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The Top 15 Rooftop Bars in New Jersey (2020 Updated List)

by Ariana Lena
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Everyone loves a good rooftop bar, especially when it has an exceptional dining experience to go along with it. COVID-19 might’ve derailed our favorite summer happy hours, but all hope is not lost. Let me share a little secret with you, you don’t need to travel to New York City to enjoy a rooftop view if you’re from the Garden State. That’s right. Some of the most delicious restaurants with even better cocktails are actually home to the best rooftop bars in New Jersey. The best part? Collectively, they offer both city and beach views just minutes from home.

Summer 2020 has thrown us all sorts of curveballs. But thanks to New Jersey’s creative restaurateurs, outdoor dining—rooftop bars specifically—are here to stay. This year, we’ve put together our ultimate list of rooftop bars in New Jersey to eat and drink at. Whether you’re up in Hudson County or down the shore, you simply can’t go wrong! Just remember if you make a reservation don’t forget to cancel if you’re not going as it helps them with business to host someone else.  The following rooftops are in no particular order:

1. NoHu Rooftop Bar & Restaurant at the Envue Hotel

Weehawken, NJ

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Rooftop Bar, NoHu Rooftop | @marcusatnohurooftop

Of all the rooftop bars in New Jersey, this one has quickly become everyone’s favorite during the 2020 quarantine. You’ll feel like you’re in a movie as you sip on a cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views of NYC when you’re at NoHu Rooftop. Choose from classics like a Cosmopolitan or Old Fashioned, or just get the bottle of your favorite classy wine. Upcoming birthday or occasion? Firepits, premium waterfront tables and bottle service are currently available; contact the restaurant for more details.

*Update: Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his signature style and cuisine to Marcus at NoHu Rooftop Bar.

2. Rooftop at Exchange Place

Jersey City, NJ

Rooftop at Exchange Place | @rooftop_xp

Lunch, dinner, happy hour or brunch, you’re getting Hudson River views the whole time! The Rooftop at Exchange Place offers frozen cocktails like frosé and trendy cocktails such as the Garden State (Hendrick’s Gin, fresh cucumber, elderflower liquor and fresh lime juice). And don’t forget to check out Under the Boardwalk (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice). A food menu is also available offering a limited menu of apps such as boardwalk fries and wings. 

3. City Bistro

Hoboken, NJ

Located in Uptown Hoboken, City Bistro is a three-floor restaurant, bar and lounge that offers a rooftop as well. Their rooftop food menu includes crostinis, pizzas and a huge selection of appetizers to choose from. They also have a wide selection of wines, signature and craft cocktails. Looking to brunch with a view? This your place!

4. Alto Rooftop at The MC Hotel

Montclair, NJ

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Alto Rooftop Bar, The MC Hotel | @themchotel

As Montclair’s only rooftop, this is the perfect location to appreciate NYC’s skyline. Located at The MC Hotel, which recently opened last year, Alto Rooftop has a sleek and sexy vibe that is perfect for a date night or a G.N.O. Sip on a refreshing rosé, red or white wine or enjoy one of their classic cocktails like a Paloma or Moscow Mule. Their house cocktails are pretty intriguing and include the Grisly Pear (Beefeater Gin, Pear Williams, lemon, Cocchi Americano and eucalyptus); the Good Fellow (Misunderstood Whiskey, lemon, orange and Amaro CioCiaro) plus others. Another cool thing is that if you’re hungry, you can mobile order BareBurger and they will deliver it to the rooftop!

5. Red Rock Tap & Grill

Red Bank, NJ

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Rooftop Bar, Red Rock Tap & Grill | @redrocktapandgrill

The Red Rock Tap and Grill is the perfect place to relax after a long day at work! This spot has plenty of outdoor seating and even has live music sometimes. Indulge in their specialty drinks like a Red Rock Frosè, The Crush (which is their take on an Orange Crush), Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita, plus more! While sipping on your drink, snack on their “eggroll of the day,” short rib tacos, duck confit tater tots and other delicious items. 

6. Porta

Jersey City, NJ

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Rooftop Bar, Porta JC | @foodfoodanddrink

Pizza and drinks on a rooftop? SOLD. Porta is recognized as one of the best late-night spots in the country so make sure to add this to your list of go-to’s if you haven’t already been! From their rooftop menu, choose a couple of Neapolitan pies then wash it down with some beer, wine or pick from their signature cocktails list. 

7. Salvation Rooftop at The Asbury Hotel 

Asbury Park, NJ

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Salvation Rooftop Bar | Photo via The Asbury Hotel

If you’re looking for a boujee beach vibe, this is your spot. Day drinking or cocktails and wine at sunset, Salvation has it covered. Ever try a Lavender Lemonade? It’s vodka and housemade lavender lemonade. How about the Asbury Painkiller? It’s spiced rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream and nutmeg. They recently partnered with Avec Drinks to offer a selection of craft mixers as well. Reservations can be made on Resy.

8. Skinner’s Loft

Jersey City, NJ

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Rooftop, Skinner’s Loft | @skinnersloft

This isn’t just your “drinks on a rooftop” kind of place. Currently, reservations for Skinner’s Loft rooftop patio is available for dining only. Therefore, you can have a full dining experience with great ambiance and great food. This American bistro offers everything from buffalo chicken spring rolls to a grilled New York strip. Cool down from your hot meal with a frozen cantaloupe margarita. If you recently moved to Jersey City or plan to, make sure to check out this neighborhood spot since it’s been a staple for many years.

9. Town Bar + Kitchen

Morristown, NJ

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Rooftop Bar, Town Bar + Kitchen | @townbarandkitchen

Town Bar + Kitchen is another great place if you want a delicious dinner or brunch with perfectly crafted drinks – not to mention the great outdoor aesthetic as well! Pair your beer, mojito or wine with comfort food like arancini, Cacio e Pepe Fiocchi pasta, Town Southern Chicken sandwich and more! Another great aspect of the rooftop is that it’s perfect in the fall since they have an operating fireplace up there, so keep this in mind when the temperatures start dropping in the fall! 

10. Paulie’s Brickhouse

Jersey City, NJ

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Paulie’s Brickhouse | Photo via @pauliesbrickhouse

Picture this – a sport’s bar and grill that serves delicious brick-oven pizza and provides NYC skyline views. That’s Paulie’s.  In addition to their pizza, they offer typical bar food favorites and Italian classics such as eggplant, chicken parm and meatball sandwiches. Choose from their wide selection of beers on tap, regular and frozen cocktails. When the night winds down and you’re craving some dessert, try their Sicilian Gelato Panini which is a pressed brioche roll filled with gelato ice cream, or cool down with their Saucey Scoops where you can choose from alcohol-infused Italian ice or alcohol-infused ice cream! Please note that rooftop access is available only through reservations; please call the restaurant to secure a spot.

11. Watermark

Asbury Park, NJ

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Watermark | Photo via @watermark_asbury_park

Watermark is one of the most perfect rooftop bars in New Jersey to visit after being at the beach all day. Here, the staff aims to provide the perfect dining ambiance and experience with every detail from the decor to the drinks. They have everything from martinis to boozy iced teas to their own cocktail concoctions. Many of their specialty cocktails are made with spirits that are infused in-house and all juices are freshly squeezed. Currently, they are only accepting same-day reservations.

12. Iron Monkey

Jersey City, NJ

Beer lovers, you have to come here because they have over 40 craft beers on tap! If you’re not a huge beer fan, then there’s also a wide selection of cocktails to choose from as well at the Iron Monkey. There’s their Signature Monkey-Tails cocktail creations such as the Organtutangy Daiquiri (rum, triple sec, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice and sprite); Frozen Monkey-Tails cocktails such as the Beach Bummin Bonobo (a tropical mix of rum, crushed pineapple, cranberry juice, blue curacao, sprite and topped with a cherry); and of course, Monkey Sangria. 

13. The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten

Asbury Park, NJ

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Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten | Photo via @apbiergarten

It’s like Oktoberfest, but on a roof. What a dream. This spot is everything you could want when picturing the perfect day. Beers, spirits and you can’t forget the German food of wiener schnitzel, beef goulash, bratwurst and of course many, many pretzels. The best part? It’s one of the few rooftop bars in New Jersey to be just a few blocks walk from the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

14. Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille

Cape May, NJ

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Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille Rooftop Bar | Photo via @harryscapemay

An oceanfront rooftop sounds like music to ears, especially during the summertime. Not to mention drinks that’ll leave you cooled down and refreshed after a sweltering day. The menu here offers a huge selection of different “crush” flavors like the original orange crush, grapefruit crush, key lime crush and even a CBD crush. They also offer some varieties of margaritas and alcoholic lemonades plus beer and wine. 

15. The Ashford

Jersey City, NJ

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Rooftop Bar, The Ashford | @theashfordjc

Despite its sleek and classic rooftop style, the cocktail menu at The Ashford seems to be very ominous and dark due to the names of the drinks. For example, Velvet Dreams made with Absolut Elyx, Framboise, fresh lime, agave, dragon berry and egg white. The Summer of 1919 is made with Pineapple Rum, Gin, Campari, sweet Vermouth and burlesque bitters. The Ego Splittin made with Tiki Rum, Xicaru Mezcal, black cherry, banana, lime juice and passion fruit. They also offer classic cocktails (Negroni, Old Fashioned, etc.) and their food menu highlights seem to be their oysters, wings and sandwiches. There is currently a two-hour maximum for all tables. 

AND Coming Soon… 

One of the most anticipated rooftop bars in New Jersey is coming to Felina, an up-scale modern Italian eatery located in Ridgewood. The restaurant itself is currently open but is in the process of creating their rooftop bar. A representative from the restaurant said the rooftop plans to open in late September!

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