Best Rooftop Bars in Midtown NYC

Best Rooftop Bars in Midtown NYC

No, we don’t have scenic vistas or rolling hills, but warm weather in NYC means that you can again enjoy something very few places in the world can compete with: cocktails amidst the NYC skyline. Celebrate summer with breathtaking views and some delicious drinks at these rooftop bars:

Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar

Midtown East

Hanging lights, rustic brick design, and colorful Latin American décor give off a vibe that makes it feel more like you’re on a street in South America than atop a skyscraper in NYC.

“The rooftop bar here is escapism at its finest, and the Latin American-flavor-focused cocktails certainly help. Try something different, like the Chilean sangria; or bring friends and go classic with a pitcher of margaritas.” — Thrillist

The Roof at Park South

Flatiron District


The Roof at Park South provides an unassuming atmosphere that is a step outside the normal rooftop bar scene. This seasonal bar provides a great 360° view of the city, some expertly crafted cocktails, an interesting array of eats including carnitas tacos, hummus, and grilled shrimp skewers.

The Heights



Located right near Madison Square Garden with excellent views of the Empire State Building, The Heights is the perfect place to relax after a Knicks game or a show. The view is one-of-a-kind and the drinks are refreshing :).

“The Heights… isn’t the sort of place where you have to buy a bottle or know a DJ. It’s really just a plain Midtown rooftop with some nice views and a few couches where you can sit and drink a cocktail that’s named after a neighborhood ending in “Heights” (Prospect, Morningside, etc.).” — The Infatuation

St. Cloud


Photo by  Nikolas Koenig

Yes, we get it. When most New Yorkers hear the words Times Square they run the other way (in most circumstances for good reason). But St. Cloud offers a unique atmosphere that makes it no stranger to best rooftop bars in NYC lists.

Located atop the Knickerbocker Hotel, a place once frequented by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and John D. Rockefeller, St. Cloud is a one-of-a-kind rooftop bar that offers a look into some of NYC’s coolest history. It’ll be worth navigating the crowds of people staring up at the bright lights — we promise.

Cantina Rooftop

Hell’s Kitchen


Take a vacation without ever leaving the city. This rooftop restaurant and bar specializes in Mexican cuisine and knows how to Fiesta!

“You’ll go for the food, but you’ll stay for the cocktails — Cantina Rooftop specializes in Margaritas. You probably can’t go wrong with any of the choices… but we enjoyed the signature Cantina Rooftop Margarita... ¡Salud!” — Eat Up

Cantina is all but typical, but who comes to New York for typical anyway?

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