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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philadelphia

Summer in Philly means dining and drinking alfresco

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

With the opening of the brand-new Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel and the expected opening of SkyGarten atop one of Center City’s tallest buildings, Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality has reached new heights. While sleek Assembly offers soaring, stunning views eight stories across the Ben Franklin Parkway, SkyGarten promises German and craft beer 51 stories up.

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.

Assembly and SkyGarten join a growing roster of the region’s restaurants and bars that deliver up-in-the-atmospheric drama along with delicious eats and drinks. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of street-level dining.

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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 between the popular Sunday buffet spot SkyBrunch and German beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz. An impressive 51 stories up, the four taps of SkyGarten will serve summery brews, including one from nearby New Jersey and another touched with grapefruit.
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Bok Bar

Bok Bar, the pop-up rooftop bar at the Bok School in East Passyunk, is back for a second season with beer, wine, Vietnamese-inspired eats and a ridiculously amazing view of the Philadelphia skyline.
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Continental Midtown

Martini rooftop sippin'

The chic rooftop deck at the Continental Midtown offers a premier spot for sipping martinis, the Steven Starr restaurant's signature cocktail. Find entertaining takes on the drink, like the "Twizzle" made with strawberry and lemon and the "Hawaii 5-O" featuring pineapple and lime, along with a notable list of beer, wine and other cocktails. Complete with potted plants, heat lamps in the winter and a glass-enclosed roof to protect you on a rainy night, the bar invites you to relax in its laid-back atmosphere and enjoy the Center City views, worry-free.
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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, with a fireplace, lounge bar, patio and private rooms.
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Deck at Independence Seaport Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum’s Deck hits the second-story perch overlooking Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Delaware River Waterfront this summer. Shaded by retired boat sails, the three-part space includes a game- and activity-stocked playground for families, a beer garden and a tall-tabled terrace. There’s pallet seating, canned craft beer, cheese and charcuterie plates and a dog-friendly policy. Museum admission is not required. The beer garden is open Thursday through Sunday until mid-September.
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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 deck at University City’s coZara may be one of the city’s better-kept secrets. Overlooking Chestnut Street and the Schuylkill River, the outdoor area seats 40 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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Azie

Media, Delaware County

Spicy salmon tartare high above the downtown bustle

Media’s pan-Asian eatery Azie offers roof deck seating in warmer months. High above the downtown bustle, diners can indulge in spicy salmon tartare, sushi and short rib bibimbap.
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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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