Summer is here and the best places to enjoy the hot summer nights are in New York City‘s bars and lounges. However, the best ones are at the very top! Enjoy the hot summer breeze alongside some great drinks and great views of NYC. These places are great to have fun and enjoy a night-out. Here are The New York Nightlife’s picks of rooftop hot-spots.
Best rooftop bars and lounges in New York City.
Location: 18 9th Avenue at West 13th Street
The views Plunge are breathtaking, but the sights to see here are not of the city. Located in the Meatpacking District, the crowd is composed of very refined, good-looking, and fabulous people. The Gansevoort Hotel lounge is the perfect place to sip some drinks and enjoy the celebrity scenery. As with all upscale lounges, dress up and look your best. But most importantly be prepared to heavily charge your plastic(credit card) to be in the club.
2. Bar 13
Location: 35 East 13th Street near University Place, 212-979-6677
Located in Union Square, this rooftop bar attracts a mix of NYU students and downtown drinkers. A good mix of people and a laid back crowd. Good to enjoy 2-for-1 happy hours and hear some great live DJ music every night. The New York Nightlife Editor’s Pick for fun places.
3. The Delancey
Location: 168 Delancey Street, between Clinton and Attorney Streets
For the times you want to have a great time without having to worry about fitting in with the lavish and uptight crowd: The Delancey is the perfect place to relax and socialize. A chill, upbeat, and fun crowd frequents this lower eastside rooftop. A nice garden with fountains and small plants await above Delancey Street. Feel free to socialize, enjoy your night, and sip some great drinks without having to worry about anything else.
Location: 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, 212-903-3097
Located on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel, Salon de Ning has a unique atmosphere. With a 1930′s Shanghai theme, this rooftop lounge is sure to leave an impression. As with all unique venues try their Asian-inspired cocktails and bites for the best blend of flavors. Best part of this place is you also enjoy a view of the Manhattan skyline from upper Fifth Ave.
5. 230 Fifth
Location: 230 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street, 212-725-4300
Previously featured in our Nightlife Guide, 230 Fifth is a spectacular place in New York City. With their rooftop bar open year round this is a place to go to any time. The amazing views of the New York skyline, including the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings are sure to top off any night. Enjoy their carefully crafted drinks and socialize alongside a nice and trendy crowd.
Location: 44 West 63rd Street at near Broadway and Lincoln Center, 212-956-3313
The Empire Hotel Rooftop offers magnificent views of Lincoln Center and the bustling city below. With its 8,000 square foot bar and lounge, you are sure to find some space to enjoy their signature cocktails and small plates. Atmosphere and music are everything anywhere and The Empire Hotel Rooftop sure comes through with live entertainment all week long. Enjoy their weekend dance parties hosted by celebrity DJs and live jazz Mondays. The outdoor Rooftop Terrace also has a glass convertible roof and gas fireplace to keep the rooftop party going even on those chilly nights.