Happy weekend everyone!
Finally the sun is shining, and the humidity is not as bad as it once was. When the sun is shining I feel like everyone is always in better spirits and happier. While I love rain, from time to time, it was becoming a bit depressing. Rain also never mixes well with Happy Hour, especially when it revolves around breathtaking views, like here in Manhattan.
For today’s post, I will be sharing my 4 favorite places for Happy Hour, here in the city. I am not a big drinker, but I love going out with my friends after work, or when my family is in town, to Happy Hour. Not only is Happy Hour great for drinks, but they have some of the best views in town.
The Empire Rooftop - Ok, we all know those iconic scenes, from Gossip Girl, with Chuck and Blair, and let’s be honest we’ve all wanted to have our own Blair Waldorf moment.
The rooftop bar is perfect for a quick drink and bite after work, a date, and a night out with family. The views are stunning as you look out over Lincoln Center, and the Met, and the busy, bustling, streets below. They also keep the rooftop open in the winter. They add heaters and covering on the outside decks. They have a fantastic brunch, all under $20, and fantastic Bloody Mary’s. When coming after work, we usually split food, as the portions are big and the drinks are great!
Monarch Rooftop - The Monarch is Midtown’s chicest rooftop lounge, with truly the most stunning views of the city. The Monarch overlooks the Empire State building, and the vibrant, bustling city streets below. During the day the city is beautiful, but once the sun goes down the city becomes alive with bright lights, and you have no better views of all of Manhattan than right here.
This rooftop bar is not as intimate as The Empire, and gets quite busy fairly quickly, so I would recommend making a reservation. The food and drinks are great, a little pricey, but you do really pay for the view.
The Refinery Rooftop - Located at the top of the Refinery Hotel, it truly is one of the coolest rooftops in Manhattan. This rooftop is encased in glass, and at night the combination of the view and the lights is stunning. They have some of the funkiest drinks, and not only are they fun, but they make for a great photo op. I always recommend getting the Lobster Tots, or the Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread.
PLEASE NOTE - Guests under the age of 21 are not permitted on the rooftop past 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. They are allowed on the rooftop for lunch ,and on Sunday afternoon and evening, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
St. Cloud Rooftop Bar - Located at the top of The Knickerbocker, in the heart of Time Square, this is a magical place to stop by for a drink. Before I moved here, we would come to the city, and we always stayed at the Knickerbocker. We’d always come here for it’s spectacular views of the city. Stop by before, or after, a Broadway show, or dinner, and you are sure to have a wonderful time.
They have incredible parties around the holidays, and I’ve heard their New Year’s Eve Party is spectacular. Plus, you get a front row seat of the ball drop and fireworks, minus standing in large crowds below. Talk about a win, win.
Have a wonderful weekend!