June 21, 2016 / Leave a Comment
When I travel, I love to get high in my new destination as quickly as possible. By high, I mean scaling great heights for a view, not the illegal substance kind!
When in NYC, you may find your search for the perfect cityscape selfie comes at a hefty price – both Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building will set you back $32USD each (plus state tax, natch) for nothing but a view. If, like me, you’d rather get something tangible (and preferably imbibable) for your buck, then I have a tip you’re going to love.
Instead of joining the ground floor queue for Top of the Rock, head to the other side of the Rockefeller Centre foyer and up to the mezzanine to reach the lift to access SixtyFive (follow the signs to the Rainbow Room). This isn’t just your average New York rooftop bar, it’s the highest outdoor terrace in New York City.
There’s no charge to visit the bar, a beautiful space with wrap around balconies affording fabulous views of Manhattan. Bar SixtyFive occupies half of the 65th floor (with Rainbow Room residing in the other half) and instead of simply handing over $32 for the view alone, that should buy you almost two drinks at the swanky sky high spot. If you plan on lingering a little longer, you can reserve an outdoor table for dining, affording you million dollar views as you feast on some fine food.
Bar SixtyFive opens at 5pm. It would pay to dress smart so you don’t look like you belong on the tourist observation deck instead, and FYI shopping bags will need to be checked at the coat check on the mezzanine prior to your ascent to the 65th floor rooftop bar. Sneakers and baseball caps not allowed. Oh, and try the Miss Rose – I highly recommend it!
Overall Rating: 8.4/10