Monarch Rooftop Lounge, a trendy bar in New York City

Monarch Rooftop is one of these bars on the roof or terrace of a building. It became a must-do for a night out in New York. You can also go during the afternoon because it opens between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Its best point is its view over the Empire State Building!

How is the environment of the Monarch Rooftop Lounge?

The bar is located on the 18th floor of a building. It offers a panoramic terrace with a covered part near the bar.
There are many tables and where to sit for a drink.
The music is a bit loud, since perfect for a night out with friends.

I visited the rooftop at night and got amazed by the view over the Empire State Building. As a matter of fact, the city is part of the decoration of the rooftop lounge!

Here most of the clients are local, which I like for a more authentic atmosphere after visiting the most touristic places of NYC.

What can you order?

As in most rooftop bars in the city, you can order dishes to share such as tortilla chips with guacamole, sandwiches, tacos …

However, the most interesting are the cocktails. They prepare classic recipes but also house drinks with funny names like “Girls just want to have rum” or “Blame it on the Aperol”. Here is the menu.
The cocktails cost $18, the beer $9 and the glass of wine around $14.

What do I like most about this rooftop?

Starting with a negative point, I did not like the wait to be able to enter around 9-11 pm. I recommend arriving around 8pm on weekdays, when there are fewer clients.

Now the positive points. The view is truly the best of this bar, you can even see Times Square a bit. In addition, the atmosphere is very pleasant.

Here is another photo with the view on 6th Avenue, 35th Street and Macy’s store.

Do you need to book?

No, but it is important to arrive before 9:30 pm if you do not want to wait outside for hours.

Where is the Monarch Rooftop Lounge?

It is on 35th Street in the heart of Midtown, very close to Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
Address: 71 W 35th Street (18th Floor) New York, NY 10001
– Monday from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m.,
– From Tuesday to Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
– Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
– Sunday from 3 p.m. to 1 p.m.


The Monarch rooftop Lounge in New York is a good plan to spend a night in good company. Before or after dinner, you’ll enjoy its warm atmosphere and the view.


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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