Rooftop-Bars in New York: Pools and Fantastic Views of the Skyline

4:50 pm  |  25.10.2021

If there is one city in the world where the view from above is particularly worthwhile, it is New York. The glowing skyline against the black night sky creates a very special atmosphere in which every drink tastes even better.


There is nothing better than sitting on a roof terrace in the Big Apple after sightseeing and looking out into the urban jungle. While the seemingly endless traffic pushes through the streets below in the street canyons, you can enjoy a moment of peace here and simply enjoy the view of the New York skyline. Some roof terraces even have a pool, so nothing stands in the way of a relaxing day. I admit, I’m in love and would like to introduce you to hotels and restaurants with the best rooftop bars in New York!

Rooftop Garden & Bar

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge bears its name for a reason because it is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park directly on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Thanks to this unique location, from the hotel’s 1 Rooftop Garden & Bar you not only have a view of New York’s skyline but also of the East River, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. In comfortable armchairs or on narrow sofas you can even enjoy the view through the glass railing while sipping a cold drink.

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The best: you don’t even have to be a guest in the hotel. For a fee of 20 USD, you can also enter the roof terrace and get a priceless view of it. The fee must be paid Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to midnight. However, I can tell you: A hotel stay is twice as worthwhile – see for yourself.

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Info & tips:

Address: 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, New York City.

Closed in winter.

Pool available.

Non-hotel guests pay $ 20 entry.

Restaurant & Bar 230 Fifth


Not only do hotels have great viewing platforms, New York restaurants, such as the Restaurant & Bar 230 Fifth, can also score points with them. There are lobster rolls, hand-cut fries, and delicious burgers, plus a martini – perfect.

It can get crowded here at peak times, but the friendly staff doesn’t show the stress – they are probably not used to anything else. I can understand that it is full here: the view of the skyline is unique. However, anyone who thinks that this view can only be enjoyed here on mild summer days is wrong.

Since winter 2014, guests have been able to make themselves comfortable in exclusive igloos that protect against wind and weather. Inside it is not only brightly lit but also heated, sofas, small carpets, and lamps create a real feel-good atmosphere here. Unfortunately, you can’t reserve such an igloo, you just have to be there early enough and hope that you can still get a place. The igloos will be there until the end of March.

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Info & tips:

Address: 230 Fifth Ave (Corner 27th), Manhattan, New York City.

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.

Igloos are set up from November to May.

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

The Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room is located directly in the Rockefeller Center on the 65th floor. Not exactly cheap, but elegant you can treat yourself to a fabulous 3-course evening menu here: salads, vegan dishes and fresh food from the grill are just as popular here as small snacks.

The real reason why many people come here is clearly the incredible view. Anyone who has ever been able to enjoy the view from the Top of the Rock, the viewing platform on the 70th floor, knows what I’m talking about. The Empire State Building will catch your eye right here, as it is one of the few buildings on the same level as this rooftop bar. Especially at night, the sight is simply bombastic. You can even see the East River from up here. It goes without saying that this location with its special ambiance is popular, so don’t forget to reserve a table online in advance.

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Info & tips:


Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York City.

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Saturdays.

The outdoor terrace can be closed in bad weather.

The Press Lounge

The rooftop bar The Press Lounge is located in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen district, which is particularly attractive with its culinary locations.

The Press Lounge Bar attracts with something completely different: the fabulous view! Even if it can get really crowded here on mild summer evenings, the bar is still an insider tip – at least among tourists in the city. A long, glowing pool stretches across the roof terrace and creates a very special ambiance. With a view of the Hudson River and New Jersey, you can enjoy a fancy siglo, a Surrey, or a Chilango here.

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Info & tips:

Address: 653 11TH Avenue, 16th Floor, New York.

Opening times: Mon & Tue 5 pm-1am, Wed & Thurs 5 pm-2am, Fri & Sat 5 pm-3am, Sun 5 pm-0am.

Dress code: casual elegant.

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