The weather outside is frightful, but NYC rooftop bars are oh so delightful. When heated, of course. High above the city, streets bars and restaurants are keeping things nice and cozy throughout the chilliest of seasons. Sit back, relax and warm up fireside with craft cocktails and conversation, or party into the early hours at Manhattan hotspots offering views of a sparkling skyline.
You don’t have to go to Norway or Sweden to hangout in an igloo (though that’s pretty cool, too). On the rooftop of 230 Fifth are more than 15 transparent and colorfully lit igloos offering some of the best city skyline views. Find your inner Eskimo while cozying up in these heated half-globes, sipping on adult hot beverages like Fireball Cider, Godiva Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Irish Coffees. Igloo lounging is first come, first serve, but you can warm up with one of the bar’s signature complimentary red robes while you wait. Open now through early April. Phone: 212-725-4300 | Address: 230 Fifth Ave Click to go
Climb the Italian Alps right in Manhattan’s Flatiron District at Baita. Eataly’s winter popup restaurant on the 14th floor is enclosed by a retractable roof, warmed by space heaters and decorated to look like a small ski lodge. Think wooden Adirondack chairs, cozy faux fur and plaid throws, string lights and (fake) snow covered everything. The place is serving hot cocktails and simple yet delicious Italian fare sure to warm you through and through. Phone: 212-229-2560 | Address: 200 Fifth Ave Click to go
Lodge at Gallow Green
Ski bunnies, rejoice! Starting this month, the Lodge at the Gallow Green will open its winter wonderland doors atop the McKittrick Hotel. This popup winter bar takes over the outdoor space and brings another mountain-esque escape to the streets of Manhattan. Lounge in lodge-themed rooms or warm up next to the fire in cool, crisp air overlooking the city. Phone: 212-904-1880 | Address: 542 West 27th St Click to go
Touting its title as NYC’s largest indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge, Magic Hour is the type of “amusement park” adults actually want to go to. Resting 10,000-square-feet above the Moxy Hotel, this hotspot features multiple bars and seating areas, a carousel bar and a mini putt-putt. It’s sexy and sophisticated, and open throughout the seasons. Indulge in shareable bites, delicious libations and mingle among a crowd of fellow party people. Phone: 212-268-0188 | Address: 485 7th Ave Click to go
Atop the hotel by the same name, the Refinery Rooftop bar is a year-round oasis for those looking to take in the views of the historic Garment District while sipping craft cocktails and noshing on indulgent menu items. Contemporary in style with wood and metal accents, an exposed brick wall and fireplace, the glass ceiling encloses the bar and keeps you warm in these cool winter months. Opt for the Winter Wonderland cocktail with Jack Daniel’s Fire, Rumchata, rice milk, cinnamon and anise star. ‘Tis the season after all. Cool side note: the place doesn’t serve drinks with straws unless requested in an effort to reduce its environmental impact. Phone: 646-664-0372 | Address: 63 West 38th St Click to go