The Rooftop at Pod 39


The Rooftop at Pod 39

New York City-Midtown Manhattan

3.8 / 5 2 / 5

May 11, 2018

The rooftop lounge at Pod 39 is a hotel bar with a difference. Pod 39 is part of the Pod chain of capsule hotels, providing micro-accommodation to the explorer on a budget.

As you might expect, the hotel’s rooftop bar is patronised by a younger crowd; lively backpackers enjoying the Manhattan scenery are joined by local bon viveurs looking for a fun atmosphere and interesting company. The terrace is decorated in a vivid Mexican style, all the better to enjoy Mexican-themed food and tequila-laden cocktails. Graceful brick arches covered in lush ivy frame a cheerful open courtyard, with strings of colourful lanterns illuminating the terrace as night falls over New York. The general vibe encourages celebration without inviting raucousness – it’s more of a place to mingle and enjoy a new experience than a tony spot to ‘see and be seen’.

The bar is open from the afternoon till after midnight, allowing you to enjoy panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline day or night. The bar is very popular and you can face a wait to get in if you arrive during busier times. While younger diners are welcome until the late afternoon, at 5pm, the bar switches over to 21 and up as the drinks start flowing. Prices are modest, tailored to the pocket of a young and frugal crowd, but the quality of the food and drinks on offer is very good. Excellent transport connections make this the perfect spot whether you want to wind down after a busy evening’s bar-hopping, or get the party started before heading on to the next venue.

Avoiding gimmicks and offering a genuinely different experience, Pod 39 delivers good food and excellent cocktails in a breathtaking setting. What more could any Pod-person want?

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