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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philly

The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Philly

By Kiley Price

Rooftop bars and restaurants have been popping up around Philadelphia over the last few years.

If you missed out on the skyline views last season, don’t make the same mistake this time around.

As warm weather approaches, it’s important to make the most of Philly’s rooftop bars by gathering up some friends and doing some drinking high up in the air. Trust me, it’s more fun than ground drinking, or mildly elevated drinking.

These bars and restaurants are different than those featured in our guide to the Best Places To Eat and Drink Outside in Philly, but they are applicable in that case. Keep in mind that some of them are seasonal, so you can’t hit them in the middle of winter (not that you’d want to anyway).

These are the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Philadelphia:

1. Continental Midtown

1801 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 567-1800

Vibe: Retro

An Old City favorite with a rooftop dining area where you can order a wide variety of creative dishes from Korean fried chicken wings to Baja shrimp tacos. The drink menu is filled with retro-inspired cocktails and delicious martinis, if you couldn’t guess from the giant olive outside.

2. City Tap House

The Radian
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 662-0105

Vibe: Collegiate

Within walking distance of both UPenn and Drexel, City Tap is a University City classic. This place appeals to craft brew lovers with its considerable brew menu. It also offers many fun events like quizzo, workout classes, and outdoor yoga, along with seating around fire pits. Dogs are welcome, which is always a nice plus.

3. Assembly

One Logan Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 783-4171

Vibe: Chic

Enjoy a view of the Art Museum and City Hall while sipping on fine wine and cocktails. The perfect place to pretend you are sophisticated without having to follow a strict dress code.

4. Standard Tap

901 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
Phone: (215) 238-0630

Vibe: Pub

This is a Northern Liberties gastropub with a rotating craft beer drafts. This spot has a tavern feel with seasonal dishes and homestyle classics like chicken pot pie.

5. Stratus Rooftop Lounge

39.9493396,-75.1488835
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (215) 925-2889

Vibe: Club

Ambiance is everything for Stratus. There is a dress-code that excludes things like shorts, sandals, and sweatshirt, so if you are looking for a more NYC-club, refined night-out, this is the place for you.

6. Revolution House

200 Market St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 625-4566

Vibe: Vibrant

With a beautiful view of Old City, Revolution House has a really animated energy and eclectic drink specials named after parts of movies, like Godric’s Hollow from Harry Potter. I can personally attest that the tacos are delicious.

7. Positano Coast

212 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 238-0499

Vibe: Upscale

Inspired by the breezy atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast, chef Aldo Lamberti created this rooftop restaurant and bar for seafood and italian cuisine-lovers. There is also a wine bar.

8. Tiki

102 S 13th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 309-3435

Vibe: Tropical

Self-described as “Polynesian meets California surfer,” Tiki has tons of funky and fruity drinks, along with Polynesian snacks like dumplings and tacos.

9. Balcony Bar at the Kimmel

1009 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 922-6888

Vibe: Lively

A popular summer pop-up bar, with food by Garces, this place is typically jam-packed with bubbly people admiring the view of Broad Street. Open Wednesday-Friday.

10. Skygarten

39.955409,-75.169035
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vibe: Chill

The owners of Brauhaus Schmitz are spreading German culture throughout Philly. This bar has bratwurst platters, mac and cheese balls, and plenty of beer. Great view of Center City, 51 stories up.

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Vibe: Instagram

This bar typically attracts a lot of cell phone photographers because of the beautiful views it offers on top of the BOK Building in South Philly, but it’s actually a great time. Humble Dumpling has taken over the kitchen to provide dumplings for all.

12. Vango Lounge & Skybar

116 S 18th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 568-1020

Vibe: Party

Sushi offered with a side of all-night dancing and music from DJs in the area. Monday night is Salsa Night.

13. R2L Restaurant

39.9517084,-75.1673643
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (215) 564-5337

Vibe: Refined

If you are looking for rooftop dining without having to actually sit outside, R2L offers panoramic views of the city and fancy American fare.

14. Moshulu

319 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 923-2500

Vibe: Nautical

This one is less of a rooftop and more of a boat deck. Moshulu was transformed from a sailing vessel into an upscale restaurant and is a great place to sit on the water for dinner or Sunday brunch.

15. Graffiti Bar

124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (215) 732-3501

Vibe: Urban

The Graffiti Bar is a 30 seat open-air patio that is covered by a clear ceiling, so you can drink here rain or shine. The owners commissioned famous Philly graffiti artists, A Lot, Rune, and Distort, to create custom murals that decorate the bar.

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Kiley Price

Biology and journalism student at Wake Forest University, but Philly native. Love spending time outside, whether it be in the city or in the forest. You can reach me at kileyprice@phillyviews.com

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Continental Midtown
City Tap House
Assembly
Standard Tap
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
Revolution House
Positano Coast
Tiki
Balcony Bar at the Kimmel
Skygarten
Vango Lounge & Skybar
R2L Restaurant
Moshulu
Graffiti Bar