorkers and visitors alike celebrate warm evenings perched high above the “City That Never Sleeps”. Way above the typical mayhem of the city sits the magic of Manhattan – some of the finest rooftop bars in New York.

These swanky sipping saloons are lavish and luxurious and boast some of the most picturesque panoramas you’ll ever lay your eyes on. As a matter of fact, every time I stop into one of these splendid spots, I can’t help but feel like floating on a cloud (actually, I might just be physically close enough).

Now, as I’m sure you can imagine, there are plenty of places claiming redefined rooftop respite, but these New York City “top” spots make the coveted list for obvious—and some not-so-obvious—reasons. Here are the top New York City rooftop bars!

Le Bain at the Standard

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High above the High Line is the Standard’s raging rooftop. The views of the Hudson alone are worth the wait (and hassle with the doorman), but the beautiful people stepping and sipping on deck don’t hurt either. Don’t forget to bring your deep pockets and your fabulous fashion…here, the doorman means business! And if you can make your way into the Boom Boom Room (the Standard’s indoor retro-inspired VIP room) for a glass of sunset champagne, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Jimmy at the James

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Trying to beat the Summer Heat? While the James’ rooftop pool and breezy deck at Jimmy might cool you down, this place is one of New York City’s hottest spots. Situated in Soho, Jimmy is a jumping joint with laid-back beats, luscious libations and vast views of the Hudson. But just like Le Bain, you’ll have to dazzle the doorman if you want to make it to the top!

The Roof at the Viceroy

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Ah, Central Park—the scenic scape spanning more than 843 acres in this concrete jungle we call home. And while it’s hard to resist any views of this luscious landscape, just imagine a bird’s eye view of it! Perched midway between Midtown and heaven, “The Roof” of the Viceroy Hotel on, 57th street, boasts some of the most striking scenes of Central Park you’ve ever seen! This modern, yet sophisticated indoor/outdoor space will make you feel like you’ve been invited to an über luxurious bachelor pad! The oak floors and matching chairs in the modern marine inspired lounge open up onto a small, but sophisticated concrete deck overlooking the Park.

Press Lounge at Ink 48

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While this hot hotel might be in Hell’s Kitchen (aka no-man’s land), it’s undeniable this rooftop is ranked as one of New York’s best. With unobstructed views of both east and west, a huge indoor/outdoor party patio and some of the best beverage blends you’ve ever had, it’s no wonder why Press Lounge continues to lead the list of rooftop bars in New York!

Refinery Rooftop

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An old hat-making facility, this venue boasts stunning views of New York City’s most iconic landmark, the Empire State Building. Set at the top of the Refinery Hotel on 38th Street in the Fashion District, the bar has a relaxed vibe, dapper décor and obviously some of the best views of the ESB (and the rest of the city). A retractable roof, grand terrace and ideally placed seating around the area, make it easy never to want to come down from this high.

Rooftop Runner Ups. Spyglass at the Archer Hotel, STK, Plunge at Gansevoort Meatpacking, Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel, Brass Monkey, Wythe Hotel, Met Garden Rooftop, Loopy Doopy at the Conrad, Gallow Green, Hotel Chantelle, PHD. at the Dream Hotel, Level R at the Empire Hotel. ■

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