Best Rooftop Bars by Penn Station

Martinis, margaritas and mojitos all have one thing in common—they taste a lot better on a rooftop. And luckily, it’s almost warm enough to take advantage of that with help from some Manhattan gems.

For Long Islanders looking for a post-work drink before heading back on the LIRR or simply hoping to enjoy the warmer season without too much traveling, these awesome rooftop bars near Penn Station won’t disappoint.

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Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop

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Enter the Refinery Hotel and take the elevator up to the rooftop, which is lucky enough to have the Empire State Building as its backdrop. The trendy space includes a wooden floor and comfortable couches that make sipping on a drink from the seasonal cocktail list even more enjoyable. Go

Top of the Strand

Views of the Empire State Building, a retractable glass roof and a touch of greenery make this cozy rooftop at The Strand Hotel a popular spot. Designed with the help of Sex and the City set designer Lydia Marks, Top of the Strand has a reputation of serving delicious cocktails, especially when it comes to classics like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned. The intimate setting also makes it a great choice for date night. Go

Monarch Rooftop

Monarch Rooftop

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Hundreds of feet above Midtown Manhattan sits this spacious rooftop with yet another breathtaking view of the Empire State Building. Monarch Rooftop, which is on the 18th floor penthouse of the Marriott Courtyard Herald Square, is a laid-back, classy rooftop that promises to have the “the friendliest door for miles.” Go

Local 

Not a fan of upscale? Not a problem. Right down the block from Penn Station are two bars meant for casual evening drinkers. One of them, Local, offers a small outdoor beer garden on the first floor (it usually attracts a crowd on warm days) and a rooftop overlooking 8th Avenue. Go

Cloud Social Rooftop Bar

Cloud Social

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Orange couches are a distinct characteristic of this relaxed rooftop in Koreatown. Located within the NYMA Hotel, it offers skyline views and delicious cocktails like Chocolate Espresso Martinis and Spicy Margaritas. Go

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

It may be small, but this classy bar on the 22nd floor of the Archer Hotel is usually buzzing with a crowd. The rooftop is meant to evoke a “bygone era of sophisticated elegance” and tends to attract a finance crowd. Customers rave about the closeup views of the Empire State Building, the strong cocktails and Gatsby-style experience. Go

Gallow Green

Gallow Green

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For those who don’t mind walking a few blocks over to Chelsea, prepare to be amazed by The McKittrick Hotel’s secret garden. It might be easy to miss, but this dreamy rooftop is filled with greenery and rustic tables making it easy to forget it’s in the middle of the Big Apple. Aside for the spot’s ambiance, patrons also boast about the food, which includes several different types of pizzas, and the punch bowls. Go

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