New York is a city that has something to offer for anyone, and its nightlife scene is no different. In this city you’ll find everything from dive bars to upscale supper clubs and even prohibition era speakeasies. One of my favorite things about New York nightlife is the amount of rooftop bars it has, where you can have drinks with a spectacular view to accompany them. My favorite rooftops in New York are:
PH-D: located at the top of the Dream Downtown Hotel (355 W 16th street, NY, NY 10011) is this gorgeous rooftop that is relatively new to the city, since it only opened last summer. It’s filled with beautiful, mostly international people who come here to enjoy a more upscale scene. It markets itself as a lounge but I would actually classify it more as a club since the music is loud and most of the people who come here come to dance. It’s definitely pricey (a vodka soda costs $18) but the breathtaking view will make you forget this little detail.
Le Bain: nothing spells danger quite like the Standard Hotel (848 Washington street, New York, NY 10014). If you wish for a memorable night you will never remember, then the rooftop bar at the Standard Hotel is the place for you. Complete with an indoor pool, this place offers two ambiances: downstairs is for your inner party animal and upstairs is a more casual scene. The upstairs roof deck is complete with fake grass and lounge chairs to add to the “outdoors” effect they’re trying to create. If you don’t like loud music then this isn’t the right place for you. Otherwise if you wish to engage in some late night bar-and-pool hopping, Le Bain is the spot you want to hit. Don’t be surprised if you run into a few celebrities while you’re there.
Jimmy: there is only one word to describe the feeling you get when you walk into Jimmy, the rooftop bar at the James Hotel (27 grand St, New York, NY 10013) and that word is: SEXY. The leather sofas that surround the cozy fireplaces make it an ideal place for romantic cocktails with a view of the city. It’s a lower key ambiance than the one at PH-D and Le Bain, which makes a great date spot. Plus, the dim lighting and soft music give out a sophisticated vibe that almost no other rooftop in NY has.