The best rooftop bars in NYC

Raise a glass to spectacular views and elevated libations at the city's best rooftop bars.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Moxy Times Square

Photo: Tao Group Hospitality

Magic Hour, which updates its look fairly frequently for photo ops that keep 'em coming back, went full après-ski last season and hasn't looked back.

The Pink Winter Lodge pop-up spans the Moxy hotel's 18th floor rooftop with oodles of faux blooms in shades of blush, seats made to look like ski-lifts and photogenic food and drinks.

Catch it before the space changes shape once more.

The Ready Rooftop

A playful rooftop space in the East Village with backyard party vibes.

Photo: The Moxy East Village

New to the top floor of the Moxy East Village, The Ready has polished DIY-house party vibes.

String lights glow and beer cans chill in coolers, but more elaborate cocktails and a retractable roof for those colder nights remind you this is no place like home.

Elsewhere Rooftop

Once you're warmed up from dancing at Elsewhere, you might want to feel the breeze on its rooftop bar.


he fun continues upstairs with an outdoor stage where you can catch DJ sets; perfect for weekend nights with many acts.

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

at the Library Hotel

Another Midtown beauty peacefully perched above the frenetic city, Bookmarks’ aesthetic competes with the majestic New York Public Library a stone’s throw below.

Part of the Library Hotel, the literary theme is strong with this one. Grab a book and find a nook, or break out the Moleskine, follow the old adage “write drunk, edit sober,” and get to work on your own short story.


Offers some of the finest views of the Lower East Side, not to mention delicious cocktails and ample outdoor space.

Photo: citizenM

Located on the 21st floor of the CitizenM Hotel on Bowery

Azul at Hotel Hugo

Inspired by Old Havana, this Cuban cantina in the Hotel Hugo has 360 degree views of Lower Manhattan.

Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

You needn't even be an overnight guest to have an entrée into the action.

A.R.T. SoHo (Arlo Rooftop)

he Arlo hotel's rooftop is an easy place to swing by for after work drinks in the outdoors.

Plenty of shareable snacks are available, too.

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