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Winter Rooftop Bars

One of the greatest perks of New York City living is the plethora of towering rooftop bars in from which to soak up sweeping views alongside boozy sips. While the sunshine and rooftop pools only appear during warmer months, there’s no shortage of elevated digs for wintertime boozing and more of the best things to do in winter. From a secret log cabin to a no-frills rock club, here are the best NYC rooftop bars open during the winter.

230 Fifth

In the holiday spirit, 230 Fifth has once again created a wintertime oasis on their rooftop with the help of several igloo-shaped tents. The tents will stay up until May and do fill up on a first come, first serve basis so if you want to check them out be sure to get there early!

There will also be 17 igloos upon opening today (in comparison to the 14 they opened with last year), with plans for more to be added to the space as the season progresses. As has been standard in the past, each igloo can accommodate 12-14 guests which means you’ll likely be cozying up to a few new friends.

The Rooftop Igloo Bar will serve hot drinks like Boozy Hot Chocolate, Irish Coffee and several other options including virgin drinks as well. The igloo will protect you from the frigid air, the cocktails will warm you up internally, and the views of the city skyline will be stunning. What’s there not to love about this?

www.230-fifth.com

Magic Hour

Most rooftop bars rely on their expansive vistas to woo the crowds, noting the sky-high vantage as the main attraction. For Magic Hour, the spot from TAO Group that crowns the Moxy Times Square hotel, its view of midtown and the Empire State Building is just a footnote.

The team plays up the idea of an “urban amusement park” in its palatial 10,000-square-foot space, with rotating carousel seating, a topiary garden and Foreplay, a putt-putt course filled with animal statues. In addition to its playfully named cocktails, like All Spice No Drama (Bombay Sapphire, strawberry shrub, allspice dram, rosemary), the bar also serves small plates like duck carnitas tacos.

http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/nyc/timessquare/dining/magic-hour-rooftop-bar-lounge/

The Lodge at Gallow Green

The verdant, vintage train station-inspired rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel affords a regal view of gleaming West Side buildings and the cloud-streaked horizon. The place is helplessly romantic, capturing the looseness and frivolity of a well-oiled summer wedding, but in a way that never feels saccharine. The floor of pebbles and slate, trellises woven with flowers and weathered wooden tables recall a lush upstate country garden left adorably to seed. Make a reservation for one of the sky-high alfresco brunches, live music performances, or wildly popular interactive theater performances from Sleep No More.

https://mckittrickhotel.com/

Westlight

The William Vale Hotel came out of the gate hot with culinary clout: The team behind the Williamsburg hotel’s food-and-drink programs—including Airstream burger joint Mister Dips and the soon-to-open Southern Italian dining room Leuca—is none other than NoHo Hospitality heavy hitters Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom (Lafayette, the Dutch, Locanda Verde). But a venture across the river wasn’t the only first for the trio—at the hotel, they also debuted their first-ever rooftop bar, Westlight, a stylish glass box capping the neighborhood’s tallest skyscraper.

Take the dedicated elevator 22 stories up to the industrial yet swank space—set with black-and-white tiled floors, bright globe lights and a beamed ceiling—to experience a hotel rooftop bar that has all the goods to be a standalone New York cocktail den.

Westlight is located sixteen stories higher than the nearby rooftop bar Ides at the Wythe Hotel and offers sweeping views of three boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan). A wraparound terrace—encased with a plexiglass railing and dotted with bright-yellow viewfinders for sky-high people-watching—is fixed with lounge chairs for warmer weather, but when the chill sets in, the best seats in the house are the low-slung leather couches and velvet banquettes set directly in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Sit back and enjoy the show below.

https://www.thewilliamvale.com/dining/westlight/

Refinery Rooftop

In the heart of the Garment District, Refinery Rooftop is a favorite for both its scale (3,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor bar and lounge spaces) and knockout views of the Midtown skyline and Empire State Building. Under a cafe-light-strung glass roof, guests feast on hearty lunch dishes from chef Jeff Haskell by day, while light bites and handcrafted cocktails sustain the crowds until 1 a.m. If you’re there with a group, order the caddy (4 servings of your favorite tipple), or go for the specialist concoctions from the hotel’s expert mixologists. We recommend you snag a spot near the DJ booth and roaring fire for the coziest winter hang.

https://www.refineryhotelnewyork.com/dine-and-drink/refinery-rooftop/

Top 5 NYC rooftops to sweep your loved one off their feet

Nothing says New York City quiet like a great rooftop bar, and there is nothing more magical than the skyline Manhattan has to offer

Here’s a look at the city’s highest, swankiest, and most sought-after penthouse-level oases, all of which pair exquisite drinks with brilliant vistas for a memorable rooftop experience.

1. 230 Fifth

The largest indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in NYC, 230 Fifth consists of a fully enclosed penthouse lounge and a massive garden open to the sky. The Manhattan venue, which also functions as an event space, offers a neat selection of specialty cocktails along with a delicious brunch buffet (Sundays and Saturdays) and spectacular views of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.

During the winter months, the rooftop is adorned with their famous ‘Rooftop Igloos’ which has become a staple of the establishment.

https://www.230-fifth.com

2. Azul On The Rooftop

This West Village Rooftop has a tremendous view of Lower Manhattan and is situated on the roof of the Hotel Hugo.  Bring your dancing shoes as this bar is famous for its Latin vibe, cocktails, and attitude.

https://www.azulrooftop.com/

3. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Don’t let the name fool you, this trendy NYC hot spot is located on the 16th floor of the Conrad New York and offers breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.  This bar is open seasonally but is the perfect date night out to escape the tourists as it is a hidden NYC gem.

https://www.conradnewyork.com/dine/loopy-doopy-rooftop-bar/

4. Salon de Ning

From atop the vista of the Peninsula Hotel lies this trendy rooftop Salon de Ning.  Bring your wallets ready, as this joint does not come cheap, but hey you only live once!  Panoramic views of Fifth Avenue await, along with mouthwatering dishes and sophisticated cocktails which will make you feel like one of NYC’s truly elite.

https://www.peninsula.com/en/new-york/hotel-fine-dining/salon-de-ning-midtown-rooftop-bar

5. Bookmarks Lounge

If you are looking for a true cultural NYC experience with your loved one, Bookmarks Lounge is the perfect spot.  Nestled on the 14th floor of the Library Hotel, this intimate garden lounge sits above Midtown Manhattan overlooking many iconic fixtures of the Big Apple.  The terrace wraps around the entire building allowing a 360 degree view of Manhattans finest architecture.

https://libraryhotel.com/en/dining.html