Boasting the most iconic skyline in the world, NYC is best seen from above. Ditch the cold, wet streets and head for the rooftops, where amazing views and more than a few cozy cocktails await. Here are the best winter rooftop bars in NYC this winter—and yes, they’re heated.
A Flatiron District nightlife staple, 230 Fifth is one of the chicest bars around. Although it’s open all year, winter is the best season to visit—when igloos cover the rooftop for an unparalleled winter wonderland display.
230 Fifth. 230 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 725-4300
You’ve probably heard of Eataly, Mario Batali’s sprawling Italian mega-market. But you probably didn’t know that during the winter months its building’s roof is transformed into an alpine ski lodge with a hearty selection of beer, wine and negronis to keep you warm.
Baita at La Birreria. 200 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 937-8910
Palm trees line the roof of this bright and lively Lower East Side bar. After a few whiskey sours beneath the palms head downstairs to the dance floor, where you might find a local indie band jamming or a DJ bumping old school 80’s hip hop, depending on the night.
The Delancey. 168 Delancey St, New York, NY. (212) 254-9920
From 30 stories above Manhattan, you’ll feel like a skylark soaring through the city thanks to the 360 degree panoramic setup. Far from a tourist trap, the cocktails at The Skylark are no joke. Start off with a Dry Oak Manhattan or a Bonded Apple Sazerac and move on down the innovative, robust drink list from there. Just don’t wear your sweatpants here—this place is nice.
The Skylark. 200 W 39th St, New York, NY. (212) 257-4577
The green shrubbery Gallow Green is famous for gives way in the wintertime to a more rustic vibe. Bunk beds, bookshelves, fireplaces and pinecones set the stage as The Lodge comes to life. One of the coziest atmospheres you’ll find in the city, it’s the kind of place where you can kick back and sip on mulled wine until the sun comes up.
The Lodge at Gallow Green. 542 W 27th St, New York, NY. (212) 564-1662