About the Rooftop Lounge Experience
The only thing better than nighttime views of the Manhattan skyline? Enjoying them with a cocktail in hand. With the arrival of warm weather, New Yorkers ascend to the city’s rooftop bars to sip cocktails under the starry sky. But, like much of NYC’s nightlife, the most popular rooftop lounges get crowded -- and quickly -- so it can be a challenge to gain entry, let alone find a seat. For that, turn to the Rooftop Lounge Experience, where you can leave all the logistics to the "rooftop guru," while you sit back and enjoy the view -- and the drinks.
The tour winds its way through the city via bus, stopping at an array of rooftop bars, including spots like Sky Room Times Square, which offers 360-degree views, with the Hudson River glinting in the distance. The north terrace on the 34th floor features a retractable glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows that are perfectly positioned to take in the dazzling lights of Times Square.
Other rooftops that you may visit are the Gansevoort Park Avenue, which has a rooftop that’s geared to a lively night out: wrap-around roof deck, fireplaces, full bar and an indoor/outdoor 40-foot-long pool. Look up, for spot-on views of the Empire State Building, but also look down: The pool floor features a mosaic curvy 1940s pin-up gal.
The tour may also ascend to the Monarch Rooftop Lounge, a 5,000-square-foot lounge with expansive views and classic cocktails; PH-D at the Dream Downtown, a bi-level rooftop lounge with luxe touches like chandeliers and gleaming marble, plus a rotating cast of international DJs; and 230 Fifth, a spacious lounge with a rooftop garden, so you can sip cocktails surrounded by greenery.
The views may take top billing, but following closely are the cocktails. The Rooftop Lounge Experience includes an appetizer and three drinks -- so make sure to bring your ID.
Approximately three hours
Did you know?
The origin of the word "cocktail" is hotly debated. The first written appearance is said to be in a London newspaper back in 1798, though many maintain the word was an American invention.
The Rooftop Lounge Experience is ideal for visitors who want a taste of New York City nightlife with the added bonus of dazzling skyline views. Plus, you won’t have to wait in line: The tour is led by a "rooftop guru" who can ensure easy entry into crowded rooftop bars.
Good for kids?
The Rooftop Lounge Experience is all about rooftop lounge-hopping -- with plenty of flowing alcohol -- so it's for adults of legal drinking age and not children.
Market Café Location Information:
496 9th Avenue between 37th and 38th St.
New York, NY 10001
B, D; F, M; N, Q, R to 34th St. – Herald Square
Market Café, located at 496 9th Avenue between 37th and 38th St. The tour departs at 7PM. Please arrive 15 minutes early.