Best rooftop bars in Williamsburg
Llama Inn serves up the best Peruvian bites in New York City. And although it’s been around for a few years now, few know that atop the plant-drizzled restaurant is Llama Inn’s rooftop bar, El Techo. Serving an entirely separate drink and food menu from their downstairs, you’ll not only be treated to an amalgamation of flavors that surprise the palate, but get to feel like you’ve got insider intel for discovering it.
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.
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.
A new Brooklyn pop-up bar called Lemon’s (replacing The Ides for the season) located atop the stylish Wythe Hotel will offer a space for New Yorkers to unwind with fresh libations under oversized umbrellas on a bright garden terrace. The menu is crafted by the acclaimed chefs behind French-Canadian bistro Chez Ma Tante—a Brooklyn favorite known for its delectable pancakes which coax crowds out of bed every weekend.
What is more New York than a rooptop bar set in a water tower? This aptly-titled Williamsburg Hotel cocktail bar sits in the cylindrical structure 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. The swanky bar is serving cocktails mixed by beverage director Rael Petit (Roxy Hotel, The Standard) and raw bar food. On weekend nights, the space will turn into a nightclub soundtracked by international DJs.
While we can't all be in Martha's Vineyard this summer, luckily fare at the Summerly is inspired by New England coastal dining. Pair cocktails with a side of clam pie, lobster rolls, or corn fritters and pretend you're by the beach. Starting on it's May 15th opening, here you can escape the circus of the Williamsburg sidewalk at night. While lounging amongst soothing pastel interiors, enjoy high-in-the-sky views of the East River. That is, without being inundated by Vineyard Vines bros. On Sundays the theme will become especially apparent, with traditional New England clam bakes.
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 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.