Best rooftop bars in Brooklyn

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The appeal of rooftop clubs, bars and pools is obvious, isn’t it? Any rooftop in a crowded city can offer a fresh-air escape and maybe even a coveted view. And right now we are in the middle of that time of year when sweaty days set into breezy nights and – it’s rooftop bar time. We’re leaving the Manhattan jungle and moving to Brooklyn for this article. There are three beneficial reasons for leaving the most densely populated county in America. Firstly, there are already some famous rooftop bars in Manhattan, so that’s a different article. Secondly, the lack of personal space on the Island of Manhattan make crossing the river a very comfortable choice. And last but not least, the evening view across the East River is a thousand times better from the Brooklyn side. Here are the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn.

1. Westlight Williamsburg

Westlight is a 22nd-floor rooftop bar from Chef Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group. Believe it or not, this place has a waiting list. We’ll maybe not online or on paper, but you’ll likely stand in line for the elevator up to this chic, designer bar. And that’s not the end of the line (pun intended). When you reach the 22nd floor, you may have to wait once again for seating.

A pool just like at one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn
Best rooftop bar’s in Brooklyn are bound to attract interest, especially if they involve parties, alcohol or a pool. 

However, the reward is the breathtaking view of Manhattan. Trust your Brooklyn movers and don’t miss it. That’s exactly what this bar was named after. One of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn has a combo of indoor/outdoor space with an ideal vantage point for enjoying sunsets over Manhattan. Westlight has an extensive wine list, handcrafted cocktails alongside rare spirits. They have nice prices draft beer and delicious tapas which reflect the chef’s inspiration from global street food.

2. One of the coziest rooftop bars in Brooklyn – Fornino at Pier 6 Brooklyn Heights

Doesn’t the charming name of one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn say it all? Fornino has furnaces that bake the fresh pizza right under your eyes. On a roof, none the less, indeed. Do they have a full bar? Oh yes. This neighborhood bar has glorious skyline views that overlook our Lady Liberty. On this roof, you can order a custom pie and watch it while it bakes in the open kitchen. Amazing huh? It is the best way to spend your summer in Brooklyn. But if that’s too slow for you, turn the other way and watch boats glide across the river, with a sangria in your hand. This spot is also one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn because of its location. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a popular tourist and family destination, so you can expect an all-ages crowd at the Fornino.

3. Juliette Williamsburg

When you imagine best rooftop bars in Brooklyn you expect originality and Juliette truly delivers. This bar is a top-to-bottom Parisian-style bistro. When you walk in, you feel like you’ve time-traveled or that you’re on a different planet. A planet made of non-stop Parisian dreams and a full bar where romance never ends. This rooftop terrace is the perfect place to make plans for a date night above the Williamsburg streets. The rule of the house is first-come, first served. Juliette’s serves high-quality meals, with fresh ingredients prepared according to French traditions and techniques. During the weekend they have a brunch service, but you can only order from the lunch menu. The dining room downstairs has romantic nooks, cute bistro seating and lush greenery adorned with antique Parisian fixtures. Decor and the furnishings the owner has collected create a special atmosphere that evokes nostalgia from a picturesque era.

4. Bia

Bia is a family-owned and operated Vietnamese bar/restaurant with a lot of charm and character. It opened in 2012 and has good on the eyes interior with exposed ceiling-beams and brick. The family restaurant has nurtured and passed on their recipes for generations. For a complete experience, we recommend the Vietnamese iced coffee with whiskey.

Vietnamese noodle dish
After you’ve admired Bia’s interior for a short while, you can order delish meals from the Northern Vietnamese food menu.

The cozy and warm atmosphere of this neighborhood-friendly place will have you relaxing there for hours with a cool drink in your hand. You’ll soon be regular with your kids beside you, drinking late night cocktails with friends. Try working for a few hours working on your laptop on this rooftop and you will fall in love. They conveniently have outlets at many of the tables which gives you the freedom to charge your electronics while you work

5. Why The Ides Williamsburg is one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn?

The Ides is located on the rooftop of Wythe Hotel. If you are hungry for some glamour, this bar can offer you the sophistication and the menu you would expect from a glamorous night out. Drink natural wine or a handcrafted summer cocktail at a trendy Art Deco-styled location with a gorgeous marble bar. The indoor lounge has large windows that catch the wonderful views. The terrace has several lounge sofas and chairs with ample room for mingling. Enjoy a magical view of Manhattan and the East River at one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn. After visiting this place you will always choose Brooklyn over Manhattan. Make sure you visit The Ides at sunset because you will never forget the view over glowing Manhattan skyline.

Wine bottles
They don’t call Rooftop Reds a wine Mecca for no reason.

6. Rooftop Reds Brooklyn Navy Yard

Last but not least on our list of best rooftop bars in Brooklyn is a reservation-only restaurant. The Brooklyn Navy Yard will scan your reservation upon entry. But don’t worry, you can make a reservation on the same day, even minutes before you arrive at Rooftop Reds! And you can make one up to a week in advance, no more. It was named “the world’s only commercially viable rooftop vineyard”. What this means is that Rooftop Reds has the world’s first urban rooftop vineyard and an ambitious mission. Bringing viticulture to the urban agriculture industry is not just a marketing trick. The environment and the latest solutions and inventions in ecology are the driving forces behind one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn.

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