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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philadelphia

Warm weather in Philly means dining and drinking alfresco

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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Grab a drink with a view at Philadelphia’s top 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 Philly’s best places to scope out the view with a drink or bite in hand.

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Enjoy an al fresco beverage and a view, nine stories above street level

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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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SkyGarten

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

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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

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Bok Bar

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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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Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center

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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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Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library

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

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R2L Restaurant and Lounge

Fine dining in the skyline

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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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XIX (Nineteen)

An American brasserie with a sensational view of the city

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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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The 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 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

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The Deck on the Moshulu

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

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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

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Stratus Rooftop Lounge

Enjoy DJ-spun music 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.

Where: Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street

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Vango Sky Bar & Lounge

Lounge with a view of the city all year long

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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 at Independence Seaport Museum

DeckIndependence 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

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The Admiral's Tavern on the Cruiser OLYMPIA

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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

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Revolution House

A full menu of comfort food and creative cocktails overlooking the Historic District

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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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Tiki

A great place for tropical food and drinks

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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

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Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

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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

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Maison 208

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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

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Standard Tap

Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

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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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City Tap House

Two rooftops and over 60 beers

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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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 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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South Bowl

Over 20 lanes and handcrafted cocktails

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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Trio

Pan-Asian cuisine in a converted rowhouse

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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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Warmdaddy's

Southern-fried eats, live music and more

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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

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Azie

Spicy salmon tartare high above the downtown bustle

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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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Mas Mexicali Cantina

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.

Where: Más Mexicali Cantina, 102 E. Market Street, West Chester

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge
SkyGarten
Bok Bar
Balcony Bar at the Kimmel Center
Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library
R2L Restaurant and Lounge
XIX (Nineteen)
The Continental Mid-town
The Deck on the Moshulu
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
Vango Sky Bar & Lounge
Deck at Independence Seaport Museum
The Admiral's Tavern on the Cruiser OLYMPIA
Revolution House
Tiki
Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
Maison 208
Standard Tap
City Tap House
coZara
South Bowl
Trio
Warmdaddy's
Azie
Mas Mexicali Cantina
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