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The Perfect Summer Bars: Five Rooftop Bars in NYC

By Travel Savvy

New York is an exciting city, particularly in the summer. There is so much to see, do, eat, and experience in one of the the world’s most beautiful cities. One of Travel Savvy’s favorite summertime experiences is to sip cocktails high above the glittering streets of the Big Apple. Rooftop bars range from chic and upscale to laid-back gardens. New York City has a broad range of rooftop lounges that will take your summer to the next level. Make the most of your time in the big apple and check out this list for scenic and unforgettable outside and elevated bars!

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Roof at Park South

125 East 27th St.
(212) 204-5222

OPEN: Monday - Friday 5PM; Saturday - Sunday 1PM CLOSED: Monday - Wednesday 11PM; Thursday - Saturday 12:30AM; Sunday 10PM

Above the bustling Midtown neighborhood you will find Roof at Park South, a trendy bar that provides sweeping views of the Murray Hall area. The abundance of scenic views makes the bar an ideal place to watch summer sunsets. When choosing from their list of tasteful cocktails make sure to try the Bohemian, a citadelle gin infused with grapefruit and peychaud’s bitters.

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Penthouse 808

Penthouse 808 sits atop Ravel Hotel and overlooks the breathtaking view every New Yorker raves about, the Manhattan Skyline. The rooftop gleams with city lights and provides you with a true experience of a night out in the Big Apple. Check out the bar’s calendar for events like fashion shows and celebrity DJ’s!

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Gallow Green

542 West 27th Street
(212) 564-1662
OPEN Monday -Friday 5PM; Saturday-Sunday 11:30AM 

Trying to unwind from the concrete jungle we call NYC? Gallow Green’s theatrical, secret-garden theme makes it the perfect place to kick back and spend a relaxing afternoon with friends. The urban oasis has an exquisite list of special craft cocktails, such as the sweet Popsicle Punch which will cool down any steamy summer day. The bar is noteable for being the home to the interactive play Sleep No More, which is a thrilling time warp bringing you back to the ‘20s. Make sure to buy a ticket and bring your appetite for the bar’s special– Saturday and Sunday open buffet brunch with live music.

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Pod 39 Rooftop

145 East 39th Street
(212) 865-5700
Monday-Sunday 12PM-12AM

Pod 39 Rooftop is part of the Pod Hotel family, which means you can expect a night of great service and entertainment. Treat yourself to a taste of Mexico trying the homemade guacamole and accompanying it with a tasteful margarita. The brick arches and columns create a unique decor that differs from the standard New York bar and creates a romantic setting– perfect for a fun summer date!

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The Press Lounge

653 11th Ave
(212) 757-2224
OPEN Monday – Sunday 5PM CLOSED Monday-Tuesday 1AM, Wednesday-Thursday 2AM; Friday-Saturday 3AM;Sunday 12AM

You’ll fall in love with the beauty of NYC every time you visit The Press Lounge. This elegant, trendy bar boasts wraparound views of the skyline and the hudson river, and has an extensive cocktail and wine list. Don’t miss the Allegro, made with infused pineapple, atlantico rum, and Madagascar vanilla topped with ginger beer.


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