Between outdoor concerts and baseball season, you’re probably planning to spend a ton of time outside in the summer anyway, so why not add alfresco drinking to the mix? Better yet, why not enjoy said drinks while overlooking the city with nothing between you and the sky? Nothing else can make you feel like you own this place quite the way drinking on a rooftop can, so we’ve rounded up eight (plus one up-and-comer) of the best in the city. Going up.  

Assembly Lounge

Assembly

Logan Circle

Located on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and overlooking the city from nine stories on top of the Logan Hotel, Assembly is the newest rooftop worth a visit. Stop by after work during the week when the bar opens at 5pm and snag one of the nap pods to hear the night’s DJ of choice, or head over a little earlier on the weekend (3pm) for an afternoon drink. The drink menu is heavy on the bubbly and wine, plus seasonal bites like oysters, baked brie, and tuna tartare.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

Stratus Lounge

Old City

For late-night dancing and lounging under the stars, look no further than Stratus Lounge’s clubby vibe at the top of the Hotel Monaco. A safety barricade blocks any view the rooftop could offer (and man, the potential!), but it's made up for by the stylized rooms -- like the darker pseudo-library lounge -- and ample space to mingle outside, or run for cover from unsavory weather at the indoor bar.

Courtesy of City Tap House

City Tap House

University City

The rooftop space at this campus favorite is almost as expansive as the craft beer menu. During the summer, tons of outdoor events -- from clambakes to outdoor movies -- make great use of the area, but you can also just linger by one of the many fire pits to stay warm after the sun sets.

Continental Midtown

Continental Mid-town

Midtown Village

Rooftop drinks at the Continental can be as casual or as formal as you like, and the spot does particularly well for an easy, impressive romantic date night. Have a full-on dinner or just post-dinner drinks on the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge overlooking the busy corner of 18th & Chestnut Streets. If the giant olive outside the building didn’t tip you off, the drink of choice is the martini, but there’s also plenty of other retro-inspired specialty cocktails, too.

Standard Tap

Standard Tap

Northern Liberties

This NoLibs mainstay is known for three things: rotating craft beer drafts, phenomenal pub fare, and a laid-back, all-seasons rooftop deck. Canopied and overlooking Poplar St, the deck is a perfect place to settle in for pint after pint with friends.

Revolution House

Revolution House

Old City

The deck at Revolution House overlooks the corner of Market & 2nd Streets, presenting a prime people-watching opportunity. Soak up some sun while gorging yourself with the restaurant’s squid pizza and lobster pot pie.

Anastasi Raw Bar

Manayunk

One of the newer restaurants on Manayunk’s main drag, Anastasi is a seafood-lover's paradise. With the newly opened rooftop deck to enjoy your clams and mulled wine cocktails, it's now turned into a summer staple. Go for some alfresco brunching (with blueberry pancakes and crab scramble), or outdoor drinking until the late hours.

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Positano Coast

Old City

The airy Sopra Lounge at Positano transports guests to a breezy setting reminiscent of Italy's Amalfi Coast. Chill on luxe white furniture surrounded by blue accents while trying the crudo and wine menus for a laid-back-meets-luxe rooftop experience in the heart of Philly.

Tiki

Gayborhood
Slated to take over the open space on 13th & Sansom is Philly’s second Tiki bar, simply called Tiki. It'll reopen the rooftop area everyone loved when Corner and APO was the tenant, so expect an ultra-summery space with a menu focused on rum-based drinks and small plates of dumplings and skewers, served to a soundtrack of surf jams and old-school hip-hop.


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Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philly who is not afraid of heights while holding a cocktail. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MarielleMondon.

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1. Assembly 1875 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Located on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and overlooking the city from nine stories on top of the Logan Hotel, Assembly is the newest rooftop worth a visit. Stop by after work during the week when the bar opens at 5pm and snag one of the nap pods to hear the night’s DJ of choice, or head over a little earlier on the weekend (3pm) for an afternoon drink. The drink menu is heavy on the bubbly and wine, plus seasonal bites like oysters, baked brie, and tuna tartare.

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2. 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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3. 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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4. The Continental Mid-Town 1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Continental Mid-Town is a great place to bring a big party group to enjoy some delicious cocktails or chow down on lobster mac-n-cheese... or just drink a lot of cocktails.

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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. 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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7. Anastasi Raw Bar 4161 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Located on Manayunk’s main drag, Anastasi is a seafood-lover's paradise. And with a rooftop deck to enjoy your clams and mulled wine cocktails, it's become a Philly summer staple to boot. Go for some alfresco brunching (with blueberry pancakes and crab scramble), or outdoor drinking until the late hours.

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8. Positano Coast 212 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

This airy mediterranean restaurant has a roof deck and serves small plates with a seafood focus. There's tuna tartare, Italian sashimi and other inventive plates alongside more traditional staples. The wine list is hand-curated with an emphasis on Italian grapes.

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