I know I’m not the only one excited for summer, right?! And with summer on the horizon, that means ROOFTOP SEASON IS HERE!!!
Honestly rooftop bars are my favorite - you get to enjoy nice views while sipping on your favorite summer drink. With so many options in New York, you might feel a little overwhelmed to make a decision, so here’s a few places to try out.
This is probably one of the most famous rooftops in NYC because of its amazing view of the Empire State Building right next to it. Besides the rooftop bar, they also have a club on the lower floor.
This is a place you can actually go year round, and during winter they put a “glass igloo” and heaters on the roof and offer their famous red robes that you’ve probably have seen on Instagram. (Available from November to May)
During the summer it’s a very popular spot, so if you want to grab a table you have to get there early – it’s first come, first serve, or purchase a bottle (recommended if you’re going to celebrate something with many people).
It’s dress code is casual - you’ll see people wearing jeans, t shirt and sneakers – most likely tourists that walked around NY the entire day - and also people wearing high heels and designer bags.
If you’re under 21 you can attend brunch hours (10am to 4pm).
ADDRESS: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Public Hotel is a 4 star hotel in the Lower East Side and it’s honestly my favorite rooftop bar! The entrance to the hotel is definitely Instagram worthy lol. The LED lights on the escalator and elevators will make you feel like you’re about to enter a crazy party.
The roof area is not that large but accommodates a good amount of people. The drinks are a little more expensive than usual, but that’s expected for NY with a view…
Expect to see very beautiful and stylish people. Their dress code is no shorts, tank tops, “gym” sneakers and flip flops. It’s casual, but not THAT casual.
You definitely won’t see as many tourists as 230 Fifth.
ADDRESS: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
Westlight at The William Vale Hotel
This hotel is located in Williamsburg, which means that you’ll have the best view of Manhattan. Another plus is the rooftop pool that is available for non-guests also – in that case a day pass is required, which goes from $100 for a lounge chair to $500 for a cabana.
The lower area (on the 22th floor), is where the bar is located and access is free. There are many tables available via reservation. The bar has also food/snacks from chef Andrew Carmellini.
When you go to Williamsburg, you expect to see a lot of hipsters, so that being said, you’ll have an idea of what the “dress code” is like.
ENTRANCE: FREE - Just to rooftop bar.
ADDRESS: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
This summer I’ll be trying out a few new places and will make sure to share all my experiences with you guys. If you want to see where I’ve been going, follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove to see everything in real time.