New York City’s rooftop’s has come a long way. Instead of the generic, upscale tourist bar offering over-priced mediocre versions of standard cocktails, luxury establishments all around the city are churning out some destination-worthy drinking spots. From a rustic bar with innovative drinks to pool-side drinking spot, here are the top stunning rooftops you must visit in New York.
THE IDES AT WYTHE HOTEL
The focus at this bar, hoisted 6 floors up in the Wythe Hotel, is simple: booze. No dress code, no bottle service, no food. Just booze. The view of Manhattan, yeah it’s nice, but don’t lose your focus; that’s if you can get in past the velvet rope that comes out once it’s filled up(which it quickly does).
PLUNGE ROOFTOP BAR + LOUNGE
The Meatpacking hot spot above the Gansevoort has a retractable glass roof, so its 360-degree views don’t have to go into hibernation.
UPSTAIRS AT THE KIMBERLY
This is another guy that’s got a retractable roof/wall thing going for it — hit this for brunch when you’ll still be able to sip Champagne and eat truffled egg toast in the sun and pretend it’s not negative 100 degrees outside.
The Press Lounge offers some of Manhattan’s most beautiful and dramatic panoramic views. Refined elegance comes in subtle luxuries: a glass walled interior space, seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine list, seasonally inspired small plates and informed and welcoming service.
BAR HUGO ROOFTOP
Featuring dramatic views of the Hudson River, Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty, Hotel Hugo’s rooftop duplex bar and lounge sparkles like a bronze lantern atop a soaring, 20-story tower. Blending miles of glass with concrete, chrome and luxurious leather finishes, this strikingly designed two-level space dazzles with hand-crafted cocktails and a constellation of blown-glass pendants that seemingly float in air.