As summer approaches, the cold recedes, and the sun shines just a little brighter each day, the rooftop terrace bars of New York City begin to open up again for the season. After a long winter, the urban drinkers of this great metropolis can’t wait to head outside to imbibe. Fortunately, rooftop bars, nestled high above the clamor of the streets, are plentiful. Here’s a list of some of the best and what they have to offer this spring and summer.
Sixty-five floors up at the top of Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive claims to be the highest rooftop bar in New York City. The views are stunning, especially at sunset, with the city spreading out in all directions. Enjoy a drink outside on the terrace – try the Nucky Thompson, a take on a Manhattan with Elijah Craig bourbon, dry vermouth, and Aperol - or mingle with celebrities, tourists, and a well-attired after-work crowd inside and sample some small plates.
This is the perfect spot for those who want to visit Times Square but would prefer to watch the teeming masses rather than elbowing their way through them. Come for a pre-theater three-course dinner, and return after the show to listen to DJs spinning dance music and enjoy cocktails like the Passionate Affair, made with Stoli Vanilla, Lejay Cassis, orange juice and prosecco.=