Sheltering Sky at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly the Williamsburg Hotel) has opened to much fanfare, bringing an old-school feel to a neighborhood where almost everything is new. Here's why crowds are flocking to this recently opened rooftop spot....
You'll Feel Like It's Summer Even When It's Not
ith plenty of sunshine coming in through the retractable roof, the space feels warm and welcoming, and lets you forget about the piles of snow we've battled all winter long. Bonus: the fireplace keeps you even cozier during the colder months.
It's Basically Like Drinking at Home
With inviting couches, plush rugs, and refreshing plants all around, Sheltering Sky could very well be your own living room.
The Cocktails Are Creative
The newly-debuted happy hour menu draws a crowd that appreciates well-crafted cocktails. Expect high-end concoctions that pay close attention to each ingredient, as well as nods to a more classic epoch of bartending.
The Views Are Spectacular
The space is divided into two sections: the main bar area and an attached patio that's undoubtedly the venue's main draw. With sweeping views of New York City, you'll want to enjoy a drink and never leave.
The (Literary) History Behind the Venue's Name
The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles, explores the concept of humanity through a struggling New York couple's trip to the North African desert. The bar, defined by a Moroccan theme, mimics the novel's plot by presenting itself as an "urban escape" of sorts.
Music, Music, and More Music
There are live tunes every once in a while, but the space's music epicenter is its DJ booth.
The Lobby Bar
Before heading upstairs to the rooftop bar, grab a drink in the hotel lobby. The recently rebranded McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly known as Hotel Williamsburg, and now under the umbrella of the Chelsea Hotels) is the ideal place to kick things off.