Sure the Empire State Building has amazing views of NYC, but you know what it doesn’t have? A good cocktail. Whenever my friends come to visit I always suggest that they stop by a rooftop bar instead of paying the $32 to go to the top of the Empire State Building. These are a few of my favorite rooftop bars in NYC.
1. Pod Hotel 39
145 E 39th Street (pictured above)
This rooftop bar is pretty small but it has a lot of character. Get there early for happy hour to get a seat and order a speciality margarita.
2. 230 Fifth
230 5th Avenue
230 Fifth often hosts events (I’ve seen a few concerts here) and has the most comparable views to the Empire State Building.
3. Empire Hotel
44 West 63rd Street
The Empire Hotel is a great dance and party spot. Take a break for a picture under the iconic Empire Hotel sign.
152 West 26th Street
This is my favorite rooftop bar. They have a second rooftop location in Murray Hill if you’re in that area as well. Order a speciality cocktail and enjoy the view.
1000 5th Avenue
It may not be as high as the other rooftops but the view overlooking the park is pretty gorgeous, especially at sunset.
33 W 37th Street
If you’re looking for a date night rooftop definitely check out Top of the Strand. It’s pretty small but has a great atmosphere.
7. Le Bain
848 Washington Street (pictured below)
I love going to Le Bain in the summer on Sunday afternoons. It’s a great spot to relax with some champagne and take in the view from downtown.