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NYC’s best rooftop bars for New Year’s Eve

Start 2024 on a high note.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Rachel Pelz
Amber Sutherland-Namako

Ring in 2024 above the crowds at one of NYC’s best rooftop bars or sky-high hotels. Dress in your very best cocktail attire to toast with a flute of Champagne at midnight, dance until the wee hours and celebrate leaving 2023 behind. There are tons of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC, but it’s worth the (equally high) price of admission to watch the iconic ball drop IRL or score a view of the fireworks over the Empire State Building. So slip on your novelty glasses and get ready to snack on passed hors d'oeuvres—we’ll see you up there on Sunday, December 31!   

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Rooftop bars for New Year’s Eve

  • Bars
  • Roosevelt Island

Perched above the Graduate Roosevelt Island, the 18th floor Panorama Room has some of the very best views in all of NYC. On New Year’s Eve, you can ring in 2024 with a three hour open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a bubbly toast at midnight. (After the clock strikes twelve, it’ll turn into a cash bar.) Sure, you’ll have to get home from Roosevelt Island, but maybe a late-night tram ride is just how you want to ring in the new year. Tickets are $216.10, available here.

  • Bars
  • Flatiron

This rooftop bar from chef José Andrés offers 270-degree views of New York City from 500 feet in the air. You’ll start your night with a multi-course dinner at The Bazaar, the restaurant below Nubeluz, before making your way to the roof for a premium open bar and a Champagne toast for a totally glamorous beginning to 2024. Tickets are $525, available here

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

Is this the year you go full Times Square? At the Elsie Rooftop, you can watch it all happen from your lofty perch above the madding crowds. You can choose from either a view of the Empire State Building fireworks display or the Times Square ball drop, as long as you’re willing to fight your way through Broadway to get there. For your troubles, you’ll get a five hour open bar, two hours of passed apps and a midnight toast. Tickets start at $335.05, available here

  • Restaurants
  • East Village

The Moxy East Village rooftop is offering a “one ticket, two parties” deal this year. The top floor fête features booze and tacos from 7pm-10pm, after which you’ll move downstairs to Alphabet Bar for an open bar and midnight Champagne toast. Tickets are $110 for both parties, available here

  • Nightlife
  • Clubs
  • East Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

This is a lower-priced, lower-rise, lower-key rooftop for NYE. Its Studio 54-style party promises a midnight disco dance party in the heated and covered space. Tickets are $50 at the door and $40 in advance, available here. 

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