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New York, NY
For all of you who love the summer (drinking) in NY heres a compilation of the best rooftops and outdoor bars in NYC.
230 Fifth Ave., twentieth fl., between 26th and 27th Sts.; 212-725-4300
If the Miami Vice boys wanted somewhere to land their chopper, not only would the city's largest rooftop bar be spacious enough, but Sonny and Rico would feel right at home among the palm trees and the endless expanse of wooden benches.
The View: The Empire State Building to the north, the MetLife building to the east, and Jersey to the west.
The Menu: $14 cocktails incorporate purées made of guava, cactus, and blood orange; bar snacks range from fried shrimp to the Malaysian Romli Burger.
The Hours: Daily, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
60 Thompson, 60 Thompson St., between Spring and Broome Sts.; 877-431-0400
Hotelier Jason Pomeranc's elegant members-only rooftop bar happens to be less exclusive than it seems. Sure, gaining access is a helluva lot easier if you're his gal pal Shannen Doherty, but would-be partiers can also score a key card by getting a room.
The View: The thirteenth-floor terrace showcases the skylines of midtown and lower Manhattan.
The Menu: Mixed drinks with fresh exotic fruits run $10 to $14 while the spicy Thai hors d’oeuvre are similarly priced at $12 to $16.
The Hours: Daily, 5 p.m. to midnight through Labor Day
210 W 55th St; (212) 956-7020
Dreamy rooftop at the Dream hotel
35 E. 13th St., at University Pl.; 212-979-6677
NYU students who couldn't make it to Florida for spring break seek solace at this campus clubhouse which opened its Miami-themed rooftop garden in June. Amid the palms and illuminated panels, revelers can pretend they're in South Beach—and of legal drinking age.
The View: Opaque screens surrounding the deck mean the only place to look is up.
The Menu: Well drinks are $6, while the 13-ini, the bar's signature Absolute Mandarin-based beverage, costs $7.
The Hours: Mon., 7 p.m. to midnight; Tue., 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Wed. to Fri., 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sat., 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sun, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
B-Bar & Grill
40 E 4th St , New York , NY , 10003-7004
Packs a buzz on balmy summer evenings.
Bed New York
530 W. 27th St., between Tenth and Eleventh Aves.; 212-594-4109
As of Memorial Day weekend, Bed New York is inviting you to rise and shine on the roof. This 7,000-square-foot outdoor haven for hedonists is equipped with the same oversize Tempur-Pedic mattresses as the nightclub's main space, plus two fully stocked bars, and seating areas throughout.
The View: Shots of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building impress, but people-watching may prove more entertaining.
The Menu: Unconventional cocktails include the Bed Knob, a mixture of Knob Creek, maple syrup, lemon, apple cider, ginger beer, and a splash of ginger honey.
The Hours: Mon., 7 p.m. to midnight; Tue. to Wed., 7 p.m. to midnight; Thurs., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri. to Sat, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m
Boat Basin Cafe
W 79th St , New York , NY , 10024
Seasonal outdoor dining spot where the views and the pub-grub eats just don't get any better.
Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave , Astoria , NY , 11102
The last of its kind, this old Astoria landmark beer garden soldiers on.
Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave., at 41st St.; 212-983-4500
With its brick walls, lovely floral displays, and abundance of reading material, the terrace of the Library Hotel's rooftop bar could pass for the patio of an Upper East Side townhouse.
The View: The majestic Lefcourt building rises across the street.
The Menu: Elegant concoctions like the Chambord Royale, which artfully blends Stoli Vanilla, Chambord, and fresh grapefruit juice.
The Hours: Mon. to Sat., 4 p.m. to midnight; Sun., closed
Cabana or La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel
Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-242-4300
Of all the red-hot cocktail aeries that have opened in the past few years, Cabana at the Maritime fulfills the fantasy best. In the summer, this place feels like a trendy L.A. nightclub: heat lamps, leafy plants, tropical wallpaper, strappy sandals, blue cushions, halter tops, and even some celebrities.
The View: Sean Penn, Sam Rockwell, and the sisters Hilton have been sighted in the past.
The Menu: No more frozen mojito, but cool off with a bottle of sake or a martini with fresh lychee juice ($12).
The Hours: Tue. to Thurs., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri. to Sat., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. to Mon., closed
168 Delancey St., at Clinton St.; 212-254-9920
At this time of year, the rooftop is this rock club's main draw. As for the bouncer guarding the staircase, he's there to prevent overcrowding, not to grade your outfit. And while lots of bars hype tar roofs as alfresco, this space actually has it going on in a southern-greenhouse sort of way, with benches, fountains, even a grill.
The View: A clear shot of the Williamsburg Bridge.
The Menu: The margarita machine churns out frozen blends for $8 apiece. Meanwhile, bottled beer and well drinks run a reasonable $6.
The Hours: Daily, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
The Heights Bar & Grill
2867 Broadway, between 111th and 112th Sts.; 212-866-7035
Students and locals flock to this second-story Morningside Heights bar with its semi-retractable roof. You'll pay $6 for a margarita, but dude, you'll be so wasted you won't even care.
The View: The only thing that will make you feel high up are your beer goggles.
The Menu: Frozen margaritas ($6.50) and stuffed-to-bursting burritos ($5.50-$11.95)
The Hours: Mon. to Wed., 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thu. to Sun., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hotel Metro Rooftop Bar
Hotel Metro, 45 W. 35th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.; 212-279-3535
We'll grant you it's a bit sketchy, but this rooftop jam is surprisingly fun with cheap beer and an unpretentious after-work crowd.
The View: A close-up of the Empire State Building
The Menu: $5 cans of Bud or $6 bottles of Corona ($3, 5:30pm-7:30pm)
The Hours: Mon. to Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun, closed
Hudson Sky Terrace
The Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves.; 212-554-6303
Now this is a summer camp we'll never-ever-ever write tear-stained letters—gasp!—begging you to—sob!—pick us up from. Pinky swear. Why just look at the brochure: Fanciful cocktails, table servants (excuse us, service), even a hammock. But since our mom won't give us the money to stay here, we'll be prowling for plastered hotel guests in the Library Bar.
The View: A fifteenth-floor terrace affords glimpses of the Hudson River, as well as Ninth Avenue stretching toward lower Manhattan
The Menu: Refreshments like the Strawberry Coconut Caipirinha and White Sangria practically scream summertime.
The Hours: Daily, noon to 10 p.m. through October
New York, NY
The Garden of Ono
Between Little West 12th Street and 13th Street
The bamboo-filled outdoor gardens are the restaurant/bars most coveted see-and-be-seen seating in warmer months
China Club, 268 W. 47th St., between Broadway and Eighth Ave.; 212-398-3800
Off the packed and sweaty dance floor, an Asian-themed terrace offers a serene palm-frond oasis. Unlike the other rooftops on this list, the Jade Terrace is primarily a dance club, so if you're looking to avoid cover charges, beefy bouncers, and a hey-baby vibe, go elsewhere. Note: Thursdays boast a buffet. ($20 cover)
The View: Times Square towers.
The Menu: Summer drinks ($9-$15) include mojitos, a white sangria made with champagne instead of wine, and a cocktail incorporating mango vodka and lemon and lime juices.
The Hours: Mon. and Thurs. to Sat, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sun. and Tue., closed
Larry Flynt's Hustler Club
641 W. 51st St., at Twelfth Ave.; 212-247-2460
The vision of the West Side Highway from the new "adult rooftop" wouldn't inspire anyone to propose to his girlfriend, but that's just fine for the cigar puffers who aren't thinking of marriage when they're staring at the busty barmaid.
The View: Banker wankers killing bills on silicone sisters.
Menu: The Hustler no longer serves food, so make do with a beer or cocktail.
The Hours: Mon-Fri, 6pm-4am; Sat, 8pm-4am; Sun, closed
1 Penn Pl., Eighth Ave. at 33rd St.; 212-629-7070
Okay, so not much is exhilarating about the rooftop of a one-story building, but those looking to unwind before their train back to the burbs could do worse than snagging a seat at the smattering of tables or at the elevated patio bar atop this casual beer bar near Penn Station.
The View: Chat up the folks on the upper decks of the tour buses that constantly roll by.
Menu: Sliders, nachos, chicken tenders: You get the idea. Pomegranate martini, $10; beers, $6.
The Hours: Daily, 11am-2am
Middle of Union Square
Fun, casual outdoor bar in the middle of Union Square with killer margaritas!
17 W. 32nd St., between Broadway and Fifth Ave.; fourteenth fl.; 212-290-2460
This Koreatown rooftop boîte, hidden atop the La Quinta budget hotel, is the antidote to karaoke-room claustrophobia. Although throw pillows and beach chairs lend a beach-house vibe, the drink prices are decidedly left of Hamptons.
The View: Who cares that you're drinking with tourists when the Empire State Building is all aglow directly overhead.
The Menu: A sheaf of delivery menus rescues those swayed by the pomegranate martini, made with liqueur and cranberry juice. During the 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. happy hour, a $1 discount means $4-$5 beers and $5-$8 wines.
The Hours: Daily, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.
118 Tenth Ave., between 17th and 18th Sts.; 212-352-3313
Our young spies say that the Park, which has seen scads of A-list celebs and Vice-toting debs pass through its kooky environs over the years, shows zilch signs of cooling (hell, Gisele Bundchen threw a modelicious bash here, so there you have it). But just as sexy as its patrons is the rooftop penthouse, complete with a hot tub that's known to get especially naughty on Sunday nights, when the boys come out for a romp in "The Rambles."
The View: Eye candy compensates for a lackluster third-floor-level take on West Chelsea.
The Menu: Nobody's here for the food: It's all about the sangria, $11 fresh-fruit cocktails such as the banana coolata (vanilla, Kalhua, fresh banana purée, and sweetened coconut milk) and mango and raspberry mojitos.
The Hours: Fri-Sat, 11pm-4am; Mon-Thu, Sun, closed
The Pen-Top Bar & Terrace
The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St.; 212-903-3097
The Pen-Top's clubby vibe and Astroturf has been replaced with a new glass-encased bar resembling a big block of incandescent ice. Kinda cool in a slick 007 way, but sorta cheesy and souped-up Mars 2112, too. Still, there's no shortage of tables on the sizable slate-topped terrace.
The View: Stunning views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park, as well as midtown architectural gems like the Citicorp Center.
The Menu: $20 apple martinis and the $80 Jewel in a Glass (Louis Roederer Cristal and Dolce Far Niente) keep out the riffraff.
The Hours: Fri. to Sat., 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Mon. to Thurs., 4 p.m. to midnight through September 30
Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave., at 13th St.; 877-426-7386
Elbow your way into the elevator and travel up to the hip and hellishly crowded Plunge, in the fifteen-floor penthouse. You'll exit directly into the bar area, which is open when the weather is warm and covered by a glass greenhouse-like structure when it's rainy or chilly.
The View: Great shots of lower Manhattan and New Jersey, not to mention the Soho House's pool.
The Menu: Basic cocktails start at $14.
The Hours: Daily, 11am-4am
Shelburne Murray Hill, 303 Lexington Ave., at 37th St.; 212-481-1999
Rare Bar & Grill, the popular hamburger eatery inside the Shelburne, has taken charge of the hotel's roof bar and decked it out with tables, chairs, and an elevated bed. The efforts have paid off as twentysomething Murray Hillers are making this a pre-party pit stop. Just don't say we didn't warn you about the bathroom lines.
The View: A sixteenth-floor bar with outstanding midtown views, including the Chrysler Building
The Menu: $15 mango margaritas and blood-orange cosmos, as well as hulking burgers downstairs in the grill.
The Hours: Mon. to Sat., 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun, closed
Roof Garden Café
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-535-7710
So...if that Andy Goldsworthy sculpture could speak, what do you think it would say? We'll let you puzzle that out, up on the romantic rooftop of the Met, where art, hot Italian tourists, frozen daiquiris, and colossal Central Park views converge into one juggernaut of a drinking experience. If you can't manage a pickup line in a place like this well, then, you're hopeless.
The View: A fifth-floor garden surrounded by the park, its skyline, and sculpture installations that change every summer.
The Menu: Sparkling wine and ham-and-brie baguettes.
The Hours: Fri. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tue. to Thurs. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Mon, closed
The Terrace at Sutton Place Bar and Restaurant
1015 Second Ave., between 53rd and 54th Sts.; 212-207-3777
The good news first: Sutton Place has a huge rooftop patio with lots of tables and a long, snaking bar worthy of Club Med. The bad news: It's a tad bland in that East Side sports-guy kind of way. Apparently some people just feel more comfortable in khakis.
The View: A third-floor terrace overlooking Second Avenue.
The Menu: $8 cocktails and generic pub grub
The Hours: Sun. to Wed., noon to 1 a.m.; Thu. to Sat., noon to 4 a.m.
White Horse Tavern
Hudson and W. 11th.
Casual beers and sidewalk picnic tables at this local West Village watering hole.
New York, NY
Don't forget Frying Pan on 22nd along the Hudson River. Just north of Chelsea Piers. Drinkin on a boat = Fun!