The best rooftop happy hours in NYC serve up some cheap cocktails, plus stellar city views!
There’s so many things to love about summer in NYC (there’s no snow on the ground, for starters) but one of our all-time favorite warm weather activities is grabbing happy hour drinks at gorgeous rooftop retreats.
The very best rooftop bars offer not only sweeping views of the Big Apple, but also provide an escape from the bustling city streets. Coupled with discounted cocktails, we totally understand why rooftop happy hours are steadily frequented by locals and tourists alike. Nevertheless, there are a few elevated drink destinations that you don’t want to miss.
Check out our picks for the best rooftop bars in NYC, and stop by during happy hour for a good time that doesn’t cost a pretty penny:
Empire Hotel at 44 W 63rd St between Central Park West & Broadway
The Empire Hotel’s swanky rooftop bar is outfitted with perfectly coiffed greenery so lush that you almost forget you’re in the middle of NYC. The Upper West Side location promises sweeping sunset views, and during happy hour you can sip on world-class wine for just $6-$8 a glass.
Vu Rooftop Bar at La Quinta Manhattan at 17 W 32nd St between Broadway & 5th Ave
At some rooftop bars there’s a pretentious vibe, but not at Vu Rooftop Bar, outfitted with laid-back and colorfully painted patio furniture. There’s an incredible view of the Empire State Building, up close and personal, and happy hour deals to boot. From 5 to 7 p.m. you can score $3 beers and $5 drinks, and on Sundays you can enjoy the same discounted drinks all day long!
Bar 13 at 35 E 13th St &University Pl
This happy hour scene is definitely catered to the younger set, situated near NYU. Don’t be fooled by the drab-ish appearance by day because when the neon light panels illuminate at night, you’ll feel like you’re in Miami Beach. Did we mention it’s 2-for-1 drinks from 5 to 8 p.m.?
Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow St & Delancey St
Situated in the Lower East Side, Hotel Chantelle offers a taste of Parisian cafes right here in New York City. The tiled floors, ample greenery and vintage-y décor like old time lamp posts truly transports you to a relaxing place. If you’re interested in sipping some cocktails that also have some health benefits, stop by this chic locale from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy half priced cocktails made with summer staples like cucumbers and pineapple.
The Ides at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave between North 11th & 12th St
Just across the Williamsburg Bridge resides The Ides at the Wythe Hotel – a rooftop bar that offers unparalleled views of the NYC skyline. While this scenic Brooklyn bar doesn’t offer an actual happy hour, beers are always priced between $5-$8 each – and, let’s face it, that makes us pretty happy.
Tavern 29 at 47 E 29th St & Park Ave
If you’ve ever been to a beer garden, you know those huge German brews don’t come cheap, but Tavern 29’s rooftop happy hour promises a readily welcomed exception. Geared toward the early birds, the happy hour lasts from 12 to 5 p.m., when you can get draft beer, cocktails or wine for just $5!
If you’re in NYC, or just like to visit, tell us where your favorite rooftop happy bars are! Did our favorites make your list? Tell us in the comments below!
Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.