16 New York Rooftop Watering Holes That Double as Cool Summer Event Venues

Hotel Americano La Piscine Official PhotoAfter New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Roman Holiday’, it’s time for the rest of us to take a rooftop holiday. An increase in the city’s stylish boutique lodgings has led to a related rise in hotel rooftop bars. What better places to escape street-level construction noise and get together with PR colleagues and clients?

PRNewser compiled a list of rooftop venues across Manhattan where visitors are welcome in small or large groups. Some spots even have swimming pools for hotel guests or for day-use. At the Dream Downtown’s PH-D Rooftop Lounge, you don’t need an advanced degree to use the pool, just pay a steep fee. But be sure to check ahead whether any of these bars are already reserved for private evening events, or you may be lobby-bound.

Our tour of summertime rooftop getaways follows our earlier post about heated rooftop venues. Some lounges listed here serve as retreats and others are for revelry. Either way they beat lower-level summertime options. Among the newer midtown entries are Viceroy Hotel’s roof and Archer Hotel’s Spyglass bar. Since Sonny’s Soda Shoppe at Mondrian SoHo Hotel downtown features an Italian beach theme, it’s an ideal spot for Mayor de Blasio to extend his holiday.


Conrad Hotel Loopy Doopy Bar Thumbnail1. Conrad Hotel – Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
Location: North End Avenue, Battery Park City, 16th floor
Views: New York harbor, Statue of Liberty
Atmosphere: stylish
Space design: open terrace
Decor/Features: alcohol-infused ice pops

Mondrian SoHo Sonny's Soda Shoppe View2. Mondrian SoHo – Sonny’s Soda Shoppe
Location: Crosby Street, 26th floor
Views: 360 degree view of skyline
Atmosphere: Italian coastal glamour
Space design: 3,000 square feet
Decor/Features: Tuscan-inspired; serves gelato

Meatpacking / West Village

STK Downtown Rooftop3. STK Downtown – Rooftop
Location: Little West 12th Street
Views: Hudson River, High Line
Atmosphere: chic
Space design: contemporary
Decor/Features: grill cuisine

Maritime Hotel Cabanas4. Maritime Hotel – the Cabanas
Location: West 16th Street
Views: midtown west
Atmosphere: L.A. beach vibe
Space design: multiple rooms
Decor/Features: summery tones

Dream Downtown PHD Terrace5. Dream Downtown: PH-D Rooftop Lounge
Location: West 16th Street, 12th floor
Views: Empire State Building
Atmosphere: trendy
Space design: indoor/outdoor
Decor/Features: pool use for steep fee


Hotel Americano La Piscine Final6. Hotel Americano – La Piscine
Location: West 27th Street
Views: Hudson River and west side
Atmosphere: casual
Space design: 2 terraces
Decor/Features: petite pool

McKittrick Hotel Gallow Green7. McKittrick Hotel – Gallow Green
Location: West 27th Street
Views: west side, river
Atmosphere: fashionable; reserve ahead
Space design: sits on top of a warehouse
Decor/Features: garden theme, sparkling lights

Murray Hill

Hotel Metro Rooftop8. Hotel Metro – Metro Roof Terrace
Location: West 35th Street, 14th floor
Views: Empire State Building
Atmosphere: low-key
Space design: comfortable seating
Decor/Features: modern patio furniture

Shelburne Hotel Rare View9. The Shelburne Hotel – Rare View
Location: Lexington Avenue at 37th Street, 16th floor
Views: midtown, Chrysler and Empire State Buildings
Atmosphere: casual
Space design: tiled terrace
Decor/Features: bed-style loungers

Archer Hotel Spyglass Bar10. Archer Hotel – Spyglass
Location: West 38th Street, 22nd floor
Views: midtown city, west side
Atmosphere: stylish
Space design: terrace and lounge area
Decor/Features: vintage 1940s, 50s era

Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge11. Pod 39 Hotel – Rooftop
Location: East 39th Street, 17th floor
Views: East River, Chrysler and Empire State Buildings
Atmosphere: international
Space design: 2 stories, indoor/outdoor
Decor/Features: Mediterranean motif, communal cocktails

Midtown West

Skyroom Times Square12. Sky Room
Location: West 40th Street
Views: midtown, Empire State Building
Atmosphere: trendy
Space design: wraparound terrace
Decor/Features: tropical, palm trees

Hyatt Times Square Bar 5413. Hyatt Times Square – Bar 54
Location: West 45th Street, 54th floor
Views: panoramic vistas include NY harbor, midtown skyline, East River
Atmosphere: upscale
Space design: wraparound terrace
Decor/Features: fireplaces

Hudson Terrace14. Hudson Terrace
Location: West 46th Street, 3rd floor
Views: Hudson River, New Jersey
Atmosphere: elegant
Space design: indoor/outdoor
Decor/Features: multiple levels