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There’s just something about a cold drink on a warm day amidst a beautiful setting that makes all your cares float away. Luckily, Philly is full of plenty such places. Around the city, dazzling views, craft cocktails, and a fun atmosphere combine at the best rooftop bars in Philadelphia.
From a unique park 12 stories up to a prime viewing spot over Independence Mall, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy food and drinks with a premium view. Here’s a look at some of our favorite rooftop bars and restaurants around the city.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
High above Logan Circle, the Assembly Rooftop Lounge has some of the best views in Philadelphia. You can see everything from Sister Cities Park to the Art Museum and more all while sipping bubbly nine stories up.
Located at The Logan Hotel, Assembly is open-year round and has covered and uncovered spaces so guests can find just the right spot no matter the season. There are even firepits to enjoy. The menu focuses on cocktails and wine, but there are a few beers available plus a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, and small plates.
Cira Green offers views of the skyline at practically eye level, 12 stories above University City. In season, the park hosts lots of special events, often projecting movies and sports on its massive screen.
Every day of the week, visitors can enjoy the offerings of Sunset Social while they hang out at the park. The fast-casual menu at the rooftop restaurant includes salads and a broad selection of burgers and sandwiches. There are also plenty of adult beverages, including cocktails and frozen drinks plus beer and wine.
Attico is right in the middle of the action downtown. High above the Cambria Hotel on Broad Street, this year-round restaurant and bar serves dinner during the week and weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Even if you sit inside, the wrap-around windows ensure an atmospheric experience.
Terrace on Tap
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or have lived in Philadelphia your whole life, the view of Independence Hall and historic Philadelphia never gets old. One of the best places to enjoy it is from the deck on the second floor of the Independence Visitor Center. On select dates, this outdoor space becomes Terrace on Tap, a pop-up that’s proven popular nearly year-round.
Terrace on Tap features local brews from Workhorse Brewing Co. and Wissahickon Brewing Co. plus wines and cocktails. There is also a selection of light bites, including nachos, jumbo pretzels, and sandwiches.
Located in South Philly, Bok Bar offers an unparalleled view of the city skyline alongside good food and drinks. This unusual space is at the top of the former Bok Vocational High School, which opened in 1938. The building retains many of the features you’d expect in such a setting—from lockers to school restrooms—which makes it even more fun to explore. It’s a great spot for a date night and is one of the most Instagrammable places in Philadelphia.
The food menu rotates weekly as different chefs and restaurants pop up here, and there are lots of cocktail, beer, and wine offerings to choose from. In addition, there are often special events ranging from yoga classes to ice cream tastings and drag brunches. The bar is entirely outside and is open for about six months of the year.
For all the tequila and mezcal you could want alongside gorgeous views of Center City, El Techo is the place to go. A retractable roof ensures that this standout in Rittenhouse is comfortable no matter the weather. The Mexican menu has a selection of tacos, salsas, guacamole, and a seasonal ceviche.
El Techo is at the top of the Motto by Hilton hotel and Condesa restaurant.
The Continental Mid-Town
The Continental Mid-town is a classic Philadelphia spot at the corner of 18th and Chestnut. Its third level rooftop features indoor and outdoor areas with a retro bar at the center of it all.
Try the notable cheesesteak eggrolls and lobster mac and cheese or head straight for the Korean fried chicken (our personal favorite). Drink choices here are endless, but The Astronaut cocktail (which includes Tang) is a memorable choice.
With modern Sicilian fare, natural wines, and amaro-scented cocktails, Irwin’s is one of the best new restaurants in the city. Its deck with a sweeping view of South Philly—all the way to Lincoln Financial Field—means that it has one of the best settings, too.
Located eight stories up at the Bok Building, Irwin’s is opposite Bok Bar and has a very different view and vibe. Visit for handmade pastas, perfectly crispy frito misto, and an assortment of on-point drinks to enjoy inside or on the rooftop deck under twinkling lights.