Our top 3 winter rooftops

Winter Rooftops

Left picture: Refinery Rooftop; Top right picture: Mr. Purple; bottom right picture: Sheltering Sky.

Temperatures broke Siberian records this weekend. Faced with the hypothesis that cold is settling in for the long run, we embarked on an act of rebellion and went off to explore some NY rooftops! Rooftops are not necessarily restricted to summer pleasure and heat waves – New York is full of covered and heated terraces. You thought you’ve tried every open-sky bar in the city? We identified three of them where you will love dawdling this winter.

Prestige & tradition: Refinery Rooftop
63 W 38th Street, Midtown West
Caught between the stream of tourists in Bryant Park and the neon lights of Times Square, this is not the first place you would spontaneously venture for a cocktail. But climb to the 13th floor of the hotel Refinery and you will find yourself weightless amidst Midtown skyscrapers. Outside, the terrace is dressed in canvas tents that house rocking benches and garden furniture. Inside, the brick walls, the massive Persian rug and the fireplace warm the space. And thanks to the glass roof you can still admire the Empire State Building from this heated patio.

New & trendy: Mr. Purple
180 Orchard Street, Lower East Side
Changing neighborhood, changing architecture and iconic building: it is the Freedom Tower that you can contemplate from the top floor and through the large windows of the Indigo Hotel. This bar is the latest in the galaxy of Lower East Side hot spots. It was named after Adam Purple: activist, eccentric environmentalist and founder of the “Eden Garden”. Guests can enjoy a cocktail at the bar of this urban veranda or near the outdoor pool.

Greenery & cozy: Sheltering Sky
160 N 12th Street, Williamsburg
Revel in a Moroccan theme across the East River at the Sheltering Sky bar. It’s a warm setting of Arabian Nights with wrought iron lampshades, inviting and colorful couches, plush rugs and lush vegetation. If you are not (yet) seduced by the exotic touch, you will be captivated by the Manhattan skyline. Come warm up by the wood stove under the winter canopy and enjoy this Oriental escape.

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