Best Spots for Outdoor Drinking on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on July 31st, 2018

After a day cooped up in an office, or sitting at your computer, what better than enjoying the views of the Hudson River or the scenes of Upper West Side life from one of these popular NYC bars with some of the finest outdoor settings.  Read on for our best spots for outdoor drinking on the Upper West Side!

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

We like this because it’s a rooftop bar, and like the classic Goffin-King song, all your cares “just drift into space.”   Sip your favorite aperitif and take in the gorgeous views from this Upper West Side hotel, especially the immense Lincoln Center just below. The world looks very different from these heights, reminding one of why this is the best neighborhood in NYC. Live jazz on Mondays, Sunset Happy Hours and just dress nicely; keep the jeans for dress-down Fridays. 44 West 63 Street (between Broadway and Columbus)

Outdoor Drinking on the Upper West Side


Boat Basin Café

This one is right on the Hudson within the walls of the 79th Street Boat Basin. Oh, and since this was one of the city’s oldest event locations showcasing Frank Sinatra and Mario Puzo, if those walls could only talk. Featuring a large and circular open air patio that is tres’ casual, this establishment offers stunning New Jersey sunset views, and some tasty burgers.   79th Street (in Riverside Park).

Outdoor Drinks on the Upper West Side


Bin 71

For a bit of intimate seating, views of the eternally interesting sidewalk activity, try this French-themed wine bar. If you order the cheese plate and bottle of wine, you may actually believe you’ve crossed the Atlantic.   237 Columbus Ave. (between 70th and 71st )

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Bar Boulud

I guess we’re on a French kick with two of them in a row. But, we couldn’t resist. Viva Le France, we’ve heard it said. Anyways, this French eatery features an outdoor terrace which provides enough “people watching” entertaining along Broadway’s ‘restaurant row.’  The charcuterie and cheeses are highly recommended. One of my favorite Lincoln Center restaurants. (1900 Broadway, at 64th)

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Ellington in the Park

Less rowdy than the above-mentioned Boat Basin, this Riverside Park drinking destination is located at 105th Street and boasts both an upper and lower level.  The beach-themed restaurant offers live music, big screen TVs and lots of great cocktails.  Owned and operated by the same folks who’ve brought us The Ellington at 936 Amsterdam Ave. Feel free to bring your dog!

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Mike Mishkin

Mike Mishkin

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking photos with his iPhone.  

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