Summer is coming. As the days become longer and the sun grows stronger every New Yorker is looking for a cure to their springtime fever. Rooftop bars serve as Manhattans solution for getting that fresh air fix after a sultry summer day. They provide an amazing backdrop, giving an otherworldly air which separates you from the rush down below so you can focus on the task at hand: having fun. Having access to the most elite venues, a Birdseye view of New York’s skyline and exotic, thirst quenching cocktails makes that nostalgic feeling of summer recess go away. That’s why we would like to share what we view as the 5 best rooftops in NYC.
1. Soho HouseFounded in London in 1995, Soho House has grown to have 13 locations in the world’s trendiest destinations, the UK, Berlin, Istanbul, West Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and our beloved New York. Known for its hip, boutique vibes this hotel/members’ club is Manhattans hotspot for the innovators of New York’s fashion, music, advertising and film industries. Unique to any other establishment in Manhattan, Soho House cultivates a community of members who can relate on the common ground? ?of creativity. Only .2 miles from the High Line guests overlook downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River while lounging by the rooftop pool. The Soho House in NYC offers premium cocktails including the classics: Old Fashionends and Grey Goose Martinis. Perfect for parties, or a long day of rooftop bliss Soho House serves pitchers of select cocktails? ?including the Soho Mule (vodka, lime, ginger, soda water) and the Picante de la Casa (tequila, red chili, cilantro, lime, agave nectar).
2. Le Bain at the Standard
Located on the top of the Standard Hotel this High Line NYC venue rising 18 stories offers more than one could imagine for entertainment, accommodation and atmosphere.? ?Le Bain is a penthouse discotheque known for hosting parities with world-famous DJ’s. ??Le Bain features a 35-foot long bar with a lounge atmosphere that has artificial grass, lounge chairs and over sized ottomans. Le Bain’s Hudson River view along with its signature Frozen Grapefruit Gimlet serves as their main attraction for summer happy hours. Centered at this spacious rooftop club, guests can soak in the hot tub while indulging in bottle service. For those who forget to pack swimsuits, no worries…Le Bain’s bathrooms come equip with bathing suit stocked vending machines for both men and women. This rooftop is the ideal spot for both day and nighttime events. After a long night out guests can enjoy the perks of Le Bain’s crepeire, open past 2am!
3. Refinery Rooftop
Located in the heart of the fashion district, Refinery Hotel is in walking distance of some? ?on New York City’s most famous attractions, Bryant Park, Times Square and the Empire State Building. Refinery Rooftop bar and lounge features three different areas, an indoor room with a fireplace and cozy chairs, an outdoor terrace to enjoy the skyline on? ?Manhattan and an indoor-outdoor patio with a retractable glass roof. This bar’s signature? ?cocktail list, created by their personal mixologist, focuses on natural yet innovative? ?recipes. Some handcrafted drinks that Refinery Rooftop serves are their Modern Manhattan (Hudson Manhattan Rye, Carpano Antica Formula, Black Walnut Bitters), Pumpkin Old Fashioned and Luster (Plymouth Gin, Muddle Cucumber, White Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Pimms No.1). Refinery Rooftop is a rustic yet elegant place known for their unique drinks, appetizers and priceless views.
4. Sunsets at The Jane
This historic rooftop located in the West Village has just recently opened to the pubic for the first time. Originally built in 1908 as a hotel for sailors this landmark hotel hosted survivors of the Titanic. During the ‘80’s and ‘90’s the hotel held many rock-n-roll events adapting to downtown New York’s bohemian culture. The patio’s breathtaking views of the Hudson River make for a romantic spot to enjoy a cocktail at dusk. Drinks at The Jane including the Hemingway Daiquiri, with Starr African rum, the lavender and white peach Bellini and the West Street Sunset (tequila, orange bitters, blackberry brandy) are served at the rooftops antique bar. The Jane can promise the most serene rooftop atmosphere in Manhattan due to their reservation only policy to ensure it never get too crowned.
5. Jimmy at The James New York
This 18 story high Soho rooftop boasts itself on its sexy, social atmosphere framed by the Manhattan skyline. Through the 14- foot windows guests are able to see panoramic views of Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson River and the East River. The rooftop bar is a contemporary interpretation of a classic 1970’s pub with a New York twist. Herringbone floors, leather trimmed solid wood bar top, tiled walls, a fireplace and blue upholstery create a sharp and stylish atmosphere to enjoy the freshest of cocktails. The Jimmy is unique in that their drinks are made from homemade ingredients including syrups and herbs grown in the hotels personal garden. Served seasonally Jimmy’s famous Grapes of Wrath cocktail (cucumber vodka, St. Germain, seltzer, fresh rosemary) is a must have before the weather gets cold. The Jimmy rooftop includes a private pool featuring teak wood decking and outdoor showers for those hot summer days. The James New York rooftop offers a sophisticated vibe that captures the essence of Manhattan.