December 12, 2018
Igloo Mania? Check Out these Pop-Up Winter Rooftop Bars in NoMad
Here in NYC, along with holiday lights, shopping, concerts, ice skating, and overall holiday cheer, “tis the season” also means the arrival of winter-themed pop-up rooftop bars. This year in NoMad, several locations have jumped on the rooftop bandwagon, so to speak—with at least two spots featuring enclosed rooftop “igloos” as part of their holiday festivities. For a great evening of wintertime cheer with a view, be sure to check out the following winter rooftop pop-ups in NoMad.
This year, both the Arlo NoMad hotel has set up “Arlo Arctica,” tipping its hat to Sir Ernest Shackleton, the explorer who led the Antarctica expedition just over a century ago. The Arlo NoMad has placed two “igloos” on its 31st-floor rooftop bar, “The Heights.” These transparent, heated huts made to look like igloos—and they’ve decorated both indoor and outdoor spaces with ice sculptures, artifacts, and reminders of Shackleton’s famous journey. The Heights is even featuring Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky on its seasonal cocktail menus in honor of the crates of whisky the expedition took with them to keep warm. Private bottle service is available in the igloos by reservation for $300 for the first two hours. Before you leave, be sure to check out the display of artifacts on the second floor. The igloos are open now through March 2019.
“The Heights” Rooftop Bar
11 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
Monday – Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Thursday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
230 Fifth is home to NYC’s largest rooftop garden—and this season, it’s been converted to a winter wonderland, complete with 17 heated, transparent igloos with seating for up to 12 people each. Igloos are available on a first-come, first-served basis with no minimum or entrance fees. If you and your friends find yourselves waiting for an igloo to open up, the establishment will provide complimentary red robes to keep you warm. While these igloos aren’t available for private reservations, 230 Fifth does offer a few special food and drink packages for you and groups of friends. The igloos will be up until May 2019.
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar
230 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Monday – Friday: 2 p.m. – Late
Saturday and Sunday: Brunch 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Evening 4 p.m. – Late
Doors close at 2 a.m. nightly.
Bonus Pick: Eataly’s SERRA ALPINA by Birreria
There are no igloos here—in fact, it’s more a dining experience than a bar—but if you have a chance to dine on the seasonal rooftop of SERRA ALPINA at Eataly, do so. They’ve converted the roof into a complete holiday season fantasy hung with white flowers and holiday lights, and stellar views under its glass roof. Enjoy a variety of fine entrees as well as 35 different types of Amaro. SERRA ALPINA is open until spring 2019.
SERRA ALPINA on the Roof
200 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Monday through Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.