Top NYC Rooftops Open for Winter

Top NYC Rooftops Open for Winter

As we approach mid-winter and start to tire of going back and forth to work in the dark, there is a wee bit of summer that awaits you if you’re lucky enough to be in New York City.

We’re talking about the rooftop bar, previously considered a summertime-only indulgence. NYC actually boasts more than 20 places where you can take in the views while imbibing your favorite adult beverages, all while staying warm and cozy. 


The Rooftop at Time Out Market

Two words: Igloo enclosures. Need more reasons to visit? How about the amazing views of the riverfront and impressive food Time Out Market serves up in their winterized rooftop? The proprietors have thought of everything – from drinks to food to views to the decor – in order to for you to have a memorable evening. And yes, the outdoor terrace boasts igloo-like spaces for you to, well, chill.


Last Light at Sister City

If you love a good hotel bar (and who doesn’t?), Last Light has two rooftop decks where you can take in the NYC skyline. A few blocks from The New Museum, this 11th-floor bar gives you panoramic views while you enjoy cocktails and nosh on delicious bites.


Broken Shaker

If you’re serious about shaking off winter, then head to Gramercy and the Broken Shaker. Their signature tropical drinks have vaulted them to James Beard Award finalist stature and winner of Tales of the Cocktails Best American Hotel Bar. The rooftop bar provides sweeping views of the city while you enjoy handcrafted cocktails with exotic ingredients to banish the winter blues.



If slouching into a banquette and enjoying views of the East River is your thing, then you need to make your way past the doorman, through the lobby, into the elevator and up to the 26th floor of Beekman Tower to Ophelia’s rooftop bar. It’s decadently decorated, vintage-inspired, and has a 360-degree greenhouse where you can enjoy five-star food and artisanal cocktails. They also have special events (V-Day plans?) and DJs on weekends.


The Rooftop at PUBLIC

For appreciating architecture while experiencing jaw-dropping, 360-views of the city, you need to head to Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel. This hot spot appears to be floating and that’s how you’ll feel in this sophisticated, sexy, and swanky bar. Come early for the sunset and stay for the city lights, just plan to be wowed.



Over in Williamsburg, take the dedicated elevator to the glass box sitting atop The William Vale to take in sweeping views. The drink menu stays fresh with a mix of classics, rare finds, craft beer, and fine wine. Global street food influences the small plates menu in this unforgettable hotel rooftop bar.