9 Spectacular Rooftop Bars You Need to Hit Up for NYC Happy Hour ASAP

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Let us paint you a little picture:  there's warm breeze in your face, a cool drink in your hand, and sweeping views of arguably the best skyline view in America. Okay, not even arguably.

That's right, it's rooftop bar season baby!

Nothing feels more New York than rooftop bars. If you think about it, they incorporate all things that make this city great: new friends, drinking, people watching, and soaking up that indescribable feeling of being in New York.

You know the one I'm talking about: it takes over you when you look out at that unforgettable view as you down a cocktail, and you think: "Holy sh*t, I live here!"

So tis' the season to elevate your game, and we have 9 spectacular views you need to hit up for happy hour ASAP. (And if we missed your personal favorite rooftop bar, enlighten us and leave it in the comments section below, will ya?)

Hudson Terrace (621 West 46th Street)

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Lined with cushy cabanas, the plush deck is actually air-conditioned in case it gets too hot (which is easy to do during the dog days of summer), especially because it's like its own little piece of South Beach, except with less bikinis and more Hudson River views.


Good luck wanting to come down from atop this heaven.

The Delancey (168 Delancey Street) 

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Did you know in between the gritty streets of the LES lies a tropical island-like oasis??  Believe it. The rooftop at The Delancey palm trees and lounges help achieve its remarkably unpretentious, laid-back vibe.

Don't worry if you do want to take it up a few notches, as they have a bottle service menu for that as well.

POD 39 (145 East 39th Street)

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Located smack dab in Douche Murray Hill, this rooftop terrace channels a little bit of Europe because of its exposed brick arches.

After a few margaritas from the hotel's Salvation Taco, you may think you can actually touch the Empire State Building as it appears that close. (Spoiler alert: You can't.)

Local West (1 Penn Plaza)

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One of the hardest things for a rooftop bar to do is stay grounded, and we mean that both literally and figuratively.  Mission accomplished for the latter at

Local West.

Atop this single-story bar sits one of the most easy-going, elevated rooftops in the game. It's reminiscent to sitting on your own deck, downing on-tap brews with friends. That is, if that deck also overlooked Madison Square Garden.

The Jimmy at the James Hotel (15 Thompson Street)

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You don't have to be a guest at this swank SoHo hotel to sip on posh cocktails atop it.

The views of lower Manhattan are pretty much untouchable, but consider yourself warned: depending on how crowded it gets, you'll at times feel as if you're going to fall right into that pool, which is directly adjacent to the bar. (Not that I would know that from experience.)