Just because the sunny, summer days are a thing of the past doesn’t mean rooftop season is gone with them. With everything from winter igloos to retractable ceilings, we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars designed to stay open year-round.
Designed by architect Frank Denner, the Upstairs at the Kimberly was constructed in a way that it could open all year round. Featuring indoor and outdoor areas, retractable glass ceiling and walls, and heated floors, this rooftop is as enjoyable in cooler temperatures as it is in the sunny, summer season. Boasting incredible views of the Chrysler Building and the city streets below, this locale is ideal for grabbing a signature cocktail, such as the midtown or cilantro sol, with friends or co-workers. 145 E 50th St., 212-702-1600
Featuring an open rooftop garden and fully enclosed penthouse lounge, 230 Fifth is a favorite amongst New York residents. Prepared for all types of weather, this locale offers large umbrellas for sunny or rainy days, is partially heated on colder nights, and transforms itself into a city of igloos for the winter—perfect for visiting at any time of the year. The winter igloos will be available starting in November and will be heated as well as transparent to allow for the spectacular views of the Empire State Building. 230 Fifth Ave., 212-725-4300
Located in Midtown, Refinery Rooftop is comprised of a retractable glass roof, indoor seating, and an outdoor terrace, making it an ideal destination no matter what the season. Come for a decadent lunch with a menu curated by chef Jeff Haskell featuring options such as grilled fish tacos and a grilled lamb sandwich, or head there for a night out with friends. We suggest ordering one of their cocktail caddies for your group, which comes with four servings of their handcrafted cocktails. 63 W 38th St., 646-664-0310
Situated 14 stories above Eataly, this rooftop beer garden acts as a restaurant and microbrewery, and stays open all year round thanks to their retractable roof and heaters. Head to this spot for authentic Italian cuisine and a cold brew or signature cocktail, and be sure to come back after November 1 when the locale will once again transform itself into BAITA—an Italian Alps pop-up restaurant. This destination is also host to exclusive experiences such as drinkeasy in which the bar acts as a late-night speakeasy and re-opens after-hours for those with a password. They will also begin hosting rooftop movie nights with showings of The Shining, Forrest Gump, and more. 200 Fifth Ave., 212-937-8910
Located atop of the Ink48 Hotel, the Press Lounge boasts stunning panoramic views of Manhattan from its outdoor patio and glass walled interior space. Order one of their seasonal cocktails such as the hamodia, made with Barking Irons applejack, maple syrup, orange juice, lemon, and cinnamon powder, while noshing on their small plates of farmstead cheeses or warm house-made soft “presstzel” for a relaxing night out with friends. 654 11th Ave., 212-757-2224
On the 21st floor of the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse you will find one of Manhattan’s most stunning rooftops, the Top of the Strand. Designed by Lydia Marks, this locale features a retractable glass roof over its cozy rooftop lounge to keep it open year-round for the public. With decadent light fare, well-made cocktails, and incredible views, we can’t think of a better place to spend a crisp New York night. 33 W 37th St., 646-368-6426