Best NYC Rooftop Bars
Pop 5: Best NYC Rooftop Bars For a Panoramic Buzz
We're taking our buzz to another level. Preferably located way above sea level (hello, rooftop!) with fabulous cityscape views and a stellar selection of stiff drinks. Last week we asked you which rooftop bars struck your fancy; today we present our Pop 5 rooftop destinations that not only soar above the rest, quite literally, but keep us coming back to the nosebleed section.
- Jimmy at The James New York (15 Thompson St., 212-201-9118, pictured above) Perched 18 stories high, The Jimmy exudes a 1970s cool that, frankly, we can't get enough of. The swanky blue and cinnamon-colored interior gives way to sweeping views of Manhattan from all angles. Nightlife veterans Larry Poston, David Rabin, and Johnny Swet created an impeccably chic rooftop steal-away, complete with an outdoor pool. Midnight dip, anyone? It doesn't get much better than that.
- The Delancey (168 Delancey St., 212-254-9920) Judging by this nightlife spot's motto, "all good things come in threes," we'd have to agree that The Delancey really takes the cake. By visiting this Lower East Side triple threat — music venue, nightclub, and rooftop bar — you run the risk of never moving onto your next destination. The Delancey's tropical (palm trees everywhere), open-air rooftop bar comes with a full-service bar and a total cocktail attitude.
- La Birreria (200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560) Since the long-awaited opening of Mario Batali's rooftop beer garden, La Birreria has been jam-packed with the suds-and-sausage seekers. With a stunning set of views from Eataly's higher ground, the only thing you should be worried about is finding a place to settle.
- Juliette (135 N. 5th St., 718-388-9222) Williamsburg's answer to Manhattan's high-profile rooftop bars comes in the form of one quaint French outdoor terrace overlooking the south-facing tip of Bedford Avenue. The backyard garden-like atmosphere makes it too easy to nurse a couple of glasses of wine in the great outdoor "rooftop" space.
- 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave., 212-725-4300) A classic rooftop bar standby, 230 Fifth's campy tropical decor, hooded red robes (for the colder months), and two full bars have seen many a tipsy New Yorker. Be prepared to encounter lots of frat types here. If that doesn't bother you, you're in for a great night under the stars.