Grab a drink with a view at the top rooftop bars in Philadelphia — bars and restaurants featuring roof deck 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 the best places to scope out the view with a drink or bite in hand.
Nine floors above street level, the Assembly Rooftop Lounge at The Logan Hotel beckons bar-goers with its modern lux seating nests and fireplaces. As if sweeping views of the city weren’t enough, craft cocktails and shareable charcuterie and cheese plates add to the appeal.
Where: Assembly Rooftop Lounge, 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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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.
Where: SkyGarten, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch Street
Each spring, the rooftop of South Philadelphia’s former Bok High School turns into a spacious beer garden with stellar skyline views, open Wednesdays through Sundays. A variety of drinks are served alongside light bites and snacks. There are few better places to enjoy an epic city view of the sunset with a drink in hand.
Where: Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
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The 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. In 2017, the alfresco space offered a menu of sliders, fries and pickles along with affordably priced beer, wine and drinks. Stay tuned for info and dates for 2018.
Where: Balcony Bar, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
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The Free Library of Philadelphia turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden on select dates each spring and summer. Come out to enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks, and stay for the stunning views of the city skyline and Logan Square.
Where: Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Lined with windows, the dramatic dining room of R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place provides a glittering vista year round. Chef Daniel Stern’s always-inventive fine dining menu matches the sparkle of the lights outside.
Where: R2L Restaurant, 50 S. 16th Street
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It doesn’t get much more stunning than the view from XIX, the restaurant, bar and lounge on the 19th floor of the The Bellevue Hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a picturesque balcony ensure that the atmosphere properly befits the fine modern American menu.
Where: XIX Nineteen, 200 S. Broad Street #19
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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 serviceable year-round, the deck area is one of the most popular nightspots in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood during warmer months.
Where: The Continental Mid-town, 1801 Chestnut Street
So, it’s not exactly a roof, but food and drinks on The Deck on the Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel, makes for a remarkable experience. The Deck offers brunch, dinner, small bites and signature items such as chilled oysters and loaded burgers — all with a waterfront view along Penn’s Landing.
Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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.
Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street
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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.
Where: Vango Sky Bar & Lounge, 116 S. 18th Street
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Deck – Independence Seaport Museum’s contribution to outdoor fun — overlooks Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River waterfront. The pop up offers classic summer fare, cocktails and great views of Philly’s skyline and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In 2018, Deck will be open during Sail Philadelphia and the weekends of the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Where: Deck at Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Presented by the Independence Seaport Museum, The Admiral’s Tavern is a pop-up beer garden anchored on the Cruiser OLYMPIA, the world’s oldest steel warship still afloat. Climb aboard on select Fridays and Saturdays in spring and summer for an evening experience complemented by wine, cocktails and craft beer and live music on one of Philadelphia’s most historic ships.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
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.
Where: Revolution House, 200 Market Street
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Tropical drinks and food taste even better on the second-floor roof deck at Midtown Village’s fun Tiki. Enjoy generous happy hour specials to get the alfresco party started right.
Where: Tiki, 102 S. 13th Street
Positano Coast has three separate outdoor areas, which make the restaurant’s menu of Italian eats taste even better. While taking in great views of Old City, diners can enjoy tasty snacks such as crabmeat tacos and scallops paired with fine wines or signature cocktails from the bar.
Where: Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, 212 Walnut Street
Maison 208 — chef Sylva Senat’s Midtown Village bistro — has the city’s first retractable roof. The spot’s elegant neighborhood vibe, contemporary fare with French sensibilities and Coravin wine by-the-glass system make it an excellent warm-weather spot.
Where: Maison 208, 208 S. 13th Street
Northern Liberties’ mainstay Standard Tap tempts with reliably delicious gastropub fare and a thoughtful supply of craft beer. On warm days, the upper deck provides yet another reason to visit.
Where: Standard Tap, 901 N. 2nd Street
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Beer lovers gather inside and out at University City’s City Tap House. The 60 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.
Where: City Tap House University City, The Radian, 3925 Walnut Street
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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 features 16 tables and a couch and offers the restaurant’s full menu of Japanese small plates, cocktails and sake.
Where: coZara, 3200 Chestnut Street
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While the 26 lanes may be the draw of South Bowl, the South Philly bowling alley offers plenty of gathering space, including a roof deck open for select events, including a monthly salsa night and DJ-spun parties throughout the summer. Bonus: The deck is also available to reserve for happy hour from Monday through Friday.
Where: South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Avenue
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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.
Where: Trio BYOB, 2601 Pennsylvania Avenue
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Southern-fried dinner or brunch plus live music equals Warmdaddy’s winning formula. The waterfront club also features a sunny deck for alfresco seating.
Where: Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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.
Where: Azie, 217 W. State Street, Media
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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.
Where: Más Mexicali Cantina, 102 E. Market Street, West Chester
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Where to toast with a pint or two in the Historic District