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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philadelphia

Summer in Philly means dining and drinking al fresco

Grab a drink with a view at a few of Philadelphia’s top bars and restaurants featuring roofdeck or elevated seating.

A growing roster of the region’s restaurants and bars deliver up-in-the-atmosphere drama along with delicious eats and drinks.

From the bird’s-eye views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Assembly Rooftop Lounge at The Logan Hotel to the sweeping sights from Bok Bar atop a former vocational school in South Philadelphia, Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality has reached new heights.

Here are some of Philly’s best places to scope out the view.

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SkyGarten

Enjoy great food and drinks at the city's tallest rooftop hangout

The city’s tallest rooftop hangout comes courtesy a collaboration of the popular Sunday buffet spot Skybrunch and German beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz. An impressive 51 stories up, the seasonal SkyGarten serves summery brews and beer hall bites, including bratwurst sandwiches, soft pretzels and wings—along with incredible sunsets.
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Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center

The brand-new Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel promises the “best happy hour above Broad Street," from the second-story balcony of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Three evenings a week, weather permitting, the alfresco space offers chef Jose Garces’ menu of sliders, fries and pickles — along with affordably priced beer, wine and drinks.
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Free Library of Philadelphia Beer Garden

The Free Library of Philadelphia turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden from summer 2017. Each Thursday from 5-9 p.m., come out to enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks from Brûlée Catering.
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Continental Mid-town

Martini rooftop sippin'

Stephen Starr recreates the success of his first restaurant, the original Continental in Old City, with this sibling restaurant just off Rittenhouse Square. The rooftop lounge is Mid-town’s pièce de résistance. Partially enclosed so that it’s servicable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood during warmer months.
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Stratus Rooftop Lounge

Enjoy DJ-spun music every weekend at this posh spot

Open year-round, Stratus Rooftop Lounge pulses with DJs and live music. The glamorous bar on the 11th story of the Hotel Monaco overlooks Independence Hall and goes above the usual offerings with bottle service and finely crafted cocktails.
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Vango Lounge & Skybar

Lounge with a view of the city all year long

There’s no need to wait until summer at Center City’s Vango. The restaurant and nightclub keeps its third-story deck open all year. A fireplace, lounge bar and DJs spinning dance, hip-hop and top-40 music keep the crowd hot in all seasons.
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24

Great drinks and a spectacular view of the river

Those in the mood for an apertivo or two are in good company at Jose Garces’ 24. While overlooking the Schuylkill River, guests on the elevated patio indulge in cocktails, antipasti, wood-fired pizza and pastas.
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Deck at Independence Seaport Museum

Deck – Independence Seaport Museum’s contribution to the outdoor fun — returns to its second-story perch overlooking Spruce Street Harbor Park for three weekends this year: Memorial Day, the weekend before July 4 and Labor Day. The pop up offers classic summer fare such as burgers and dogs, drinks from Toll Man Joe’s and great views of Philly's seasonal fireworks displays.
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Revolution House

A full menu of comfort food and creative cocktails

On warmer nights, patrons of Old City’s Revolution House take advantage of the lively roof deck, one of the few in the neighborhood. The full menu of comfort food and creative cocktails can be ordered from the higher perch.
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Tiki

The perfect place for tropical food and drinks

Tropical drinks and food taste even better on the second-floor roof deck at Midtown Village’s fun Tiki. From 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays, the generous happy hour specials — half-price dumplings, $5 cocktails and $3 and $4 beers — get the alfresco party started
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City Tap House

Two rooftops and over 60 beers

Beer lovers gather inside and out at University City’s City Tap House. The 60-plus draft selections and inventive menu of American fare taste even better en plein air on one of the two rooftop terraces, replete with fire pits.
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CoZara

One of University City's best-kept secrets

The second-floor patio at University City’s CoZara may be one of the city’s better-kept secrets. Overlooking Chestnut Street, the outdoor area seats 35 people at tables and couches and offers the restaurant’s full menu of Japanese small plates, cocktails and sake.
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South Bowl

Over 20 lanes and handcrafted cocktails

While the 26 lanes may be the draw of South Bowl, the recently opened South Philly bowling alley offers plenty of gathering space, including the roof deck. The outdoor bar area serves handcrafted cocktails, plenty of draft beers and an eclectic menu of party food.
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Trio

Pan-Asian cuisine in a converted rowhouse

A neighborhood favorite in Fairmount, the bring-your-own-bottle spot Trio cooks up pan-Asian cuisine in a converted rowhouse. The seating extends to the upper-level deck, weather permitting.
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Warmdaddy's

Southern-fried dinner or brunch plus live music

Southern-fried dinner or brunch plus live music equals Warmdaddy’s winning formula. The waterfront club also features a sunny deck for alfresco seating.
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Mas Mexicali Cantina

West Chester, Chester County

A lively scene for sipping margaritas and downing enchiladas

The fiesta goes outdoors at Mas Mexicali Cantina in West Chester. Red lanterns strung along the roof deck set a lively scene for sipping margaritas and downing enchiladas.
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