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Best Rooftop Bars in Brooklyn (& Rooftop Restaurants)

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Looking for the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn? We’ve got you covered in this guide to the best rooftops in Brooklyn for dining and drinking with incredible views to catch a sunset with the NYC skyline, your next romantic date night at an intimate bistro with a garden rooftop, or the best party rooftops with live music sets!

The best part about Brooklyn rooftop bars and rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn is that across from the East River are some of the best views of the skyline, not to mention there are also vantage points of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge depending on where you’re at in the borough.

Our guide to the best rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn breaks down what each rooftop is known for plus what kind of view or atmosphere you’ll get at each!

Not coming in the warm, sunny months? No worries, a few of these rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn have winter options with views too!

Note: some are only open seasonally and require reservations, be sure to check ahead of your visit!

Rooftop Restaurants in Brooklyn with Views

Westlight at William Vale

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111 N 12th St, Williamsburg

This is a popular Brooklyn rooftop bar and one of the best rooftop views in the city. Westlight provides a stunning view of the Manhattan city skyline over the East River as well as views of Brooklyn.

Located on the 22nd floor of the sophisticated William Vale hotel you can find this luxe cocktail bar with bar snacks and pairing menus all while offering sweeping 360 views of the city.

The Westlight was also listed on the “Best Winter Rooftop Bars in NYC” and “10 Best Outdoor Bars in NYC for Summer Drinking.”

What’s awesome about this spot is that in the winter you can still enjoy the view because there is an indoor area on the 22nd floor as well with skyline views, making it one of our favorite things to do in Williamsburg.

We recommend grabbing a few of their tapas paired with wine from their extensive list, cocktails, or draft beer.

Just be prepared for lines for the elevator, then expect another line. This is a popular rooftop and a Brooklyn bucket list item, what can we say! It’s best to get a reservation if you want to guarantee a spot at this swanky rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn.

Rooftop Reds

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299 Sands St., Building 275 Suite 202, Navy Yard

One of my personal favorites picks for best rooftop bars in Brooklyn is located in a tucked away lot of the film studios in Navy Yard. Rooftop Reds is the world’s first commercial urban rooftop vineyard and one of the only wineries/wine rooms available on a rooftop.

Enjoy a tasting flight of wine or grab a carafe to share with friends at this elevated urban vineyard experience with views of the Empire State Building under the dangling strings of lights that make this spot so atmospheric.

Rooftop Reds partners with the Finger Lakes wine region in Upstate New York and Cornell University wine experts from Ithaca, they have developed an urban vineyard planter system that can thrive right here in Brooklyn! The grapes are grown right here, around the area you’ll be sitting and then processed at Point of the Bluff Vineyards in Hammondsport off of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes.

You can only visit this one of a kind outdoor vineyard and wine rooftop lounge in Brooklyn with a reservation. Be sure to pay close attention to their directions and instructions to get in once you make that reservation, it’s a bit tricky for first-timers since you’re going through a studio lot.

Also, be sure to check out their events, they do occasionally have a rooftop cinema where they offer movies outdoors at their outdoor space making it a romantic date idea for NYC!

Summerly at The Hoxton

97 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg

One of the best rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn can be found at one of the most beautiful picks for where to stay in Brooklyn, and one of the most trendy and stylish hotels, The Hoxton in Williamsburg.

Summerly is the ‘summer’ theme for this rooftop bar in Brooklyn and in the winter you can lounge in the winterized and comfortable heated rooftop restaurant during those colder months.

This Brooklyn rooftop bar (Summerly) also has a New England-inspired menu with lobster and other seafood dishes on their daily menu as well as their weekend brunch menu. We recommend checking out their famous lobster rolls!

Lounge on their rooftop couches or a table with panoramic views of the city including sweeping skyline views of Manhattan. Don’t miss trying one of their amazing cocktails and be sure to soak in one of the best views of the city.

This is also the perfect romantic date night spot with that special someone or a brunching with the pals on the weekend spot!

Trust us and be sure to snag a reservation before trying to visit as this is one of the most popular Williamsburg rooftop bars and restaurants.

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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60 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights

One of the best rooftops in Brooklyn, scratch that, one of the best rooftops in the entire city can be found on the top floor of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights offering panoramic views of the NYC city skyline and those famous bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.

This luxury hotel is also a great place to stay and one of the best things to do in DUMBO, you will definetely need a reservation to enjoy the views and dine here, so be sure to plan that in advance as this is one of the hottest places in town to hang out with views.

Harriet’s also includes an indoor lounge and an outdoor rooftop to enjoy on a beautiful Brooklyn day no matter the season. Choose from an extensive list of wine, beer, cocktails, or bottle service, and some delicious appetizers to pair it with.

Feel sophisticated and classy with your signature cocktail and spectacular views, but let loose with the live DJ who plays sets to really set the ambiance from the 10th floor of this incredible rooftop bar in Brooklyn. Also, their bathrooms are a destination of their own with stellar city and skyline views!

Talk Story at the McCarren Hotel

160 N. 12th Street, Williamsburg

Talk Story at the McCarren Hotel is another Brookly rooftop bar located on one of Williamsburg’s most trendy and modern hotels.

This tropical-themed rooftop bar in Brooklyn offers sweeping skyline views of the NYC city skyline and opposite are views of McCarren Park alongside designer craft cocktails with a tropical theme.

Pair your tropical cocktails with Hawaiian island-infused fare like fresh sushi and salad. And for non-alcohol drinkers, Talk Story serves up some great mocktails too.

This rooftop bar in Williamsburg also has a great line up of all-female bartenders, plus they use a sustainable approach to the ingredients they use.

The Williamsburg Hotel

96 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg

The most unique and one of the best rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn is located at The Williamsburg Hotel. This is one of the best rooftops in Brooklyn overlooking the hotel’s amazing rooftop pool and birds eye view of the NYC skyline.

The Water Tower serves up cocktails in a floating, glass structure designed around the historic water tanks you see on the top of buildings all over the city.

This is more exclusive than other rooftop bars in Brooklyn because in order to secure a spot in this floating, glass bar you will have to pay steep prices for a single cocktail ($150) or table service ($500). The custom-designed water tower bar has floor-to-ceiling windows with velvety furniture and bright decor.

For those who can’t or don’t want to do that option, you can also enjoy the bar at the pool directly below The Water Tower still on the roof as well as the Brooklyn Bread Lab cafe.

Better yet, if you’re a guest of the hotel you can enjoy the pool and rent a cabana on a hot summer day to enjoy this rooftop bar in Brooklyn in style with skyline views and a pool to cool off in.

For those who aren’t staying at the hotel, you can book a dinner reservation on the rooftop and still enjoy those amazing views. Also, don’t miss their rooftop movie nights, DJ sets, and more – check their website for programming.

Time Out Market New York

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55 Water Street, DUMBO

One of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn is located in DUMBO on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park with the best-unobstructed views of the East River, NYC skyline, and both the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge!

Time Out Market New York is located in the Empire Stores building, a former warehouse that is just aesthetically dreamy. They truly have some of the best real estate in the city and offer tons of dining options on their lower level, or head up to their rooftop location via the elevator or stairs outside to their epic Brooklyn rooftop bar location with a few extra dining options.

No reservations are required, you can grab food from any of the amazing food vendors and eateries inside and head up to the Time Out Market rooftop for gorgeous views of Manhattan and NYC.

Even after hours, you can walk up the outdoor staircase to the rooftop for late night or early am views. To find this staircase, walk up the stairs at the main entrance to Empire Stores instead of entering at the ground floor of Time Out New York. Follow the stairs up and you will be able to enter the 5th-floor rooftop bar in DUMBO area where Time Out is or you can continue to an area where you can just take some breathtaking photos of the panoramic views from here!

See more of our favorite DUMBO rooftop bars while you’re at it and DUMBO restaurants with a view!

Berry Park

4 Berry St., Williamsburg

This is one of the best rooftops in Brooklyn because it’s sort of a hidden gem and most people don’t realize that this Williamsburg hang out spot also has skyline views! This rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn doesn’t seem like it would have views as it’s only two stories high, but it does!

Known for their public viewings of soccer games on their giant screens known for having a decent beer list and often considered a beer garden/rooftop/soccer bar. Not a beer drinker? No worries they have a decent cocktail menu and wine list as well along with a great brunch and regular dining menu with a German influence.

This rooftop bar in Brooklyn is pretty laid back during the daylight hours and by night it turns into a nightlife spot with a different energy.

Randolph Beer DUMBO

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82 Prospect St., DUMBO

One of our favorite places for a cold craft beer and breweries in Brooklyn is also one of our top picks for best rooftop bars in Brooklyn! Randolph Beer offers a laidback outdoor seating and bar with dining on the rooftop of their location on Prospect St and really close to the York Street subway station making it super convenient for getting around.

Their lower-level bar and restaurant also has a fun atmosphere with games and a spacious set up for grabbing a drink and meal with friends, but you can’t beat their stunning rooftop bar in Brooklyn overlooking the Manhattan Bridge and skyline views.

This rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn is by reservation only, so be sure to snag one so you can enjoy those views with one of their craft brews and delicious grub.

Alma

187 Columbia St., Cobble Hill

This popular Mexican restaurant and cantina offer breathtaking views of Manhattan and the skyline from their rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn located in the quaint neighborhood of Cobble Hill.

Alma serves up some great Mexican cuisine and offers a rooftop terrace for dining and drinking! You will need a reservation if you want to enjoy this rooftop bar and restaurant and you will want to make sure you plan to reserve yourself a spot before the day you plan on visiting.

We recommend taking a stroll around the neighborhood before or after, be sure to check out our favorite walks in Brooklyn for ideas of what routes to take!

Kimoto Rooftop Restaurant & Garden Lounge

228 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn

Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn above the Sheraton, you can find this gorgeous garden rooftop lounge in Brooklyn with panoramic views of the city including the Manhattan skyline in the distance and Brooklyn!

Pair your views from this rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn with their izayaka Japanese cuisine and menu.

We recommend making a reservation for this rooftop restaurant and be sure to let them know on your reservation which type of table you prefer, especially if you want outdoor dining as this area is first come first serve.

This is one of the best rooftop restaurants in Brooklyn because it’s open all year and every season because they have a heated outdoor terrace.

Fornino at Pier 6

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Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 6 is this stellar rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn. This spot is great for sunset drinks and dinner, lunch, or brunch with unobstructed skyline views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

The rooftop dining area is open daily, weather permitting for dining and drinking! Besides being one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn, Fornino also serves up some of the city’s best brick oven pizza in the city winning the BEST Brick Oven Pizza in 2009 and the best pizza in the city in 2006.

And also at Pier 6, if you’re visiting in the summer check out Pilot, a historic and seasonal oyster bar that serves, “nautically inspired cocktails” on a floating bar on the water with more amazing views of NYC open seasonally.

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77 Box St., Greenpoint

Located at The Box House Hotel in Greenpoint is one of the best rooftops in Brooklyn offering tropical vibes, cocktails, and gorgeous unobstructed views of Manhattan and that famous NYC city skyline.

Their rooftop space is fully retractable and spacious 10,000 square feet making it one of the best rooftop bars all seasons, rain or shine.

This rooftop lounge in Brooklyn used to be solely reserved for events and as a wedding venue, but as of 2020, they opened it up to the public and we couldn’t be more excited. Enjoy a cocktail in this cool hang out spot and check their events as sometimes they host events like rooftop yoga.

More Brooklyn Rooftop Bars & Restaurants 

These don’t necessarily have a view but still are a great place for rooftop hangs with ambiance and a great selection of food and beverages, not to mention some of these spots have live music and great nightlife too!

Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

1150 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint

Calling all beer lovers, this rooftop bar in Brooklyn is located at one of the city’s coolest breweries! Enjoy some craft, small-batch brews paired along with some German-inspired fare like a big salty Bavarian pretzel from their rooftop space.

If you want to enjoy a meal indoors or sample some brews first before heading up to their outdoor space, you can do that in their Beer Market. After, head up to the rooftop or just go straight there to enjoy more of all that goodness on their cool rooftop space with their green glass water tower installation.

Check their social media or events calendar as sometimes they do comedy shows, live DJ sets with dancing, and other fun happenings.

Ainslie

76 Ainslie St., Williamsburg

This trendy spot also offers an atmospheric rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn! Located inside an old warehouse you can find everything at Ainslie from a menu full of Italian fare including wood-fired pizzas, an extensive wine list, and a beer garden, not to mention their stellar Brooklyn rooftop bar!

Ainslie has multiple floors and is known to be a great place with groups of friends as there are DJ sets, two bars, outdoor patio, and of course the rooftop.

This is the perfect stop for dinner, drinks with a view, and the nightlife that follows when the live music starts.

Our Wicked Lady

153 Morgan Ave., Bushwick

One of the coolest Brooklyn rooftop bars and event space/venue is Our Wicked Lady popular for its nightlife scene and dance parties.

Set in a former warehouse, this giant space was turned into a famous bar with its amazing rooftop terrace year-round making it one of the most unique venues in the city where they host rooftop dance parties, private events, live shows and performances, and just a dynamite rooftop bar in Brooklyn.

In the summer months, you can enjoy the open-air rooftop, in the winter they have it fully ‘winterized’ so you can enjoy this fun spot all year long.

Bia

 

 
 
 
 
 
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67 S. 6th St., Williamsburg

A fun, laid-back hangout spot with mouthwatering Northern Vietnamese food is Bia, a low-key and lesser known rooftop lounge in Brooklyn right next to the Williamsburg Bridge.

This is one of those great stops if you happen to do to the Williamsburg Bridge walk and want a place to get a drink or some Vietnamese grub. This is an unpretentious spot, cash only, and we recommend eating your food, grabbing a drink then heading to the rooftop, better yet if you do it when there’s live music.

Because of the location, you can get good views of the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge, and they get views of you too. We recommend trying their signature cocktails, a Vietnamese iced coffee with whiskey!

Juliette

135 N. 5th St., Williamsburg

One of the most stylish restaurants and places to eat in Williamsburg with a cute rooftop set up is Juliette. Enjoy their romantic indoor garden dining, or make your way to their rooftop restauraunt set up at this stylish French bistro.

This seasonal rooftop restaurant in Brooklyn feels like a little oasis and if you fall in love with it, let’s be honest you will, you even have the option for renting out rooftop space here for a private event. While many come to eat in the leafy indoor dining, we absolutely love the outdoor space.

This is an awesome spot to brunch, and probably one of the most well known in Brooklyn. While the rooftop and outdoor dining area is located on just a one-story building you can’t expect any crazy skyline views, but you can admire the charming atmosphere.

Runaway Roof

321 Starr St., Bushwick

One of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn located in Bushwick is Runaway Roof, one of the three bars at RunawayBK. Grab a food from The Diner on the first floor around the corner at their entrance on Cypress St., and bring it to the rooftop where you can find Pinkys and The Wild, both of their rooftop bars at Runaway Roof!

They’ve got fun cocktails, some are super tropical like the Coconut Schmoconut, craft brews, wine, and picnic style bites to eat that you can grab and enjoy your rooftop kick back with friends.

I personally love that there are different areas of this rooftop bar in Brooklyn that makes it feel like completely different bars in some spots!

Check their events, they sometimes offer rooftop yoga, comedy shows, and even movies!

Night of Joy

667 Lorimer St., Greenpoint

Another laid-back rooftop bar in Brooklyn is this funky spot with the interior being decked out with old furniture and dim lighting, and the outdoor rooftop patio is low key and a great place to enjoy a drink with some friends.

Their Brooklyn rooftop bar is seasonal basically being open from spring through fall and closing in the winter. So if you’re planning a visit on a shoulder season, just call into double-check their rooftop bar is open during your visit.

Come for the live music sets, cocktails, and relaxed environment to hang out in.

Llohi Roof Bar

314 Scholes St., Bushwick

This is one of the best chill/party rooftop bars in Brooklyn located in Bushwick, or East Williamsburg depending on who ya ask. Enjoy incredible cocktails, draft brews, wine, and a menu of bites with distant views from their giant rooftop on a warehouse building.

Elsewhere

599 Johnson Ave., Bushwick

Another one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn for partying and dancing the night away can be found at Elsewhere in Bushwick. This rooftop warehouse location often has DJs playing live sets while guests drink and dance the night away.

If dancing and partying isn’t your scene, don’t worry, there are more mellow nights at this Brooklyn rooftop bar like outdoor movie nights and even drawing nights with drinks.

You can get food here too by ordering from Claudia’s, a Guatemalan restaurant located next door that they’ve partnered with.

Be sure to check their upcoming events and reservations are encouraged, but they do allow some walk-ins, but this is limited. If you want to ensure you can get in, secure a spot by making a reservation in advance!

They are open Thursdays through Sundays, and if you can’t make it to a set that you were hoping to catch, they do stream their events on Twitch!


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