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THE FIVE BEST
ROOFTOP BARS IN NYC RIGHT NOW

Written by Rimmaa Doubinskaia, 5 years ago, 0 Comments

Spring has sprung and that means New Yorkers can finally take part in one of their favorite pastimes again: outdoor cocktails! If you’re looking for a cool place for some fresh-air imbibing, here are five of the finest hotspots located on rooftops around the city:

 

1. Ava Lounge
     210 West 55th Street, the penthouse floor of the Dream Hotel

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(Photo courtesy AddisonGroupNYC.com)

Merging elements of nightlife elegance from the Riviera, Rome and South Beach, Ava Lounge is a relaxing locale with stunning panoramic views from the Hudson River to Times Square. Partygoers are encouraged to book a space ahead of time to ensure optimum comfort, and online reviewers recommend signature rooftop cocktails like the lychee martini, filled to the brim, or the Gin and Sin—a spirited mix of gin, Chambord, and fresh lemon and lime.

For more information and to book a reservation, visit the venue’s website here.

2. Bookmarks
     299 Madison Avenue, 14th floor of the Library Hotel

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(Photo courtesy HospitalityHoldings.com)

 

Put on your business-casual best and enjoy Bookmarks’ small plates and literary-inspired cocktails while taking in great Midtown views from the comfort of cozy sofas and club chairs. There are artisanal cheese plates accompanied by fig marmalade and apricot jam, along with fifteen specialty drinks, including infused sparkling cocktails and seasonal specials. Try the Tea S. Eliot: Van Gogh wild appel vodka infused with earl grey tea, Giffard vanilla liqueur, orange marmalade, fresh grapefruit juice, and topped with chai tea foam. Sneak away into the enclosed greenhouse or keep warm during those slightly nippy spring nights by the fireplace.

For more information, view the venue’s official website here.

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar
     1000 Fifth Avenue, via the fifth floor elevator in the European Sculpture gallery

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(Photo courtesy MetMuseum.org)

At one of the rare kid-friendly bar locales, patrons of the Met’s outdoor martini bar can enjoy an informal, relaxed atmosphere with light fare and surprisingly strong cocktails, not to mention panoramic Manhattan views that include Central Park and much of the skyline. There are also seasonal exhibitions unveiled from May through October. Arrive early for some late day drinking—the bar opens at 5:30pm and closes at 8:15pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, visit the venue’s website here.

Gallow Green
     542 West 27th Street at the McKittrick Hotel

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(Photo courtesy McKittrickHotel.com)

You don’t have to see the spooky, interactive off-Broadway bonanza that is Sleep No More—though we highly suggest you do—inside the McKittrick Hotel to enjoy this leafy, solarium-like sanctuary in Chelsea. The wood tables and flooring give the space a country feel, though the West Side skyline in prominent and breathtaking view will remind a visitor that they’re still very much in the city. Pick the right time to have a specialty drink and a pop-up brass band might appear, while actors borrowed from the show talk up the bar’s thirsty patrons. Bring some friends and try the Bowmore Punch out of a pitcher made from single-malt Scotch, Madeira wine, and orange shrub sweetened with dememara sugar. There’s also a boozy, bottomless Sunday brunch with a big band performance that requires tickets.

For more information, visit the venue’s website here.

5. Sheltering Sky
     160 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, on the eighth floor of the McCarren Hotel

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(Photo courtesy ChelseaHotels.com)

Overlooking McCarren Park, Sheltering Sky offers food, cocktails, and music—not to mention plenty of fresh air and outstanding eastern views of the entire Manhattan skyline. There are scheduled parties featuring noted DJs from around the world throughout the warm-air months. Keep an eye out for those to ensure the best this spacious, cushy bar has to offer.

For more information, visit the venue’s official website here.

Written by: Rimmaa Doubinskaia

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