"Y'all Know" Will Smith once made Philly famous for "raisin' the roof, raisin' the roof," but if he hadn't -- and we weren't already famous for, like, cheesesteaks, and inventing epic donuts -- then Philadelphia's nine best rooftop bars definitely would have, if only because they're the perfect places to drink in the Summertime. " "
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Nineteen is the perfect place to pinky up, but if the pearly decor and high-end cuisine intimidate you, fear not -- their happy hour is totally approachable, aka they've got $4 drafts, $6 wines, and long, sparkling views of Broad St that're absolutely free!
Located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place, R2L gives you your own personal seat from which you can get your panorama on while slurping $2 oysters during happy hour.
Sure, it doesn’t have a city-spanning rooftop view, but it does have a (technically) rooftop terrace that does something even more amazing than the view from any high-rise: makes the Schuylkill River look good.
Stratus is 11 stories above Independence Hall, and offers you the freedom to swill some single malt, or scarf some of their thin-crust pizza or warm cider donuts on their lush deck.
The nothing-fancy deck at Standard Tap prides itself on their extensive drink menu, so kick back in those Summer shoes with the brew of your choosing and look down on all of NoLibs' bike riders below. But not figuratively, since they're doing real exercise while you're doing 12oz curls, and it'd be mean.
The city’s only 21+ rooftop pool has a waiting list for membership, but find a friend who’s a member and you’re in for $10-20. And it’s worth it: sushi, frozen drinks, and bathing suit happy hours all by the cool blue pool.
This Old City spot has a diversified menu, from edamame, to baked brie, to 12oz sirloin, and the greens-trimmed deck has a diversified view, with vantage points over 2nd AND Market.
This sucker's open all year long, but it’s much nicer when a polar vortex doesn't force you to crowd around a fire pit for warmth, and when sipping on one of their almost-innumerable IPAs, porters, ambers, stouts, etc. Obviously.
Another year-rounder, whether you post up in the cozy glow of their fireplaces or under the blazing Philly Summer sun, this third-floor skybar is a can't-miss party spot, mostly thanks to the deck's king-sized beds where you can totally make out with that cute girl you just met, except "Y'all Know" that ain't happening.
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1. XIX200 S Broad St, Philadelphia
2. R2L50 S 16th St, Philadelphia
3. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia
4. Stratus Rooftop Lounge433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
5. Standard Tap901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia
6. Havana Room and North Shore Beach Club1031 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia
7. Revolution House200 Market St, Philadelphia
8. City Tap House3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia
9. Vango Lounge And Skybar116 S 18th St, Philadelphia
XIX Nineteen looms over the city from 19 stories up, high in the upper quarters of the regal Hyatt at the Bellevue. The American restaurant/bar/lounge is known for elegance, with a 19-foot-long chandelier and stained glass dome in the main dining room almost rivaling the main feature -- spectacular views. Did we mention the floor-to-ceiling windows? A modern menu gets international touches in dishes like Jerusalem artichoke puree, but you can keep it red-white-and-blue with Maine lobster or anything from the extensive raw bar. Raw oysters and city lights await.
Perched 500 ft above street level in Liberty Two, R2L offers panoramic views spanning 40 miles in clear weather from each of the restaurant's distinct settings; from the Liberty Bar & Lounge, with a streamlined menu and high-end, handcrafted cocktails, to the Dining Salon, where customized flights of booze're paired with inventive takes on traditional American fare from owner/Chef Daniel Stern, who's just glad he's out of the business of getting paint buckets swung at him from balconies.
With stunning views of the Schuylkill River, Water Works serves up fresh seafood and more out of Philadelphia’s first municipal water delivery system.
Lofted 11 stories above ground level at the Hotel Monaco you'll find a view of the Philly skyline, yellow fin tuna toastados, and thin crust pizzas topped with duck confit and machango. Sharing Executive Chef Jorge Chicas with Red Owl -- a bi-level sister restaurant at ground level -- the lush space with its swaying greenery and view of the night sky, is a perfect setting for its "A Night to Remember" package.
Some fun facts about the Standard Tap, they have tons of craft beer on tap and every menu item is a special while supplies last. Now stop reading and go eat something!
Because you were literally just saying, "Dude, if only there were two side-by-side places in Philly where we could get plantain-crusted snapper and 10 different kinds of mojitos and enjoy them all around an L-shaped pool in NoLibs", just know that there are, and they're open right now and called Havana Room and North Shore Beach Club.
RH is a maxed-out diner/ drinkery that insists "it's not an Old City bar" despite mounting evidence against it, instead making food and atmosphere the focus by taking the former Snow White space down to cinder block, adding a second-floor patio, and deco'ing it to basically look like a dusty postcard of a classy lodge, thanks to tinted wood paneling, stamped and textured walls, and a massive vintage chandelier.
City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.