Coolest Rooftop Bar's In The City

Would New York even be New York without the world's coolest rooftop bars and terraces? We didn't think so either.

by Catherine Hamilton


Enjoy the signature ‘Hemingway’ cocktail at the casual yet majestic bar atop of the elegant and boutique Library Hotel. Located in Midtown East at 299 Madison Ave (at 41st street), the fireplaces, quaint brick architecture and skyline provide a quintessential NYC atmosphere. Sip on the Hemingway, made of mint, champagne and rum, while taking in the scenes of the enclosed greenhouse and plethora of buildings surrounding you. Get to know some native New Yorkers and chat with some of the delightfully diverse range of visitors varying anywhere from city executives to poets and publishers.

Top of the Strand

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A short walk from Bryant Park at 33 West 37th Street, Top of the Strand Bar offers dramatic views of the Empire State Building as well as other key buildings in the Manhattan skyline. Take the elevator up to the 21st floor of the Marriot Vacation Club Pulse and let the sparking city lights and modern décor take your breath away. A retractable glass doors slides over the area during colder months, ensuring that visitors can enjoy panoramic views all year long. This bar also allows anyone to rent out the space for private parties.


Bar 65 at Rainbow Room

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Take a trip to the highest outdoor bar at the iconic Rainbow Room, home of NBC Universal Studios and savor a drink and some handcrafted hors d’oeuvres and platter selections atop of Bar 65. Opened in 1934 by the Rockefeller family, the Rainbow Room hosted an abundance of events and celebrities in its historically rich 80 plus years. With arguably some of the best views in the city, make sure to make a reservation way in advance in order to secure a table here.

Mr. Purple

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Make your way downtown to the lower East Side and to Mr. Purple on top of Hotel Indigo. The urban and trendy bar offers two roof decks. Like many of the other destinations, you can rent out Mr. Purple for private parties. Previous famous parties included Patricia Clarkson’s celebration for her film “Learning to Drive” and a Moet and Chandon Party where celebrities such as Bradley Cooper and Martin Scorsese host the events.

Gallow Green

Stop by for a drink, light snack and dinner or come on Saturday or Sunday morning for their famous brunch. Step out of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and into a 1940s fairytale-like setting. This hidden treasure will soon become your go-to spot enabling you to take a break from your scheduled and regular 9-5 life. Make sure to stay until dark to experience a near magical atmosphere stemming from the band, ambiance and staff.

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