New York City is packed with rooftop bars – and those rooftop bars are often packed with people. Featuring breezy views and impeccably crafted cocktails, it’s no wonder that these bars are such a popular place to meet friends on a hot summer day. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and refined rooftop experience, there’s really only one place to go. Down the street from Central Park and around the corner from the Metropolitan Museum of Art sits The Surrey Hotel. The hotel itself brings boutique to a whole new level but the rooftop bar is an elevated experience deserving of special note. On the 17th floor of The Surrey, hotel guests and members of the exclusive Patrons Club gather on cozy patio furniture to enjoy vintage-inspired cocktails. The Surrey’s signature cocktails play gentle twists on the classics. Try their Old Fashioned spiced with vanilla bean or a Gimlet garnished with fresh basil. Surrounded by fragrant, flowering lavender plants, with beautiful views of the Upper East Side, it’s hard to imagine a more intimate or relaxing refuge. But don’t forget – this private garden bar isn’t open to just anyone. The Surrey keeps this quiet atmosphere strictly for members of the Patrons Club and resident’s of the hotel.