Prost! In its 90th year, the Empire State Building (ESB) has much to toast to as it brings Oktoberfest to its iconic 86th Floor Observatory with Bronx Brewery every Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 14-30 from 5-9 p.m. The pop-up marks the first time in the building’s history that drinks will be served within the Observatory Experience. The latest news about Empire State Building New York find out below.

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“We continue the 90th Anniversary celebration of the World’s Most Famous Building this fall in partnership with local favorite Bronx Brewery,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “With the implementation of our industry-leading indoor environmental quality, our guests can enjoy our new reimagined, immersive digital and tactile exhibits with confidence before they relax with an evening drink and the most spectacular 360-degree, open-air views that New York City can offer.”

The award-winning craft brewery from the Bronx’s Port Morris neighborhood will sell four select beers – their American Pale Ale, World Gone Hazy IPA, Smile My Guy IPA, and Das Bronx Oktoberfest – from a special 90th Anniversary cart on the building’s 86th floor. The Empire State Building’s own STATE Grill and Bar will offer $10 mini NY-style cheesecakes alongside the brewer’s selections. Bronx Brewery is the second vendor in the building’s Observatory pop-up program after a successful August run with My Cookie Dealer.

“We are proud to join forces with the Empire State Building to celebrate Oktoberfest in the heart of New York City,” said Sean Valenti, spokesperson for Bronx Brewery. “Our work revolves around community, creativity, and inclusivity, which are all things that come to mind when we think of the Empire State Building.”

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Guests are encouraged to sip their beverages on the iconic 86th Floor Observatory and tag photos with #PopUpTop for the chance to be featured on ESB social channels. Future monthly pop-ups at the Empire State Building Observatory will be announced separately.


How tall is the Empire State Building?

It depends on how you measure it!

At its top floor, the Empire State Building stands 1,250 feet (380 meters) tall. Counting the spire and antenna, the building clocks in at a mighty 1,454 feet (443 meters). It’s currently the 4th tallest building in New York City, the 6th tallest in the United States, and the 43rd tallest tower in the world.

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To make it to our 102nd floor observatory, you’d have to climb 1,872 steps. That’s serious work! Thankfully, the Empire State Building houses a whopping 73 Otis elevators, so you’ll be able to get to the top and enjoy the views without breaking a sweat. Every year we host the Empire State Building Annual Run Up, one of the world’s most famous tower races, where competitors make the climb on foot!


In 2011, Cornell University researchers analyzed millions of photos and concluded that the Empire State Building is the most photographed building in the world. Log into our free, high-speed Wi-Fi and tag your shots with #EmpireStateBuilding and #ESBFan to share your ESB moment!


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