There is no shortage of things to do in Times Square, but when you want to escape from the swarming mobs of dazzled tourists, the best way to take in this mecca of bright lights, Broadway, and street performers is with a view from the top. Grab a friend a head to a rooftop bar for breathtaking panoramic views that are best enjoyed while sipping on curated cocktails.
Any Season for Any Reason
Just 30 floors away from the ground is Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel, where a year-round, upscale rooftop lounge offers you jaw-dropping views of the iconic Chrysler Building and Midtown Manhattan. Eclectic cocktails and small plates are served nightly, and the upstairs area is a fun spot for breakfast or brunch. The all-glass retractable roof and windows make this one of the best bars and restaurants in Times Square.
Not to be confused with heaven, the chic and luxurious Haven Rooftop lounge sets itself apart by offering an urban oasis in the sky with lush greenery and plush seating, complete with intimate draperies. In summer months, savor a refreshing glass of Sanctuary Sangria, or keep yourself toasty in cooler weather with the rooftop bar’s heated enclosure.
Refined and Undefined
Just atop the Refinery Hotel, another rooftop bar and lounge awaits your arrival. Consisting of three distinct areas perfect for any season, Refinery Rooftop boasts awe-inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building that will leave you thirsty for more. Fortunately, quenching cocktails infused with natural ingredients will tempt every one of your taste buds. Guest deejays and live jazz music will get your toes tapping as you stare out at the bright lights of the city and the ant-like people going about their business below you.
Shoot for the stars at one of the best restaurants in the area, Bar 54, which sits above the Hyatt Times Square on the 54th floor. Here, the World Trade Center peers up on the Manhattan skyline in one direction and the Hudson River flows in the other. With an artistically crafted Rhapsody in Rye cocktail in one hand and a goat cheese crostini in the other, pass the hours in this stellar spot as you watch the sunset slowly make way for evening in the city that never sleeps.
The Perfect Pint isn’t your run-of-the-mill Irish pub. In fact, it has been voted the top rooftop bar, and this fun restaurant in Times Square boasts 30 beers on tap, including its very own brew, The Perfect Pint Irish Red. Satisfy your stomach with bites of traditional Irish cuisine as you chat amid the locals and tourists who frequent this popular after-work spot. You’ll have your pick of views, too, with two locations to choose from. The Perfect Pint West lets you enjoy an outdoor terrace that overlooks Times Square and the Theater District, while The Perfect Pint East offers a more relaxed atmosphere to unwind while sipping your favorite brew on an outdoor loft that overlooks 45th Street.