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Published August 14, 2023
The Ultimate Guide to Philly's Best Rooftops
Take your dining experience to new heights. 🌆
by Philadelphia Bucket List
Longer days and warm summer nights are here in Philadelphia which means the city's rooftops are opening up again! From chic and sophisticated venues to casual and laid-back spots, Philly boasts vibrant rooftops that will *elevate* your dinner and drinks game (get it?).
Whether you're looking for the perfect romantic date night spot in Philly, or want to kick back with a happy hour drink after work, we've gathered some of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in town, so you can grab some bites while seeing the sights.
18 Rooftop Bars in Philly with a View
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Situated on top of The Logan Hotel, Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers views of the Logan Square neighborhood — plus delicious drinks. Gather around their luxurious firepits and sip on some champagne, sparkling wine, or tasty cocktails.
Where: 1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
Attico has a robust menu, offering bites from brunch to happy hour to dinner, plus classic and creative cocktails. If the stunning views of Center City aren’t enough of a draw, you’re not going to want to miss Attico’s Sunday brunch parties or drag shows. Or, experience the rooftop after dark, from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday — complete with bottle service.
Where: 219 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
Balcony Bar at the Kimmel
The Kimmel Cultural Campus will kick off its Balcony Bar on June 7 and will be open every Wednesday through August 30. Admission is free, and you can expect music, delicious food and drinks, and a perfect view of Broad Street. Plus, as a Center City SIPS participant, Balcony Bar will offer discounts on select bites and brews.
Where: 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
Bok Bar is a seasonal, scenic rooftop that started as a pop-up. Now, it’s a bustling spot to spend the warmer months. Aside from drinks and food, Bok Bar offers an extensive line-up of free and ticketed events like sunset yoga and themed dance nights. No need to make a reservation, either!
Where: 800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA
El Techo is described as the lush rooftop taqueria above the Mexican restaurant Condesa. Its expansive menu honors traditional Mexican traditions and flavors, plus the artisans who produce mezcal and tequila. With a retractable roof, El Techo is open to serve you tacos and margaritas year-round.
Where: 1830 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA
Emmy Squared Pizza
What’s better than pizza? Pizza with a view, of course, and Emmy Squared Pizza delivers. Its rooftop is reopening for the season, where you can hang out and enjoy the restaurant’s famous Detroit-style pizzas, signature double-stack burgers, and plenty of vegan options.
Where: 632 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA
Far East Descendant
Experience a modern twist on Cantonese cuisine and drinks at Far East Descendant’s year-round rooftop. Enjoy small plates and sandwiches, family-style feasts, cocktails with house-made ingredients, and a unique brunch menu, all while soaking in views of Philly’s Chinatown neighborhood.
Where: 251 North Clarion St, Philadelphia, PA
Liberty Point is a fun waterfront restaurant and rooftop with live music, dinners from acclaimed chefs, and unobstructed views of the Delaware River. It’s Philadelphia’s newest entertainment destination, and you’re not going to want to miss it.
Where: 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Morgan’s Pier is delivering you the ultimate summer vibes on its waterfront beer garden. The space’s view of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge stuns in both daylight and at nighttime. Plus, it has robust entertainment offerings from trivia night to live music.
Where: 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Revolution House is a creative, rustic gem in the historic Old City district. The rooftop bar boasts a cozy atmosphere complete with blooming plants and stunning views. Sip on craft cocktails and indulge in New American fare while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Philly's most charming neighborhoods.
Where: 200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
Pub fare and craft beer have never tasted so good. It’s a great, laid-back spot to grab a drink or a bite to eat and enjoy the lively neighborhood below.
Where: 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
Stratus is a sophisticated and sleek bar located atop the Hotel Monaco in the heart of Center City. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails and indulge in small plates while taking in the views of the city skyline and a chic atmosphere. It's an experience that's not to be missed for anyone looking for a touch of elegance in the city.
Where: 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Sunset Social is situated on the Cira Green Rooftop park and offers an experience like no other in Philly. With views of the city skyline and a playful atmosphere, it's the perfect spot for a fun night out. Sip on frozen cocktails, play lawn games, and indulge in tasty bites while enjoying the upbeat music and lively atmosphere. You (and your pup) can also stop by for free weekly movie nights!
Where: 129 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA
The Continental Midtown
For a touch of retro glamor, head to The Continental Midtown. It offers a stylish, trendy rooftop bar overlooking Center City. Bold and eclectic flavors grace the menu, and there’s no shortage of expertly crafted cocktails.
Where: 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
The Deck at Moshulu
All aboard! Ok, technically, Moshulu isn't a rooftop, it's a deck...of a ship. This unique bar is located on the iconic Moshulu ship in Philadelphia's Penn's Landing area. With breathtaking views of the Delaware River and the city skyline, it's a one-of-a-kind spot from May through September. Sip on craft cocktails and indulge in delicious seafood, small bites, or entrees while taking in the historic ambiance. Pro-tip: Make a reservation before going, spots can fill up fast!
Where: 401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Winston on the Water
Winston on the Water just opened for its second season! Whether you’re soaking up the sun or basking in the twinkly lights after sunset, this waterfront bar is not one to miss this year.
Where: 325 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
XIX at the Bellevue Hotel
XIX (nineteen) is a luxurious and sophisticated rooftop with panoramic views of Center City. Celebrate a special occasion or have a romantic date night in this elegant, upscale atmosphere. Savor delicious New American seafood cuisine and iconic cocktails while taking in the stunning views.
Where: 200 S Broad St, 19th Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
Nestled in the heart of Old City, Positano Coast is an oasis in Philly. This is the perfect spot for a romantic date night or a chic gathering with friends. Head to the second floor and sip on craft cocktails, indulge in delicious Amalfi-Coast-inspired cuisine, and take in views of Old City through the floor-to-ceiling windows while being immersed in your very own Mediterranean getaway.
Where: 212 Walnut St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA
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