7 NYC Winter Rooftop Bars You Have To Photograph—Igloos, Fire Pits, Cozy Blankets, & More!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t still party at some of New York City’s trendiest rooftop lounges. Check out these heated NYC rooftop bars complete with outdoor igloo tents, retractable glass roofs, fire pits and cozy blankets to keep you warm all season long. Plus, aren’t we all looking for reasons not to hate winter. This could be your ticket to having a good time, creating meaningful content, and grabbing some—let’s face it—delicious drinks with your friends. So New Yorkers head on over to these seven fun bars, or if you aren’t from NY use this as an excuse to head on over. Better yet, consider these places as the hangout spots after your Hub Day meetup in February.

1.The Press Lounge – Kimpton Ink48 Hotel

 The Press Lounge is a warm winter escape at the top of the Kimpton Ink48 Hotel. Enjoy 360-degree views of New York City while dining on small plates and drinking seasonal cocktails. The outdoor heat lamps and comfortable blankets will keep you warm on even the coldest winter nights.


2. The Attic – Hilton Garden Inn Times Square

Step into the golden era of Hollywood at The Attic located on the top two floors of the Hilton Garden Inn in Hell’s Kitchen. This 5,000 square foot lounge has floor to ceiling glass windows to watch the world around you as you dance the night away! Fill up on tasty small plates and make sure to try to the specialty cocktails from the Liquid Lab. Try to get there right around 5 pm to make sure you have enough space to do your thing. 


3. The Roof – Viceroy Central Park

Head to the top of the Viceroy Central Park Hotel for winter-inspired cocktails, craft beers and incredible views of New York City. The comfortable leather sofas and brass details make you feel like you’re on a luxury yacht in the sky! It will make your photos look pretty bougie too. If you have clients looking for winter photos or even decent headshots you could make something work up here. Classic New York. 


4. Refinery Rooftop – Refinery Hotel

 A retractable glass roof and sweeping views of New York City make the Refinery Rooftop the place to be all winter long. This industrial-chic lounge has a cozy fireplace to keep you warm while sampling delicious cocktails created by In Good Company mixologists. Don’t forget to grab a selfie with the lit up Empire State Building before you leave! Get creative with your angles and kinds of photos. Of course, do some portraits but you should also work on detail shots you won’t regret it. 

5. Top of the Strand – Marriott Vacation Club Pulse

 The Top of the Strand offers spectacular views of New York’s architecture every season thanks to their retractable glass roof and outdoor fireplaces. Known for their friendly staff, this intimate rooftop bar specializes in tropical cocktails and creative small plates.


6. The Lodge at Gallow Green – McKittrick Hotel

 Every winter the McKittrick Hotel transforms its roof into The Lodge at Gallow Green, a cozy cabin with outdoor fire pits, blankets, and delicious comfort food. Relax in the sleeping bunk or chill out near the fireplace in this ski chalet inspired lounge complete with real pine trees! They go all out and you should too. The amount of cool juxtaposing content you could get here will be well worth it. Think cabin vibes, cozy nooks, and lots of warm blankets to wrap around you while sipping some mulled wine. 


7. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar

If you’re looking for a unique night out this winter, make sure to check out 230 Fifth, New York’s largest indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge. Enjoy amazing views of the Empire State Building from the penthouse, or grab a warm robe and venture outside to admire New York City’s gorgeous skyline from a transparent igloo. See what all the fuss is about and enjoy some time taking in the Big Apple.