AMPM Picks: Best Bars for Summer in NYC

With so much to do at every corner, New York city heats up during the summer time (literally). SUmmers in the city are filled with good times, great food, and even better drinks. From casual to summer chic, ampm has put together our favorite summertime spots that are sure to give you all the summer vibes you are looking for.

springs

The Springs

Located in Greenpoint, The Springs isn’t your average cocktail bar. The huge resort-like space takes inspiration from Palm Springs in the 1950s, transporting you straight out of Brooklyn with a cocktail in your hand.

le bain

Le Bain

Le Bain is a penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar on the top floor of The Standard, High Line in the Meatpacking District featuring world-famous DJs, a state-of-the-art sound system and exclamation-inspiring views. During the summer, there's a plunge pool on the dance floor and a crêperie on the "grass"-covered rooftop.

the Polynesian

The Polynesian

The Polynesian is the ultimate ode to Tiki located inside the Pod Times Square Hotel. The Polynesian offers a 21st century Tiki experience with its elevated cocktails, nostalgic fare and opulent decor.

make believe

Make Believe

Perched atop the Sixty LES Hotel, Make Believe is a whimsical refuge above one of the City’s most rambunctious nightlife neighborhoods. Hot pink banquettes surround the dance floor and millennial-pink foliage envelops the DJ booth.

the crown

The Crown

High up on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery is a rooftop bar with awe-inspiring skyline views. The Crown is a bustling, energetic lounge serving Asian-centric cocktails and globally-inspired small bites.

azul

Azul

As if plucked from the streets of Old Havana, Hotel Hugo’s Azul On The Rooftop channels a Cuban cantina vibe against the backdrop of magnificent 360-degree views of Lower Manhattan. A summertime staple of Soho’s lively social scene.

gallow green

Gallow Green

This city is full of hidden treasures, and Gallow Green, the verdant rooftop bar above Sleep No More’s McKittrick Hotel, is a charming surprise. In line with the theatricality of the show, a mysterious elevator ride deposits you in a staged secret garden; lush in the warmer months with greenery-lined walkways, plus musical entertainment and a menu offering salads and pizza.

Santina

Santina

Santina is an award-winning, coastal Italian restaurant where people can eat, drink and celebrate day or night in the heart of the Meatpacking District. Santina is light and festive, tucked underneath the High Line in a glass box, and set amongst colorful umbrellas. The restaurant features extensive outdoor patio seating, making it the perfect summer destination in New York City.

gitano

Gitano Garden of Love

Gitano has brought the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle. The Garden of Love is a dramatic restaurant and mezcal bar set in a 23,000 square feet lush tropical garden in the heart of SoHo with a back drop of the Freedom Tower and downtown NYC skyline. Mexican sharing plates, and creative cocktails await you.

serra fiorita

Serra Fiorita

SERRA by Birreria is a seasonal rooftop restaurant located on the 14th floor of Eataly NYC Flatiron. Meaning “greenhouse” in Italian, SERRA changes with the seasons, always offering a fun, themed atmosphere and a rustic menu reflective of the Italian countryside.

lemons

Lemons

Atop the Wythe Hotel sits Lemon’s. Renowned for its stunning interiors and sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of the Manhattan skyline, Lemon’s is truly Brooklyn’s most elegant venue.

Grand Banks

Grand Banks

GRAND BANKS IS A CELEBRATED OYSTER BAR ABOARD THE HISTORIC WOODEN SCHOONER, SHERMAN ZWICKER. INSPIRED BY THE FLOATING "OYSTER BARGES" THAT LINED MANHATTAN'S WATERFRONT IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES, GRAND BANKS FEATURES SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED OYSTERS, NAUTICALLY INSPIRED COCKTAILS, AND AWE-INSPIRING VIEWS.