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    Here Are The Best Hotel Bars In New York City Right Now

    From bars with a carousel centerpiece to ones with unobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    ✨ EDITOR NOTE ✨that this post was written in the weird year that is 2021, meaning plenty of our favorite spots were not featured due to temporary closure. This list reflects hotel bars that are currently up and operating.

    1. The Django — The Roxy Hotel

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    The Roxy Hotel is the place for art lovers. They have a cinema that screens indie films and hosts Q&As, but the pride and joy of this property? The Django, a jazz bar housed in the hotel cellar. If you want to feel as if you've stepped into a different century complete with great music and delicious cocktails, then you may want to add this to your list.

    Address: 2 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013

    Rooms starting at: $185+

    2. Make Believe — Sixty LES Hotel

    pink booth chairs in a rooftop bar
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    This is a tropical-inspired lounge complete with tons of greenery, lots of pink velvet, and a terrace for ultimate #views. The iconic Make Believe bar (perched on the 7th floor of the Sixty LES Hotel) is so photogenic that you're basically obligated to visit at least once.

    Address: 190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

    Rooms starting at: $160+

    3. The Water Tower — The Williamsburg Hotel

    4. The Bar Room — The Beekman

    5. Broken Shaker — Freehand New York

    6. Lobby Bar — The Bowery Hotel

    7. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge — Moxy Times Square

    Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

    Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge atop Moxy Times Square is iconic for its centerpiece carousel that rotates ever-so-slowly, that way guests can sip on cocktails and munch on finger foods without fear of spillage. FYI: It's been converted into a seasonal ~Rose Garden~ with over 10K roses scattered throughout, delicious treats, and pink rose cocktails (think: a "Moira Rose" recipe with rose petal gin, raspberry tea, fresh lemon, and Prosecco).

    Address: 485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

    Rooms starting at: $115+

    8. Westlight — The William Vale

    the bar overlooking the NYC skyline

    You will feel forever spoiled after one trip to Westlight at The William Vale, a rooftop bar truly after your heart. Panoramic views of the NYC skyline will take the breath away from both you *and* your Instagram followers.

    Address: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

    Rooms starting at: $206+

    9. The Raines Law Room — The William Hotel

    10. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar — Conrad New York Downtown

    a popsicle in a glass of Prosecco
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    Flavored popsicles! Kept upright by a glass of Prosecco! Featuring stunning skyline views! Please name a better Insta-famous trio. There are six different popsicle flavors ranging from strawberry cosmopolitan (Grey Goose, strawberry, cranberry, and lime) to watermelon Aperol spritz, all up for grabs at the Conrad New York Downtown Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar.

    *A note that this rooftop is sadly seasonal and only open during warmer temps.

    Address: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282

    Rooms starting at: $308+

    11. Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge — 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

    the bar overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge
    Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge

    Enjoy a cocktail or several coupled with panoramic, unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge at Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge (located atop the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge). Cozy up in one of the above velvet booths and prepare to see a truly spectacular sunset.

    Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Rooms starting at: $300+

    12. A+ Roof Bar — Parc Hotel

    13. Bemelmans Bar — The Carlyle Hotel

    illustrated mural at Bemelmans Bar
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    The first word to come to mind when I think of Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel is "whimsical." Look up to see a ceiling covered in 24-karat gold leaf or glance all around you for gorgeous murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, the artist behind the Madeline children's books and the namesake of the bar.

    Address: 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

    Rooms starting at: $584+

    14. The Ready — Moxy East Village

    the outdoor rooftop bar
    The Ready at Moxy East Village

    Consider The Ready at Moxy East Village a better version of your backyard barbecue: one with made-to-order fresh tacos, local craft beers like Bronx Brewery and City Light Lager, a beer pong area, and skyline views to boot. A hand-painted mural and lush vine wall simply tie it at all together.

    Address: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

    Rooms starting at: $149+

    15. Library of Distilled Spirits — Hyatt Union Square New York

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