NYC // Best Outdoors Drinking Spots

NYC // Best Outdoors Drinking Spots

With the arrival of July and it’s warm temperatures, summer is in full swing! This is the time of year when everyone has outdoor fun and refreshing drinks on their mind, especially after such a long winter.

Need a drink? Make Summertime in NYC unforgettable with delicious drinks and inspirational views. We’ve got you covered with a few of our favorite local spots in NYC:

mondrian soho

9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

SOAKED at Mondrian Hotel l Let’s just put it this way: if you’ve ever followed-through on a three-day cleanse and know what the word “tapbacks” means, this just might be the bar you’ve been waiting for. With cocktails made from cold-pressed, organic juices from The Squeeze and tea cocktails through a partnership with DAVIDsTea, there are plenty of ways to healthfully balance out all the imbibing you’ll be doing (with coconut-water cocktails, too!) atop the highest rooftop in all of Soho. Consider this your much-more-fun, hella-convenient weekend trip to the Farmers’ Market. (We know we will!)

mulberry project

149 Mulberry St. (LES)

The Mulberry Project l This LES spot is quickly creating the same kind of super cool atmosphere in the heart of Little Italy. The master mixologists here craft all sorts of fruit based concoctions like pomelo sours and chipotle cucumber whiskey daiquiris. There is also a menu that includes upscale favorites like crispy pork belly and creme brulee. While the space is open year round, stopping by in the summer gives you access to the outdoor patio, which is styled after NYC parks and offers about 50 seats at communal wooden booths and more intimate red tables.

frying pan

530 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

The Frying Pan l If you are in search of a seaside experience in the city, look no further than this historic lightship turned bar docked on the Hudson River at West 26th Street. Check out the DJ lounge and occasional live acts at the far end of the barge and be sure to stop by the bar for beers and cocktails. Lunch and dinner are also served and while the food may not be mind blowing (think burgers and hot dogs), the 16 foot observation deck offers breathtaking views of the Hudson.

gallow green

542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Gallow Green l That’s the question raised by the dreamy, overgrown rooftop bar just south of Hell’s Kitchen called Gallow Green, which sits atop a warehouse that operates as the “McKittrick Hotel” for the wildly popular interactive theater performance Sleep No More. In the early evening, the height affords a regal view of gleaming West Side buildings and the cloud-streaked horizon. A floor of pebbles and slate, trellises woven with flowers and weathered wooden tables recall an upstate country home left adorably to seed. But as the sun descends over the Hudson and darkness encroaches, something stranger occurs. Christmas lights encircling small trees and the rafters overhead blink to life. A brass band waltzes dizzyingly through a funereal tune.


210 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Ava Lounge l Plant yourself on a mod white banquette in this bi-level penthouse lounge, accented with wood paneling and erotic art, and take in the dizzying views of Times Square. If the vista from the heated rooftop garden doesn’t weaken your knees, cocktails like the Gin & Sin—a potent mix of gin, Chambord, and fresh lemon and lime juices—might.

press lounge

653 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Press Lounge l Located in Hell’s Kitchen’s Ink48 Hotel, Press Lounge’s 16th floor location guarantees unbelievable views of both upper and lower Manhattan. There is ample outdoor space and the sleek, understated decor lets the breathtaking cityscape take center stage. A glass roof ensures that you can enjoy the lounge regardless of the weather, although it is best to go when you can soak up the summer rays on the rooftop hang out. A list of seasonal cocktails offers promising and whimsical choices like The Cortland Standard and El Nuevo Dia in addition to the variety of wines and beers offered.


89 South St New York, NY 10038

Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club l Settle into a communal wood table with a wurst, burger or lobster roll, or hit up one of the game tables for a round of Ping-Pong, pool or foosball. Beer lovers can grab one of six drafts—such as Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Ommegang Witte Beer and Magic Hat #9—at two long driftwood bars. On Sundays, indie-rock bands take the stage for free concerts.

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