Where to head out for the best drinks in New York in 2023

Where to head out for the best drinks in New York in 2023

Stephan Moerman Stephan Moerman

Stephan Moerman

When it comes to nightlife, New York City is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. There's no better way to experience the city's energy than at one of its many rooftop bars. From chic lounges to lively speakeasies, NYC rooftop bars offer an array of drinks and panoramic views.

If you're looking for a fun evening out with friends, these 3 rooftop bars in NYC are the perfect places to sip on some of the city's best drinks while taking in breathtaking views of the Big Apple. But did you know you can have the same – if not better – experience at one of Viewnary’s private spaces? Find out more below.

 Sip in style at a dramatic penthouse overlooking Central Park

 Grabbing drinks with a view in NYC is ubiquitous. In fact, some of the most popular bars in NYC are those with fantastic vistas.

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, The Ides at The Wythe Hotel is one of the most iconic destinations for drinks and bites in New York City. Situated in a former cooperage building, the seven-story building provides unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline. Whether you're looking to relax over an intimate dinner or sip cocktails at a rooftop bar, it’s a great spot for both.

The Wythe Hotel offers visitors a variety of experiences. In addition to the rooftop bar, it also features a restaurant serving up farm-to-table cuisine, as well as a cafe and coffee bar. There’s also the "Tasting Menu" dinners which feature monthly rotating menus. The rooftop deck offers a cozy outdoor space with plenty of seating, and a bar that serves up craft cocktails and beers from local breweries.

What do New Yorkers drink? Well, the hot items at The Ides include seasonal cocktails like the “Spicy Margarita” or “Strawberry-Lemon Fizz”.They also have classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Gin & Tonic. If you’re after bars in New York with a view, this is definitely one to check out.

We did say we wanted to take things to the next level, though. You can do just that at this highly-exclusive penthouse with Central Park views. Located in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city, this property boasts 4540 square feet of space that you can have all to yourself (and whomever you wish to bring along).

As you might expect, there’s an abundance of Manhattan skyline views; floor-to-ceiling windows provide 180-degree panoramas that make you feel like a million bucks. It’s not just Central Park that you’ll be able to see, but also The Chrysler Building, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Statue of Liberty facing west over the Hudson River. Given that the penthouse is also equipped with a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen and entertaining space, it’s perfect for a personalized get-together with friends or a bespoke, romantic date with your partner.

Have any questions about this luxurious space? You can always contact the Host on Viewnary Chat or reach out to us – we’re here for you.

Time Warner apartment window overlooking Central Park

Drinks with a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline

 One of the most unique things to do in NYC is a so-called New York cocktail tour. You’ll get the chance to meet other like-minded people whilst hopping from bar to bar, tavern to tavern.

Cocktails in New York are best enjoyed with stunning views. With that in mind, one name to look out for is The Roof at Park South. Perched on the 18th floor of Park South, The Roof offers wide views of the city and its iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and more. It has an extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails and craft beers, and you can also enjoy light bites such as truffle popcorn, chicken wings, and sliders.

The atmosphere is always buzzing with locals and visitors alike, and it’s one of the go-to spots where New Yorkers eat. The rooftop bar boasts an outdoor terrace with retractable glass walls so you can take in the views no matter the weather.

Does that not sound appealing enough to put on your New York bar list? Well, we can’t blame you. If your heart desires something less mainstream and more unique, swing by this spacious Brooklyn rooftop with jetliner views of the New York City skyline.

The Host named her rooftop the “You Rooftop”, which says it all – it’s reserved for you and only you! It’s part of a private condo in the historic Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, just 3 blocks from Clinton Hill. Moreover, the space is furnished comfortably with multiple couches, dining tables, lighting, and cozy plants. That makes it ideal not just for drinks in New York, but for a private rooftop dinner in New York.

Curious as to what can be arranged for your tailored outing here? Don’t hesitate to message the Host on Viewnary Chat.

Rooftop in Brooklyn with couches and chairs overlooking New York skyline

Wine & dine at an extravagant mansion in Mill Basin

Looking for the highest bar in New York? Well, one of them is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Refinery Rooftop offers spectacular NYC skyline views and an incredible atmosphere.

This hip rooftop bar and lounge is one of the most popular spots for drinks and light bites in the city. It offers an amazing selection of cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and their drinks are expertly crafted – certainly crafty enough to whip up amazing New York themed drinks.

They also have a great list of appetizers and small plates that are perfect for sharing, making it an ideal spot for a romantic evening or a night out with friends.

The decor at Refinery Rooftop is modern and stylish, with exposed brick walls, plush sofas, and cozy seating areas. If you're looking for a great place to have a drink in New York City, it’s definitely worth checking out. After all, it's widely-regarded as one of the top rooftop bars in NYC.

You can also check out our guide to the best rooftop bars in NYC if you’re feeling adventurous.

Yet, it pales in comparison to the latest property listed on Viewnary. The property in question will make your next get-together, romantic date, photoshoot or other creative activity truly extraordinary.

I’m talking about this waterfront mansion in the prestigious Mill Basin. Sprawled across 14,000 square feet, the 4-story mansion was designed by the renowned N.L. Jeffrey and boasts walls of glass, an impressive 2-story entry, a dramatic and open floor plan with a bronze and glass staircase leading to 5 suites, a meditation room domed to view the stars, and onyx and marble baths each with coastal views. It also features an elevator, butler kitchen, media room and a 6 car garage. And that’s not all. Once you step outside, you’re greeted by a 1000 square foot swimming pool, glass pavilion, and a dock. It should come as no surprise that you can request a private chef or bartender to fulfill your every need during your stay.

With that said, you can make yourself feel right at home by concocting your own food and drinks, though you may want to attend some mixology classes in NYC beforehand. I personally recommend Liquid Lab NYC, though there’s a whole list of New York cocktail making classes to try out.

Need some more personalized advice on how to make this an unforgettable experience? Feel free to talk to us or contact the Host on Viewnary Chat.

Aerial image of mansion in Mill Basin with pool and dock

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