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The Calibre Man's Guide to NYC Rooftops

Jan 06, 2015 - Calibre

New York City – although we are proud to call Australia home, we can’t help but feel a sense of excitement and wonder when venturing to the Big Apple. Perhaps we feel this way because everything is larger-than-life, or because the city really never sleeps (or maybe it’s because we like strutting the streets pretending to be Harvey Spector?).

However, the worst thing about travelling is being labelled as ‘the tourist’. Sure, certain 'touristy' landmarks are must-see stops on your itinerary,  but to experience the real NYC, in particular its out-of-this-world nightlife, you have to step off the beaten track and do as the locals do.

Heading to New York City in 2015? You can thank us later for this guide to all the best rooftop spots to have a drink (or five). Although prying the names of their hottest hidden nightspots is like asking for their first born, we have done the hard yards for you and tapped into our local sources to bring you the nirvana of NYC rooftops to spend your summer nights on.



Want a feel for the European summer in the middle of the city? Ride the external glass elevator to the 10th floor and step out at La Piscine, a pool bar and grill with views of the Hudson and the Empire State. Take a dip in the rooftop pool or eat your way through the Mediterranean menu, which is prepared on the roof's outdoor open grill. Enjoy DJ’s spinning the decks throughout summer, or return in winter when the bar turns into SNOB, an alpine grill, open when the snow starts to blow.

Images: Undine Pröhl




Get in touch with your wild side at the Gallow Green, a rooftop covered in greenery and flowers with a breathtaking city skyline as its backdrop. Everything about The Gallow Green screams secret garden, from the brambles above your head, the quaint tee cups and the large copper bowls filled with only the most delicious of punches. There is food too  - with regular $50 all you can eat and drink (yes bloody mary and mimosa's included) buffets held under the twinkling lights. It's easy to get lost at the Gallow Green.

Images: Gallow Green Facebook




Perched atop The Standard hotel in New York’s Meatpacking district is a penthouse discotheque and rooftop bar with views you need to see to believe. Walk along the pop green astro-turf, sink into an air cushion and enjoy the view with a cocktail in hand. The best part of Le Bain is how it turns from delightful daytime lunch spot to wild and wonderful place to party when the sun goes down.

Images: The Standard Hotel (Todd Eberle)




Need a stiff drink at the end of your day sightseeing? Head up to the Refinery Hotel Rooftop, find yourself a porch swing and drink your troubles away under the iconic Empire State Building. The 3500sq feet rooftop bar and lounge features three separate areas: indoor with seating, an indoor-outdoor patio with a retractable glass roof and an outdoor terrace. With an abundance of cocktails and food to take your pick from, what's not to love?

Images: Refinery Hotel


Venture out to Brooklyn for the ultimate man’s rooftop, with envious views of Manhattan and a massive 3000sq feet space. With 14 (yes 14!) beers on tap, there really is something for any beer lover at Berry Park. Kick back and watch international soccer and rugby on the indoor big screens, or sit outside and soak up the sun.

Images: Berry Park website

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