May. 6th, 2013

NYC's Hip Cocktail Culture Heats up with Two New Rooftop Bars

Pod 39 Hotel rooftop bar daytime
Photo Courtesy of Pod 39 Hotel
Regardless of how high the mercury rises, NYC will be even hotter this summer thanks to the addition of two new rooftop bars. The Pod 39 Hotel on East 39th St. and the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District are both opening exclusive bars perched high above the steaming streets. The Podís rooftop lounge, 17 floors up, features incredible views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler building and East River.
Pod 39 Hotel Rooftop Bar
Photo Courtesy of Pod 39 Hotel

The two-story open-space framed by brick arches and surrounded by terra cotta columns was designed by Ken Friedman. The in-demand restaurateur is also behind New Yorkís The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and The John Dory Oyster Bar. The bar's design was also in conjunction with the Pod 39 Hotelís Design Director, Vanessa Guilford. A condensed version of the hotelís Salvation Taco restaurant menu is available to accompany artisanal cocktails crafted by Sam Anderson.
Refinery Hotel Rooftop Bar
Photo Courtesy of Refinery Hotel

Slated to open in June, the Refinery Hotelís rooftop comprises an impressive 3,500 square feet of space divided into three distinct areas with dramatic views of the Empire State Building and surrounding cityscape. It features indoor and outdoor sections complete with a retractable glass roof for enjoying sunsets to the fullest. The Refinery, a turn-of-the-century hat factory turned luxury hotel, is the latest addition to the cityís roster of beautifully designed boutique hotels. In addition to select wines and artisanal cocktails crafted by Alex Ott, the mixologist from Buddha Bar in Paris and Sushi Samba, the rooftop will have a full working kitchen.
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Carolyn Hsu
Carolyn Hsu is the New York Correspondent for JustLuxe and has been beauty, fashion, and travel editor at The Daily Obsession and a freelance writer... Luxury NEWS >