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The New York City skyline is best appreciated with a well-executed drink in hand; and here are our nine favourite spots to do just that, from hotel bars on high to cocktail joints with killer views.
The Standard High Line
Perched on concrete limbs above High Line park, the Standard is Andre Balazs’s starkly modernist high-rise hotel, with a cool exterior shielding a vibrant interior that hums with energy.
On the rooftop of The McKittrick Hotel (not really a hotel, but formerly the 1990s nightclub Bed), above the space used by Sleep No More, the long-running immersive adaptation of Macbeth, Gallow Green continues the theatrics from downstairs.
The Surrey Hotel
Crowning the 17th floor of The Surrey, the seasonal Private Roof Garden overlooks the Upper East Side and Central Park. It’s a true oasis exclusively for guests, ideal for business entertaining or couples on retreat. The panoramic Manhattan views are best contemplated along with light food and signature cocktails from the classic New York City rooftop bar—most notably, seasonal muddled lemonades.
Located on the 8th floor, Sheltering Sky overlooks McCarren Park and offers food, cocktails and music under the stars. A Moroccan-inspired urban retreat, suitable for both summer and winter drinking.
SixtyFive is the stunning and sophisticated lounge at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, featuring a wraparound outdoor terrace with immersive, panoramic views of Manhattan and beyond. It’s classic New York with a contemporary twist.
Hotel Hugo Rooftop Bar
With windows wrapping around the bar leading out to wood decked terrace, every seat in boutique Hotel Hugo’s 6,000-square-foot rooftop bar has a great view of the Hudson River and Lady Liberty in the distance.
The Roof at the Viceroy
Sitting atop the Viceroy hotel, a mere pebble’s throw from Central Park, The Roof, on the 29th floor, offers unparalleled views across New York’s iconic green space.
The Refinery Rooftop
The Refinery is part of the growing hotel scene in the old Garment District (along with The Ace and The NoMad), and its rooftop bar – with unsurpassed views of Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, just a couple of blocks away – is open all year round.
Gansevoort Park Hotel
Midtown Manhattan isn’t known to offer a sense of space, but at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, there’s a relief from the frenetic pace.
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