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The 5 best rooftop bars in New York

The New York skyline is an impressive sight and the city has lots of rooftop bars. But which are the best? Here is The Rooftop Guide’s list of the five best places for those who want to enjoy the view and sip a drink.

Website The Rooftop Guide has visited over 40 bars in New York. They recently returned to the NY bar scene to try out what new places were on offer and to revisit some old favorite haunts. Here is their list of bars that you absolutely must visit:

When the view is everything

Looking for the ultimate rooftop view, with the Hudson River and sunset in one direction and Midtown Manhattan in the other? Then The Presslounge is the place to visit. A magical view in luxurious and sophisticated surroundings. In the afternoons and evenings, the terrace is the ideal place for a good “pre-party”, and a little later in the evening, the entire roof is transformed into the perfect place for a party. Put on your glad rags and your biggest smile, and you’ll feel right at home amongst the trendy clientele that can usually be found hanging out here.

The Presslounge

653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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Popular with both tourists and locals

The James Hotel in Soho is best known for having one of the best rooftop pools in New York. However, the pool itself can only be used by hotel guests. But after 5pm, the terrace is opened to the general public, attracting a younger clientele (aged 20-35) who raise their glasses against the backdrop of Downtown, Freedom Tower and the Hudson River. The terrace also has a large indoor area, where the bar is located. Make sure you get there early on weekends. Jimmy at the James is very popular with both tourists and locals alike.

Jimmy at the James

15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013

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Photo: The Skylark

View + fantastic dinner = true

If you like a magnificent view amidst the skyscrapers at Times Square, The Skylark is the perfect choice. Book a table in advance and prepare yourself for a great party atmosphere, tasty bar snacks and perhaps the most sublime views you can get in central Manhattan. The terrace is quite narrow and has both seating and standing areas. There is also an indoor area where you can play pool and throw darts. Perfect for those days when the weather is not so great. Don’t miss the food, it’s fantastic!

The Skylark

39th St, New York, NY 10018

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Views over Central Park

As the name of the hotel suggests, this is one of the few rooftop bars in New York where you get a magnificent view of Central Park and its surroundings. The terrace here is quite small, but oh so good. Make sure you get out in good time in order to get a seat, otherwise there will be standing room only. The bar serves classic cocktails to the sound of relaxing loung music. In other words, many people come here early to have a few drinks before continuing their night elsewhere in New York.

The Roof at Viceroy Central Park

124 W 57th Street, New York, New York 10019

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Photo: Bar SixtyFive

On the top floor of the Rockefeller Center

Bar SixtyFive is the highest roof bar in all of New York and is also one of the highest in the world. This classic rooftop restaurant is located on the 65th floor of the Rockerfeller Center. A reservation is essential, and only dinner guests can enjoy the views out on the terrace. Prepare to spend a large chunck of your vacation fund here, both the food and drink cost a pretty penny. But it’s worth every dime. The food, drink and service are of the highest caliber, as is the view. From here, you can see all of Manhattan and the surrounding neighborhoods. A visit to Bar SixtyFive will give you memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Bar SixtyFive

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112

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