Want to get up, up, and away from it all? Summertime is rooftop dining season, and we’ve got a few hot picks to get you started!
From brunch and group hangs to date night with a view, these rooftops offer a scenic, chill getaway from the hustle down below.
Best times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday after 7pm
Make your escape to a whimsical rooftop paradise atop the McKittrick Hotel, where lush greenery offers a beautiful backdrop for seasonal New American and upscale cocktails. Dreamy and romantic, it’s ideal for a special occasion.
Best times: Any
This spot at the top of the Beekman Tower was named one of the best rooftop bars in NYC by Time Out New York. With panoramic views of Manhattan and the East River, you’ll start to see why before you even sit down.
Best times: Weekdays after 4pm
Korean fare, inventive cocktails, and a refined selection of soju and sake help make this chill Williamsburg rooftop a popular pick. This one is just the right balance of casual and sophisticated to liven up a weeknight!
Best times: Saturday brunch
Elegant and welcoming, the rooftop at Hotel Chantelle evokes Parisian gardens with draping greenery and iron accents. It’s the ideal vibe for their menu of wine, signature cocktails, and French fare.
Best times: Weekdays any time, weekends after 7:30pm
With bold colors, an outdoor bar, and ample plantlife, this rooftop provides a lively backdrop for an evening of authentic, sophisticated Italian—not to mention eye-catching photos of your night out.
The Rooftop at Selina
Best times: Weekdays after 4pm
Enjoy scenic views of Chelsea and the Empire State Building from this hip indoor/outdoor rooftop! The chic aesthetic and refined menu make it a good pick for an after-work hang or a detour off the High Line.
Best times: Tuesday-Thursday after 10pm
Loungey vibes and a menu that includes bottle service and cigars make this Buckhead bar with views of Midtown a unique and sophisticated experience. When dinner is over and you don’t want the night to end, make this your next stop.
Best times: Tuesday-Thursday after 8pm
Perched atop YOTEL Boston, this Seaport rooftop boasts beautiful views, a raw bar, and an all-day menu of classic comfort foods. Pop up for seasonal fare, craft cocktails, and a relaxing spot to take in the scenery.
Blue Owl Rooftop Bar
Best times: Wednesdays 6:30-8pm
The rooftop terrace at this Cambridge spot is just the place for snacks, sandwiches, and small plates—plus a striking selection of colorful seasonal cocktails you won’t be able to resist photographing before your first sip.
Best times: Monday-Thursday after 7:30pm
Need a casual, welcoming spot for a low-key hang? Head to the roof of this modern and stylish sports bar, where you’ll find an extensive drink menu, top-notch pub fare, and games that’ll satisfy your appetite for friendly competition.
The Green Room
Best times: Wednesday-Thursday after 5pm
With its fresh take on pub fare favorites, a view of the city skyline, and tables big enough for groups, the rooftop at this Deep Ellum fave is a popular pick for after-work meetups and casual get-togethers.