New York City’s skyline is arguably one of the most alluring assets the city has to offer, aside from all the great landmarks and puppy-sized pigeons and whatnot. And when it comes to summer festivities, nothing quite beats a cold drink in hand, a slight breeze, a few friends, and a view to make you feel like you’re floating above one of the busiest cities in the world.
But of course, since roof space is considered real estate gold here, you’re not going to do a lot of rooftop chillin’ without having a connection, spending wads of cash, or knowing the underrated spots where drinks are cheap and views are plenty. Instead of staying inside and watching Law & Order marathons because you think sky drinking is only for the rich and lucky, have no fear: we sifted through the city’s over and underrated rooftops spots for you. The result is our recommendations for the 25 best rooftop bars in New York, so whether you’re a New Yorker with an expense account or a visitor on a tight budget, rest assured: there’s a rooftop awaiting you somewhere. Just don’t wear a hat…it’s breezy up there.