Detroit Rock City has no intention of slowing its roll with the influx of bars and restaurants coming to the city this year. As another addition to the lineup of rooftop bars already in the city, Monarch Club sits 14-stories high on top of the Metropolitan Building – making it the tallest rooftop bar in Detroit.
In the past year, the 93-year-old Metropolitan Building has gone under a $34 million-dollar redevelopment after being vacant for almost 4 decades. The penthouse floor, now housing the Monarch Club, presents 3 open terraces with different orientations of the city and fireplaces, several lounge rooms, and an indoor bar.
The newly restored castle and 20’s social club inspired rooftop bar serves artisan cocktails with a menu of small plates brought to the public by Hell’s Kitchen competitor Chef Jared Bobkin. Also on the daily operational team are members from well-known Detroit establishments such as Grey Ghost and Roast.
Though the location serves up small eats, their focus is still primarily set on the bar’s classic drink list. With options like burnt end poutine and BBQ Brisket Sliders complementing well known drinks such as Old Fashions, Gin Martinis, and French 75s, the establishment hopes to stay true to the 20’s storied city clubs that used to litter the city of Detroit.
The Monarch Club is currently open 7 nights a week from 4 PM until midnight and has available seating up to 150 (80 indoors, 70 indoors).
Joining the Monarch Bar at 33 John R Street is another Detroit first. Extended stay hotel, the Element Hotel, can be found directly below the establishment with approximately 110 rooms for short and long stays.
Equipped with a small kitchen, laundry capabilities, and oversized closet space, the new hotel allures patrons looking at a comfortable space during extended visits. In addition to their homey guest rooms, the Element Hotel has plans for a shared space in a cluster of rooms that promotes communal interaction. Hoping to be an open place where people gather to cook or work, every 4 rooms will have one designated area to share.