Top Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia
Scenic spots to enjoy a cocktail or two
Grab a drink with a view at a few of Philadelphia’s top bars and restaurants featuring roofdeck or elevated seating.
Socialize in style at the Hotel Monaco’s Stratus Rooftop Lounge or dine at a solid standby like City Tap House or Standard Tap to enjoy some fresh air from above. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of street-level dining.
Neighborhood: Historic Philadelphia
5th and Chestnut Streets
The Hotel Monaco’s all-new Stratus Rooftop Lounge is a fabulous addition to the city scene, overlooking Independence Mall and offering super views of skyscrapers. Shared plates, thin crust pizzas, sliders and more provide guests with a variety of great eats. Expertly mixed drinks, craft beer, wine and champagne rounds out the offerings. Enjoy a cool Old City breeze 11 stories above the historic district. Stratus boasts hours every day of the week — perfect for catching mid-week rays — and serves into the wee hours to make for an ultimate late-night hangout. Throughout the year, Stratus hosts parties and events to make the space even more welcoming.
Neighborhood: Spruce Hill
3925 Walnut Street
City Tap House, a beer mecca (with more than 60 brews on tap) in University City has a green roof deck overlooking Walnut Street complete with fire pits. City Tap House serves up extensive brunch, lunch and dinner menus and plenty of local, national and international beer. In addition to fare and libations, every Thursday night City Tap House hosts an outdoor film screening and brewery pair-up on its patio (and inside in the case of rain).
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
102 S. 13th Street
Juxtaposed with Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s 13th street empire, you might miss this cozy lounge on the corner of 13th and Drury Streets. But head upstairs at The Corner to the private, scenic second floor roofdeck and you’ll be loathe to pass the restaurant by again. Summer cocktails and American comfort food go scrumptiously well together.
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties
Corner of 2nd and Poplar Streets
Standard Tap began Philadelphia’s gastropub evolution back in 2000 and immediately became the anchor restaurant and bar for the neighborhood of Northern Liberties. Its roof deck is understandably popular, and where a lot of people want to be whenever the weather is agreeable. An excellent spot for weekend brunch, the roof deck is also a great place for after-work drinks and/or dinner.
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square / Avenue of the Arts
200 S. Broad Street
Nineteen, the restaurant, cafe, bar and lounge and the Hyatt at the Bellevue, is located on the building’s top floor. From this lofty perch, the restaurant offers pretty spectacular views of the surrounding city, however, none are better than the ones from the open-air balconies. Just note: if you are afraid of heights, you may want to stay inside.
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
116 S. 18th Street
Vango Lounge and Skybar has gathered rave reviews for its modern Asian decor and lively social scene. But the biggest draw is the amazing upstairs deck (complete with oversized beds and outdoor seating) that can pull in capacity crowds on the weekends.
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square 1801 Chestnut Street
The rooftop lounge is Continental Midtown’s pièce de résistance. Partially enclosed so that it’s serviceable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood during warmer months.
Neighborhood: Old City
200 Market Street
Located in Old City, Revolution House serves brick-oven pizza and upscale comfort food ont their beautiful second floor patio featuring views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Neighborhood: Center City
50 South 16th Street (37th Floor)
It may not be “outdoors” per se, but R2L – perched high atop Liberty Place – features spectacular views of the city. Nothing says “happy hour” like a cocktail at the bar while watching the sun set from 37 floors up.