Though there are plenty of amazing bars to try in Philadelphia, you might find yourself guilty of visiting the same few night after night, falling into a routine. So, what can you do to break out of this?
We recommend checking out the numerous rooftop bars in town. You might be wondering, “What’s the right bar for my occasion or preferred atmosphere?” Well, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of our top rooftop bars so you can decide which one is best for you.
You’ll find that some spots only serve small snacks, while others offer a full menu. This way, you can choose the perfect spot based on how hungry you are. So, let’s dive in and learn a bit about each bar!
Best Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia
Whether you prefer cocktails, wine, or beer, this list is full of spots with amazing drinks, so you’ll be able to find the perfect spot for whatever you like to drink.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 783-4171
Perched on top of The Logan, Assembly Rooftop Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and a few drinks.
This local bar is open to the public despite its association with the hotel, so you can visit at any time. Located nine stories in the air, you’ll have a great view of Philadelphia here.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge primarily serves cocktails, wine, and champagne, but they also offer a few beer selections if it’s your drink of choice.
We recommend the frose, sunshine, or bittersweet poetry. Be sure to check out their small plates menu as well!
800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 918-8688
As a seasonal bar, it’s no wonder Bok Bar can be pretty busy during its open season. Located on top of the Bok building, this bar is primarily reservation only, so make sure to plan ahead. Featuring musicians, artists, and more, this is the perfect place to visit for some entertainment.
Bok Bar serves alcohol, of course, but this year they are allowing all ages to have fun on the rooftop. As far as food goes, this spot hosts pop-up chefs and restaurants, so the menu changes frequently!
The Continental Mid-town
1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 567-1800
Located in Midtown, The Continental offers a two-level space for eating, drinking, and enjoying company.
The rooftop bar is decorated in a chic manner with an inviting and fun atmosphere. This is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends.
Offering cocktails, wine, and beer, you’ll find everything you need at The Continental. Be sure to try the astronaut, double agent, or prosecco punch. Don’t forget to check out the menu with shareable plates and indulgent dishes!
200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 625-4566
With a patriotic theme displayed throughout the decor, Revolution House is the perfect place to see more of Philly’s history.
This spot doubles as a bar and restaurant, with the bar located on the roof, of course. Featuring plants and herbs in the rooftop garden, you’ll be able to relax and soak up the clean air.
Revolution House offers cocktails, beer, and wine to choose from. Be sure to try the at the barre, the night cafe, or eternal springtime. Don’t forget to visit for happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday!
1830 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
El Techo is set on the roof of the Pof Hilly hotel, offering delicious Latin American cuisine, much like the Condesa, located on the hotel’s ground floor.
The restaurant sees the most business at night for margaritas, tacos, and other favorites, but you can join them for brunch on the weekends. Plus, the rooftop is retractable, so the restaurant stays open all year round.
129 S 30th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sunset Social is a dedicated wine bar and cocktail lounge located on the 1.2-acre Cira Green Rooftop, an incredible feat of architecture that overlooks the entire city of Philadelphia.
They have an extensive list of beers, including my favorite, the Golden Road Mango Cart, a mango wheat ale with a fruity flavor and a smooth finish.
This restaurant hosts events, live music on the weekends, and frequent wine tastings.
Sunset Social is located right on the banks of the Schuylkill River. It’s a short walk to The Franklin Institute and the Barnes Foundation, but you can also drive up the river to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
219 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Attico Rooftop offers a comfortable but still trendy dining experience, with plenty of natural lighting and potted plants hanging from the ceiling.
They have a diverse menu featuring cocktails, different wines, and brunch drinks. I particularly enjoyed their coco infused Chocolate Martini.
Most days, the restaurant is only open in the late afternoon and evening. However, they do offer brunch and dinner every Saturday and Sunday. They even have live DJs play every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Victory Brewing Company
1776 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Victory Brewing Company is a small brewery in Downington. Their brands include Storm King, HopDevil, and DirtWolf, many known worldwide.
This restaurant and rooftop bar offers delicious food and drinks in a casual, busy setting. They frequently host events and live music, so check their events calendar often. The beer menu includes a perfect Tangerine Cider, but many enjoy the HopDevil IPA.
Victory Brewing Company is located in the heart of Franklintown near the Schuylkill River.
Take a walk nearby Logan Square or check out the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia—Philly’s prime natural history museum.
800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 693-6206
If you like Italian food, you’re going to love Irwin’s. This spot doubles as a restaurant and bar serving Italian cuisine and delicious drinks. Reservations are recommended for this rooftop bar, so make sure to plan accordingly.
Drinks include a short list of cocktails and several selections of wine at Irwin’s. Try out the snacktime punch, the wharton, or mariotti. Make sure to grab some appetizers or pasta from the menu if you’re in the mood for food!
Emmy Squared Pizza
632 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (267) 551-3669
Emmy Squared in Philly is known for having absolutely delicious pizza, among other fantastic menu items, but many people are unaware that there is actually a rooftop deck complete with a bar here, too!
The next time you come down to Emmy Squared Pizza for a fresh pie and a couple of drinks, consider taking the party upstairs for a better view of the city and some fresh air. You won’t regret it!
I highly recommend one of their amazing burgers or a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, if you’re not in the mood for pizza, but that would be my first choice, of course.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 925-2889
Looking for a more refined spot without the kids? Check out Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Located on top of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, this bar is upscale and sophisticated. With open space and fire pits, you can visit this spot even if it’s a bit chilly.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge serves a long list of cocktails as well as wine. Try out the mint to be, for the suits, or rosemary’s baby. Make sure to peruse the snack menu as well if you’re feeling hungry!
Standard Tap XIX (Nineteen) at Hyatt
901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (123) 456-7890
Though this spot isn’t a traditional rooftop bar, Standard Tap is still a great place to experience a different perspective of the city.
This local bar is multi-level and features an open-air, second floor seating area.
Standard Tap features a vast area of draft beers, cocktails, and wine, so everything will find something they love here.
We recommend the lavender paloma, prickly pear mojito, or night moves. Be sure to share a small plate or order a meal!
1620 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Patchwork is an upscale American restaurant on Rittenhouse Square with a gorgeous rooftop bar overlooking the city.
It is owned and operated by award-winning chef Akhtar Nawab, a minimalist chef with a renowned reputation.
The cocktails and spirits list is impressive, and they have plenty of local beers on tap, including the Love City Sylvie Stout—my favorite.
You’ll find Patchwork near Rittenhouse Square, a gorgeous little neighborhood park. It’s a short walk to several renowned restaurants nearby, including Tria Cafe Rittenhouse, Barclay Prime, and Monk’s Cafe.
You can also drive to the nearby Schuylkill River or check out The Mutter Museum at the College of Philadelphia.
After reading this list, you may find yourself day dreaming about a night out with friends. I don’t blame you, there’s so many amazing bars in Philly and these rooftop ones are even more tempting.
Looking for more places to dine in Philadelphia? Check out our ultimate list of the best restaurants in the city.
Which bar will you visit first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!