NYC Outdoor Bars Built For Summer

Summer is right around the corner—and so are idle evenings watching the sunset, cocktail in hand. Find the perfect outdoor drinking scene in New York City, whether it’s on a rooftop with a view, along the water or nestled in a garden hideaway. These are the hottest picks of the season.

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Watermark Bar, FiDi

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A modern venue on the southern tip of Manhattan, Watermark Bar offers sweeping views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn skyline and the East River. The venue also hosts live concerts and craft beer festivals throughout the summer, making it a well-rounded hotspot for daytime or nighttime endeavors. Address: Pier 15, 78 South Street | Phone: 212-742-8200 Click to go

PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown, Chelsea

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Indulge in small bites, cocktails and champagne at this rooftop lounge while overlooking the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. There’s nothing quite like unwinding after a long workday and taking in city views during golden hour. Looking for something more high key? Check out the events calendar for parties on the rooftop. Address: 355 West 16th Street | Phone: 212-229-2511 Click to go

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, Battery Park City

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Located atop the Conrad Hotel, Loopy Doopy is known for its Statue of Liberty views and unique Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails—boozy ice pops served in a Prosecco or “Rosécco” based drink. Sophisticated, contemporary and classy, it’s the ideal spot for any occasion like a girls’ night or a casual evening gathering. Address: 102 North End Avenue | Phone: 646-769-4250 Click to go 

The Heights, NoMad

Arlo Nomad Hotel’s Rooftop Bar, The Heights, boasts “the best view in Manhattan of the Empire State Building.” A modern space complete with couches, tables and barstools, this rooftop encourages friends to hang out, drink and enjoy the atmosphere. It even serves chips and guac—so what’s the hold up? Address: 11 East 31st Street | Phone: 212-951-1141 Click to go 

Threes Brewing, Gowanus

Afraid of heights? Good news—not every outdoor bar in the city is on a rooftop. Touch down on land at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn, where you can enjoy craft beer in a casual environment complete with greenery and string lights. The venue is also a brewery with party and event spaces. Join it for music events and trivia nights. Be sure to also check out the location in Greenpoint! Address: 333 Douglass Street | Phone: 718-522-2110 Click to go 

Gallow Green, Chelsea

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At the top of the McKittrick Hotel lies Gallow Green, a rooftop bar and restaurant filled with all kinds of plants and flowers. Known for its unique ambiance more so than its view, the garden at Gallow Green just might provide a reprieve from the bustling concrete jungle below. Head in for dinner and drinks, or wait till the weekend to enjoy the buffet-style brunch featuring live entertainment. Address: 542 W 27th Street | Phone: 212-564-1662 Click to go

Refinery Rooftop, Midtown

This sleek and trendy rooftop in Midtown is a destination for skyline views and quality drinks. Treat yourself to flatbreads, sliders and sandwiches, and choose from a list of classic or signature cocktails. The retractable glass roof allows for year-round service, but feeling the warm breeze on a rooftop during the summer just can’t be beat. It’s also about a 10-minute walk from Penn Station making it convenient for anyone hopping off the LIRR. Address: 63 W 38th Street | Phone:646-664-0372 Click to go

Grand Banks, Tribeca

Looking for something a little more out-of-the-box? Hop aboard the historic boat, Sherman Zwicker, upon which the oyster bar Grand Banks is situated. Savor seafood plates, cocktails, and of course, oysters, while looking out over the Hudson River. Address: Hudson River Park Pier 25 | Phone: 212-660-6312 Click to go