Rooftop Nightclubs, Bars and Lounges in NY

New York’s rooftop bars and clubs offer something for everyone. Salon de Ning Rooftop is pure 1930s Shanghai style; the cocktail lounge in this five star venue is the real deal. There is an amazing view of Fifth Avenue, 25 stories below, well made cocktails and friendly service, but at these prices you would not expect anything less.

At 230 Fifth one thing you can be sure of is a fantastic view of the Empire State building which is what most people come here for; unfortunately the management know this so food, drinks and service can be very patchy. Ordering a bottle can speed up your entry or find you a table. Instead of feeling one in a million, you are just one of a thousand.

At plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Hotel Gansevoort you can expect to find more locals than hotel guests, which is always a positive sign. The views are as good as the atmosphere, a great rooftop nightclub.

Upstairs at the Kimberly has three indoor/outdoor spaces with a top of the world view of New York and the Chrysler building, the ideal nightclub to chill with a few friends and cocktails.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop provides a great view but expect to get hit in the wallet for average drinks and off hand service. Best to arrive when it is quiet, savour a beer as you enjoy the sights, and then head on somewhere else to party.

Brass Monkey, is a bit less formal than some of its New York neighbours but still a lovely spot to watch the sun go down over the Hudson River while enjoying traditional Irish fare and decent draft Guinness at the bar. Dance the night away on the top deck or in the dark and steamy rooms.

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