When the weather starts to warm up, there’s nothing more thrilling than sipping a cold cocktail atop one of the city’s non-douchey rooftop bars. Leisurely drinking with gorgeous skyline views is one way to have a great time, but during those summer nights when you really need to get your groove on, it’s nice to ditch Gotham’s typical places to dance for a venue where you can throw your hands up and touch the stars (okay, not literally). Head to some of the hottest clubs in NYC, where the roof is always on fire. These are the best rooftop parties in NYC.
Hudson Terrace is known to go all out at its rooftop parties, with frills like fire-breathers and laser tag. At this dance fest, the major perk is a one-hour open bar (10 to 11pm) and, of course, the pretty waterfront views. Throw on your best duds, and turn up early to guzzle enough free booze to elicit the liquid courage that’ll help you tear up both dance floors. Make sure to check the joint’s website and Eventbrite for future parties happening every week this summer.
Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th Street (212-315-9400, hudsonterracenyc.com). Sat June 25, 10pm-4am. Free with RSVP.
Grungy-cool folks flock to this Bushwick haunt for its 1,300-square-foot rooftop (and the all-you-can-eat, bottomless brunch for $10), but a big part of the allure is that the joint hosts monthly music showcases at which buzzy, local bands, like Surf Rock is Dead, Weekender and Raccoon Fighter on Saturday 25, come to shred onstage. Check out the joint’s free Rooftop Double Feature every Tuesday through September called Two-Movie Tuesday (there will be free grub donated based on the theme). We’re also excited for SH-BOOM, a monthly, sexy 1960-inspired rock n’ roll party. Sip a cold one while throwing your hands up in the open air, and you’ll never feel more alive.
Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Avenue (ourwickedlady.com). Sat June 25th, 7pm. $5 advance, $7 at the door.
Bask in the beauty of the Manhattan-skyline view at this Williamsburg favorite, where the next party is well, poppin’. RoofPop certainly will be, since DJ PreSkool (Union Pool) spins tracks this summer, and local table masters switch up the jams every week. With specials like oysters for a buck, vodka mixed drinks for $5 and a beer-and-shot combo for $8, consider this your go-to day-drinking spot. Look out for McCarren Hotel & Pool’s Let’s DubItUP Reggae Party, ABOVE with Sleepy & Boo and I’m On A Roof shindigs going down through August.
McCarren Hotel & Pool, 160 North 12th Street (718-218-7500, mccarrenhotel.com). Sun June 26th, 1-8pm. Free.
Get turnt atop what is considered Williamsburg’s nightlife savior, Output, which boasts a booming sound system for album release parties, live music and dancing galore. The venue is launching a summer series (facebook.com/TheRoofAtOutput/events) complete with guest DJs like upcoming artists Vikas, Club Calco, Salinger and more from Caché, a nightlife curator. The club fills up quickly, so your best bet is to arrive early so you can get a killer Instagram shot of the Empire State Building before the crowd rolls in.
Output, 74 Wythe Ave (outputclub.com). July 7, 5pm. Free with RSVP
The five-star Knickerbocker Hotel hosts this roaring shindig on its rooftop bar St. Cloud, and much like traditional Full Moon parties held on the beach, this bash is complete with live entertainment, guest DJs, a theme with appropriate décor to match, exclusive cocktails and a special moonlit surprise. After ogling the spectacular sight of Times Square—totally safe from all the dodgy Elmos wandering down below—you won’t even miss the ocean view.
The Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square (855-865-6425, theknickerbocker.com). July 16, 9pm-2am. Free.