Nightlife

Warm Up at the Best Winter Rooftop Bars in NYC

Get cozy at the Lodge at Gallow Green. / Photo by Conor Harrigan

Looking for a cool place to stay warm this winter? Pay a visit to one of these seasonally themed rooftop spots high above NYC—from Eataly’s intriguing Italian Alps–inspired pop-up in the Flatiron to STK’s modern makeshift ski lodge in the Meatpacking District.

Baita

Ever dream of conquering the Alps? Well, now you can—without ever having to leave Manhattan. Now through spring, Flatiron Eataly’s 14th-story biergarten, which features a retractable glass roof, is playing host to Baita—a cozy retreat (baita is a Piedmontese word used to describe a small ski lodge) bedecked in festive decor and peppered with umbrella heaters. 

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A wintry fete atop Eataly.

The pop-up’s menu aptly showcases northern Italian fare, from traditional boiled polenta (served family-style on a wooden board) to raclette (offered with one of three sides: pickled vegetables, Mountain Sweet Berry Farms potatoes, or rosemary-crusted cooked and cured ham) to a hearty, shareable beef shank. Keep warm with a cup of vin brulé or boozy hot cocoa—and don’t skip dessert. You can’t go wrong with the wonderfully chestnutty Monte Bianco, served with candied bread and sweet chantilly cream. 200 Fifth Avenue (between West 23rd and 24th Streets), Flatiron

Mr. Purple

Plush blankets, digital fireplaces, and deer heads abound at Hotel Indigo’s chic rooftop bar, which has been turned into a toasty “Cabin in the Sky” for the winter season.

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Work on your hygge. / Photo courtesy of Gerber Group

Take in the view as you sip cocktails like Rye by the Fire (Hennessy, allspice dram, whiskey barrel bitters) and the Snowbird (gin, Campari, rhubarb bitters), and indulge in chocolate and Cheddar fondue, which can be paired with optional wine flights. For a heartier meal, opt for the Campfire Garlic Steak, accompanied by pebbled potatoes and garnished with parsley and thyme. 180 Orchard Street (between Stanton and East Houston Streets), Lower East Side

The Skylark

Clad in warm, inviting tones and rich velvet and leather, this sophisticated spot is the perfect escape from inclement winter weather. Watch the snow or rain fall over Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the Hudson River through the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows while you cozy up with a deep glass of wine.

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Cushy views of Times Square. / Photo courtesy of the Skylark

Here, patrons can savor dinner “by the bite” and choose from an assortment of seasonal petite eats, from mac-and-cheese cupcakes and General Tso’s cauliflower to buffalo chicken lollipops and BLT lobster rolls. Top it all off with one of two seasonal desserts: warm chocolate chip cookie skillets with fior di latte gelato and chocolate bourbon ganache, or cinnamon- and sugar-dusted churros with rum-spiked chocolate coquito sauce. Then wash it down with any of the cocktail lounge’s signature libations, like the suave Borracho Amigo, with jalapeño tequila, agave pineapple juice, and mezcal, or the cool Prince Harry, with vodka, pomegranate liqueur, agave lime juice, and ginger beer. 200 West 39th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Midtown

The Lodge at Gallow Green

The McKittrick Hotel’s not-so-secret rooftop garden has transformed into an intimate ski cottage inspired by Scottish mountain bothies, tucked in a secluded forest of pine trees.

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Warm up with a bit of hot wassail. / Photo courtesy of Noah Fecks

Open through March, the whimsical hideaway showcases hot spiced cocktails such as Sleep No More (the bar’s take on wassail, made with apple cider, bourbon, rye, ginger, cinnamon, and cranberries) and the Smoking Bishop—a “Dickensian-era holiday punch” made with ruby port, brandy, red wine, and allspice. Plaid blankets, sleeping bunks, hiking boots, and mysterious train tracks lend to the space’s homey, laid-back atmosphere, which features a stone bar and fireside seating. 542 West 27th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), Chelsea

Westlight

Head to this hip Brooklyn hangout—which boasts 360-degree views of the city, thanks to a glass-encased main lounge and sprawling outdoor terrace—for creative seasonal drinks like the Spice Trade (caraway, star anise, ginger, honey, and lemon spiked with a cinnamon clove) and Winter in Hanalei (rum, pineapple Amaro Lucano, and an allspice dram). 111 North 12th Street, Greenpoint

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Feels like summer with 360-degree NYC views. / Photo courtesy of Noah Fecks

The Lodge at STK

Trimmed with bright lights, faux fur accents, and antler chandeliers, this mainstay bar has taken on a whole new look for the wintry season, with indoor and outdoor daybeds, a white marble communal table, and a dance floor with a DJ. Upon entering, guests receive an STK ski pass alongside the seasonal food menu, which includes fried burrata, passion fruit–glazed sea bass, and roasted butternut squash, along with the standard steak offerings.

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Drinks next to mounted deer. / Photo courtesy of STK

But it’s the winter-themed cocktails here that really stand out. Choose from three hot libations (Mexican hot chocolate, Scotch cider, or a ginger toddy), or try the Mother Winter Spiced Fashioned, made with George Dickel rye, spiced simple syrup, and orange bitters. If you’re going with a group, the shareable $68 Naughty & Nice Punch Bowl—a potent mix of vodka, apple cider, cinnamon, and ginger beer—will guarantee that everyone has a jolly good time.  26 Little West 12th Street, Meatpacking District

Cozy up while feeling like you’re on top of the world. Let us reserve you a prime table. Read The Guide for more of our favorite eating and drinking destinations in New York City.