The Sky Room
Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites — Times Square, 330 W. 40th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-380-1195
Ceiling LED lights mimic the view of midtown on the 33rd and 34th floor decks of the Times Square Marriott. Designers Stephen B. Jacobs and Andi Pepper (who’ve also worked with the Gansevoort, Library, and Giraffe Hotels) split the massive bi-level outdoor area into five "terraces": One has a retractable glass roof, another features private cabanas.
Opening August 21.
249 Fourth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-399-0099
With two pinball machines, classic board games, and twenty beers on tap, this former auto shop is ideal for summer chillin’. And if you get hungry, grab a delicious DUB pie from the bar.
543 Third Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 347-463-9458
Tasseled chandeliers and the same antlerlike light fixtures as sister bar Abilene set the mood inside Lowlands, but the well-lit back patio is the best part. Picnic tables make the spot perfect for a quiet beer on a balmy night. Bonus: The outdoor area is open just as late as the bar, unlike most venues.
Upstairs at the Kimberly
The Kimberly Hotel, 145 E. 50th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-253-7337
Strings of lights overhead and overstuffed leather chairs set the ambience at Upstairs, the swank new bar on the 30th floor of the Kimberly. A retractable glass roof and heated floors keep the bar open year-round.