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Drink With a View: The Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Philly

Drink with a View: Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants in Philly

Eating and drinking outdoors is one of summer’s greatest pleasures, and rooftop tables elevate the experience in more ways than one.

From modern American cuisine gracing the 19th floor balcony of the Hyatt at the Bellevue to hand-crafted martinis over Rittenhouse Square, here are the hottest rooftop bars and restaurants for alfresco dining and a bird’s eye view of the City of Brotherly Love.

Bier on the 51st Floor

For fresh summertime brews from Brauhaus Schmitz and a beer hall inspired menu, head to SkyGarten, the city’s tallest rooftop haunt. Enjoy a casual yet refined setting and order another round over the best sunset and city skyline views in town.

SkyGarten

Three Logan Square / 1717 Arch Street

215.557.7887

Part of the Sky Philadelphia group, SkyBrunch serves an exquisite luxury brunch every Sunday from the 50th floor.

Window-Lined Fine Dining from Above

R2L Restaurant & Lounge on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place provides dramatic city views that can only be topped by chef Daniel Stern’s intriguing fine dining selections. Sophisticated and private, prepare for one of the most striking culinary experiences in the city.

R2L

50 S. 16th Street

215.564.5337

Meet You on the XIX Balcony

Nineteen (XIX) restaurant atop the Hyatt at the Bellevue is a stunning and elegant addition to Philly’s restaurant and dining scene. For unique gastronomy and a fresh definition of nouveau American cuisine, not to mention the best views the city has to offer,, Nineteen delivers.

One of the highest fine dining establishments in Philadelphia, guests are soothed by the dining room’s perfect blend of classic architecture, modern style and sweeping downtown views.

An evening on the balcony only improves upon perfection.

XIX (Nineteen)

200 S. Broad Street

215.790.1919

Cutting Edge Chic

Proudly known as Mid-Town’s pièce de résistance, Continental Midtown is a lively yet cultured destination for savoring an inventive Martini list while snacking on a stunning tapas-styled menu. Come summertime, this rooftop lounge is the place to be seen at Rittenhouse Square.

Continental Midtown

1801 Chestnut Street

215.567.1800

Glamour at the Hotel Monaco

11 stories above Independence Hall sits Stratus, where the swanky go to order bottle service and dance the night away. Hand-crafted cocktails with an upscale yet flirty vibe.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

433 Chestnut Street

215.925.2889

Stunning Vistas from Atop the Logan, Philadelphia’s Hotel

Drink in style. Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers an extensive list of champagnes to sip and enjoy unsurpassed views of the city’s art museum district. Relaxing. Sophisticated. Sexy.

Note that this venue is available for private parties.

Assembly

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

215.783.4171

Unbutton Your Collar to Go Casual

Take a break from upscale chic to visit a Philadelphia icon, Standard Tap. Widely known as the first ever gastropub in the nation, no other bar in town capture’s the city’s storied brewery past in the same light.

Featuring a diverse crowd with an even more diverse lineup of local craft beers, Standard Tap is your destination to “slum it” in delicious style.

Standard Tap

901 N. 2nd Street

215.238.0630