Best Rooftop Bars in Jersey City, New Jersey

Courtesy of Andrew Holtz
Courtesy of Andrew Holtz
Katherine Oakes

Jersey City is a sprawling, riverfront town home to many different neighborhoods, each with their fair share of bars and restaurants to enjoy. But what really makes a place your new go-to spot is a rooftop bar with spectacular views, cozy atmosphere and tasty libations. So, gather your friends and grab a cold one at Jersey City’s best rooftop bars.

1. Porta

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub, Italian

© Andrew Holtz / Courtesy of Porta

The Neapolitan-style pizza at Porta is enough to draw any food and drink lover to this cozy, casual and fun space. However, the thing that keeps them here all night is the rooftop bar. The Porta rooftop is outfitted with a full-service bar and pizza kitchen (!) so you can drink outdoors with friends.

2. The Iron Monkey

Bar, Contemporary, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American

Located in the heart of the Paulus Hook neighborhood, only a couple of blocks away from the waterfront, the Iron Monkey is a laid-back and funky restaurant with a rooftop bar. Thanks to its choice location, you can sip back and relax as you enjoy views of Jersey City downtown and the New York City skyline. Plus, you can munch on items from their gastropub-style menu.

3. Skinner's Loft

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, American

Enjoy a craft beer or cocktail at Skinner’s Loft rooftop bar and patio in Jersey City, which like its indoor eating area, is a small and cozy space. With small bistro tables and chairs, greenery in every corner and views of the bustling Newark Ave. Hungry? They also have a seasonal menu full of light bites and shared plates.

4. Rooftop at Exchange Place

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary

Exchange Place is known for its luxury high-rise apartments, top-notch waterfront location and a swanky interior. Its rooftop bar? Well, that’s no exception. Aptly named the Rooftop at Exchange Place, this newly-opened bar features all the best this neighborhood has to often, plus, handcrafted cocktails, flavorful eats and that view.

5. Taphaus

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, Wine, Beer, Pub Grub, American

The Taphaus, although it’s not an open-air rooftop bar, certainly earns its place on this best of list thanks to a chic-rustic vibe with stunning river and skyline views. Check out this spot’s atmospheric bright interior and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that will make you feel like you’re floating among the clouds. Oh, and the custom cocktails are equally out of this world.

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