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New York City Bars to Visit on Your Next Trip to the Big Apple – GooPdf News

New York City Bars to Visit on Your Next Trip to the Big Apple – GooPdf News

Flying into New York City is where your holiday begins – thanks to Hollywood, the NYC skyline is something we’ve all romanticised about since we first watched “New York Minute” with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, or “Home Alone: Lost In New York”, and depending on where you sit on the plan, it’s a magic sight you’re treated to as you descend. Once on ground, a trip to the city that never sleeps isn’t complete without immersing yourself in that view from as many angles as possible. 

You can, of course, do the classic touristy adventures to Top Of The Rock and the Empire State Building to capture the high-rise sight of New York. But a) it’s hard to visit these locations at the golden hour of sunset, and b) even if you manage to, you can’t do it with a cocktail in hand. Enter New York City’s array of rooftop bars. Dotted all across the city’s boroughs, each offers a different slice of NYC. 

Here are a few of our current favourites. 

Refinery Rooftop 

Refinery Rooftop - new york city bars
Instagram / @refineryrooftop

Where: Midtown 

Best for: First-time tourists 

If you’re enamoured by the Empire State Building (who isn’t?), you’ll love Refinery Rooftop. It has one of the best views of this iconic piece of architecture, and as dusk settles and the Empire State lights up, you’ll be treated to dinner and a light show. Try to score a table on the outdoor terrace for the best views – if not, the interior bar is always full and thrumming, just don’t get too caught up and forget to head out for a few evening snaps. 

Panorama Room 

Instagram / @panoramaroomnyc

Where: Roosevelt Island 

Best for: Escaping the crowds 

Watch this space because we believe Panorama Room is about to become big news. The hidden gem is situated at the top of the Graduate Hotel and only opened in 2021, so word hasn’t fully gotten out yet about its eye-watering views of Manhattan, and its seriously chic interior aesthetic. A little retro, a little luxe, this would make a great date night spot and it’s easy to get to using the subway. 


Westlight - best nyc bars
Instagram / @westlightnyc

Where: Greenpoint 

Best for: Starting the night 

Westlight is industrial-chic Brooklyn at its best. Head up 22 levels for panoramic views of Manhattan as the sun sets, and enjoy delicious share plates and cocktails inspired by New York City. What’s best about Westlight is the ample outdoor seating area, meaning scoring the best spot in the house isn’t an impossible feat. Still, it’s worth arriving before sunset if you want the coveted edge tables. 

The Ready Rooftop 

The Ready Rooftop - nyc bar
Instagram / @thereadyrooftop

Where: East Village 

Best for: Low key fun 

Atop the Moxy Hotel you’ll find The Ready Rooftop, which offers a much more relaxed vibe than many of New York’s fancier rooftop bars. There’s plenty of space to lounge with friends or cosy up in corner nooks with dates, and the eclectic design feels like you’re at a really rich but laid-back celebrity’s personal terrace. 

Le Bain 

Le Bain - bars in new york city
Instagram / @lebainnyc

Where: Greenwich Village 

Best for: People-watching 

This long-standing New York rooftop bar is a must-visit if you want to immerse yourself in the style set. There’s a jacuzzi (and a vending machine where you can buy swimwear, if you forgot yours), skyline views and a pumping atmosphere most evenings, so it’s also a great place to start a party night. Prices are steep, but the energy is always high. 

The Summer Club 

The Summer Club - bars in new york city
Instagram / @summerclubnyc

Where: Long Island City 

Best for: Swimming with a view 

Many tourists will visit New York and never get off Manhattan. At best, they may venture into Brooklyn – but omitting the other boroughs would be a mistake if you want some of the hippest nightlife the city has to offer. The Summer Club is an NYC oasis on hot days, and a hidden one at that. Perched atop Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, it hosts DJs and is more of a daytime experience, where you can sip a spicy margarita from your own private, shaded cabana. 

The Water Tower 

The water tower
Instagram / @thewatertowerbar

Where: Williamsburg 

Best for: Instagram photos 

It doesn’t get more aesthetic for the ‘Gram than The Water Tower, a bar-above-a-bar inside the Williamsburg Hotel. Underneath, you’ll find an outdoor pool with views and, as day turns to night, usually a party atmosphere with DJs spinning decks. Head up the spiral staircase however to The Water Tower, which now houses a small bar, narrow balcony and a more subdued lounge atmosphere. 

The Rockaway

Instagram / @therockaway

Where: Rockaway Beach 

Best for: Something different 

Beach views? In New York? You might not be visiting NYC for its beaches, but a trip out to Rockaway Beach is worthwhile. Full of history and offering up a different side of the city, it’s now home to a seriously stylish rooftop bar courtesy of The Rockaway Hotel. With its pale wood accents and abundant natural light, the bar feels like its been lifted from Malibu, and offers great views of the Manhattan skyline and the Atlantic Ocean.


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