A highlight of any trip to NYC is taking in the eye-popping city views from a buzzy rooftop, cocktail in hand. Whether you prefer vistas of skyscraper spires or the Hudson River, these are the best hotel rooftop bars in New York City.
Cocktails come with a dose of history and knockout 360-degree views at Ophelia, located on the 26th floor of the Beekman Tower. This prized Art Deco building was once a women-only hotel and later a favorite drinking den of Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis. Today, the bar experience is part architectural tour (the centerpiece trio of iron framework windows date from the 1920s), part interior design tutorial (fine Italian textiles pair with curious antiques), and full-on mixology masterclass from head mixologist, Amir Babayoff. The signature concoction, Ophelia’s Ascension, is a mad-scientist mix of cedar smoke, Sri Lankan palm sugar, bourbon, mezcal and more, while bites keep things classic with oysters, steak tartare and local cheese all on the menu. Full walls of windows keep the East River and Midtown views on brilliant display through four seasons, while the north- and south-facing terraces supply a magical summer setting.