Don't fret: though al fresco season is coming to a subtle close, there’s still time to soak up the last of the summer sun whilst enjoying a cocktail with an unbeatable background. Check out these five haute rooftop bars before this NYC summer bids us goodbye.
Since its 2009 opening, The Standard Hotel has been a classic Meatpacking staple – due undoubtedly in part to Top of the Standard (and of course the infamous the Boom Boom Room). This opulent penthouse offers dramatic panoramas by day and live jazz music by night, making Top of the Standard the perfect haute destination day or night. Get cozy with some tea or a French martini (all vices welcome), and enjoy the breathtaking views of the West Side.
848 Washington Street at West 13th Street
2. BAR D'EAU
Grab those swimsuits: Trump SoHo is calling. There's nothing like a rooftop pool and a Hemingway daiquiri, in our humble opinion, and the hotel's picture-perfect rooftop bar delivers just that. With a revamped craft cocktail program by cocktail whiz kids Tim Cooper and Benjamin Wood as well as a robust roster of kitchen offerings (hello, raw bar), Bar D'Eau is the go-to for warm weather sipping amidst the downtown skyline. Gather the troops for some fun in the sun with alternating rounds of poolside pétanque and cocktails.
246 Spring Street at Varick Street
3. GALLOW GREEN
A rooftop haven filled with foliage, craft cocktails, and a bit of magic -- now we're talking. Enter the McKittrick Hotel, home to Sleep No More, and take in the twinkling lights and panoramic skyline. Is that a railroad track leading to a tunnel of ivy? Why, yes. Yes it is. Head here for a post-workday craft cocktail and a bite or swing by on the weekend for a rooftop brunch -- or both.
542 West 27th between Tenth and 11th Avenues
Let’s be honest: the Dream Hotel is well…dreamy. But the 12-story hotel’s rooftop is where those dreams really come to life. Black marble, glass chandeliers, and rich wood and velvet accents set the tone for this retro-meets-modern watering hole, generally packed with partygoers dressed to the nines, often meaning a very high chance of sparkler-clad bottles floating around left and right. Grab a seat outside for a calm respite, bottle of champagne in tow, and bask in the breathtaking view.
355 West 16th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Perched 30 stories above the Garment District, The Skylark in all its floor-to-ceiling windowed glory serves up a mean cocktail with a side of unparalleled panoramic Midtown views. Throughout the warmer months the vibe and service flows through both their indoor and outdoor space, giving guests the best of both worlds. Enter through an unassuming industrial ground floor passage and head up to the 30th floor to unlock the next level: a perfectly crafted concoction from mixology icon Johnny Swet’s killer cocktail menu. Grilled pineapple swizzle, anyone?
200 West 39th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues