Rooftop bars, just like smelly fermenting trash and sweaty subway platforms, are a staple of New York City summers. Yet even when winter is in full swing, there are still some places with removable covers, heat lamps and hot drinks to warm up patrons. I recently came across an article that shares some of the best all-season rooftop spots in the city, which I’ve shared below:
The Lodge at the McKittrick Hotel: In the winter, this spot become a work of art: a sneaky hideaway bar that looks like a woodsy cabin with bunk beds, battered books, a fire pit and plenty of furs. You can sip on a maple toddy, then see if you can brave the haunted Macbeth house below.
The Ides at the Wythe Hotel: While the outdoor section here is ideal for summer, you can still enjoy the scenery behind the windowed roofdeck in the winter. You can enjoy such cocktails as the Old Pal or Dark and Stormy while watching the snow fall.
Kimoto: Brooklyn might turn some people off, but even those who hate it have to concede that Kimoto is an exceptional place. With 26 craft beer options, mostly Japanese, 9 custom cocktails and a diverse menu of Asian fusion, it’s more than enough to lure even the biggest Brooklyn skeptic.
Baita at la Birreria: In the winter, the rooftop bar at Eataly become Baita, a pop-up bar and restaurant inspired by the Italian Alps. It’s more food-oriented, but that food is delicious, and can be washed down with warm drinks like mulled wine and an extensive list of brews.
Upstairs at the Kimberly: The retractable roof keeps the uppermost level of this hotel bar cozy, even when the temperature drops. Luckily, the glass doesn’t obscure the views here, allowing you to overlook Midtown and the peak of the Chrysler building.
Hotel Chantelle: Filled with plush banquettes, this art-deco lounge is a jazzy, covered rooftop that can transport you directly to Paris. With a full bar and a DJ booth, after the clock strikes midnight it attracts a young crowd looking to dance the night away.
The Heights Bar and Grill: Finding a rooftop bar north of Midtown can be tough, but this Morningside Heights spot does just that. It’s covered and heated in the winter. It should be noted that it’s mostly a Columbia University bar, so it might not be the best place for those who aren’t as into the collegiate crowd.
Top of the Strand: This small Midtown spot gives you an up-close and personal view of the Empire State Building, and a retractable glass structure to seal in the warmth in the cooler months.
Refinery Rooftop: Like Top of the Strand, this is just a stone’s throw away from the Empire State Building that gives you a great view and a comfortable space with cushioned chairs and romantic lights.