Rooftop bars in New York are some of the best ways to enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife while partying with the it crowd surrounded by staggering views of the city and harbour. Whether you're taking a dip in a rooftop pool with a craft cocktail, kicking back with a martini in a swank lounge, or dancing the night away surrounded by the hippest bohemian crowd around, you'll find stunning views, strong drinks, and great eats combined with incredible skyline views.

    From relaxed to luxurious, fancy to cosy, casual to refined, and every vibe under the sun, New York is where it all happens. Check out some of the best rooftop bars to enjoy New York nightlife with a view.

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    Harriet's Rooftop

    Check out panoramic views with craft cocktails

    Harriet's Rooftop is located atop the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn and offers amazing panoramic views of Manhattan along with artisan craft cocktails. The bar offers an open-air rooftop terrace and an indoor lounge, making it possible to grab great views in summer or winter, rain or shine. This is a popular hot spot in the city that combines its tasty cocktails with delicious, fresh, and seasonal bar bite food. If you're a guest of the hotel, you can also take advantage of the rooftop pool.

    This venue offers an old-fashioned cocktail lounge vibe with a vibrant setting and live DJs. Reservations are recommended.

    Location: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 8 pm

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    The Ready Rooftop Bar

    Sit at a bar made of stacked milk crates

    The Ready Rooftop Bar in the East Village on top of the Moxy hotel offers up a colourful, lush setting designed to look like somebody's backyard garden. The bar itself even has a DIY aesthetic, as it's built from stacked milk crates. The terrace features a retractable glass roof that allows you to catch stunning skyline views all year long, rain or shine. You'll choose from a vast selection of cocktail standards, both fresh and frozen, as well as freshly made eats like tacos.

    If cocktails aren't your thing, the bar also offers a solid wine list and a great selection of craft beers in tins. It's a year-round destination for the young and hip crowd.

    Location: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm and Saturday–Sunday from noon to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 646-908-2125

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    The Crown NYC

    Enjoy Brooklyn and Manhattan views indoors or out

    The Crown NYC is set atop the Hotel 50 Bowery with an indoor bar and lounge and 2 rooftop terraces, all offering stunning 360-degree views of the city. This bar is one of the few destinations in New York that offers complete and unobstructed views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines. It offers an ultramodern, bright decor with crafted signature cocktails whipped up by expert mixologists. The indoor lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows. When it comes to eats, a variety of international bar bites are on offer.

    This place offers chill, relaxed vibes by day and a vibrant party atmosphere at night. Be aware that it can get a bit crowded in the evenings.

    Location: 50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, USA

    Open: Sunday–Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from 2 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 646-630-8057

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    230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

    Chill out at one of the most famed NYC hot spots

    230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is one of the most famous rooftop bars in New York City right in the heart of city centre, with magical views of the Empire State Building. Despite being popular and having a party vibe, the rooftop terrace can seat up to 1,000 people at once, so you can usually get in the door and find a place to squat. In the colder nights of the year, heaters provide plenty of warmth to allow you to enjoy the view.

    The menu offers a broad selection of food and drinks, wine, cocktails, and beer. Every weekend, the bar serves up a rooftop brunch buffet that's as famed as the cocktails and view.

    Location: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA

    Open: Hours vary

    Phone: +1 212-725-4300

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    Mr. Purple

    Take a dip in one of NYC's best rooftop pools

    Mr. Purple atop the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side offers breathtaking skyline views and a broad, impressive menu of food, classic cocktails, and signature drinks. The menu includes speciality craft cocktails that are bottled in-house as well as a rotating selection of seasonal craft beers and a vast wine list. The menu offers American standard cuisine, and their brunch menu is off the charts.

    This is a spot that offers good music, a vibrant and relaxed ambiance with a casual vibe, and really impressive Manhattan views. Choose from 2 terraces and an indoor lounge, and don't forget to take a dip in one of NYC's best rooftop pools while you're here.

    Location: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 5 pm to 2 am, Thursday–Friday from 5 pm to 4 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 4 am, Sunday from 2 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +1 212-237-1790

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    Westlight

    Capture sweeping views of the Manhattan sunset

    Westlight is located in the trendy Williamsburg area offering sweeping views over the East River and the Manhattan skyline, and a dynamic food and cocktail menu. The drinks here include famous standards like an old-fashioned or (naturally) a Manhattan, as well as new, creative speciality cocktails whipped up and invented on the spot by house mixologists. In addition, the bar boasts an expansive menu of craft beer, exotic spirits, and international wines.

    The food menu is inspired by street food from all over the world. Westlight is also known as one of the best spots in NYC to catch spectacular views of the brilliant Manhattan sunsets.

    Location: 111 N 12th St 22nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to midnight, Saturday–Sunday from 1 pm to midnight

    Phone: +1 718-307-7100

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    The Roof at the Public Hotel

    Check out an exclusive and energetic rooftop hot spot

    The Roof at the Public Hotel on the Lower East Side is one of the hottest spots in NYC thanks to its stylish indoor lounge and gorgeous landscaped outdoor terrace. Whether you choose the relaxed indoor vibes or the vibrant outdoor celebrations, you'll get amazing 360-degree views of the city. The crowd here is energetic and just this side of exclusive, with top-name local and international DJs from all over the world spinning the latest hits. The crowd here is youthful, hip, and swinging.

    The Roof offers a vast menu of seasonal food, and every summer you can enjoy their weekend barbecue. Because of the hip crowd, reservations are important here.

    Location: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA

    Open: Sunday–Tuesday from 5 pm to midnight, Wednesday–Thursday from 5 pm to 2 am, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to 4 am

    Phone: +1 212-735-6000

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    Jimmy SoHo Rooftop Lounge and Bar

    Dive into a rooftop pool with views of the Empire State Building

    Jimmy SoHo Rooftop Lounge and Bar is a luxurious, modern, and sleek terrace bar in the heart of the SoHo area with views of iconic locales. From here you can see the New Jersey skyline, the Freedom Tower, and the Empire State Building, among other sights. It's also famed for its rooftop pool, which during the day is restricted to hotel guests, but at night and on summer weekends is often the site of a bar-hosted pool party for all.

    This bar offers a solid selection of speciality cocktails served up by seasoned bartenders and mixologists, and a vibrant atmosphere with a trendy, upscale crowd. Reservations are recommended here as it can get quite busy.

    Location: 15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 5 pm to 1 am, Thursday–Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday from 3 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 3 pm to 1 am

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    Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

    Play a round of mini-golf with craft cocktails

    Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is a spacious terrace bar that's open year-round in the heart of Times Square with a colourful, fun, and vibrant crowd and several spaces. You can hit the eastern side of the bar for an elegant, garden-style setup with Empire State Building views. You can also head over to the Foreplay area that includes a small mini-golf course. The bar is open every night and offers a weekend brunch. Here you can get creative house cocktails, or you can go for full bottle service to your table.

    DJs, live musical performers, and themed parties go on every week. Reservations are highly recommended as this is a super popular spot.

    Location: 485 7th Ave 18th floor, New York, NY 10018, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 3 pm to midnight, Thursday from 3 pm to 2 am, Friday from 3 pm to 4 am, Saturday from 11.30 am to 4 am, Sunday from 11.30 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 212-268-0188

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    Upstairs at the Kimberly

    Experience luxury and views of the Chrysler Building

    Upstairs at the Kimberly in the heart of New York's Midtown East area offers views of the Chrysler Building with a luxurious cocktail bar setting. You can sink into leather chairs and a vibe that can only be described as an oasis in the concrete jungle. Like many bars, the terrace offers up a fine menu of wines, signature house cocktails, and a selection of delectable bar bite eats. Every weekend they also offer a rooftop brunch in the afternoons.

    The bar is open rain or shine all year long, with a retractable glass roof and wall allowing it to be enclosed when needed, without obstructing the view. The dress code is business casual at this upscale spot.

    Location: 145 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 5 pm to midnight, Friday from 5 pm to 2 am, Saturday from noon to 2 am, Sunday from noon to 11 pm, Monday from 5 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 212-888-1220

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