Long Live Rooftop Season — The Best Year-Round Spots

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As we find ourselves mid-way into October that cooler Autumn breeze is surely creeping in. I can bet you are just like me and you are sad to let rooftop season go, but I am here to share some news that it doesn’t have to be over!

We’ve gathered some of our favorite glorious rooftop bars that are ideal for year-round roof-toping. Take a look below:

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

THE SPACE: And let’s be real, The Crown (like many of us) prefers summer, so they channel those quintessential summer vibes year-round. Even in the dead of Winter The Crown brings an airy, lush and free-spirited energy to the Bowery, encouraging each guest to live their best, high above the concrete jungle. With indoor and outdoor experiences, the Crown offers plush seating, curated artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows, so even if it’s a bit chilly for rosé on the terrace, there will be no shortage of basking in the sunlight.

THE GOODS: Guests will delight in a hefty selection of seasonal cocktails at The Crown. One of our faves — Red Skies at Night with Woodford Reserve, Aperol, and chola umeshu. You could also choose from a great beer and wine list, plus lots of ciders to whet your Autumn appetite. Complement that imbibing with some comfort foods like Pan Fried Chicken Dumplings, Grilled Cheese, and Pork Buns.

ONLY HERE: Can you experience summer vibes all year-round, and with unobstructed views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines — from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Empire State Building and One World Trade.

Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

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THE SPACE: Capturing the vibrant spirit of the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side offers guests three separate spaces to take in the stunning views of the city. Indoors you will find a massive bar and plenty of seating options, but make sure to head outside to enjoy the two outdoor terraces, one of which is decked out with a heated swimming pool and another full bar. During the colder months, heat lamps and blankets are deployed throughout the terraces for cozy vibes.

THE GOODS: Indulge in elevated bar bites such as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sliders, Kale & Brussels Salad and Smashed Avocado Toast. Enjoy a variety of classic cocktails, house-made bottled cocktails, toasty warm cocktails, or a ‘choose your own adventure’ option where the bartenders create something fun just for you.

ONLY HERE: Can you get 360 degree sweeping views of Manhattan’s stunning skyline with a steaming and delicious twist on a Hot Toddy in hand.

The Roof at Le Méridien New York, Central Park

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THE SPACE: Capping the top of Le Méridien New York, Central Park, The Roof is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests a perch to take in the city’s energy and soaring views of Central Park. The gorgeous space evokes the aesthetic of a luxury airliner complete with an indoor lounge and bar and an outdoor terrace, that is enclosed during colder or rainy weather, with a variety of seating options.

THE GOODS: Guest will find an expansive collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, global wine offerings and a rotating selection of classic and modern cocktails that highlight market fresh ingredients. All beverages are complemented by a delectable selection of small plates like the Tuna Crispy Rice or Sourdough Grilled Cheese.

ONLY HERE: Can you take a break from Midtown shopping and take in breathtaking unobstructed views of Central Park all its glory year-round, as the rooftop terrace is enclosed and heated through the colder months.

The Pool Bar & Observation Deck at TWA Hotel (JFK Airport)

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THE SPACE: Recently opened, this huge rooftop deck boasts a large infinity edge pool that offers a much-needed respite during your stressful travels and come the colder months, it turns into a heated pool-cuzzi!

THE GOODS: In addition to a variety of classic, signature and warm cocktails, Gerber Group serves delicious bites from a full rooftop kitchen such as Meatball Parmesan Sliders, Caesar Salad and Grain Bowl.

ONLY HERE: Can travelers with some extra layover time on their hands recline in pool loungers overlooking a bustling 12,000 ft. long airport runway while sipping cocktails with a side of JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta and more.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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