The best rooftop bars to visit in New York City

While it may not be the cheapest place you’ve ever visited, New York City offers quality experiences that make it a perennial favourite among experienced travellers. This is especially true when it comes to nightlife, as its pubs, bars, and clubs are among the best of their kind in America.

In summer, though, you won’t want to confine yourself to a stuffy indoor establishment – you’ll want to head to one of many bars which populate the tops of many building across the city.

Below, we’ll share several rooftop bars that will have you looking at flights to New York before you even reach the end of the article.

Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar

Want to escape to somewhere fun in the midst of buttoned-up Midtown Manhattan? In our minds, Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar is the spot, as its brick facade, hipster-friendly string lights, and its Latin American theme will almost make you forget you are in the midst of America’s greatest collection of modernist skyscrapers.

When you look around, though, you’ll notice there are excellent views of some of this city’s most iconic towers, like the Chrysler and Empire State Building, making it a great bar to match iconic vistas with lovely drinks like Chilean sangria and margaritas.

On days when the weather is delightful, there are few places better in Midtown to enjoy a drink, so arrive early.

Jimmy At The James

Summers in New York City can be a sweltering affair. Despite this, you don’t find many rooftop bars in this place with pools, as it has never been part of the scene here like it is in cities like Miami or Los Angeles.

Jimmy At The James has bucked this trend, as this Soho institution opened in recent years with a shallow pool as its centrepiece. With sun loungers and a cocktail bar serving drinks which pair well with the weather, it is a hangout spot you’ll end up frequenting if you are spending significant time in New York.

Mr. Purple

Searching for a rooftop bar in NYC that provides a killer view of its skyline at dusk? Mr. Purple over on the Lower East Side is the place for us, as its wide panoramas (which include views of One World Trade Centre), Scandinavian-style furniture, string lights, and a bar backed by an exposed brick wall gives this spot a vibe few can match.

Currently popular with the young and stylish, it is famed for its house cocktail (created with tequila, cranberry liqueur, and dram), and its inventive menu, which includes fish tacos and tasty buttermilk-fried chicken.

Salon de Ning at The Peninsula

Want to hit up a rooftop patio with a touch of class? Salon de Ning at the Peninsula fits the bill nicely, as it takes its design cues from the 1930s. Located on the 21st floor of The Peninsula Hotel, it is enveloped by the many skyscrapers that have grown up around it over the decades in a way which gives this bar a cozy feel.

If you are drinking with friends who are enamoured with the latest cocktail trends, don’t be dissuaded from visiting this place – while the bartenders here can mix a mean Manhattan, they are well-versed on the latest trends as well. From mezcal to Japanese whisky, your palate will always have something new and fresh to try.

Victoria Brewood
victoria@pommietravels.com

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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