By Chelsea Kate Isaacs

Great views, mesmerizing sunsets to the west, great drinks, and immersing yourself into an authentic Manhattan social scene is all you’ll need to get hooked on the NYC rooftop bar trend. From spectacular sunset-watching to afternoon sunbathing, here are our very favorite hotel rooftops for every occasion.

1. VU46: A NEW AND TRENDY MIDTOWN SPOT FOR INTIMATE GATHERINGS

VU46 Rooftop

VU46 Rooftop

Address: 59 West 46th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), (212) 382-3045

Since it first opened in November, VU46 has quickly become one of the city’s trendiest intimate rooftop bars. A smaller yet chic venue (which accommodates about 70 people), this year-round destination features indoor and outdoor space, including a terrace where jaw-dropping iconic Manhattan views of The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and more can be seen. The interior, which has a bar and seating area, is sheltered by a glass atrium seating. VU46 offers happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily: $4 to $6 beer, wine and shot specials. Regular prices are budget-friendly, too, with craft beers starting at $8, wine $10 and mixed drinks $12.

2. CLOUD SOCIAL: KOREA TOWN’S NEW DESIGNER-STYLE INDOOR/OUTDOOR LOUNGE

Cloud Social Rooftop

Cloud Social Rooftop

Address: 6 West 32nd Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway). (212) 904-1092Perfectly situated atop nyma, the New York Manhattan Hotel, Cloud Social is Korea Town’s newest rooftop attraction. Cloud Social, which opened in September 2014, offers stunning vistas of the cityscape, including the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. Aside from boasting great views, the rooftop bar is open year round and http://newyorksmash.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=yumprint_recipe_themesoffers enclosed indoor and heated outdoor seating. A smaller, more intimate balcony is located off the eastern side of the bar with single party seating and city exposure through openings in the hotel’s arching limestone exterior. Cloud Social can accommodate nearly 120 guests. The rooftop venue offers happy hour specials from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, including select $4 to $6 beer, wine and shot specials. However, great prices aren’t limited to just happy hour; craft beers regularly start as low as $8, wine $10 and mixed drinks $12.

 

3. REFINERY ROOFTOP ATOP REFINERY HOTEL: THE ROOFTOP WITH LOTS OF SPACE AND SEATING OPTIONS

Refinery Rooftop

Address: 63 West 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue

Fantastic midtown views and comfortable accommodations make this large rooftop lounge a must-visit spot. Refinery Rooftop has 3,500 square feet of total space, including with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building, a cozy interior space complete with fireplace, water feature, and wooden ceilings constructed out of wood salvaged from the original building’s water tank, an expansive indoor/outdoor space capped by a retractable glass roof, an outdoor terrace with porch swings and more spectacular city views from every direction. Refinery Hotel is a former hat factory turned luxury hotel in New York City’s Garment District transformed a 1912 Neo-Gothic building into an industrial-chic hotel with refined public spaces in the lobby area, and a more industrial and raw elegance in the guestrooms and the rooftop bar.

4. THE JANE ROOFTOP AT THE JANE: AN IDEAL DESTINATION FOR WATCHING SUNSETS OVER THE HUDSON

Jane Hotel Rooftop

Address: 113 Jane Street

There’s hardly a better place to unwind than The Jane Rooftop, where you can relax and watch spectacular sunsets on the Hudson River. This summer, the venue will launch its well-known “Sunsets at The Jane,” where guests can take in the awesome views. Designed by Sean MacPherson, the locale has a faded bohemian atmosphere with hand-chipped paint, exquisitely cracked walls, and stools dripping with fringe. The venue features an outdoor terrace and octagonal bar managed by Carlos Quirarte and Matt Kliegman of The Smile and The Jane Ballroom. Sip on a signature cocktail and people watch amongst the fashion elite.

5. GANSEVOORT PARK ROOFTOP AT GANSEVOORT PARK AVENUE NYC: KNOWN FOR ITS LIVELY SOCIAL SCENE AND SWANK DECOR

Gansevoort Park Avenue Rooftop

 

Address: 420 Park Avenue South at 29th Street

Perched on the 20th floor of the Gansevoort Park Avenue, the hotel’s newly reimagined rooftop offers a communal environment for both locals and hotel guests alike. The updated tri-level penthouse brings new meaning to work-life balance, creating a 24-hour escape that lets visitors work hard and play hard. Daytime dwellers can take full advantage of this workplace with an Empire State view that includes complimentary WiFi and cold brew coffee menu by Panther Coffee before kicking off happy hour with an organic, cold-pressed juice cocktail made with Juice Press’ signature blends. Nighttime revelers can still expect the staple nightlife experience once the sun goes down at New York’s first heated indoor-outdoor rooftop.

6. PLUNGE ROOFTOP BAR + LOUNGE AT GANSEVOORT MEATPACKING NYC: BEAUTIFUL PANORAMIC CITY AND RIVER VIEWS

Plunge

Plunge

 

Address: 18 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street

A perennial favorite, the rooftop at Gansevoort Meatpacking is the original in the neighborhood and offers stunning 360-degree views of the Hudson River, World Trade Center and Manhattan skyline, with distinctive spaces like the indoor/outdoor terrace with retractable glass roof, seasonal garden, and wrap-around balconies. The indoor Loft boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, communal seating, and a roaring fireplace, making it the ideal venue to gather with friends for a signature cocktail and a truly cosmopolitan experience. 

7. POD 39 ROOFTOP: A POPULAR AFTER-WORK DRINKS SPOT

Pod 39 Rooftop

Pod 39 Rooftop

Address: 145 East 39th Street

A buzzing after-work drinks destination, Pod 39’s two-story rooftop is a trendy meet-up venue with a magical vibe and energetic atmosphere. Set on the 17th floor, ivy grows along brick arches, potted plants bloom, and panoramic views of the city can be seen from unique angles, including river views to the East, the Freedom Tower to the South, the Empire State Building to the West and the Chrysler Building to the North. The bar scene features tequila-inspired cocktails by mixologist Sam Anderson from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco.

8. POD 51 ROOFTOP DECK: THE ROOFTOP LOUNGE WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND A RELAXED, VACATION VIBE

Pod 51 Roof

Pod 51 Roof

 

Address: 230 East 51st Street

Pod 51’s Rooftop Deck offers sun-bathers and star-gazers a more-relaxed alternative to NYC buzzing rooftop scene. Adorned with oversized lounge benches, colorful Adirondack chairs and a 12-foot long picnic table with awning – the perfect spot to gather for a DIY picnic. Visitors can bring up their own wine and beer from the ground-floor café and nestle amongst the skyscrapers.