Top 10 Happy Hours In New York City

Photo of Jessica Holzberg
28 November 2016

Grabbing a few drinks with friends is the perfect way to finish off a long, tiring workday. With endless rooftop bars in Manhattan, New York, to choose from, it’s tough not to go to happy hour. Here are the 10 best happy hours.

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar | © Pete Thompson/Utopia the Agency for the Alliance for Downtown New York

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is located on top of The Conrad New York Hotel. It not only provides an amazing view of the New York Harbor and The Statue of Liberty, but also creates an amazing happy-hour experience. Their signature drink “Prosecco and Icepop,” an alcohol-infused ice pop right in your glass of Prosecco, is hard to pass up. The sophisticated atmosphere along with the stylish decor makes Loopy Doopy the perfect spot to meet up with some friends after work.

B Bar & Grill

Bar, Diner, American, $$$
B Bar
B Bar | © Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr
Take a trip to the East Village and enjoy one of the trendiest spots in the Big Apple. This happening American eatery is equipped with outdoor garden seating, as well as indoor diner-style indoor seating. Go check out this spot for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even just cocktails. Its famous taco bar is a great after-work treat. B Bar & Grill is the happy hour go-to place in summer.

Haven Rooftop

Bar, French, $$$
Hudson Terrace
Hudson Terrace | © Bjorg
Located in the theater district, Haven Rooftop is a chic environment with a French-inspired menu and reasonable prices. Haven Rooftop is heated and fully tented, great for those rainy summer days. With a beautiful view and excellent service, Haven is the place to be this summer. Don’t miss out on their popular truffle fries, spring rolls, lobster rolls, and excellent signature drinks.

Hudson Terrace

Nightclub, American, $$$
Overlooking the Hudson River in midtown Manhattan, Hudson Terrace leaves you with an experience like no other happy hour. This rooftop lounge, inspired by Palm Springs Modern, brings some Miami to New York City. This happy-hour destination is known as one of the best rooftop lounges in New York City. It has a comfortable environment, live music acts, and beautiful indoor section.

JIMMY at the James Hotel

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Contemporary, $$$

A trip to Soho is worth it for drinks at the JIMMY at the James Hotel alone. Its intimate, elegant ambiance and 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline makes it an ideal date destination. Come with friends and enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or sit and enjoy their amazing cocktails. Their classy drinks, with ingredients located right in the Chef’s Garden, are unlike any other happy hour drinks you’ll find in New York.

Le Bain & Rooftop

Bar, American
The Frying Pan
The Frying Pan | © Katie Killary/Flickr
On the 18th floor of The Standard, this grass-covered rooftop bar has a chic atmosphere, as well as its famous crepe stand. Their spacious rooftop is a great place to go with old friends, or to go make new ones. Your happy hour experience at Le Bain & Rooftop can take place in a hot tub, pink waterbed, or on their cozy furniture. The breathtaking views, mouthwatering cocktails, and youthful ambiance make Le Bain one of the most popular happy hour spots in Manhattan.

The Frying Pan

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Happy hour at The Frying Pan will give you a happy hour experience like no other. Located in a docked Coast Guard lightship, this spot has an unforgettable bar scene and is also the perfect place to watch a Manhattan sunset. The Frying Pan has enjoyable food, a relaxing vibe, and a happy hour experience you will not forget.

Fifth Rooftop Bar

Bar, American, $$$
Fifth Rooftop Bar
Fifth Rooftop Bar is the city’s largest rooftop bar | © 230 Fifth
In rain or shine, enjoy Manhattan’s largest rooftop garden for some fun, dancing, and great cocktails after a long workday. 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar is a great place to meet up with a group of friends for a fruity cocktail and grab a quick bite to eat. With a view of the Empire State Building and reasonably priced drinks, this is the perfect way to end your day.

Salon de Ning

Bar, French, Chinese, $$$
Salon de Ning’s signature cocktail, The Ning Sling, is the best way to wind down after a hard day at work. Highly influenced by both French and Chinese culture, Salon de Ning is the place where east meets west. This chic city bar is known for its delicious cocktails and its panoramic views of Fifth Avenue. From 4 pm until 1 am, their extended happy hour is something no New Yorker can afford to miss.


Bar, Irish, $$$
Living in the City is not cheap, but that doesn’t mean your happy hour can’t be. Fiddlesticks is a lively Irish bar with unbelievable prices. The menu has a variety of foods and drinks from which to choose. Fiddlesticks is the perfect place to relax after work and meet up with friends. The burgers do not disappoint and the fun vibe and friendly bartenders add to the experience. The food, the crowd, and reasonable prices will make this happy hour worthwhile.

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