This fall, event planners can take their groups to new heights at one of the latest New York rooftop venues. While the Big Apple offers little in terms of outdoor space, a rooftop venue can provide an ideal escape for meeting planners looking to “wow” their group with an evening event. Not only do rooftop spaces provide postcard-perfect views of the cityscape, they also have garden-like décor already built into the ambiance. Plus, the latest rooftop venues serve up artisan cocktails and fare high-end enough for even the fanciest corporate events. Check out five of New York’s latest rooftop venue openings, knowing that an event space with a view and fresh air is always a sure hit when it comes to corporate event planning.
- SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room. For a quintessential New York experience, plan an event on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the soon-to-reopen Rainbow Room. The venue’s history dates back to its original opening on Oct. 3, 1934 when it served as the dining and entertainment destination in the city. The space, available for up to 300 guests, is designed to be reminiscent of those glory days with crystal chandeliers and a revolving dance floor. That legacy continues at SixtyFive, the venue’s cocktail lounge and outdoor terrace. In-house mixologists will stir up some of the finest drinks in the area—starting in September.
- Skylark. Opened last fall, Skylark combines New York fashion with unmatched views of the city atop a 30-floor, garment-center building. It doubles as an event space for Abigail Kirsch, a catering company that specializes in small bites such as shrimp tacos and BLT shortcakes. In addition to the 1,600-sf Upper Deck rooftop space, the Skylark Room, Living Room and Pool Room offer interior spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows—the perfect backup plan whenever weather doesn’t cooperate.
- Bar 54. Dubbed the tallest rooftop lounge in the Big Apple, Hyatt Times Square New York’s Bar 54 opened on the new hotel’s 54th floor in February. While, of course, the views are a draw, the specialty cocktails and farm-fresh small plates keep people coming back. The bar features 122 seats indoor and out, while the 1,400-sf outdoor terrace is available for private corporate events. Attendees can bond over one of the punches—the Green Submarine, for instance—which serves three to four guests.
- The Roof. The newly opened Viceroy New York hotel debuted its rooftop bar in March. Located on the hotel’s 29th floor, the Roof has a historic feel with a wooden bar, walnut ceilings and brown leather sofas matched by curated images of the sky, sea and clouds by photographer Dalton Portella. The cocktail menu is known for its extensive list of small-batch spirits and regionally brewed craft beers. A $60 glass of Johnnie Walker Blue, for instance, should do the trick for high-end meeting attendees.
- Refinery Rooftop. Built inside an old hat factory, The Refinery hotel features 1920s décor and a rooftop space that meeting planners dream about. The 3,500-sf Refinery Rooftop opened last summer and is designed to provide an intimate backyard garden feel. The potted plants matched by the hanging lights and wooden furniture provide an elegant-but-casual ambiance for a corporate event. Plus, the venue has a dedicated kitchen, audiovisual capability and is DJ ready.