Brooklyn is one of the most diverse and vibrant corners of NYC. From its incredible art scene, world-class museums and unique community culture, it’s no wonder it’s a hotspot for every tourist who steps foot in the Big Apple. Easily one of the biggest pulls of Brooklyn is its stunning vistas over Manhattan. And what better place to take in the unique atmosphere of Brooklyn with views of NYC than in one of the burroughs many rooftops? Here are the seven best rooftop bars in Brooklyn.
7 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn
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Westline is Brooklyn’s hippest and coolest rooftop bar. Located in the 22nd floor of The William Vale in Williamsburg the panoramas of the Big Apple are simply unbeatable. Take your pick from any of their famous classic cocktails, rare spirits or craft beer and wine. We suggest the ‘vicious circle’ cocktail made with gin, green chartreuse and cocchi Americano to start. Hungry? Grab a small plate inspired by global street foods.
2. Rooftop Reds
Aptly named Rooftop Reds, this Brooklyn rooftop bar is a winos heaven. Home to the world’s first commercially-viable urban rooftop vineyard, a trip to Rooftop Reds feels like part NYC wine scene part Napa Valley. While the unique wines and cheeses are certainly reason enough to visit, the stellar views and cosy atmosphere bring it all full circle. Be sure to ask for wine selections if you aren’t sure and don’t forget some cheese or food pairings.
This rooftop bar slash event venue is one of Brooklyn’s most bumping places. Set on on top of a once-abandoned Bushwick warehouse, this spacious rooftop terrace is as quirky and atmospheric as you can imagine. Whether you go for one of their many live shows or just to throw a few drinks back, you’ll always have a great time at Our Wicked Lady. Be sure and order their famous cinnamon old fashioned for a real kick.
Craft beer, seasonal cocktails, friendly service and stunning views are a few things you can expect from this Brooklyn gem. Also nested in a converted Bushwick warehouse, Elsewhere is famous for its artsy party scene. At night the massive rooftop turns into a giant dance party perfect for dancing the night away alongside NYC’s skyline. Be sure to check their site for local events that may interest you like food popups and sunset happy hours.
Lemon’s Rooftop at the Wythe Hotel is the place to be for all things natural win, small plates and stunning views. They offer a whole host of signature cocktails like the ‘tiny dancer’ made with gin, cocchi rosa, strawberry, lime and cucumber; and ‘the dalloway’ made with wild turkey rye, aperol, ginger and lemon. The cocktails are delicious, but the real star of the show is their natural wine. We recommend their orange welschriesling wine from Austria.
Coined Winterly in the winter and Summerly in the summer, the Hoston’s rooftop bar is the perfect spot to have a few drinks above NYC all year round. Famous for their seasonal cocktails and panoramic views of Manhattan, and incredible small bites, you really can’t go wrong. In the cooler months, we recommend their ‘hox toddy’ for a comforting drink.
7. The Diamond
Lowkey, funky and cosy are just a few words to describe The Diamond in Greenpoint. Known for its nostalgic vibes with shuffleboards and patio games, The Diamond is the perfect place for a fun and casual night with your friends over NYC. While the atmosphere is very laid back and casual, don’t the wine and beer list is a different story. There’s an excellent selection of everything from wine and cheese pairings to craft brews.