Magic Hour: The New York City Rooftop Bar You Shouldn't Miss

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31 December 2019

This midtown watering hole combines two glorious things – New York City and a rooftop bar with sky-high views. Could it get any better than this? Yes, it most certainly can.

Cocktails bigger than your head, a rotating carousel only for adults, jumbo ice cream sandwiches and saucy crazy golf; this is not a dream – this is a grown-up playground where no kids are allowed.

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Drinks are designed for sharing and served out of an array of amusing vessels, including disco balls, popcorn cartons and 1.5 gallon wine glasses. Soak up the ambience on the terrace where the cozy, amusement-park-themed decor, will transport you away from the frenetic energy of Times Square to a dreamland oasis.

Admire the suggestive art installations as you potter around the miniature ‘putt-putt’ with your pals, while sipping those mega drinks. And if you need to soak up some of the alcohol, a wacky array of ‘bar bites’ are on offer. These snacks include pancake stacks decked with candy floss and a giant ice cream sandwich that was originally created especially for Cardi B, and now is a permanent fixture on the menu.

Once night falls, revellers are treated to twinkling views of the Empire State Building (probably the most iconic building in New York) and the dancefloor kicks into gear, lit by festival-style festoon lighting.

A hidden gem in the heart of New York, this urban amusement park is designed for the big kid in us all, and certainly provides all the accoutrements to encourage bundles of fun.

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