With warm weather comes rosé, weekend trips out east, more rosé, and of course, as many rooftops as is humanly possible to cram inside of a week’s worth of after-hours sipping. So without further ado, we’re pleased to present our official 2017 roundup of LIVunLtd-approved rooftop bars across the borough of Manhattan. Happy clinking!
A cool sixty-five stories above the buzz of Midtown’s streets, the iconic Rainbow Room’s slightly more casual sidekick Bar SixtyFive awaits the smartly dressed crowd that files in at opening time each day. With what is quite possibly the post impeccable and awe-inspiring view in the entire city, it’s well worth making a reservation in advance or taking the time to wait on line downstairs. Bring your camera.
30 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
This reinvented classic has captured our hearts since its recent revamp, which has breathed new life into the Lincoln Center mainstay we all know and love (and not just because of Gossip Girl). Order an ice cold martini and soak in the views from either side of the sprawling dual-decked space.
44 West 63rd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue
West Chelsea favorite Gallow Green is quite possibly the greatest rooftop garden in existence. You may recognize the venue as being home to immersive masterpiece Sleep No More, and though killing two birds with one stone by seeing the show and finishing off the evening with an al fresco nightcap may be the perfect summer night, a visit to the bar on its own is pretty hard to beat.
542 West 27th Street between Tenth and 11th Avenues
James Beard Award-winning Chef Tim Cushman and genius beverage director Ted Kilpatrick are the dynamic duo and driving force behind the elevated experience (figuratively and literally speaking) that is the Roof at Park South. Kick back with a Dukes’ Martini (ice cold Plymouth gin and a side of caviar) and an order of the Yellowtail poke tacos for the perfect midsummer’s eve.
125 East 27th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
Perched on the 30th floor of a very unassuming Midtown building, The Skylark is poised to be our most glamorous rooftop destination of the season. With both indoor and outdoor seating (both boast incredible views all around) alongside a killer menu of elevated bar bites and cocktails, this sleek, plush lounge is surely the place to see and be seen all summer long.
200 West 39th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
Freshly opened and serving serious views, The Heights might just be our new favorite al fresco NoMad hangout. For those with an aversion to heights, you can still enjoy the ambiance and great cocktails, but avoid the glass-bottomed section near the far side of the bar. Daredevils and Instagrammers, eat your hearts out.
11 East 31st Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues
If there’s one place that knows how to keep things interesting, it’s Good Story atop Hudson Square hotel Arlo SoHo. The rolling pop-up experience pairs gorgeous Hudson River views with a great bar program and ever-changing scenery – head there now for an urban luau feel and frozen rum drinks (with pink and blue umbrellas, of course).
231 Hudson Street between Broome and Canal Streets
SoHo’s sweetest rooftop pool deck is the summer hangout for the downtown set. At 18 floors above street level, JIMMY’s panoramic views and craft cocktails are the perfect way to sip the evening away tucked among buildings and underneath the stars.
27 Grand Street between Thompson Street and Sixth Avenue
This luxurious Fifth Avenue rooftop bar lives up to the legacy of the lavish hotel beneath it. The Peninsula’s quietly stunning Salon de Ning is perfect for a low-key glass of wine or cocktail in an intimate setting, particularly with someone special (or someone you flat-out want to impress).
700 Fifth Avenue (entrance on 55th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
In true classic New York fashion (and in the heart of Times Square, no less), The Knickerbocker’s rooftop bar delivers stunning cityscape views and a hint of Old World spirit. The hotel is, after all, said to be the birthplace of the martini, and dates back to 1906 when it was built by none other than John Jacob Astor IV (and later frequented by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald).
6 Times Square (entrance on 42nd Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue)
Images courtesy of Rainbow Room, Empire Hotel, Time Out New York, Park South Hotel, Abigail Kirsch, The Heights/Arlo NoMad, Arlo SoHo, Sticky Dojah, The Peninsula New York, and The Knickerbocker Hotel
Contact your LIVunLtd concierge for any and all of your summer dining or drinking needs, be it reservations or simply recommendations. We’re here to make sure your summer is as dreamy as this list.