10 best New York hotels for rooftop bars

Published December 3rd, 2015

Who doesn't love a rooftop bar? There's something about drinking atop the world that makes the cocktails taste better and the party that much more memorable.

Rooftop bars have become a staple of New York's best nightlife venues (when it isn't snowing of course!). Check out our insider's guide to the best hotel rooftop bars, featuring the top spots for cocktails, live music, swimming pools and shimmering city views.

1. Gansevoort Meatpacking, Greenwich Village

If you’re looking for the beating heart of the now-landmarked Meatpacking District, you’ve found it. The rooftop bar and pool is where it’s at, the owners are attempting to move away from the space’s urban roots, installing authentic Moroccan lamps, leafy papyrus plants and bold fabrics, warming up the sky-high refuge that made the hotel so popular.

2. The Knickerbocker, Times Square

Bellhops in baggy knickerbockers and chunky Doc Martens set the tone: there’s an authenticity and attention to detail here that’s rare for Times Square. The 16th-floor rooftop bar and terrace, St Cloud, with its ivy-covered walls, opens in the summer, offering private seating, a cigar lounge by Nat Sherman and stunning Times Square views.

3. Standard High Line, Greenwich Village

Andre Balazs’s Meatpacking District hot spot on the banks of the Hudson River literally straddles The High Line Park. The tall, narrow slab of a building may be reminiscent of a 1970s British council block, but with two ultra-hip rooftop club lounges overlooking the Hudson, one with synthetic grass and deckchairs, its aesthetic is more LA flash meets New York glamour.

4. The Wythe, Brooklyn

The style at this hip, 70-room hotel housed in a converted 1901 factory building is industrial meets contemporary. The sixth-floor bar and terrace, Ides, with its sweeping Manhattan and Brooklyn views, is the place to be for a cocktail at sunset.

5. Sixty SoHo, SoHo

The former 60 Thompson hotel underwent a major recent facelift, but designer Tara Bernerd’s modern, sophisticated aesthetic retains its homely feel. The rooftop terrace ABOVE Sixty SoHo is open from May to October and offers panoramic views of the city and fine craft cocktails.

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6. Refinery Hotel, Manhattan

The Refinery Rooftop (recently recognised by USA Today readers as the best rooftop bar in the United States) plays host to DJs and pleasant people, with both indoor and outdoor spaces, a fireplace, and great views of the city. Accessed via the lobby, hotel guests receive doorman preference.

7. Hotel Hugo, SoHo

A newcomer to the recently coined 'Hudson Square' neighbourhood (adjacent to SoHo), this hotel provides respite not too far from the crowds. Pass the Cuban-inspired graffiti and walk up the staircase to dine on small plates at the recently opened outdoor Azul (inspired by street-side restaurants in Havana), or step off the lift to the enclosed Bar Hugo.

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8. The Hudson, Midtown West

This place oozes style and character, with a beer garden, moody nooks for cocktails, a ski-lodge-theme bar and great design feats, such as a chartreuse-lit escalator that hurtles you up to a 12-metre-high lobby dripping with shrubbery. Urban Alice has found her Wonderland.

9. The Archer, Midtown

This brick, steel and glass, 22-storey boutique hotel in the Garment District has been open for about a year and features both a restaurant and rooftop bar. After you eat, visit Spyglass bar on the rooftop for a panoramic view of the city and a not-to-be-missed close-up of the Empire State Building.

10. The Conrad, Battery Park

This sprawling, 463-suite Tribeca hotel overlooking the Hudson River has a buzzing rooftop bar, impressive art collection (you can’t miss the swirling 30-metre-high Loopy Doopy painting by American minimalist Sol LeWitt in the lobby atrium) and a superb Mediterranean restaurant. In summer months, head up to the rooftop bar, where an ice lolly dipped in a glass of Prosecco is the speciality.

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