Detroit bar 'The Monarch Club' named among best rooftop bars in US

Posted: 3:56 PM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-17 15:56:49-04
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DETROIT (WXYZ) — One of Detroit's newest bars has been named among the "Best Rooftop Bars in America," according to Thrillist .

The Monarch Club opened at the top of the Element Hotel in the Metropolitan Building in May, and it's already been named on the list.
They wrote, "Detroit had been without a high-rise rooftop bar that's open to the public for ages, no thanks to decades of abandonment of its many downtown high rises. That long streak ended this year with the opening of the Monarch Club. The historic Neo-Gothic Metropolitan Building sat in decay for years until it underwent a dramatic restoration, making way for Element Hotel, with the bar perched on the 13th floor. The 150-seat bar’s three outdoor terraces boast expansive views of Comerica Park and Woodward Avenue, and when it gets chilly the indoor section is equally impressive with a mid-century aesthetic featuring tawny leather chairs, red velvet upholstered lounges, and a white marble bar top. The cocktail menu exudes that same Mad Men vibe with standards like Manhattans and Side Cars, as well as modern specialties like the Violette Tendencies, with Norden Aquavit, Creme de Violette, lemon juice, simple syrup, and creme fraiche."

The Monarch Club is primarily a cocktail lounge, but there will also be a menu of small plates for those looking to eat. They were crafted by Chef Jared Bobkin, who was a contestant on Hell's Kitchen season 15 as a finalist an season 17 as part of the All-Star Season

The bar has both an inside and an outdoor portion on the roof, and it's unique because it has skyline views of the city in four directions.

It's owned by The Roxbury Group, whose projects include the David Whitney Building, the Griswold at Capitol Park, Cadillac House and much more.

They are not taking reservations for people, and when you arrive, they will do the best to accomodate you. To get inside, you must go in the hotel lobby and take the elevator up to the bar.