There's almost nothing like summer in New York City. Yes, the days can be sweltering, but when the sun starts to dip down in the horizon and you find yourself sipping a cocktail at a rooftop bar with views of the skyline on a Friday afternoon, there's nothing quite like it. There only happen to be, oh, you know, about a million bars in the Big Apple, so we did the hard work and narrowed it down to seven of our favorites. From the swanky hotel hot spots for post-work professionals to the indie joints swarming with cool young creatives, these are the best rooftop bars to frequent for summer 2017 and beyond. Keep scrolling to pick your poison.
Located at the top of the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, Gallow Green is as close to resembling The Secret Garden as a rooftop bar in New York City can get. Ivy-covered arches and twinkling lights make for a magical experience while sipping craft cocktails.
542 W. 27th St.
It's pretty hard to beat the combination of sunset view, cool-kid appeal, and crazy-good drinks found at this Wythe Hotel bar in Williamsburg. Come 7 p.m., the patio is teaming with indie types, creatives, and foreign visitors who've been tipped off by their most in-the-know NYC friends. The cocktail menu offers innovative takes on classics. Our pick: The Sixth Floor Sling, which combines gin, apricot, cherry, and lime sherbet.
80 Wythe Ave.
The Penthouse at Dream Downtown pretty much defines the category of ragey rooftop bar, with panoramic views of the NYC skyline that will take your breath away when the sun is setting, a DJ, a vibrant crowd, and really, really good Instagram opportunities.
355 W. 16th St.
There's one reason people go to Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at Conrad Hotel, and it's a good one: popsicles served in glasses of prosecco and rosé. It seems like such a simple concept, yet no one else is doing it. To be honest, we spent a solid amount of time just scrolling through the Instagram geotag for the restaurant, drooling over photos of popsicles dunked in wine glasses. Flavors include Blueberry Peach and Strawberry Lemongrass.
102 North End Ave.
If you only get a chance to go to one rooftop bar while in NYC, this is the one to pick, thanks to its insane views and a fairly literal interpretation of concrete jungle. It's the largest rooftop garden and enclosed penthouse in the city, and it boasts a direct view of the Empire State Building.
230 Fifth Ave.
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This hip bar at the top of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District offers, of course, beautiful views, and sunset jazz nights in the summer, which are exactly what they sound like: sipping cocktails as the sun sets to the soothing sound of live jazz.
848 Washington St.
What is your favorite NYC rooftop?