7 Seriously Lit Outdoor Bars You Need to Check Out This May

You know the saying: April showers bring dope May happy hours. 

May is the perfect time for making the most out of your outdoor activities. The weather is gorgeous, but not scorching hot. 

Chilling at a rooftop bar without needing to wear a jacket is just about the perfect end to a hectic workday.

We know you've been busy with work, binging catching up on your fave shows, and cuddling with bae (of the human variety or not), so we've compiled a list of the bars you need to hit up this month. 

This is going to be one boozy summer...

1. Le Bain at The Standard (High Line)


Le Bain is one of those hip spots that all of your friends have been to. You know, the one tagged in all of their Instas... 

The penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar is located on the top floor of The Standard, High Line in the Meatpacking District featuring world-famous DJs, a state-of-the-art sound system and breathtaking views. 

2. Pod 39 (Murray Hill)


Located in Murray Hill, the Pod 39 hotel rooftop features original brick arches and terra cotta columns framing the roof, crawling ivy, potted plants, and Mexican-tiled tables.

Lit up at sunset, you can catch glimpses of the World Trade Center and Empire State Building. This one's a looker for sure. 

3. Rooftop Garden Bar at the Met (Upper East Side)


While tourists might start to see mandatory admission fees to get into the Met, us New Yorkers, for the time being, are safe. We can still be dicks if we wanted to and only fork over a penny for admission.

But, the art at the Met deserves to be appreciated properly. And what better way to appreciate great art than with a glass of wine or two in hand? The rooftop garden at the Met is now featuring Adrián Villar Rojas' "The Theater of Disappearance" piece. It's hard not to enjoy yourself with amazing views of Central Park and cool sculptures. 

4. The Frying Pan (Pier 66)


This salvaged historic boat may is a hot destination for New Yorkers who want to appreciate those dope waterfront views. 

The Frying Pan has something for everyone. On the far end of the ship, there's a moody DJ lounge and stage for live acts. Booze and burgers are served up on the pier and a 100-foot observation plank features amazing views of the Hudson. The boozy boat opens up for shop May 5th. 

5. The Refinery Rooftop at the Refinery Hotel (Garment District)


Get ready to uninstall Tinder and Bumble. This romantic rooftop bar features exposed brick, braided lights, retractable glass roof, and glows of the nearby Empire State Building. 

A mix of indoor and outdoor space, The Refinery Rooftop, is known for its strong cocktails served as "caddies", which offer multiple servings in one glass. With the strong drinks and romantic industrial chic decor working in your favor, there's a good chance you might just meet your future boo here. 

6. The Ides at the Wythe Hotel (Williamsburg)


We've been bombarding you with Manhattan favs, but we gotta show some love for Brooklyn. The Ides at the Wythe Hotel offers patrons near-unobstructed vista views of Manhattan.

With mouth-watering cocktails like the Venetian Spritz, it's no wonder why this one's a borough staple. Just keep in mind, the establishment also just recently went gratuity-free. 

7. The Brooklyn Barge (Greenpoint)


Opening May 4th, The Brooklyn Barge, is an American bar & restaurant on the Greenpoint waterfront. This is their second season serving thirsty New Yorkers. 

The huge 80 x 30-foot deck not only serves up tasty drinks and eats, but the Barge also aims to connect the community to kayaking, fishing & historic vessel tours.

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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