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Healthy Cocktails, RefinedRefinery Rooftop Offers All-Natural Artisanal Cocktails Atop a Renovated Millinery
We know: Another week, another rooftop bar opening. But when it comes to views and booze, we just had to get the new industrial chic Refinery Rooftop on your radar. The sprawling, 3,500 square foot rooftop space boasts an inventive cocktail menu and direct views of the Empire State Building and streetscape of the Garment District.
Enjoy your drinks in three separate areas—an outdoor French terracotta-tiled lounge with cushioned cabana-like seating and porch swings, an indoor space with a fountain and fireplace, and a main bar area under a retractable roof overhang. The decor is inspired by the building’s industrial past as a Jazz Age-era millinery, with brick walls and recycled wood ceilings and also has a small stage for visiting jazz bands and DJs.
Bartender wiz Alex Ott, a biochemist and author of the book Dr. Cocktail, developed the all-natural cocktail menu (his 300th!) for the Refinery Hotel’s three bars and restaurants (the rooftop, Winnie’s Lobby Bar and Parker & Quinn restaurant). So, expect healthier versions of artisanal Prohibition-era cocktails made with fresh juices, spices and flavors like curry and tamarind (which also reduce the likelihood of hangovers). We highly recommend the spot’s most-requested drink, the Cloche & Dagger ($14), made with clementine vodka, a dash of curry and fresh mango, lime and pear juices. While the rooftop will be open year-round, this is definitely one worth visiting before Labor Day. —CASSIE KREITNER
Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel | 63 W. 38th St. (at 6th Ave.) | 646-664-0310