Top Unpretentious Bars in NYC

Top Unpretentious Bars in NYC

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Even if you're not wearing a suit or rolling in dough, there are some rooftop bars that will welcome you with open arms. DNAinfo.com New York has assembled a handy guide of some of the top unpretentious rooftop bars in the city.

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    Prices aren’t bad, either: Draft and bottle beers are $8, wine is $9, and cocktails start at $12. The roof is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and offers grub from the restaurant’s appetizer menu.
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    The Roger Smith Hotel opened its roof terrace bar in 2010, named Henry’s after Henry the dog, an adorable Boston terrier that serves as the inn's unofficial mascot.
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    Like many other places in the neighborhood, this rooftop can get crowded fast on weekends, particularly with the post-brunch crowd. Its spacious downstairs is typically open for drinking and a visit to the photo booth with friends.
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    Though it feels like a speakeasy on the inside, the rooftop deck of this cocktail-heavy bar is more like a backyard, decorated with patio furniture, string lights and a homemade-looking bar.
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    Up until last year, this 14th-floor joint was called Me Bar. The new name and management hasn't changed the bar's rock-bottom prices — the happy hour, until 7 p.m., still offers $2 beers and $3 margaritas.
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    The view isn't much — you can see traffic whizzing by on Fourth Avenue, and that's about it — but the ambiance on the wood patio is something along the line of an alt-rock friend's luxury apartment, complete with a pool table and dart board.
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    With its retractable glass roof, the bar is open year-round with heating in the winter months. It's definitely advisable to go during the summer, however — during the school year, the rooftop space fills up fast with co-eds.
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    High atop the Kimberly Hotel, Upstairs is a classy rooftop bar with cushy couches, romantic lighting and a gorgeous view of the Chrysler Building.
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    Though it’s usually reserved for large parties and private events on the weekends, the roof bar opens weekdays at 6 p.m., perfect for an after-work cocktail and a bite to eat. Domestic beers run $5, imported $6, and a glass of wine will cost you $8.
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    Far above the crowds, the roof offers a nice view of The New York Times building and the hubbub down below — and it won't empty your wallet. The after-work crowd can flood this place, so get there early if you want a seat.
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