The Conrad New York’s rooftop bar, the
Regal Beagle Loopy Doopy (named after the Sol LeWitt mural in the hotel’s atrium), is open. Getting there, however, is a bit confusing. A sign at the elevator bank says to take the designated elevators for the rooftop bar, and there are indeed two designated elevators—but there’s no button to call them. I gave up looking at street level and went to the lobby level, where I still couldn’t find a button. I was rubbing those walls like a genie might pop out. Then the doors opened, as if by magic.
The Loopy Doopy is on the 16th floor, just down a bland hallway and through a door. When I was trying to gauge how large the bar area is, my first thought was that it’s about the size of a floor at Tiny’s—although it may be a little bigger. The furnishings are nondescript but the views are fantastic, and of course nothing beats being outside. The crowd was very much post-work; I’m seeing it as a lovely place to go on a Sunday evening, if it’s open then. On weekdays, weather permitting, it’s open from 5 p.m. till midnight.
Tip #1: Bring sunglasses, because the sun beats down on the bar. Tip #2: There was only one bartender when I was there, and if that happens to you, order something simple (like a gin and tonic) and maybe she’ll make it before the large orders from the specialty cocktail menu (click to enlarge). Beer is available, although I believe the one tap is for Prosecco. Tip #3: Don’t waste your time trying to find a button for the elevator. I asked a staffer when I was back downstairs, and he said it was a design flaw they’re working on fixing. If the wrong elevator comes, he said, just send it away.