Where to Experience the Best Bar Views in NYC: Rooftops Open All Year Long

Don't let uncooperative weather keep you from the views of New York City's rooftop restaurants and bars. Skylines mix with a lavish ambiances to make for impeccable evenings. From The Hudson Terrace to Ophelia, there's always a rooftop party to attend all year long.

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: roof at 66 park

roof at 66 park cocktails

The new roof at 66 park atop The Kitano Hotel New York is now open for light bites and signature drinks, with both indoor and outdoor options. The east terrace offers views of the Empire State Building and the west terrace offers views of the Chrysler Building and other New York City wonders. Sophisticated classic cocktails will keep you coming back. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-midnight. 66 Park Ave., 212-885-7066,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Hendricks Rooftop

hendricks rooftop

Looking for year-long-cocktails? Well, look no further! Hendricks Rooftop has two bars that are opened all year long to fulfill all of your drink needs! We suggest trying the Wigle, Wigle, Wigle for an experience that tastes as great as it sounds. This rooftop also has an amazing view of the city that elevates the already sophisticated atmosphere to a whole other level. Stop by at night to see the bar in action, or book it during the day for your dream event. 25 W. 38th St., 833-436-3745,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Monarch

Perfectly located between 5th and 6th ave, Monarch has the most stunning view of the Empire State Building. Enjoy taking Instagram worthy pictures with the view or the elegant yet trendy decore — all while sipping on crafted cocktails that Keep it 100. The Monarch is also the perfect place to dance the night away. At 10 pm on Friday and Saturday, they crank the music up and blast the best Top 40 hits! 71 W 35th St, 212-630-9993,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: The Moxy 

The Moxy Magic Hour

Eighteen stories high, the Moxy boasts an over-the-top rooftop scene. The Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge boasts amazing cocktails and two separate outdoor areas named after their locations. The "East Side" faces the Empire State Building and has elegant décor and a garden-esque atmosphere, while The West Side is more playful with a carnival theme that includes a rotating, carousel-like floor in one section. 485 Seventh Ave., 212-268-0188,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: The Royalton 

What’s better than a rooftop bar that’s open all year round? A rooftop bar that features a heated pool! Visit the rooftop at the Royalton Park Avenue to experience amazing cocktails poolside at any time of the year. 420 Park Ave., 212-317-2900,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Refinery

Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop is one of the most accommodating rooftops the city has to offer. It's enclosed with a retractable glass roof which does not take away from the view in any way. There are heat lamps during the colder months. Refinery also features a special allergy menu where every possible allergy is marked so those with sensitivities can enjoy a night out with zero worries. 63 W. 38th St., 646-664-0372,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Ophelia's

Grand Terrace 3

See a 360-degree view of the city and the East River at Ophelia, which stands 26 floors high above the far east side of midtown. Spend your funday at the bar with Sunday specials like Ophelia’s Mimosa featuring Villa Sandi prosecco, Mandarine Napoléon liqueur, orange foam,  and orange bitters. It goes perfectly with Ophelia's lobster and corn fritters. 3 Mitchell Pl., 212-980-4796,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: The Hudson Terrace

Whether you are looking for a night out, a happy hour fun, or a private event, the Hudson Terrace is a great space. The Terrace has had an iconic view of the Hudson River since its opening in 2008. Attend one of their rooftop nightclub parties for an evening you won’t forget. 621 W. 46th St., 212-315-9400,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: B. On Top

b. on top rooftop lounge

B. On Top is Bagatelle Group’s newest rooftop, rocking a year-round sunrise-to-sunset experience at chic hotel the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. Guests will discover something unique in each of the rooftop’s five social and dining spaces, including intimate lounges and sunny outdoor terraces, surrounded by 360-degree city views. The B. On Top menus feature delicious shareable plates of French Mediterranean cuisine, enhanced with global influences, as well as craft cocktails and an expansive wine list. 18 Ninth Ave., 212-660-6736,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Catch

Looking to "Catch" a glimpse of some celebrities? Then the Meatpacking Districts' Catch is the place for you! Stars like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro, John Legend, Katie Couric, Chrissy Teigen, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union have all been to this ultra-chic rooftop. We suggest sipping on signature cocktails including the Detox Retox, One Too Many, and Mango Haze. 21 Ninth Ave., 212-392-5978,

Rooftop Bars Open All Year Long: Mondrian Terrace

Bird's Eye View of the Mondrian Terrace

With a space that overlooks Park Avenue South and 30th Street, Mondrian Terrace (now the Alpine Terrace for the winter season) has a prime location for all your rooftop needs. We suggest trying one of their specialty cocktails like the Tea & Apples (French apple brandy and cider, chamomile tea, lemon, angostura bitters) along with an order of the s'mores for a winter treat that really will transport you to an Alpine ski resort. 444 Park Ave. S.,

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