The Great American Solar Eclipse happening on Monday, August 21st will be only partially visible to us in New York City, with only 71% of the sun covered by the moon in our area. But we'll throw a party for just about any reason and thus local bars, restaurants and venues are hosting viewing parties, often with some dining and drinking deals as further incentive. Hours of each party vary, but the eclipse will be viewable beginning at 1:23 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring at the important hour of 2:44 p.m.

HAVEN ROOFTOP Rooftops are a natural fit for this kind of astronomical event, and Midtown's got a bunch of hotel rooftops like this one to get you a little closer to the action. The bar will be offering an Eclipse Negroni ($14) made from gin that's been infused with cinnamon, Aperol, Campari and anise. They're not promising viewing glasses, but are touting "just the right amount of shade" from the panels that line their windows. 132 West 47th Street;

CITY VINEYARD It's not quite so high in the sky, but the rooftop of this Tribeca bar at Pier 26 will be hosting a viewing party along with Spellbound Wines. Stop by between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to access the waterfront venue, which is promising special eclipse viewing glasses to people who RSVP. 233 West Street;

BUGALOW BAR Get the views without all the tall buildings getting in the way at this Rockaway spot, which is hosting a solar eclipse party from noon until 4 p.m. Someone named DJ Teddy will be spinning and guests will get glasses courtesy of the bar. 377 Beach 92nd Street; website

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THE TIME NEW YORK HOTEL Back we go to Midtown for a viewing party inside the hotel's Glass Pavilion on the 17th floor. They're throwing a two-hour party beginning at 2 p.m. ($25) that includes protective eyewear, two specialty blueberry Eclipse cocktails or other cocktail and..."and all-you-can-chew Eclipse Gum." To reserve a spot email 224 West 49th Street; website

SALVATION TACO Located on the rooftop of the Pod 39 hotel, April Bloomfield's taqueria will host a viewing party beginning at noon on the day. Complimentary UV glasses will be offered to all guests, while glasses of cocktails—like the Tequila Eclipse of the Heart with hibiscus and orange—will be $10. 145 East 39th Street;

HOTEL AMERICANO The hotels are thirsty for eclipse business and this Chelsea spot is not bucking the trend—only they're offering up poolside access. Entrance is free (a lounge chair by the pool runs $40) and they're shaking up speciality cocktails. Solar glasses, offered to party goers, replace regular sunglasses during the event. 518 West 27th Street;

LOVAGE ROOFTOP The cocktail punning continues on the 37th floor of the Double Tree Hotel on West 40th Street. This funky rooftop lounge will be serving a "Solar Eclipse of My Heart" cocktail that comes with the price of admission ($12). The rooftop opens at noon for the event and tickets also include a pair of solar glasses to take in as many hours of the eclipse as you'd like. Call 212-956-7020 for reservations. 346 West 40th Street;

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On the more scholarly end of the spectrum...

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY The Hayden Planetarium is in full geek-out mode with a full schedule of events on the day that includes a pop-up talk with Astrophysics Educator Brian Levine. They're not supplying glasses, unfortunately, but they are providing a space to watch at the Rose Center for Earth Space and the Arthur Ross Terrace amidst other science lovers. The event itself is free but you will have to pay admission. Central Park West & 79th Street;

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY The Pelham Bay Library in the Bronx will be holding a special viewing party at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. There aren't any events planned, but the library will provide free solar glasses so you can get a nice long look at the eclipse. 3060 Middletown Road;

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY In Brooklyn, the Clinton Hill Library branch plays host to a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. No glasses here, but the library will provide materials to make a pinhole viewer and invites guests to draw their favorite planets or constellations on the library's sidewalk.