If you’re looking for some of the best bars in New York, there’s no better place to start than on a roof. At these lofty bars you’ll regularly encounter elevated price tags and throngs of birthday parties, but that’s OK – after all, you’re here for the unparalleled views, a bit of sunshine and at least one order of chips and guacamole. These are Manhattan’s best rooftop bars to enjoy some high-elevation drinking.
Visit Ophelia, Frank Sinatra’s old stomping ground
Not much can distract from the 360-degree river views from this 26th-floor bar, a former haunt of Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. Towering windows line every portion of the bar, offset by velvet couches and flickering candles. Belly up to the bar for Ophelia’s Ascension (smoked Jamaican pepper-infused Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Sri Lanka palm sugar, aromatic bitters and cedar smoke), then plop down on a velvet stool with a plate of crisp spring rolls filled with lobster.