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7 Best Rooftop Bars in Times Square

Cool cocktails served with a side order of breathtaking views, that’s exactly what you get when you visit one of the epic rooftop bars in iconic Times Square in Midtown Manhattan in NYC. If you are in the Big Apple and want to sip cocktails in the clouds and do shots amongst the skyscrapers, look no further. Our compilation covers everything from elegant hotel bars to casual lounges. Ready for drinks with altitude? Here are some of the best rooftop bars in Times Square.

7 Best Rooftop Bars in Times Square

1. Castell NYC

Castell NYC is an elegant and sophisticated bar on the rooftop of the AC Hotel in Times Square. The rooftop channels the classic cocktail bars of the olden days and the drink’s menu is big on martinis. Castell feels exclusive and intimate, especially the fireplace lounge with its wonderful abstract artwork. The lush terrace with its breathtaking Midtown Manhattan views really does set the scene for an unforgettable experience. The place is particularly picturesque at nighttime with its ambient lighting and the shimmering skyscrapers surrounding you.

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2. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar and Lounge

Magic Hour is a rooftop cocktail bar on top of the Moxy Hotel Times Square. It is a whimsical venue with an amusement park theme, including mini-golf. It’s a great place for a fun night out with sky-high views of the city. There are two separate outdoor areas: the east side, overlooks the Empire State Building and the west side has a rotating seating area. It’s a great place from where you can soak up the buzz of Times Square from above. Drinks are modern with fun names and ingredients like the “Float My Boat” with caramelized pineapple, tequila and jalapeño. However, if day drinking is more your scene, the weekend brunch is a memorable experience. Apart from brunch, there are bar snacks and party nibbles like fried “carnival potatoes”  and beet deviled eggs.

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3. cloudM New York Times Square

cloudM rooftop bar on the 17th floor of the citizenM New York Times Square Hotel is an urban oasis with an indoor and outdoor terrace with jaw-dropping views. Located right in the heart of Times Square in Manhatten, the altitude and the attitude are enough to make anyone giddy. You really do feel like you are drinking in the clouds away from the crowds. The menu features select spirits, beers, wines and mocktails as well as an extensive cocktail list with creative signature drinks. Food is a lovely selection of light bites with playful twists on comforting classics.

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4. Bar 54 at Hyatt Centric Times Square

Perched right above the bright lights of Times Square, Bar 54 is set on top of the Hyatt Centric Hotel. At 54 floors up, this is New York City’s highest open-air hotel rooftop bar. The river-to-river views are just stunning.  There is an indoor bar and lounge and an expansive outdoor terrace, where you can sip creative cocktails, craft beers on draft and a decent selection of wines. You can also order small bites to pair with your drink. The daytime vibe here is very relaxed and at night there is a more lively atmosphere.

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5. St. Cloud Rooftop at Knickerbocker Hotel

Located on top of the five-star Knickerbocker Hotel, the St. Cloud Rooftop has epic views of Times Square. However, in contrast to the chaos of the city below, the rooftop bar is an oasis of calm and a relaxed and comfortable space from where you can enjoy the sights. There is an indoor bar as well as an outside terrace and you can order delicious drinks from the extensive menu including signature cocktails and bottled craft beers. There is also an upscale, seasonally focused small plates menu.

6. Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel

Situated up in the clouds on top of the Sanctuary Hotel, the Haven Rooftop really does live up to its name. You feel far away from all the hustle and bustle of Times Square below whilst relaxing in the year-round city oasis. The space has lots of different areas and cool cabanas if you are looking for a bit more privacy. This rooftop restaurant and bar feature an innovative cocktail menu, many of which are made with fresh juices and garnishes and there is a French-inspired menu that includes dishes such as the Tuna Tower (sesame dressed tuna tartare with wontons) and Salad Nicoise.

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7. Cloud Social Rooftop Bar

Cloud Social is a fun and welcoming rooftop bar located on top of nyma, The New York Manhattan Hotel in Midtown. Those not exactly in Times Square, it is still close at just 15 minutes walk away. One of the big draws of this Midtown rooftop bar is its casual and friendly atmosphere and its good mix of locals and tourists. Come for happy hour to enjoy great value food and drinks as well as the cityscape views that include the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. The menus feature a hand-crafted list of delicious cocktails and spirits which you can pair with classic bar snacks and great pizza.

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Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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