Some bars are only decorated for the holiday season, but there are quite a few that keep the magic up all winter long. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran at rooftop partying, or just want to see them all decked out for winter, check out these beautiful heated NYC rooftop bars. You’ll find everything from fireplaces and blankets, to fire-pits and igloos.
1. Mr. Purple, Lower East Side
The Chalet at Mr. Purple is a wintry rooftop ski lodge that will once again be returning in 2022! There will be seasonal cocktails, tasty meal offerings, and of course picturesque skyline views. This year’s chalet is yet to be announced, but be sure to follow their Instagram for upcoming info.
Where: 180 Orchard St, Floor 15
2. 230 Fifth Rooftop, Flatiron
The glowy Rooftop Igloo Bar is back with their cozy igloos! As has been standard in the past, each igloo can accommodate 4-10 guests and they must be reserved in advance.
Where: 230 Fifth Ave
3. Haven Rooftop, Midtown
Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel has become a wintery wonderland for the season, thanks to their Haven Ski Chalet! Cozy into the warm atmosphere decorated with dazzling fairy lights as you sip on a craft cocktail. Seriously, what can be better than twinkling Christmas lights and evergreen garlands? It’s also a good spot to have Christmas Eve dinner this year too, since they’re offering a prix fixe meal on Dec 24 for $79 per person. Make your reservation here!
Where: 132 W 47th St
This rooftop might be the most Instagrammable yet! Fully equipped with a carousel featuring over 25,000 rhinestones, Moxy Times Square has transformed their rooftop into a white winter wonderland with icicles, flocked trees, and snowy branches. Sit under their outdoor heat lamps while taking in the festive views of the Empire State Building, white rustic chandeliers, and ski lodge decor. There’s even pink hot chocolate (Après Ski) on the menu as well as additional winter-themed treats!
Where: (Moxy at Times Square) 485 7th Ave
5. Ophelia Lounge, Midtown East
Take in city views from 26 floors above Manhattan’s streets at the gorgeous Ophelia Lounge located at the Beekman Tower. Guests are immediately welcomed with their glittering “snow globe in the sky” installation upon exiting the elevator for a winter surprise like no other. Be sure to try out their new seasonal cocktails like the Polaris Express (Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum, Scarlet Ibis rum, Kalani, cinnamon, homemade horchata, and vanilla) or the X Factor (Glenmorangie x single malt, amontillado sherry, reisetbauer carrot eau de vie, kummell, St. George spiced pear liqueur, maple, and walnut bitters).
Where: 3 Mitchell Pl, Floor 26
6. PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, Midtown
PHD Terrace’s “Winter Rose Garden” is officially here this year, and this time it’s taking up the space at the Dream Hotel in Midtown. The pop-up includes an all-red-rose haven complete with the iconic NYC flower tunnel made of 10,000 red roses, thousands of twinkling lights, snow-dusted red rose photo moments, winter-themed cocktails, and a new iteration of the venue’s Instagrammable flowerpot dessert!
Be sure to try out their cocktails too like the Frozen Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini or the Santa Baby, or maybe even their brand new chocolate box filled with layers of chocolate cake.
Where: 210 W 55th St
7. SERRA by Birreria (Eataly’s Rooftop), Flatiron
The concept for Eataly’s SERRA by Birreria rooftop will transport you to winter on the Italian countryside. Once again this year, you’ll be able to stay warm with hot drinks and soul-warming dishes! This new winter iteration is opening on December 8!
Where: 200 Fifth Ave
8. The Ready Rooftop, East Village
Get ready to groove at The Ready Rooftop’s Holiday Disco! Featuring large neon cacti throughout the space, disco snowmen, neon lights and more this seasonal pop-up is full of unlimited photo moments. The Ready’s Holiday Disco includes new seasonal cocktails and desserts including a Frozen Hot Chocolate (vodka, horchata and chocolate liqueur) and the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, a fun twist on a classic! We also highly recommend the Coconut Tres Leches cake (Coconut snow, milk jam, pineapple compote) for dessert.
Where: 112 E 11th St
9. Chalet de Ning, Midtown
The Peninsula New York’s Salon de Ning Rooftop Bar is once again offering a winter chalet that will transport you to the Swiss Alps. This year’s edition will feature the iconic mountainside-chalet-inspired domes as well as seasonal fare and cocktails. If you’re looking to dine on Alpine-inspired delicacies while washing them down with a St. Moritzino (Grey Goose, Cointreau, Orgeat Syrup and Fresh Lime), you’ve found the right place.
Where: 700 5th Ave
10. Polar Lounge, DUMBO
Chill at the city’s coolest bar this winter at the Polar Lounge located at Harriet’s BK. Coming back in early January, this bar is made entirely of ice, from the carved tables to the seating to the drink glasses! You’ll be able to sip on arctic-inspired cocktails and take in sweeping skyline views on the Brooklyn waterfront in DUMBO. We’ll keep you posted on when this frozen hangout opens its doors!
Where: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn (10th Floor)
11. Upstairs at The Kimberly, Midtown
This delightful rooftop has a retractable glass roof and outdoor fireplaces that allows diners to tuck away from the cold weather for a drink! Their curated cocktails and. small plates are perfect for an after work hang, or taking in a chilly NYC evening. Plus, they even have DJs spinning tunes from Wednesday – Saturday!
Where: 145 E 50th St
12. Nubeluz, NoMad
This swanky rooftop is still relatively new, and it’s perfect for the wintertime. Sit high about the clouds in one of their red velvet couches while you watch the snow fly and sip a delicious cocktail. The crown jewel started by José Andrés sits atop the Ritz Carlton and will without a doubt be the perfect weather-watching spot. You’ve got to get in and see what the hype’s about!
Where: 25 W 28th St
13. JIMMY, SoHo
For Downtown views, head to JIMMY and try out one of their fall cocktail menu items while they’re still here. Created by Master Mixologist Johnny Swet, selects like the Smoked Apple Margarita (mezcal Margarita with apple cider, cinnamon and allspice) and the Fall from the Tree (unexpected mélange of Scotch and apple cider) will surely get you in a festive mood. We’re super excited to see what their winter menu has in store!
Where: 15 Thompson St
14. The Skylark, Midtown
Boasting 30th floor views is The Skylark, who is still serving their stunning autumnal food and cocktails before fully hopping into holiday mode. Their drinks like the Maple Walnut Old Fashioned, Pumpkin Spice Mule, and Warm Spiked Apple Cider are taking inspiration from fall ingredients and can be paired with “Dinner by the Bite” dishes too if you’re hungry.
Where: 200 W 39th St
15. Daintree, Midtown
Daintree is great all year around, especially because of the views and the cocktails. They even have an oyster special that we love enjoying no matter the time of year! Plus, they often throw rooftop events and parties as well which are always a good time. Be sure to follow their socials to stay up to speed on all their seasonal announcements!
Where: 25 W 38th St, Floor 29
16. Westlight, Williamsburg
This year’s Winter Village at Westlight is officially here, complete with chalets, a skating rink, and festive holiday cocktails! After you’re done lacing up your skates, you can indulge in Alpine-style fondue, signature dishes, and of course, seasonal craft cocktails! Whether you want to rent a chalet ($45 for 2 person chalet for 90 mins) or want to stop by to skate-and-drink, this rooftop (located at the top of The William Vale) is the place to do it!
Where: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn
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