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The Best NYC Rooftop Bars

By Evan Rose

NYC Neighborhood: Midtown West

  • Top of the Strand
    Address: 33 W. 37th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
    Phone: 212-448-1024

    Number 1 in the New York Magazine “Best of New York” Issue for best rooftop bar…
    Top of the Strand is a small but well appointed space atop the Strand Hotel. The drinks are “New York Reasonable” at $8 a beer and $11 a cocktail. This is an excellent place to take a small group for a relaxing summer evening.

NYC Neighborhood: Midtown

  • Mad46
    Address: 45 East 45th St, New York, NY
    Phone: (212) 885-6095

    Located in the heart of Manhattan near Grand Central and atop the Roosevelt Hotel, Mad 46 is now fully open. They have a beautiful space, complete with awnings (and a happy hour) for those tough drizzly/rainy days. Mad46 is a great after work spot for a Thursday Cocktail meetup.

NYC Neighborhood: Chelsea

  • Glass Bar (at Hotel Indigo)
    Address: 127 W 28th St (between Sixth and Seventh Ave)
    Phone: 212-973-9000

    Glass Bar is the rooftop bar atop the new Hotel Indigo in Chelsea. 20 Floors up with great views and interesting drinks. To top it off, Every Monday Evening from 8pm to 10pm enjoy swing music and cocktails with The Michael Fredo Orchestra.

NYC Neighborhood: Meatpacking District

  • The Plunge Rooftop Bar at Hotel Gansevoort
    Address: 18 9th Avenue
    Phone: (212) 206-6700

    The Plunge at Hotel Gansevoort is one of the swankiest rooftop establishments in New York City. A quick search for @Meatpacking District #rooftop? reveals several others. The Plunge has an attached Pool which makes for excellent daytime pool parties the likes of which you’ve only seen in movies! Check out the video below to have a glimpse of how it is at night.

NYC Neighborhood: LES

  • Above Allen (Thompson Hotel Rooftop)
    Address: 190 Allen St
    Phone: (212) 460-5300

    Above Allen is a swanky LES rooftop spot that often hosts exclusive events. Complete with funky designer couches, Above Allen is a must see at least once on a New York City Summer weekend, even if only as a stop on the nights journey.

NYC Neighborhood: Midtown

  • 230 Fifth
    Address: 230 5th Avenue
    Phone: (212) 725-4300

    No list of rooftop bars would be complete without mention of the gorgeous 230 Fifth rooftop garden. Though insanely expensive and sort of old, 230 Fifth still gets the job done for the Thursday-Saturday crowd. Check it out one night in the city for a good party but definitely bring a group, its not the most “social” bar per se. (P.S. The lines are long and if you are not wearing a collared shirt and dress shoes its curtains for you…)

If you’ve read this far, thanks for checking out our Rooftop Bar Review! There’s of course much more where this came from so check out, your source for the best clubs in New York where we will be updating with openings, events and other interesting nightlife happenings. Whether you’re a tourist, a New Yorker, a party animal or a workaholic, take a minute to check out NYC Nightlife. In addition to listings and specials, we also have real-time news from the venue itself as well as all of the past check-ins and tips from venues on Foursquare. See who’s out at the bars now with NiteFly!

Enjoy Manhattan!


By Evan Rose – Nightlife Connoisseur…

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