New York in Summer: Top Rooftop Bars for a Drink with a View

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New York in Summer: Top Rooftop Bars for a Drink with a View

City Tales

28 July, 2017

Although America’s first skyscraper was constructed in Chicago, New York City is the proverbial ‘home of the skyscraper’.


There are plenty of iconic view points in New York City but what about the viewpoints where you can admire New York City with a drink in hand? We present to you City Tales New York’s top rooftop bars for a drink with a view…

Top of the Strand

Open till midnight and located between Fifth & Sixth Avenues, this small rooftop bar gives fantastic views of the Empire State Building. The Top of the Strand also has a retractable glass roof, meaning it is a suitable option for a damp evening.

Address: 33 West 37th St, New York, 10018

Raise a glass with an exquisite view of the Empire State Building. (Image via Instagram: @topofthestrand)

St. Cloud

Located on the roof of the Knickerbocker Hotel and overlooking Times Square St. Cloud is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as you watch the hustle & bustle of Times Square below.

Address: 6 Times Sq, New York, 10036

One of St. Cloud’s Sky Pods overlooking Times Square. (Image via Instagram: @stcloudnyc)

Pod 39 Rooftop

Located on the 17th floor of the Pod 39 Hotel which dates back to 1917 the Pod 39 Rooftop’s exposed bricks and columns are very kind on the eye, as are the views.

Address: 145 East 39th St, New York, 10016

The Press Lounge

A quieter option, the Press Lounge at the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel is perfect if you are looking for a relaxed drink with a view. Rest your weary feet beside one of the elegant fire pits as you enjoy the 360 degree views.

Address: 653 11th Ave, New York, 10036

The perfect spot for a little relaxation with views of the Manhattan Skyline and the Hudson River. (Image via Instagram: @thepresslounge)


The Ides Bar

For sublime views of Manhattan head to the Wythe Hotel where, on the sixth floor, you will find The Ides Bar. A little further out than most of the other rooftop bars in this list but the citywide views make the trip worth the effort.

Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, 11249

The Ides Bar patio, situated in the Wythe Hotel. (Image via Instagram: @annehaverkamp)

One World Trade Center

Of course we had to include the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere on our list. There are a number of restaurants and cafes in the building (One Cafe, One Mix, and One Dine) all of which offer the chance to enjoy a drink with a view.

The One World Trade Centre – The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere! (Image via Instagram: @ksayegh_photography)

A great way to enjoy the New York City vistas and reflect on the One World Observatory & World Trade Center Area tour

Get a discounted standard admission ticket to One World Observatory when you book our One World Observatory & World Trade Center Area tour take a tour of the World Trade Center area then relax and unwind with a drink and a view.

If you are interested in our range of guided and private tours in New York City, or have a rooftop bar you would like to recommend connect with us on Facebook or contact the City Tales team on

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