Best rooftop bars in Williamsburg
Take the elevator 22 stories up to this stylish, glass-encased watering hole atop the William Vale Hotel, the neighborhood's tallest skyscraper. With its wraparound terrace—dotted with bright-yellow viewfinders for sky-high people-watching—the industrial yet swank lounge might offer the best views of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in one. Pull up one of the lounge chairs on the terrace or sink into a low-slung leather couch by the floor-to-ceiling windows, then sit back and enjoy the show below.
Northern Territory is an Australian rooftop bar nestled along the Greenpoint and Williamsburg border in north Brooklyn. Known for its massive terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline, the bar features an extensive cocktail menu, including frozen drinks during the summer, and Australian-inspired fare, like 'meat pies', 'lamb lollies' and 'chips'.
This outdoor terrace bar on the Wythe Hotel’s sixth floor affords sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan, and it’s an ideal vantage point for watching summer sunsets while lingering over a pint or quaff made from local small-batch spirits. Sure, the crowd comprises mostly globe-trotting cool kids from outside the five boroughs, but bring a crew and you'll
Billyburg’s bar scene skews divey, but this bi-level drinks den offers laid-back boozing sans the stench of stale beer. The vibe is vaguely Victorian, complete with ottomans, throw pillows and antique-looking tchotchkes. Well-priced, simple cocktails feature herbs and house-infused spirits, but the bar also stocks beers and organic French wines. Though the real draw is upstairs: scale the steps in the back to find a roof deck with a frozen-margarita station and twinkling lights.
You'll find year-round sprawling views of Manhattan and McCarren Park at this rooftop, with cocktails highlighting local craft distillers. A rotation of live performances and DJ sets means hotel guests and locals alike can enjoy music while watching the sunset or dancing the night away. Plus, there's the massive heated pool surrounded by comfy day beds and sunny loungers, where you can order poolside drinks and bites.
This multiroom dance club provides reliable house- and techno-heavy bookings, with a firm commitment to the underground. In addition to the main space, the club often features shows on the garden-like rooftop bar—kitted with winding trees, ivy toparies, and glowing string lights—that quickly fills up during peak sunset hours and late-night parties so prepare to pack in for the fun.
This bi-level behemoth beer hall has a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck almost as large. Brooklyn boosters may be disappointed to find that the 15 taps are dedicated to imports (mostly German and Belgian drafts), but other amenities that might make up for it: a 13-foot-wide screen dedicated to soccer, expansive views of Manhattan and McCarren Park, and a beer-friendly food menu.
A former auto-repair shop tucked under the Williamsburg Bridge, this 55-seat bar-restaurant got its name from the Vietnamese word for "beer." Fifteen taps pour draft beers and tap wines. Take your glass to one of the picnic tables on the casual rooftop deck, which is lush with ivy, emblazoned with murals, and overlooks the East River.
In addition to the plant-filled garden oasis downstairs, this nouveau bistro boasts a second-floor roofdeck that serves a special terrace brunch on the weekends during warmer months. Snag a spot beneath one of the shady umbrellas and toss back a few mimosas, or opt for one of the local draft beers, then kick back and enjoy the birds-eye people-watching on North 5th.