LE BAIN on The Standard Hotel Rooftop (Washington Street at 12th Street)
Both locals and visitors consider the view from The Standard of the Hudson and lower Manhattan to be a must-see experience, and well worth the expense of high-priced drinks and food. This exclusive penthouse discothèque and bar features a faux grass floor and a plunge pool in the summer time, along with music provided by DJs or live bands. Be forewarned that the doormen expect a stylish look for the clientele and the place is often filled to capacity.
JIMMY (Thompson Street at Grand Street)
Located in the South Village, Jimmy offers gorgeous views of the New Jersey skyline, Hudson River and Manhattan’s roof gardens. With a full-sized pool, elegant ambiance and craft cocktails, the lounge offers a quieter and more intimate spot for the evening.
A60 (Thompson Street at Spring Street)
This rooftop terrace bar at the Thompson Hotel is officially only open to hotel guests and members, but others can enter after dinner at the Kittichai restaurant downstairs. This smaller and more comfortable lounge offers artisan cocktails, a quieter ambiance and a more relaxed crowd than the larger rooftop establishments.
(12th Street at Washington Street)
For a more casual atmosphere, the Brass Monkey provides 2 floors of nightclub along with its famed rooftop bar, where guests can enjoy views of the Hudson River. With tasty bar food and relatively reasonable prices, this neighborhood bar attracts a 20 and 30-something crowd, especially on weekends.