From Midtown to Williamsburg: 6 of New York City’s Best Winter Rooftops

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Enjoy winter on one of these New York City rooftops. Find more of our favorite New York rooftop bar picks here.

Where there’s a city with a spectacular skyline, there’s a way to see it from up high.

Perhaps nowhere is that more true than in New York City, one of the most visited cities in the world.

Sure, NYC’s rooftops are renowned as popular hangouts when the weather’s warm and the living’s carefree (summer Fridays, anyone?), but many are just as — if not more — exciting in winter.

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, understands the love for a New York City rooftop: “The pinnacle of NYC nightlife is our rooftops.”

“The recent increase in elevated winter offerings by hotels and entertainment venues proves that demand is strong, even as the weather grows colder,” says Dixon.

From ice rinks to cozy igloos to warm beverages, New York has something for every visitor — and every travel season:


The art deco Beekman tower, built in the 1920s, is one of the New York City skyline’s architectural stunners. Nestled between Sutton Place and The United Nations on Manhattan’s east side, locals and visitors delight in the clubby feel of the iconic building’s 26th floor rooftop bar, Ophelia.

This winter, Ophelia has morphed into a living snow globe, alight with stars and sparklers all in white. Enjoy expertly crafted cocktails while taking in the sweeping views of the East River and Midtown, a singular spot to enjoy the delights of the winter season.

And if the holiday crowds are too intimidating, consider a post-holiday gathering at Ophelia. As Dixon notes: “Travelers who choose the months of January and February to explore New York City are rewarded with a more intimate, tranquil experience.” Dixon cites cheaper hotel rates too, sweetening the deal further.

Ophelia, 3 Mitchell Place, New York, NY 10017, +1 (212) 980-4796