Five Rooftop Bars to Experience this Summer

June 8th - 2017

Five Rooftop Bars to Experience this Summer

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Five Rooftop Bars to Experience this Summer  


Instrata Hell’s Kitchen residents can take advantage of a rich array of nearby shows, eats – and of course, rooftop bars! Survey the city and raise a glass to summer without leaving the West Side by checking off this list of top spots curated by the Instrata Concierge.


1. Bar SixtyFive

30 Rockefeller Plaza between Fifth & Sixth Ave.—17 minutes downtown on the B train or a 20-minute walk from Instrata Hell’s Kitchen


A cool 65 stories above the buzz of Midtown’s streets, the iconic Rainbow Room’s slightly more casual sidekick, Bar SixtyFive, awaits the smartly dressed crowd that files in at opening time each day. With what is quite possibly the post impeccable and awe-inspiring view in the entire city, it’s well worth making a reservation in advance or taking the time to wait in line downstairs. Bring your camera.


2. Empire Rooftop

44 W. 63rd St. between Broadway & Columbus Avenue—11 minutes uptown on the M11 bus or a 15-minute walk


This reinvented classic has captured our hearts since its recent revamp, which breathed new life into the Lincoln Center mainstay we all know and love (and not just because of Gossip Girl). Order an ice-cold martini and soak in the views from either side of the sprawling dual-decked space.


3. The Skylark

200 W. 39th St. between Seventh & Eighth Avenue—20 minutes downtown on the Q train or a 30-minute walk


Perched on the 30th floor of a very unassuming Midtown building, The Skylark is poised to be our most glamorous rooftop destination of the season. With both indoor and outdoor seating (both boast incredible views all around) alongside a killer menu of elevated bar bites and cocktails, this sleek, plush lounge is surely the place to see and be seen all summer long.


4. Salon de Ning at the Peninsula

700 Fifth Ave. (entrance on 55th Street between Fifth & Sixth Avenue)—20 minutes east on the M31 bus or a 20-minute walk


This luxurious Fifth Avenue rooftop bar lives up to the legacy of the lavish hotel beneath it. The Peninsula’s quietly stunning Salon de Ning is perfect for a low-key glass of wine or cocktail in an intimate setting, particularly with someone special.


5. St. Cloud Social at The Knickerbocker Hotel

6 Times Square (entrance on 42nd Street between Broadway & Sixth Avenue)—20 minutes downtown on the Q train or a 25-minute walk


In true classic New York fashion—and in the heart of Times Square, no less—The Knickerbocker’s rooftop bar delivers stunning cityscape views and a hint of Old World spirit. The hotel is, after all, said to be the birthplace of the martini, and dates to 1906 when it was built by none other than John Jacob Astor IV, and later frequented by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Images courtesy of Rainbow Room, Empire Hotel, Abigail Kirsch, The Peninsula New York and The Knickerbocker Hotel ­­­­­­­­­