There are only a few months out of the year that East Coasters get to soak up the sun, and we are in the midst of that season right now.
While NYC has plenty of terraces, patios, and outstanding cocktail bars to visit, there is nothing like a rooftop bar with top-notch views where you can enjoy a frosty drink. Here are five of the hottest rooftop bars NYC has to offer that boast exceptional views and delicious cocktails to match.
Ophelia is a new rooftop cocktail lounge located in the historic Beekman Tower in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood. You can expect timeless, breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan skyline and an ambiance that is intricately beautiful thanks to its historically rich architectural foundation. “Ophelia is truly a hidden gem in Midtown East,” says General Manager Tanya Mykhaylyuk. “Guests will experience incredible 360-degree views, innovative cocktails, delicious bites, and beautiful decor that celebrates the history of the building.”
The bar program is helmed by seasoned bartender Amir Babayoff, who has crafted a two-part menu featuring reimagined classic cocktails and signature drinks inspired by the natural elements and glory of the lounge during its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. One of the standout cocktails, Purple Tuxedo, is a vibrant lavender color and made with gin, Brenninvie Aquavit, velvet falernum, Bianco Montanaro, absinthe, plum bitters, and edible gold flakes. Between the ambiance and the drinks, it’s a spot worth checking out.