The 5 Best Rooftop Bars in Manhattan

Now that summer has officially begun, the season for rooftop imbibing is in full swing. There is no shortage of options to choose from, but there are a handful of outdoor cocktail spots that stand above the rest. Keep reading for a list of can’t-miss rooftop bars you need to visit before fall.


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Gallow Green

This sprawling rooftop is equal parts The Secret Garden and top-notch restaurant. Tables are scattered amongst an array of well-tended to greenery and views include the Hudson River and much of lower Manhattan. Menu highlights have an equally earthy feel and range from the Wood-Fired Mushroom Pizza to the matcha-infused Sada Abe cocktail.


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Salvation Taco

What could be better than indulging in tacos and top-notch margaritas? Getting your Mexican fix al fresco, overlooking midtown Manhattan. Famed chef April Bloomfield heads the menu, which features a variety of tacos including chicken tinga, mushroom and egg, and carnitas. Those only looking for a drink will leave equally satisfied as cocktail choices range from froze (frozen Rose) to Chilean Sangria.


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Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

The name may be goofy, but there is nothing childish about this upscale bar atop the Conrad Hotel. With unparalleled views of the Hudson River, this Battery Park hotspot is a favorite amongst locals and travelers alike. Be sure to try out the bar’s signature drink and popsicle pairings like Strawberry Rose Gin and Blackberry Sour.


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Mr. Purple

This swanky cocktail bar is perched atop the posh Hotel Indigo in the heart of the Lower East Side. Inspired by an artist’s studio space, Mr. Purple boasts high ceilings, shelving units, and shaggy carpeting. Visitors are treated to two outdoor terraces with sprawling views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, one of which features a pool.


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Tiki Tabu

The closest thing to a tropical getaway in Manhattan, this new cocktail spot is a refined take on the traditional tiki bar. Drink options like the Mai Tai and the Jungle Bird stick with the island-theme while small plates focus on fresh fish and seasonal produce.
Whether it’s margaritas in Murray Hill or spiked popsicles in Battery Park, there are plenty of amazing spots to enjoy cocktails outdoors this summer!



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