Drinking is way more fun 10 stories up! There’s just something about partying far above the frenzy of the Big Apple, especially during these cold winter nights when the streets of Manhattan go extra crazy. But, what exactly makes a rooftop bar stand out from the crowd? Aside from the people, food, and drinks, it is definitely that first view of the city coming off the elevator.

As far as party venues in Manhattan go, rooftop bars are among the most popular ones, no doubt about that, so let’s go ahead and check out some of the most badass rooftop party venues in Manhattan that will certainly make you feel like you and your crew own this city!

Empire Rooftop

Empire Rooftop is located in the Lincoln Center area on the 12th floor of the Empire Hotel. This incredible lounge spans 8,000 square feet with terraces facing both east and west for the full HD experience of the city. It also cradles not one but two bars, and – get this – a fireplace!

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

There’s no doubt Rockefeller Center is among NYC’s most popular venues, visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world each week. Now, way up at the top of the Rock and next to the iconic Rainbow Room, is one of the best rooftop party venues in Manhattan – Bar SixtyFive. The bar is, you guessed it, 65 stories high above the streets and fuss of the Big Apple, which means it offers unparalleled panoramic views in every direction.

PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

This amazing venue has recently been renovated and is now twice as bigger than it was before, which means double the fun! It offers expansive views of Times Square and midtown Manhattan that simply must be accompanied by some of the specialty cocktails this club offers: Hot to Trot (tequila, cucumber, jalapeno) or the Singani Sour (made with the Bolivian spirit Singani 63, lemon and grapes).

Vertigo is guaranteed!

St. Cloud Social at the Knickerbocker

If you are looking for a stunning view of the Times Square high above the teeming crowds, and if luxury is your key component when it comes to partying, then St. Cloud Social at the Knickerbocker is the place for you. This venue offers sky pods in the corners that you can reserve for private parties, a cigar lounge and small plates from chef Charlie Palmer.

The Roof at Park South

This cool bar is located on top of the Park South Hotel, which means it offers views around the Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods of Manhattan. It also provides a wide range of cocktails and tasty snacks for you and your crew to go wild. Cajun poached shrimp cocktail, decadent Dukes’ Martini (freezing cold Plymouth gin with just a tad of caviar for garnish) or Miami Vice (layers of pina colada and strawberry daiquiri), are just some of the delights this bar offers.

We hope we managed to tickle your imagination with our favorite party venues in Manhattan. The ball is in your court now.