Scene Above NYC: Times Square’s Best Rooftop Bars and Lounges

After a long day of New York City sightseeing, shopping or simply ready to refuel before your next Times Square tour, nothing takes the edge off quite like stepping off the streets and up to some of our favorite rooftop bars and lounges, raising altitudes and expectations. With countless rooftop venues in the area, don’t hesitate to set the bar high when it comes to perusing for the perfect bar of skyscraping proportions. Whether you take your drinks shaken or stirred, at three or thirty stories high, we have no doubt that these Times Square drinking destinations will meet, if not exceed, your nightlife expectations.

Top of the Town

Bar 54 @ Hyatt Times Square

(135 W 45th St xx 6th & 7th Ave)

Topping our list and the Manhattan skyline is the Hyatt Times Square’s Bar 54, the highest rooftop bar in the city. Whether it’s your party-starter or last stop of the evening, this venue’s position at the pinnacle of rooftop nightlife in Times Square is reaffirmed by its festive yet affluent vibes. From breathtaking views to a brilliantly contrived menu of savory cocktails and small plate aperitifs, those craving ambiance greater than their appetites cherish this locale for its ability to wine and dine guests beyond satisfaction. At fifty-four stories high, the aptly named Bar 54 is an absolute must-attend for those looking to live large at the top of Times Square –literally.

On Cloud Nine

St Cloud @ The Knickerbocker

(6 Times Square xx W 41st & 42nd St)

From flowing libations to lush greenery, The Knickerbocker’s crown jewel, the St. Cloud lounge provides an oasis above the city of the upscale persuasion that is not to be missed. This venue offers both indoor and outdoor seating but as far as we are concerned, the best seats in the house can be found outside on St. Cloud’s rooftop terrace in the comfort of one of their three sky pod booths which serves cocktails, craft bottled beers and seasonally rotating dishes with a side of breathtaking Times Square views and a sense of upscale exclusivity. The ultimate rooftop bar located in the heart of Times Square, St. Cloud at The Knickerbocker hotel is our go-to chic retreat for progressive cocktails and captivating ambiance.

New Age Ambiance, Old School Charm

Refinery Rooftop @ Refinery Hotel

(63 W 38th St xx 5th & 6th Ave)

Coined the crown jewel of the Refinery Hotel, the Refinery Rooftop’s extensive selection for fine cocktails and craft beers may be crowd-pleasers but for us, the atmosphere is the real selling point. Once home to a hat factory, 63 West 38th Street has since seen extreme renovations as Refinery Hotel transforms it from its former turn-of-the-century flare into a mecca of luxurious motifs and exquisite furnishings. However, this upscale rooftop venue still beams with rustic charm by way of exposed brick, steel framework, overhead string lights, teeming greenery and an exquisite open-air terrace which attracts nightlife enthusiasts from hear and far. A popular destination for pre-theatre crowds and those simply in pursuit of a quality cocktail with a side of spectacular ambiance alike, what Broadway shows have done for Times Square’s entertainment scene, Refinery Rooftop does for Midtown Manhattan’s bar scene by way of restoration and historic revitalization. A year-round cocktail lounge that is as historic as it is hot, Refinery Rooftop provides the quintessential NYC rooftop experience.

No-Nonsense Nightlife

The Skylark

(200 W 39th St xx 7th & 8th Ave)

At thirty stories high, The Skylark is Times Square’s home for highbrow attitudes and altitudes. As you may have guessed, warmer months celebrated at this multi-level mecca entail nights spent on the skyscraping rooftop terrace but as the outdoors grow frigid, don’t assume that this esteemed destination follows in suit because The Skylark is an all-year favorite too for its indoor atmosphere which hosts warm furnishings and wall-to-floor windows.  In addition to these posh motifs, chic furnishings and a well-curated cocktail selection attract an equally pristine crowd primarily made up of NYC power-players enjoying after-work drinks. So whether you’re craving a pre-theatre glass of Pinot or late-night libations with a side of exceptional views, look no further than Times Square’s The Skylark for classic ambiance and expertly concocted indulgences.