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New York's Most Epic Rooftop Bars

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Aug 2, 2012 —  There’s no skyline as iconic as New York City’s. And what could be better than a frothy mug amidst the glistening wonders of glass and steel while soaking up the summer sun, or a chilled cocktail while marveling at the glowing lights of the city?

With so many skyscrapers packed into one place, it’s no wonder that there are dozens upon dozens of rooftop bars to choose from. And these cloud-touching cocktail joints are rarely shabby little spots, with even the most casual rooftops possessing an aura of luxury and scale. You can find trendy lounges packed with upscale hipsters or über-exclusive rooftops infused with gardens, pools, and the city’s beautiful and famous, where there’s a better chance at scaling the building than getting past the velvet ropes downstairs.

But the prices that rise along with the altitude shouldn’t scare you off; because New York’s rooftops are some of the coolest places you’ll ever party. If you don’t believe us, the scholars of the city’s most historic attractions agree, having provided aficionados a high-up place to sip martinis on top of the country’s most celebrated art museum.

So keep your head in the clouds, join the city’s finest in the sky, and avoid having to deal with the dirt, noise, and occasional cockroach on the streets.

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    Hudson Terrace

    Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Hudson Terrace - Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    Hell's Kitchen

    621 West 46th Street
    New York, NY 10036

    212‑315‑9400

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    Jimmy at the James Hotel

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Jimmy at the James Hotel - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    SoHo

    James Hotel
    15 Thompson Street
    New York, NY 10013

    212‑465‑2000

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    A60

    Hotel Bar / Lounge / Rooftop Bar

    A60 - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    SoHo

    60 Thompson Street
    New York, NY 10079

    212‑431‑0400

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    Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    Murray Hill

    The Gansevoort Park
    420 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10016

    212‑317‑2900

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    The Empire Hotel Rooftop

    Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    The Empire Hotel Rooftop - Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    Upper West Side

    The Empire Hotel
    44 West 63rd Street, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10023

    212‑956‑3313

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    PH-D

    Hotel Bar / Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge

    PH-D - Hotel Bar | Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
    Chelsea / Flatiron

    Dream Downtown
    355 West 16th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    212‑229‑2511

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    The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar

    Culture / Rooftop Bar

    The Met Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar - Culture | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    Upper East Side

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10028

    212‑535‑7710

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    Birreria

    Beer Garden / Gastropub / Italian Restaurant / Rooftop Bar

    Birreria - Beer Garden | Gastropub | Italian Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    Chelsea / Flatiron

    200 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

    212‑229‑2560

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    Hudson Hotel

    Hotel / Hotel Bar / Lounge / Rooftop Bar

    Hudson Hotel - Hotel | Hotel Bar | Lounge | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    Hell's Kitchen

    356 West 58th Street
    New York, NY 10019

    212‑554‑6000
    Hudson Bar: 212‑554‑6217

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    Le Bain

    Lounge / Rooftop Bar

    Le Bain - Lounge | Rooftop Bar in New York.
    Meatpacking District

    The Standard Hotel
    848 Washington Street
    New York, NY 10004

    212‑645‑4646

User Comments

Anonymous Aug 10, 2012
I prefer the Gansevoort rooftop bar down in the meat packing district. Great during the spring and fall. Summertime slows a bit as everyone is in the Hamptons.
Paul F. Aug 2, 2012
The Met Roofgarden is incredible at sunset. Great chilled drinks, amazing views of Central Park, and rotating exhibits. Very cool date spot.
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