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The best spots for rooftop drinking in the city

When a 4 x 6 patio enclosed by tall concrete walls counts as "outdoor space," you know we'll take what we can get.

Thankfully, what you can get is pretty good if you know where to look. And the place is up.

Do some cool-kid people judging while knocking them back at the Standard High Line's penthouse bar and club, Le Bain, or channel Capri in its heyday at Sonny's Soda Shoppe in Soho, where the old-school Italian lifestyle lives on. Those looking for a 'bros and beer' vibe should go to the top of Eataly for the house-brewed cask ales and Birreria's open-air view.

Wherever your destination, one calculation remains solid: rooftops + booze = summer.