The 5 best hotel and rooftop bars in New York

1) Bemelmans Bar

Red jacketed waiters remind us of the long lost New York iconized by Frank Sinatra. Settle in at the bar for a night to remember, and chat up the Upper East Side clientele. Woody Allen plays on Tuesdays at this spot where live jazz dominates. Pricey cover charge after 9 pm.

counter at Bemelman's cocktail bar

at: The Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street (at Madison Avenue)

+1 212 744 1600

2) Temple Court

One of the most astounding spaces to sip a cocktail in NYC, inside a breathtaking nine-story Victorian atrium. In this landmarked 1883 Gothic Revival building, the bar is a study in gold and green, with old-fashioned iron stools, and lighting via small lamps. Get a table and luxuriate in the comfortable opulence.

bar at Temple Court

at: The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street (between Park Row and Nassau Street)

+1 212 658 1848

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3) Gallow Green

Total scene above the place famous for the immersive theater experience Sleep No More. Less about views and more about a lush escape from the city. Decked out in greenery and backyard patio lights in summer, dolled up like a log cabin in winter – with amazing attention to detail. Earlier is better, if you want to gain access.

rooftop terrace at Gallow Green

at: The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue)

+1 212 564 1662

4) Bar Hugo

This rooftop bar has views of a different sort. Focused on the Hudson River and Downtown, you can enjoy a magical sunset, which gives the space a beautiful glow before all the city lights come on. Here you can sip on very creative cocktails, while listening to a great music mix. Come early to get a spot.

people enjoying drinks at Bar Hugo NYC

525 Greenwich Street (between Spring and Vandam Street)

+1 917 409 2581

5) The Bar

Down the block from MoMA, B Bar is as stunningly beautiful as a palace, with elaborate namesake crystal chandeliers everywhere you look. At the bar, you may snag one of the bar stools for two (which seem to be popping up more and more). Cocktails will be elegantly presented in iconic Baccarat cut crystal glassware.

interior of the Bar at the Baccarat Hotel

at: The Baccarat Hotel, 28 West 53rd Street (at 5th Avenue)

+1 866 957 5139

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