Socialize in the Sky: 5 NYC Rooftop Bars and Events


With infinite options for a fun night out in New York City on the weekend, consider these events with an elevated appeal. Socializing with your friends as the sun goes down behind the cityscape of New York from Manhattan's finest viewpoints: its rooftops. Many clubs and restaurants open their roofs to patrons once the weather warms up, offering an opportunity to spend your evening outside amongst the city’s towering landscape. Here are five especially wondrous options that will surely make for a great night.

Output Club

With colorful couches and a backdrop of Manhattan, the rooftop at Output club is a trendy location to socialize on the weekend. Located near North Williamsburg’s waterfront, a view of the East River adds to a beautiful sunset over Manhattan. Among their upcoming events is rooftop party on June 5, 2015 from 5-10 pm with free admission when you RSVP. Tickets can also be purchased on their website. For additional rooftop fun, extend your evening and purchase tickets on their website for the Chromeo concert that starts at 10 pm the same night. Output also does a reoccurring event called “Sundays on the Roof,” which can offer free admittance with an RSVP on their website. All events are 21 and over.

Quiet Clubbing

Imaging having a DJ remote control that would enable you to change the song when you wanted to hear something else. Slip on a pair of Quiet Clubbing headphones and this becomes possible. Two upcoming Quiet Clubbing events feature two to three DJs heard through music channels that stream through your headphones, leaving you in control of your soundtrack. The first event takes you strolling across the Brooklyn Bridge for a breathtaking view of the city, while tuned into your favorite music of the night. This event takes place on June 13, 2015 from 7-11:30 pm and is $15-$25, but if you download Fever from the Apple app store, you can purchase a ticket for $8. The second event offering a night of spectacular views is on the rooftop at LIC Landing, located just across the East River in Long Island City. Tune your headphones in to this event on June 14, 2015 from 6-10 pm. Most events through Quiet Clubbing are 21 and over.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden Café Martini Bar

Although you can’t hang it on a wall, the skyline is a canvas all on its own, especially when standing on the rooftop garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the Upper East Side’s Museum Mile. Open from May through October, you can enjoy a snack or drink atop The Met while peering out from above the largest art museum in the United States. Check the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar website for daily hours.

Roof at Park South

For award-winning food and unbeatable views, head to the roof of Park South Hotel in Manhattan's Murray Hill. From their website, decide what you want to eat from James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tim Cushman. Save time to socialize with friends by picking out a drink before arriving. Daily hours vary, but the roof is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 pm -12 am.

Hudson Terrace

The Hudson Terrace is the perfect spot for a night of playing dress-to-impress. May 15, 2015 is the start of their Friday happy hour event from 5-8 pm, and an event calendar can be found on their website for all other nights. The club is open Monday through Thursday from 5 pm-12 am and Friday to Saturday from 5 pm - 4 am.