10 Best and Insta-Worthy Rooftop Bars in New York City

Time to get that Vitamin D in! In the Big Apple, honking cabs, wailing fire trucks, and over-crowded subways make the fresh air a luxury, so it’s a no-brainer that when the weather gets warmer, rooftop bars become self-proclaimed sanctuaries. Obviously has rounded up the 10 best (and most Instagram-worthy) rooftop hot spots that New York City has to offer. 

By: Alexis DeCarvalho

1.  Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel

Vibe: Industrial Chic

Views: The Empire State Building

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Rooftop Sparkler (Patrón Barrel Select Reposado, Lime, Agave, topped with Prosecco)

Address: (Refinery Hotel) 63 West 38th Street

2. Pod 39 Rooftop Bar

Vibe: Chill Oasis

Views: The river to the East, the Freedom Tower to the South, the Empire State Building to the West and the Chrysler Building to the North

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Chilean Sangria (Control Pisco, Rosè, Combier Peach, Pineapple, Strawberry & Bubbles)

Address: 145 East 39th Street

3. Cantina Rooftop

Vibe: Modern Mexican

Views: The Hudson River

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Pero Woah! (Bacardi Superior Rum, Passion Fruit, Coconut & Pineapple)

Address: 605 West 48th Street

4. Le Bain at The Standard

Vibe: Quirky Disco

Views: The Highline & Hudson River

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Frozen Grapefruit Gimlet (Crushed Ice, Grape Fruit Juice & Vodka)

Address: (The Standard Hotel) 444 West 13th Street

 5. Northern Territory

Vibe: Comfy Aussie Tavern

Views: The East River

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Territory's Tea (Vodka, Iced Tea & Kiwi)

Address: 12 Franklin Street

6. Penthouse 808 Rooftop Bar

Vibe: Upscale Unique 

Views: NYC Skyline

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Ring of Fire (Jalapeño Tequila, Pomegranate & Pineapple)

Address: 8-08 Queens Plaza South 

7. Level R at The Empire

Vibe: Swanky Iconic

Views: Lincoln Center & Upper West Side

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Dreaming Ginger (Patrón Silver Tequila, Ginger Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Juice, Agave Syrup & Ginger Beer)

Address: (The Empire Hotel) 44 West 63rd Street

8. Gallow Green at The McKittrick

Vibe: Ethereal Secret Garden

Views: Manhattan's West Side

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Mrs. Danver's Ruin (Gin, Cranberry + Thyme Shrub, Lemon Juice & Tonic)

Address: (The McKittrick Hotel) 542 West 27th Street

9. The Gorbals

Vibe: Happy Hipster

Views: The East River and Williamsburg Bridge

Obvious Cocktail Choice: A Wishing Well (Applejack, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon, Honey Syrup & Prosecco)

Address: 98 North 6th Street

10. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at The Conrad

Vibe: Trendy Crowd-Pleaser

Views: The Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty

Obvious Cocktail Choice: Raspberry People’s Pop in Rosècco

Address: (The Conrad) 102 North End Avenue