The Best Rooftop Bars in Philly

Drinks just taste better with a view.

‘Tis the season for rooftop drinks, and this summer there’s more views and more cocktails than ever. With CDC restrictions easing throughout the city, chances are you’re feeling vaccinated, vindicated, and ready to celebrate. Why not start the season right at one of Philly’s best rooftop bars? These spots offer maximum ambiance whether you’re lounging high above a busy thoroughfare, enjoying a twinkling panorama, or even taking in waterfront views. From trendy brunch spots to airy gardens, here are our picks for Philadelphia’s best rooftop bars and restaurants.

El Techo

Rittenhouse

El Techo is the rooftop bar at Condesa, a fun glowing Mexican restaurant eyeing a mid-June reopening. That means you can spend the summer on the 11th floor (above Pod Philly) sipping agave-based spirits and natural wines in the gorgeously decorated rooftop, which even features a retractable roof for all-weather imbibing. 
How to book: Walk in

Assembly sits atop the Logan Hotel and looks down at the busy Benjamin Franklin Parkway, creating incredible views of our amazing city. Whether you take advantage of happy hour during the week or visit for weekend drinks, you’ll find top-notch cocktails and an expansive wine list with plenty of snack options as well.
How to book: Via website

Attico

Center City

Located atop the Cambria Hotel, Attico has an indoor and outdoor patio with seriously trendy decor that makes it feel like a hot summer getaway. Stop by for $6-$8 drinks during happy hour, or opt for a boozy brunch on the weekend.
How to book: Via website

Bok Bar

East Passyunk Crossing

This essential South Philly rooftop, perched on a former vocational school, is now open for table reservations and events. Throughout the season, you can expect food pop-ups and rotating music performances. Bok Bar is one of the most-loved rooftops in the city, and it’ll be no surprise why when you take in the beautiful, sprawling views, which are best at dusk.

Available for Reservations

Stephen Starr’s mid-century modern Continental is taking outdoor and rooftop reservations, so get some shoestring fries and lobster mac with your martini for an objectively classic combo. The Continental can be as casual or as formal as you like, but it always delivers a vibe, with retro-inspired decor and specialty cocktails that are instantly transportive.

Available for Reservations

The Deck at Moshulu

Penn’s Landing

Rooftop seating on a boat? Seems hard to resist. The Moshulu has opened its deck for the season now through September. Head over for craft beer cans, seasonal cocktails, sushi, and other seafood-centric small bites, or go all out on the massive seafood plateau, complete with shrimp, oysters, tuna tartare, sushi, and crab cocktail.

Available for Reservations

Irwin’s

East Passyunk Crossing

Irwin’s offers airy views from the eighth floor of the Bok Building, a rooftop experience on par with local favorite, Bok Bar. The restaurant focuses on Sicilian fare but also has other goodies to offer, from Mediterranean-inspired mezze to elevated pasta and other entrees. A curated wine list and house cocktails are ideal for sipping beneath twinkly lights while overlooking the city.

Available for Reservations

Pretend you’ve taken off on a summer trip to Southern Italy on the airy Sopra Lounge at Positano. Located on a quiet stretch of Old City, it’s downright transportive. Seafood risotto, artichoke fries, creamy burrata, and homemade vodka sauce also do the trick.

Available for Reservations

Revolution House’s rustic rooftop overlooks the corner of Market & 2nd streets in the Old City, so you can soak up the sun while sipping frosé or snacking on short rib risotto and San Marzano mushroom pizza.
How to book: Walk in

Emmy Squared’s location in Philly takes over the top of The Queen at 303 Bainbridge, so you can enjoy frozen cocktails, wine, beer, seltzers, and, of course, the shop’s addictive square pizza and signature burger with an incredible view of the city.
How to book: Via website

Nick Elmi’s innovative French restaurant features a cute second-floor rooftop garden, ideal for catching some breeze between courses. Come for dinner and give in to a plate of fromage, oysters on the half shell, and lobster spaghetti, or sip specialty cocktails in the open-air.

Available for Reservations

Standard Tap

Northern Liberties

The NoLibs mainstay is known for three things: rotating craft beer drafts, phenomenal pub fare, and a laid-back, all-seasons rooftop deck. Canopied over the corner of Poplar Street, the deck is a perfect place to settle in for a pint and a burger.

Available for Reservations

The newly renovated Stratus Rooftop Lounge is back this summer with the same ultra-chic scenery atop the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, right in the heart of the historic district. The rooftop is now open Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7pm for drinking and dining. If you’re looking for high design, lush greenery, artful cocktails, and somewhere you can get all dressed up, Stratus is your spot. Expanded hours are expected later this summer.
How to book: Reservations via website

Sunset Social

University City

A permanent fixture on the Cira Green rooftop park, Sunset Social usually has something good playing on its massive outdoor TV and plenty of frozen cocktails and nibbly bar food to go around. If you’re in the mood to get out, stop by for daily outdoor dining, no reservations required.
How to book: Walk in

Marielle Mondon is a writer from Philadelphia. Follow her @MarielleMondon on Twitter and Instagram.