Altitude Adjustment

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.

The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel on the W 80 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn NY 11249 718-460-8006 Jimmy at the James Hotel 27 Grand St. New York NY 10013 212-465-2000 Sonny's Soda Shoppe 9 Crosby St. New York NY 10013 212-389-1000 Birreria 200 Fifth Ave. New York NY 10010 212-937-8910 Roof at the Viceroy Hotel 124 W. 57th St. New York NY 10019 212-707-8008 Pod 39 Rooftop 145 E. 39th St. New York NY 10016 212-865-5700 Gallow Greene at the McKittrick Hotel 542 W. 27th St. New York NY 10012 212-564-1662 Roof at Park South 125 E. 27th St. New York NY 10016 212-204-5222 Le Bain at the Standard Hotel 848 Washington St. New York NY 10014 212-645-4646 Sheltering Sky at the McCarren Hotel and 160 N. 12th St. Brooklyn NY 11249 718-218-7500


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