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Best Spots for Outdoor Drinking on the Upper West Side

Best Spots for Outdoor Drinking on the Upper West Side

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 lounges with some of the finest outdoor settings.  Read below for our best spots for outdoor drinking on the Upper West Side!

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

Outdoor Drinking on the Upper West Side

We like this because it’s a rooftop, 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 (betw. Broadway and Columbus)

Boat Basin Café

Outdoor Drinks on the Upper West Side

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 we heard some tasty Sangria.   79th Street (Henry Hudson Parkway)

Bin 71

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

Bar Boulud

best spots for outdoor drinking in nyc

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 eatery features an outdoor terrace which provides enough “people watching” entertaining along Broadway’s ‘restaurant row.’  The charcuterie and cheeses are highly recommended.  (1900 Broadway, at 64th)


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