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10 non-douchey rooftop bars

Looking to sip sangria or a craft beer out in the sun? We've compiled a list of the top 10 non-douchey rooftop bars.

We all love a good rooftop bar, what with the breeze, the booze and that picture-perfect sunset glow that renders Instagram filters functionless. But nothing ruins a night out or a nice bit of rooftop day-drinking like an obnoxious crowd. You know the kind—the Beckys and Chads of the world. Lucky for us, non-douchey rooftop bars actually do exist. Here are 10 of the best outdoor drinking spots for you to check out, asshole-free™.

Non-douchey rooftop bars


Northern Territory

Aussie-born co-owner Jamie Toll couldn't take all those kangaroo attacks (we kid) so he brought a little bit of Down Under to Brooklyn. There's Australian cuisine (meat pies, skewered shrimp on the barbie), plus authentic Oz-bred beers at this pub created by the same folks that brought you Berry Park. 

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Roof at Park South

A cocktail bar without a cocky 'tude. Along with the first-rate quaffs, this rooftop number from Tim and Nancy Cushman (the husband-and-wife team behind Boston critical darling O Ya) offers sublime views—you can see the lower Manhattan skyline from here.

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Empire Hotel Rooftop

You can pretend you're a successful business tycoon as you stare from the top of the Empire Hotel at all the little people below before marveling at the amazing sunset. Then you can buy me a drink because you can afford it.

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Upper West Side

The Heights Bar & Grill

Expect over-stuffed burritos and frozen margaritas at this friendly uptown bar. If you're not at least happily tipsy when you leave here, you're not doing it right.

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Morningside Heights

The Rock Shop

This is the least ostentatious rooftop bar in all of Brooklyn, in that there's a small patio, an even smaller bar and...that's about it. But the lack of amenities means that there'll be room for you to get in the entire skyline, unobstructed, without fear of paying $15 for a mixed drink.

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Park Slope

Pod 39 Rooftop

Don't let the bro-heavy nabe fool you—with terra cotta columns, Mexican-tiled tables and top-notch tacos from Salvation Taco, this is a festive, easygoing space to throw back some tequila. 

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Murray Hill

Cantina Rooftop

Recently opened atop Stage 48 this year-round Mexican hang puts a premium on margaritas. Hoist a mezcal-spiked cup to the bright, cheerful digs and views that never get old.      

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Hell's Kitchen


Perched at the top floor of this tri-level midtown bar is a laidback rooftop beer garden, rigged with communal picnic tables, 30-plus craft brews and a giant TV for sports-watching. 

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Night of Joy

Oh, joy! Here's a bar that straddles the line between divey and Victorian so well, you'll think you're relaxing in a modern-day version of an Oscar Wilde novel. 

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Alexandra R
Alexandra R

Can't be douchy, a**hole free. You've been there.

Catie A
Catie A

Nice read. Worth metnioning the fullglass app which gets you free drinks in many bars