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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.