New York City is known for its iconic skyscrapers, and many of the high-rises have memorable rooftop bars perfect for a scenic drink. But, what many folks don’t know is that Brooklyn has some of the best rooftop bars in NYC, because they offer stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. As a local who’s spent years visiting rooftop bars in Brooklyn, I’ve decided to share my favorites in this post. Let’s jump in!
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Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn
Table of Contents: Brooklyn Rooftop Bars with a View
Table of Contents: Best Brooklyn Rooftop Bars
- Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Rooftop Bars (Post Summary)
- Map of the Top Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn
Right on the border between Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Bar Blondeau offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas with stellar skyline views from the Wythe Hotel’s rooftop. This French-inspired cocktail bar boasts seafood dishes and creative cocktails, with prices around $18-22 per drink.
Surprisingly, Bar Blondeau is still flying under the radar and tables are surprisingly easy to get (next-day reservations are readily available). I recommend visiting while they offer their sunset hour menu, currently from Monday through Friday from 5-7PM, where they offer select cocktails and bites for $9.
Time Out Market
The Timeout Market hosts a collection of 21 of the best restaurants in New York City, all under one roof. The market includes a fifth-floor rooftop bar that offers stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from its picturesque location right on the East River in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
There are both tables inside and a few on an outdoor patio, and if you visit on a weekday (between the hours of 4 to 7 PM), the Time Out Market Bar is one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn for happy hour. Select cocktails, draught beer, and wine will cost $9, $5, and $7, respectively.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.
Since Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co. opened in 2014 the popular Brooklyn brewery has grown a base of loyal customers thanks to a flavorsome rotating collection of brews. The brewery’s commitment to using the finest ingredients, often locally sourced, adds local flare to their knock-out brews.
The German-style brewpub comes equipped with ample hall-style seating and one of the best outdoor rooftop bars in Brooklyn. Featuring an instantly recognizable green water tower, the rooftop deck doesn’t offer views of Manhattan (it’s only on the second floor) but is a great spot to meet with friends.
Berry Park is a two-story beer garden that offers a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere for casual get-togethers. The first floor is filled with large screens that are always playing sports, and the second has a large rooftop to lounge and soak in views of Manhattan.
Offering an array of beer, wine, and cocktails, Berry Park is one of the most affordable rooftop bars in Brooklyn (with sub-$16 cocktails!). During the daytime finding a place to sit is rarely an issue, but come sunset the place swarms with a young, lively crowd (that includes a lot of singles).
Harriet’s Rooftop sits atop the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, and offers unobstructed views of Lower Manhattan’s skyscrapers. There are two distinct seating areas, Harriet’s Rooftop is the outside patio that has furniture made of reclaimed wood and a backyard vibe (only open in the spring + summer).
Harriet’s Lounge on the other hand is inside, on the hotel’s 10th floor. This experience feels swanky, with floor to ceiling windows, a jungle-like collection of plants, and plush, red-velvet booths. The lounge was listed on Conde Nast’s Best Bars & Restaurants in the World in 2021, and is one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn that’s open late (open on Fridays and Saturdays until 2 AM).
Perched atop The Hoxton Hotel, Laser Wolf is an Israeli rooftop restaurant in Williamsburg that’s famous for tender meat skewers cooked over live coals. The restaurant also boasts a drink menu consisting of innovative cocktails, beer, wine, and a drink called arak (which is a liquor distilled from coconut or rice).
The ambiance feels like a barbecue, with bartenders in Hawaiian shirts, sunny views of the Manhattan skyline, the smell of the grill wafting into the restaurant’s open-air seating area. But fair warning, this popular rooftop bar in Brooklyn is one of the hardest reservations to get in New York City (reservations are released daily, 21 days in advance at 10 AM).
Rooftop Reds is one of the most unique rooftop bars in Brooklyn: it’s a functioning winery set on the roof of a building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This 15,000 square foot rooftop boasts 42 urban planters (designed by Cornell University) that are home to grape vines that produce 20-25 cases of wine a year.
But the bar doesn’t only offer stunning views, they offer tastings and fun events like movie nights, yoga, and winery tours. Rooftop Reds works solely on a reservation-only basis (and has a $15 cover charge). It’s also on the fifth floor of a building only accessible via stairs.
Kimoto Rooftop Restaurant & Garden Lounge
Kimoto isn’t your romantic date night destination, rather it’s a vibrant dance club atop the Sheraton & Aloft Hotels perfect for letting loose with friends. The 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar in Brooklyn is Asian-inspired and has a menu of bites and cocktails that show off the region’s flavors.
Expect DJs, energetic crowds, and a party atmosphere perfect for hosting a birthday party. Be prepared for a club-like vibe, including potential lines, hookah, and mingling with singles. Fair warning though, bouncers are known to be selective of who they let in, so dress to impress!
Westlight is one of the most famous rooftop bars in Brooklyn, and is located on the 22nd floor of The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the bar has an upscale vibe and classy decor. Cocktails range between $18-22, but there isn’t much in the way of food, just small bites to share between sips (the fries are top-notch).
Address: 314 Scholes St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
LoHi in Williamsburg is a bit of a hidden gem boasting laid-back vibes, amazing cityscapes, and delicious eats. Although the Brooklyn rooftop bar is in East Williamsburg, it still offers views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance. The food and drinks are straightforward (pizza, sandwiches, beer, well cocktails, etc.), making it an approachable bar for folks just craving a rooftop vibe without the pageantry of having to dress up or wait in line.
Brooklyn Rooftop Bars (Post Summary)
A quick-look summary of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn:
- Bar Blondeau
- Time Out Market
- Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.
- Berry Park
- Harriet’s Rooftop
- Laser Wolf
- Rooftop Reds
- Kimoto Rooftop Restaurant & Garden Lounge
Frequently Asked Questions
Most rooftop bars in Brooklyn have a 21+ age requirement for entry.
Many rooftop bars in Brooklyn may have a cover fee, particularly during peak hours or special events, but it varies depending on the venue.
Some of the most popular rooftop bars in Brooklyn include Westlight, The Ides at the Wythe Hotel, and Berry Park Rooftop.
Map of the Top Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn
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And there you have it, the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn according to yours truly. Let us know if you think we missed a spot.