Spring is here, with summer close behind, and as everyone knows, great weather and cocktails go hand-in-hand. So why not enjoy a beverage while basking in the sun, sipping in the shade, or savoring a sunset at one of New Jersey’s rooftop bars?
From ocean waves to the Manhattan skyline, some Garden State views are unbeatable. Take a look at our round-up of rooftop bars that will truly elevate your summer outings. (Note: call ahead to confirm opening dates/hours).
Town Bar + Kitchen – Morristown
This Elm Street venue features the only rooftop dining experience in Morristown. Sample new American cuisine in this stylish setting while sipping a specialty cocktail or a brew from the reserved beer list. There’s even a fireplace. (The rooftop is open on warmer days; call in advance to find out.)
Rooftop XP at The Hyatt House JC – Jersey City
Grab drinks and dinner while gazing at what some may consider the world’s most iconic skyline. The stunning space boasts “lavish libations” so fancy the bar claims they’ll “inspire Instagram envy.” We’ll raise a glass to that!
Hilton Short Hills, Retreat Rooftop – Short Hills
With hand-crafted cocktails, specialty menu items, and seasonal craft beer on tap from Bolero Snort Brewery, you may have just found your perfect happy hour spot. It’s directly across from the Mall at Short Hills, so if shopping whets your appetite, you don’t have far to go to enjoy an open-air beverage.
And did we mention the boozy milkshakes?
Salvation – Asbury Park
Salvation, set atop The Asbury Hotel, opens each season in May. This rooftop hot spot features innovative cocktails and guest DJs all summer long. While you’re there, check out nearby Asbury Lanes, which has an all-star lineup of musical acts slated for the season.
Six26 Lounge & Rooftop — Jersey City
All are welcome at this lounge and rooftop, which is a premiere destination for members of the LGBTQ community. Six26 celebrated the opening of its stunning rooftop space March 23. Check the bar’s Facebook page for events and happenings.
The Dubliner – Hoboken
This rooftop bar is heated so its a popular haven straight through fall, you can still enjoy the great outdoors along with your beverage. Midweek specials may just inspire you to start the weekend a little early.
Alice’s – Lake Hopatcong
With gorgeous views of Lake Hopatcong, Alice’s is casual enough for a fun night out but pretty enough for a summertime rehearsal dinner. That’s right, this bar cleans up nice!
Skinner’s Loft – Jersey City
This cozy spot exudes character. Elegant yet comfortable, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a prettier place to linger over a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your brunch.
Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grill – Cape May
This rooftop deck offers some of the best ocean views in Cape May, at the Montreal Beach Resort. Catch live entertainment May through September!
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