Maybe The Best Happy Hour View Ever

Situated in basically the perfect summer happy hour-ing spot on the 18th floor atop the Midtown Marriott, The Monarch is a sprawling, open-air cocktail-slinger with a Scandinavian-design-meets-lush-royal-living-room-vibe and some of the best views of the Empire State Building you are ever going to get while eating a footlong kobe dog.

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NYC rooftop bars open all year long

Rooftop bars aren’t just for the summer.

Covered, heated and ready for beautiful views of the snow-coated city, these rooftop bars are happy to host you in the sky no matter what the weather is.

Cheers to rooftop drinking all year long!

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First Look: Monarch Rooftop Lounge, Opening Next Week

Rooftop bar alert! Ric Addison and Stephen Daly, nightlife impresarios behind Ava Rooftop at Midtown’s Dream Hotel, are opening their latest penthouse haunt next week (we hear Tuesday or Wednesday). Dubbed Monarch, the 5,000-square foot venue can fit 300 revelers, a welcome feat in a neighborhood that’s full of less-than-stellar imbibing options. Cocktails are by Liquid Lab NYC and you’ll be able to scope out stellar views of the Empire State Building from the cushioned patio seating outside. The venue is located at 71 West 35th Street.

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The Monarch Rooftop Offers a Delicious Escape from New York City’s Herald Square

We were seated at a corner table with a view of both inside and outside.

There are several places that real New Yorkers — the people who were born here and stayed here — will avoid at all costs, and they usually end in the word “square.”

Herald Square is a great example.

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