"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. " "

XIX at the Bellevue

XIX at the Bellevue

Rittenhouse
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!

R2L

R2L

Rittenhouse
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.

Water Works

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

Fairmount
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 Rooftop Lounge

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

Old City
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.

Standard Tap

Standard Tap

NoLibs
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.

North Shore Beach Club

North Shore Beach Club

NoLibs
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.

Revolution

Revolution House

Old City
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.

City Tap House

City Tap House

U-City
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.

Vango Lounge & Skybar

Vango Lounge & Skybar

Rittenhouse Square
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. XIX 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

XIX at the Bellevue offers killer views of Broad Street from their outdoor rooftop drinking destination. The place is a classy joint, but that doesn't always mean pricy, since they boast frequent happy hours.

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2. R2L 50 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19192 (Center City West)

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.

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3. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge 640 Water Works Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

With stunning views of the Schuylkill River, Water Works serves up fresh seafood and more out of Philadelphia’s first municipal water delivery system.

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4. Stratus Rooftop Lounge 433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

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.

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5. Standard Tap 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

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!

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6. Havana Room and North Shore Beach Club 1031 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

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.

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7. Revolution House 200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Philadelphia)

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.

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8. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

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.

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9. Vango Lounge And Skybar 116 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Featuring a dance floor and a roof top lounge with king-sized day beds (seriously!), Vango is your one stop shop for a night out in Philly.

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