Great Hall Balcony Bar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

Dress by Alice and Olivia, Necklace by Amber Sceats

Whether you have spent the afternoon wandering around the Met or just want to meet up and have a glass of wine with a friend, this is an interesting alternative to the traditional cocktail hour.

The Great Hall Balcony Bar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the perfect place to relax over a signature cocktail or glass of wine. It is open from 4:30-8:00 Friday to Saturday, making this a great place to transition from exploring the Met into a pre-dinner drink. For all of my Instgram lovers out there, you might not be able to get away with taking photos at the museums’ exhibitions, but you can freely take photographs here.

Located on the 5th Avenue facing balcony of The Great Hall, the Roman inspired arched ceiling creates the perfect backdrop for enjoying a glass of wine. Above is a photo of the central staircase of the Great Hall that leads you up to the balcony level.

The menu consists of small moderately priced aperitifs, cocktails, beer, wine, and desserts. Although there is great potential here for a touristy atmosphere The Great Hall Balcony Bar has a decidedly more European ambiance. If the timing of this doesn’t fit into your schedule consider The Petrie Court Cafe for a little day time respite from your cultural immersion..

Unlike many places in America, here you can order wine here by the glass, carafe, or bottle, which allows you to tailor your experience to meet your needs. The prices are also very forgiving here. A bottle of the Barbera d’Alba is $51, which if you have been conditioned by New York prices like me, is a deal.

I will say that while I enjoyed their aperitifs, they aren’t the best that New York has to offer. If you are looking for a more culinary experience, a drink and a nibble here is a great segue into just that.

Of course, one can rarely go wrong with a charcuterie spread. It is uncomplicated and the perfect thing to pick at over wine and good conversation. The wine list is really very small, but the selection is, in my opinion, relatively decent. As wine and good conversation are two of my favorite things, I highly recommend you have both while you are here.

This is the perfect setting to catch up with old friends, finalize weekend plans, and of course talk about all of the amazing art that the Met has to offer.

The value in coming to The Great Hall Balcony Bar is in the experience as a whole. Although, not loud to begin with the museum quiets down even further as the evening goes on, and the people clear out. If you are like me, you’ll get peace of mind just knowing that there are fewer and fewer people inside with each moment.

It is this combination of enjoying a good glass of wine or a cocktail, in a beautiful setting that happens to be one of the best museums in the world, that really brings this whole experience together for any art lover. Whether you are a visitor or a local, this is a great place to connect with friends, in one of the most unique settings in the world.

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