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NYC’s Best Rooftop Bars

There’s still time this fall to enjoy New York’s best roof top bars

Travels with @Asianmapleleaf

If you are visiting New York City or just passing through, make sure you check out some of the city’s best rooftop bars. It’s the time of the year right now when the city is super hot and stuffy. NYC’s rooftop bars not only provide great views of the city, but they also offer a little escape from the busy streets, refreshing atmosphere and drinks, and in many cases, even a pool to relax in. New Yorkers know how to cool down in style!


Here are a few of the best NYC Rooftop Bars to visit this summer.


Jimmy at the James

15 Thompson St | 18th Floor | New York, NY

Pool and grilled pineapple mojitos. Do I need to say more? The rooftop bar located at Tribeca’s James hotel isn’t easy to get into, but it is well worth trying. Besides the pool and incredible drinks, there is also an indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city.

The 1970s décor with fireplace surrounded by plush seats gives it a unique and sexy atmosphere. Yes, I did say the 1970s and sexy in the same sentence. The outdoor terrace has a large LOVE art sculpture that is perfect for Instagrammers.


The Skylark

200 W 39th St | 30th Floor | New York, NY

Located in the heart of Times Square South, The Skylark features views of the Hudson River, Times Square, The Empire State Building, the Hudson Yards, and more.


A perfect hangout year-round, the multi-level space offers guests a sophisticated open-air rooftop terrace, which is ideal for the summer – and a lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, which is perfect for the cold months. Upscale casual dress is suggested.


Gallow Green

530 West 27th St. | New York | NY

Located atop the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green has one of the most relaxing atmospheres when it comes to rooftop bars. The garden bar and restaurant genuinely make you feel like you are away from the city lifestyle. Gallow Green hosts several fun events, including Sunset Sundays and music. Be sure to check out their calendar of events for the complete list of things to do and see at Gallow Green.

While you are in the area, you should also check out Sleep No More (even in the McKittrick Hotel), a super cool theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a setting where you can walk around among the actors to take in the story.


Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge

18 9th Ave | New York, NY

Located at the Hotel Gansevoort, Plunge is one of the most stylish rooftop bars in the city. Not only is it known for boosting great views of NYC, but it also has a full bar, great music, and fun atmosphere. Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge has an outdoor pool where you can cool off – and a pool table inside for those who are trying to escape the heat.


The Press Lounge

653 11th Ave | 16th Floor | New York, NY

A top favorite, The Press Lounge is one of the city’s sexiest rooftop bars. Located above the Ink48 Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen/Midtown West, it serves seasonal cocktails and light fare. This contemporary and elegant rooftop bar boasts views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. The Press Lounge has been recognized as one of the top 22 rooftop bars in the world.


This article was submitted by Barry Joy (aka asianmapleleaf), an ambassador of all things travel – he was born and raised in Toronto and currently lives in New York City.  Follow his adventures on or Instagram @asianmapleleaf.