At last, spring is here—real fair-weather, short-sleeve–ready springtime, not just according to the calendar or a capricious groundhog. And with New Yorkers once again flocking to find the best outdoor dining and drinking, the city's restaurants and bars are throwing open the doors to their best al fresco seating areas, the most coveted of which are towering rooftop bars boasting picturesque views and top-notch cocktails. From an Italian seaside-themed pop-up to a Lower East Side bar with a swimming-pool terrace, here are four brand new rooftop bars to drink at this spring.
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Sabbia: On April 29, Eataly's rooftop beer garden La Birreria will flip it's wintry, Italian-Alps–inspired pop-up Baita into this summer-ready seaside-themed spot fitted with beach umbrellas and cabana chairs. Food and drink will follow the theme, with coastal, seafood-heavy fare complementing refreshing cocktails.
Rooftop at the McCarren Hotel & Pool: The McCarren Hotel & Pool will relaunch their rooftop space on April 22 with new cocktails by veteran Francis Verrall (Seamstress, the Gilroy), as well as snacks from chef Kevin Chojnowski like soft shell crab sliders and steamed short-rib buns. Revelers will be treated to regular live music and DJ sets this year, with early acts ranging from Williamsburg icon DJ Preskool on opening night to South African electronic artist Xander Ferreira on April 24.
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Mr. Purple: The latest from rooftop-bar veterans Gerber Group (the Roof at the Viceroy Central Park, Whiskey Blue in Atlanta, GA), this dimly-lit gastropub occupies the 15th floor of the Lower East Side's newly-opened Hotel Indigo. Sprawling out over two terraces, one fitted with a swanky swimming pool, the bar pours festive punch-style drinks and pre-bottled cocktails such as the Usual Suspects (Pyrat XO, rum, falernum).
Rock & Reilly's: This 10,000-square-foot LA import brings Irish-pub–style drinking to an unlikely locale—a greenery-fitted, three-bar Penn Station rooftop. Housed atop the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, the watering hole offers a list of more than 50 Irish whiskeys, along with beer, cocktails and an eclectic selection of gut-sticking plates (charred rib eye, Irish cheddar nachos).