7 Brooklyn Rooftops Built For Boozing

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Grab a cold drink, get off street-level, and let Manhattan skyline views be your backdrop as this heat wave persists. Check out our roundup of where to go up to cool down on a warm summer night in Brooklyn:

THE GORBALS: Located above the Urban Outfitters store in Williamsburg, this American fusion restaurant with rooftop bar is brought to you by “Top Chef” winner Ilan Hall. At the upstairs rooftop you’ll find tiki styled wooden cabin benches and rustic decor. Adventure awaits as you delve into the eclectic food menu. Turn up the tiki with a Pineapple Darby (light and dark rums, pineapple, lime, almond milk syrup, and cinnamon) on a warm summer evening. View venue...

THE IDES BAR at THE WYTHE HOTEL: Enjoy Manhattan skyline views at this chic rooftop bar atop the boutique Wythe Hotel, housed in a refurbished factory conveniently located near the Williamsburg Waterfront. Note, summer weekends often bear long lines so arrive at 1:45 or enjoy the streetside people watching in the queue. View venue...

NORTHERN TERRITORY: Located off Franklin Street in Greenpoint, this rooftop offering unobstructed Manhattan views is not to be missed. Be it for brunch, burgers, craft beer, a wine list consisting predominantly of New Zealand and Australian wines, or specialty cocktails, Northern Territory is all-encompassing. Go early, snag some prime-rooftop real estate and stay as the energy builds and the crowds flock in. View venue details...

XANADU at McCARREN HOTEL & POOL: Splash around in the pool before heading to the newest rendition of The McCarran's 8th floor rooftop lounge. Sip on Champagne or a classic cocktail reimagined (like the Yuzu Margarita) while snacking on bites from the popular Oleander's downstairs at this new retro-inspired hot spot. View venue information...

JULIETTE: A little bit of Paris in the heart of Williamsburg. This intimate French bistro boasts an open air rooftop donned with antique Parisian collectables. Sip the Prosecco and vodka-based Royal Garden or a glass of Rosé while relaxing in the open space loved by locals. View venue information...

NIGHT OF JOY: The cocktail menu has been writtien in pen, the interior looks like your grandmother's living room filled with brocade sofas... and we can't get enough of this joy-ful gem. Order a fresh and flavorful frozen margarita or a more spirit-forward cocktail with herbal infusions and ascend to the spacious rooftop patio which sits against a graffiti-covered wall. View venue information...

ZONA ROSA: Hop off the L at the Lorimer Street stop, head past a vintage silver Spartan trailer (the venues unique main centerpiece), up the stairs, and emerge at this Mexican restaurants airy rooftop bar. It's authentic, it's colorful, it's funky, it's an all around good time at brunch, dinner, drinks and happy hour. View venue information...

By Samana Naqvi

(Photos from left: The Gorbals courtesy of The Gorbals; Zona Rosa courtesy of Zona Rosa; Northern Territory courtesy of Northern Territory)


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