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The best NYC rooftop bars open during the winter

The best rooftop bars open during the winter range from a mountain ski lodge to a cigar lounge overlooking Times Square

By Time Out New York contributors |
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Dear Irving on Hudson
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks

One of the greatest perks of Gotham living is the plethora of towering rooftop bars in NYC from which to soak up sweeping views alongside boozy sips. While the sunshine and rooftop pools only appear during warmer months, there's no shortage of elevated digs for wintertime boozing and more of the best things to do in winter. From a secret log cabin to a no-frills rock club, here are the best NYC rooftop bars open during the winter.

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Time Out Market
Photograph: Courtesy Time Out Market
Restaurants

The Rooftop at Time Out Market

DUMBO

We curated every last detail at the Time Out Market: the food, the cultural experiences, the drinks, the space—everything including the breathtaking view. At our winterized rooftop at Time Out Market you can discover impressive bites from culinary rockstars Patsy Grimaldi, Ivy Stark, Meir Adoni and David Burke, while relaxing on mid-century modern suave caramel leather banquettes or sea foam seats. Our outdoor terrace area is also available with igloo-like enclosures. 

Rooftop bars open during the winter

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Photograph: Courtesy Sister City
Bars, Hotel bars

Last Light at Sister City

Lower East Side

Located on the 11th floor of Sister City hotel—from Atelier Ace, the creative studio behind The Ace Hotel—is this new Lower East Side rooftop bar. Bites are crafted by Chef Joe Orgodnek and served with a side of panoramic views. And with close proximity to the New Museum, it feels ripe for eavesdropping on art world gossip. 

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Broken Shaker
Photograph: Gabi Porter
Bars, Cocktail bars

Broken Shaker

Kips Bay

This Broken Shaker has the same electrifying energy as the Miami original. And yeah, the Broken Shaker may not be new, but it’s still one of the only truly cool places in Gramercy for rooftop drinks. The oasis’s indoor bar is one of our favorite places to blow off steam in the whole city. And what better way to do so than with one of their signature tropical drinks, reminding you of warmer days?

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Ophelia
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Bars, Cocktail bars

Ophelia

Midtown East

At first, it may feel awkward strolling through a quiet apartment building’s bright lobby at 9pm, bypassing the doormen (PSA to residents: they let us right in) and hustling into a packed elevator with three cranky, middle-aged European tourists. But once you reach the 26th floor of Beekman Tower, you’re instantly welcomed into a decadent barroom fashioned with soaring cathedral windows, jewel-tone blue walls and glass showcases filled with vintage oddities. 

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Photograph: Noah Fecks
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Polynesian

Hell's Kitchen

Run by Major Food Group (The Grill, The Pool, Carbone, and Dirty French) The Polynesian is a handsome tiki bar in Hell’s Kitchen located in Pod Times Square Hotel.  Awash in deep-turquoise walls and old-world landscape murals under high ceilings with wooden beams, it's the crown jewel of tiki-themed bars, where there's actually buried treasure inside.

Venue says The Polynesian is unprecedented in ambition and scope, honoring Tiki’s past and reinvigorating it for generations to come.

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Dear Irving on Hudson
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks
Bars, Cocktail bars

Dear Irving on Hudson

Hell's Kitchen

The team behind Dear Irving and Raines Law Room opened the second outpost of the former in midtown. Dear Irving on Hudson is a bi-level cocktail bar that takes up the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Times Square. While the bustling location is worlds away from the quiet block of Irving Place, the founders are sticking to some familiarities. Most noticeably, a handful of cocktails and a "time travel" theme, with one floor akin to 1960s James Bond and another decked out in Art Deco finishes.

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Photograph: Courtesy PUBLIC
Bars, Hotel bars

The Roof at PUBLIC

Lower East Side

Located on the the roof of the Lower East Side's PUBLIC hotel, this is a can't miss rooftop bar accompaniment to one of Ian Schrager's hottest new hotels.  Although the PUBLIC has been flooded by Instagram It-Girls as of late, if you want to feel like one for the night, this might just be your go-to spot. A 360-view that appears to be floating amongst the sky line makes it all worth it. 

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Westlight
Photograph: Andrew Boyle
Bars, Hotel bars

Westlight

Greenpoint

A stylish glass box capping Williamsburg's tallest skyscraper. Take the dedicated elevator 22 stories up to the industrial yet swank space—set with black-and-white tiled floors, bright globe lights and a beamed ceiling—to experience a hotel rooftop bar that has all the goods to be a standalone New York cocktail den. 

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The Water Tower
Photograph: Courtesy Ethan Covey
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Water Tower

Williamsburg

This Williamsburg Hotel cocktail bar is set in its sky-high "water tower." Aptly titled, The Water Tower, the cylindrical structure sits above the hotel's outdoor pool, with view of Williamsburg, the East River and Manhattan from the steel-encased, floor-to-ceiling windows. The inside is decked out with velvet couches and chaises and the back wall is covered in murals painted by local artists. On weekend nights, the space will turn into a nightclub soundtracked by international DJs.

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The James New York
Photograph: Courtesy The James New York
Hotels, Boutique hotels

The Jimmy at The James New York

Soho

With glazed brick walls, a leather-topped wood bar and working fireplaces, it makes for a cool hangout even if you can’t venture outside. Natural materials and jewel tones dominate the hotel’s decor: Reclaimed wood floors, slate tiled bathrooms and works by local artists give the hotel a plush feel. 

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Turk's Inn Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy of Turk's Inn
Restaurants, Turkish

The Turk's Inn

Bushwick

Inspired by a beloved Wisconsin supper club of the same name that was opened for 80 years, the Bushwick revival continues the kitschy, decadence of the original in a sprawling 5000 sq-ft. 60-seat restaurant and rooftop bar. The rooftop deck has been winterized with a sort of red bouncy castle vibe and is outfitted with holiday decorations throughout. 

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Photograph: Courtesy of Harriet's Rooftop
Bars

Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge

Brooklyn Heights

Located on the 10th floor of the 1 Hotel, right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, is Harriet's Rooftop and Lounge. Enjoy a panoramic view of the bridge and Manhattan beyond as you enjoy a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned or a Ricky Rose. 

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THE LODGE at MCKITTRICK HOTEL interior
Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Lodge at Gallow Green

Chelsea

During the colder months, a cabin-themed watering hole temporarily taks over the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel. The bar is designed to resemble a cozy alpine retreat and offers the same level of detail as the set of Sleep No More. Though there are plenty of cozy bars in the city, the Lodge takes its theme to a new level—Visitors can snuggle on bunk beds or sit at a desk covered in pinecones and rolled parchment.

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Le Bain
Photograph: Courtesy Le Bain
Bars, Lounges

Le Bain

Meatpacking District

Getting past the doorman can be tough work at the rooftop bar of the still-trendy Standard Hotel, but your trials will be rewarded with stunning views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. The bi-level boîte boasts an artificial-turfed alfresco bar with garden chairs. Don’t just bypass the lower-level room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a Jacuzzi—it hosts appropriately hip parties with top-notch DJs, like the weekly Nouveau York bash.

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Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy of Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Bars, Cocktail bars

Magic Hour

Midtown West

Most rooftop bars rely on their expansive vistas to woo the crowds, noting the sky-high vantage as the main attraction. For Magic Hour, its view of midtown and the Empire State Building is just a footnote. The place plays up the idea of an “urban amusement park” in its palatial 10,000-square-foot space, with rotating carousel seating, a topiary garden and Foreplay, a putt-putt course filled with animal statues in NSFW positions.

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Mr. Purple
Photograph: Noah Fecks
Bars, Cocktail bars

Mr. Purple

Lower East Side

Part of the Hotel Indigo’s 26-floor expansion on the Lower East Side, this cocktail den sprawls across two outdoor terraces with a swimming pool and soaring views of the Manhattan skyline. The loft-inspired lounge is decorated with exposed-brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables and free-hanging light fixtures inside, while a flowing canopy and strings lights deck the terraces. 

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R17 at Pier 17
Photograph: Courtesy Rockwell Group and Emily Andrews
Restaurants, Contemporary American

R17

Financial District

This newly opened rooftop is the tops in the Seaport District. The chic, 60-seat space was designed by Rockwell Group (Nobu, W Hotels, EDITION, Moxy) and is outfitted with a blue and white marble bar, two fireplaces, candlelit tables and outdoor seating in the summer with views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The team will serve craft cocktails and modern American small plates.

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The Delancey
Photograph: Courtesy The Delancey
Bars, Lounges

The Delancey

Lower East Side

This LES rooftop offers a palm-studded oasis with white chaise lounges. On Saturdays between 10pm and 1am, the spot is often packed with large group reservations (fortune, it seems, favors the popular and organized). Head there on Sundays and Mondays for two-for-one well drinks.

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Bars, Lounges

Upstairs at the Kimberly

Midtown East

This rooftop lounge at the Kimberly Hotel offers views of the Chrysler Building. Sleek leather couches and wicker chairs decorate the airy space. Choose from cocktails, like the Oh Yoko, and small plates, such as lobster sliders, salmon fritters and yellowfin tuna tartar.

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Bar 54
Photograph: Bar 54
Bars, Hotel bars

Bar 54

Midtown West

Santa knows the deal—up on a rooftop is the place to be this winter. At New York’s highest rooftop bar, Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric Times Square, you can hang out in comfy igloo-like bubbles. If you’re determined to partake in outdoor drinking even during below-freezing temps, a reservation isn’t required to visit, though you can reserve a private table inside one if you’d like. You’ll have access to the bar’s full menu of food and house-made cocktails, and you get stunning views of the Chrysler Building and Manhattan.

Venue says Bar 54’s new Greatest Hits menu celebrates 5 years of cocktails at the tallest rooftop bar in Times Square!

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Photograph: Maggie Marguerite Studio
Hotels

Mondrian Park Avenue

Midtown

Mondrian Park Avenue is located in New York, 550 metres from Empire State Building in the NoMad district. And its here you'll find a pop-up bar that looks like a ski resort on its terrace. Expect Swiss raclette fondue, mulled wine and a photo booth (the pop-up lasts until February 2020). 

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Photograph: Courtesy Eric Vasquez
Bars, Lounges

230 Fifth

Flatiron

In New York City, you can still drink on a rooftop and be cozy as f*ck thanks to 230 Fifth’s rooftop igloos! On the partially heated top deck, the see-through PVC igloos can hold up to eight people and keep out the chill while you enjoy skyline views and seasonal quaffs like spiced whiskey martinis and rum-spiked hot apple cider.

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The Lounge at Pod 39
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Bars, Cocktail bars

Pod 39 Rooftop

Murray Hill

This rooftop bar, 17 stories above ground, offers a view of the East River and craft cocktails from bar manager Sam Anderson (Hotel Delmano, Freemans). Sip the Weathervane, a mixture of rye whiskey, rosemary, ginger, Campari and lemon juice, while gazing at the vista.

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