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Vertex Sky Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
+1 605-854-1215
04:00 - 02:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have no clue what Carol and the other bad reviewers are on about. Vertex is an "exclusive" bar and resteraunt, although some might not grasp that concept. It's a different concept being so well maintained for a hotel restaurant. The staff is extremely friendly and they even have a magician on staff who is great with kids at dinner... More 

Thank Kyle S
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the Vertex at least 2-3 times per year since it opened. I will not ever pay their overpriced membership fee so I have always been invited by other members or guests of the Alex. It is a stunning place to look at. The remodel is beautiful but I can say without a doubt the bartenders/staff they... More 

Thank Carol K
Billings, Montana
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was recommended the Alex Johnson while staying in Deadwood. The Vertex Sky Bar was definitely part of the intrigue. It did NOT disappoint! Great view of RC. The outdoor rooftop patio with fire pits were amazing! The bartender Shale was awesome. All the staff was very friendly and made the experience great. I can't speak for the food as... More 

Thank MikeyMopar
Saint Charles
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113 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

why are you asking for this? this is not a public place. Apparently, it's wonderful but I would not know

Thank La Donna K
Pierre, South Dakota, United States
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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 

1 Thank Dawson L
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 

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 56 helpful votes
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.

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
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 

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 

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244 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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 

Thank BrananMike

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
04:00 - 02:00
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
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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