That we're big fans of the rooftop bar—those lofty, cloud-grazing hubs of outdoor drinking—is an understatement. Joining tried-and-true favorites like the Gallow Green and the Delancey is this season's latest crop of sky-high cocktail bars and beer gardens—these are the rooftop-bar rookies you should be checking out this summer.
Eataly traded the wintry Italian Alps for the sunny coast as inspiration for its seasonal rooftop bar, dressed weather-appropriately with travel posters, striped cabanas and palm trees beneath its retractable roof. Order a “boat” flight of Italian beers to complete the breezy scene.
Rock & Reilly's
Set in the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, this 10,000-square-foot bar is fitted with a wraparound terrace, a fully retractable rooftop and three handmade mahogany bars with a selection of more than 50 Irish whiskeys (Jameson, Knappogue Castle 12).
A former Williamsburg steel-fabric warehouse has been transformed into this industrial bi-level bar capped with a lattice-enclosed rooftop patio, ideal for sipping a Montauk Driftwood Ale while catching a few rays.
Social Drink & Food
Sink into a basket-weave sofa for a rosewater martini at this rainbow-bright terrace bar at Yotel Hotel. Fun fact: Social also plays host to outdoor screenings, courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club.
Operating through the end of September, the tropical rooftop pop-up at the Sixty LES Hotel returns for the season, reimagined by New York designer Misha Kahn with oversize hand-blown lava lamps, palm-patterned banquettes and fruit-printed wallpaper.
The sibling to lobster-roll pros North River Lobster Co., this nautically-dressed, three-story seafood newcomer—aboard a 10,000-square-foot yacht, naturally—boasts a 3,000-square-foot top deck with both outdoor and indoor bars.
Veteran barman Nico Szymanski (Irvington) centers the cocktail menu on festive punch-style pours and pre-bottled elixirs at this Hotel Indigo bar, which can be enjoyed across two terraces fitted with a swimming pool and 6,000 square feet of panoramic outdoor space