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Vertex Sky Bar

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
+1 605-854-1215
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Pierre, South Dakota, United States
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At the top of the Alex Johnson it features great views of downtown Rapid and the ridges that border it. They have several great fire features that provide warmth on cool nights as well as being beautiful in their own right. The drinks are quite good. I've had several different martinis and all quite good. In keeping with the hotel... More 

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Gillette
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

I love overlooking the city here! SD weather is usually cold but they have a fire going on the roof top. You can see for miles.

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Thank Arnie S
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Hi Arnie S, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We agree it's the best spot in town for taking in the views. More 

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the Vertex several times during our stay at the Alex Johnson. There are beautiful view for the restaurant! The drinks we had were all well made. The Pheasant poppers were a bit disappointing. The buffalo steak was excellent however and so was the Vertex burger. Be sure to ask for the menu for Paddy's if you would like... More 

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Thank sittOsmoA
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear sittOsmoA, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Vertex in addition to our drinks and food. Please visit us again whenever you are in our area. More 

Columbus, Nebraska
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163 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Had dinner at Vertex. It was to cold to be on sky deck which was beautiful. Food was average. Service was Very good. Try the sky deck looks very fun for a warmer day.

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Thank ma103of1
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear ma103of1, Thanks for writing us a review, it is very much appreciated! We love our patio areas as well! It's the only place to be to enjoy downtown, the Black Hills and sun down. We are happy that you enjoyed our staff. More 

Rapid City, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I've stayed at the Alex Johnson almost exclusively when I've visited the Black Hills and have been up to Vertex in all seasons. The Good: The atmosphere is upscale where you'd feel comfortable with a tie or evening dress but you'll still see the odd button up and jeans. The prices are definitely on the high side, so you'll see... More 

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Thank 685shirazn
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear 685Shirazn, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. It is truly appreciated. We are happy that you enjoy yourself when visiting us and that you visit us on a regular basis. We are sorry that you need to wear a coat in the dining area....we do have plenty of heat there and think... More 

Colorado
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244 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We've visited here a few times and enjoy the unique view that Vertex provides. The menu is interesting, but the execution seems a bit burdened by the long trek from the kitchen to the tables on the roof. We've tried steak, chicken, pheasant-stuffed jalapenos, and while they were ok, we definitely repeated for the view more than the food. Staff... More 

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Brandon
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place but the meal was cold so we sent it back and received an equally cold dinner again. They did provide a free drink so that was helpful.

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Thank miriam H
Denver, Colorado
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Recently we visited the Vertex with another couple early in the evening. Unfortunately, we have had near identical experience on our last two visits. I am not sure what has happened but the service has gone downhill and it needs to be addressed. After finding a place to sit outside, the server acknowledged us and removed some of the glasses/plates... More 

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Nebraska
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We got free access to the Vertex since we were staying there. The happy hour was really prices, I got some nice glasses of wine for good prices. The inside seating areas are so beautiful. They have this great table right in this picturesque window. They have two outdoor rooftop areas. Both areas have fire pits for the cool nights... More 

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Thank Ashliesue
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Ashliesue, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a nice review. It is truly appreciated. We agree with you that it has the best view and fire pits in town. Please visit us again whenever you are in our area. More 

Union
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

You have to go here at night, the views of the city are spectacular... They have great wine choices and they offer some appetizers. It requires a membership or someone with a membership, but it is worth it.

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Thank Nichole N
Carrie C, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this review

Dear Nichole N, Thank you so much for the nice review. We agree with you that the views are spectacular from our rooftop. Please visit us again whenever you are in our area. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 00:00
Monday
16:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 00:00
Thursday
16:00 - 00:00
Friday
04:00 - 02:00
Saturday
04:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Rapid City
  • Phone Number: +1 605-854-1215
Description
A Rapid City restaurant and bar without equal, Vertex Sky Bar combines modern features and traditional architecture with an unforgettable view. Vertex is located on the top two floors of the Hotel Historic Alex Johnson. Both levels offer indoor seating and an outdoor deck with gas-heated fire pits. Panoramic views allow guests to experience an incredible view of the Black Hills, Dinosaur Hill, the southern buttes and gorgeous prairie. Vertex Sky Bar offers hotel guests and Vertex Club members a wide selection of expertly-mixed cocktails, world-class spirits, and a variety of fine wine and beer. Our kitchen has crafted an exquisite menu, complete with decadent appetizers, gourmet entrees and savory desserts.

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