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Rooftop Bars Philly

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Rooftop Bar Philly
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Philly Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

When the warm weather hits Philadelphia, it's high time to take your dining and drinking experience to a new level, and enjoy a new perspective on the city skyline. It's time to hit the Philly rooftop bars.

This complete guide will help you find the very best venues for some elevated fun, complete with all info you need about every rooftop bar Philadelphia worth a visit: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. From Center City rooftop lounges to South Philadelphia beer gardens. So, which is the best rooftop bar Philly? Just scroll down and find the rooftop bars Philly best suited for you.

The list

19 best rooftop bars in Philadelphia

Rooftop bar Philly Assembly Rooftop Lounge in Philadelphia

Assembly Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ | 9th floor | Logan Square
  • Highlights
  • Upscale & chic
  • Panoramic views
  • Seasonal cocktails

The Hotel Logan, set right in the heart of Philly, comes with an upscale rooftop bar and cocktail lounge called Assembly. Set on the 9th floor, the modern and chic rooftop terrace serves as a great vantage point for panoramic views over the city. Serving a wide range of champagnes and sparkling wines, as well as bubbly cocktails, Assembly is the perfect spot to unwind and relax in some luxurious and sophisticated vibes, all days of the week, and all year round.

Rooftop bar Philly Bok Bar in Philadelphia

Bok Bar

$$$ | 8th floor | South Philadelphia
  • Highlights
  • Amazing skyline views
  • Seasonal
  • Beer-garden vibes

Set on top of former Bok High School building in South Philadelphia, the Bok Bar is a seasonal rooftop bar, offering beer-garden vibes and spectacular views over the Philly skyline. From April through October, everyone are welcome to enjoy the open-air vibes, stunning vistas and plenty of events. The rooftop menu includes a large selection of beers, some wines and cocktails, as well a tasty bar bites from different food partners.

Rooftop bar Philly Sunset Social in Philadelphia

Sunset Social

$$ | 12th floor | University City
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop park
  • Panoramic views
  • Summer hot-spot

Sunset Social is found at Cira Green, an elevated and impressive rooftop park in West Philadelphia’s University City District. Surrounded with amazing and panoramic views over the city and river, the rooftop offers a weekly summer programming including lawn games, movie nights, DJs, and much more, and it is an elevated spot for everyone, including kids and dogs. Enjoy the fun and a fast-casual street food menu, as well as beer, wine, and frozen and bottled cocktails.

Rooftop bar Philly Stratus Rooftop Lounge in Philadelphia

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ | 11th floor | Center City
  • Highlights
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Stylish & lounge
  • Great ambience

Perched on top of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco you find this stylish and upscale Philadelphia rooftop bar. Both indoor and outdoor lounge, Stratus is located in the most hisoric parts of the city center, right next to Independence Hall. Trendy and chic in both vibe and setting, the roof terrace is beautifully decorated with lounge sofas and cosy fire-pits. From the expansive rooftop bar you can order well-crafted signature cocktails (even a few cocktails on draft), a nice selection of wines, beers and some tasty chef-crafted small plates.

Rooftop bar Philly El Techo in Philadelphia

El Techo

$$$ | 11th floor | Rittenhouse Square
  • Highlights
  • Mexican flavours
  • Modern & stylish
  • Year round

El Techo is an 11th floor rooftop taqueria, set on top of the Pod Philly hotel, between Market Street and Rittenhouse Square. Open nightly for al fresco drinking and dining, and on Sundays for rooftop brunch, the rooftop bar offers Latin American vibes and flavours, including tasty tacos, margaritas and an extensive list of mezcals & tequila. Stylish and modern in decoration, the terrace is aslo equipped with a retractable roof, so you can visit for rooftop fun all year long.

Rooftop bar Philly Attico Rooftop in Philadelphia

Attico Rooftop

$$$ | 16th floor | Center City
  • Highlights
  • Urban rooftop oasis
  • Year-round
  • Weekend brunch

Blending cosy indoor lounge with a modern outdoor terrace, Attico is a lush and lovely year-round Philly rooftop destination to enjoy drinks, bites and fantastic views over the south and east skyline. Set 16 floors up at Cambria Hotel, the rooftop bar offers an urban rooftop oasis most days of the week, including weekday happy hours and weekend brunch. A great spot for both relaxing pre-show cocktails and more vibrant late night drinks.

Rooftop bar Philly Patchwork in Philadelphia


$$$$ | 2nd floor | Rittenhouse Square
  • Highlights
  • Sophisticated
  • Cool views
  • Locally sourced

Nestled in the bustling Rittenhouse Square, Patchwork is a culinary mix of restaurant, bar and market, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia. Modern and stylish, the spacious and beautiful interior is complemented with a small but charming outdoor terrace, surrounded by majestic views over all the brick, glass and steel of the close-by buildings. Enjoy the seasonal menu of New American cuisine, with focus on locally sourced ingredients, along with local brews, global wines and signature cocktails.

Rooftop bar Philly Irwin’s in Philadelphia


$$$ | 8th floor | South Philadelphia
  • Highlights
  • Unique
  • Sweeping views
  • Sicilian food

Located opposite Bok Bar, on top of the former Bok High School building, Irwin’s is a unique rooftop venue, mixing Sicilian tastes with sweeping views. Part whimsical-chic indoor lounge, the prime spot is the seasonal 30-seat outdoor terrace, where you can see basically all of South Philly. Run by chef Michael Vincent Ferreri, Irwin’s serves a menu where modern Sicilian fare is complemented with a fine selection of natural wines and crafted cocktails. The outdoor terrace is usually open from May to October, and reservations are highly recommended to secure a seat.

Rooftop bar Philly Revolution House in Philadelphia

Revolution House

$$$ | 2nd floor | Old City
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop garden
  • Year-round
  • Weekend brunch

The charming and multi-story Revolution House restaurant & bar comes with almost as much history as its surroundings in Philadelphia’s Old City district. With plenty of warm and inviting spaces throughout, including a lush and year-round second floor rooftop garden, here you can indulge in a menu filled with New American dishes, crafted signature cocktails, 8 rotating craft beers on draft, and a nice selection of wine. A perfect spot for a pit-stop while visiting the attractions in historic Philly.

Rooftop bar Philly The Rooftop at Emmy Squared Pizza in Philadelphia

The Rooftop at Emmy Squared Pizza

$$$ | 4th floor | Queen Village
  • Highlights
  • Detroit-style pizza
  • 360° views
  • Seasonal cocktails

Found all across the US, the Emmy Squared Pizza venue in Queen Village Philadelphia comes with one unique feature: a lovely rooftop terrace. Called The Rooftop at Emmy Squared, the spacious terrace offers fantastic 360° views over South Philly. Apart from Detroit-style pizza and award winning burgers, the rooftop menu also includes seasonal cocktails and an impressive selection of wine and beers. The terrace is open daily during the warmer months for relaxing afternoon and evening sessions with drinks, bites and fun.

Rooftop bar Philly Continental Midtown in Philadelphia

The Continental Midtown

$$$ | 3rd floor | Rittenhouse Square
  • Highlights
  • Retro inspired cocktails
  • Great food
  • Nice ambience

One of the most popular places to hang out at around Rittenhouse Square. With three floors of wonderful atmosphere, good drinks and tasty global food, the Continental Midtown's rooftop lounge is really the icing on the cake. Both indoor lounge and outdoor rooftop patio, the setting up here is somewhat of a 1960's living room. Get cosy in the lounge sofa with fire place or head out to the wooden decked terrace and enjoy retro inspired and well-crafted cocktails, along with a great selection of Martini's, beers and wines.

Rooftop bar Philly Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel in Philadelphia

Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel

$$ | 3rd floor | Center City
  • Highlights
  • DJs
  • Great views
  • Exclusive hours

Found at the impressive Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Balcony Bar is a summer-only hot-spot to enjoy sips, bites, DJs and views in the heart of Philadelphia. From the outdoor balcony-like terrace, you get some great views over all the action on Broad Street, continuing up to the City Hall. Highly exclusive in opening hours, Balcony Bar is available on Wednesday evenings from June through August, when the views are complemented with a rotating selection of DJs, as well as beer, wine, cocktails and select food.

Rooftop bar Philly Far East Descendant in Philadelphia

Far East Descendant

$$$ | 2nd floor | Chinatown
  • Highlights
  • Charming
  • Cantonese flavors
  • Craftsmanship

Far East Descendant is a modern Cantonese restaurant in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, opened during 2021. With an intimate indoor dining room, FED also holds a picturesque and handcrafted second floor rooftop terrace, which is the only rooftop in the Chinatown area. Featuring a food menu deeply rooted in authentic Cantonese flavors, as well as a unique cocktail menu with creative uses of Cantonese ingredients, this is a great spot to enjoy exciting craftsmanship in both setting, food and drinks.

Rooftop bar Philly Victory Brewing Company in Philadelphia

Victory Brewing Company

$$$ | 2nd floor | Logan Square
  • Highlights
  • From-scratch food
  • Taproom
  • Wraparound terrace

While Victory Brewing Company has been around for quite some time, their new taproom right by Logan Square is a much newer creation. Housing an impressive 14,000-square-foot interior, the modern building also comes with a wraparound rooftop terrace, featuring a large bar, plenty of seating and panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Serving a full lineup of Victory beers and seltzers, the taproom and rooftop also offers brews, cider and spirits from sister brands, as well as a from-scratch, beer-inspired pub grub menu.

Rooftop bar Philly XIX Nineteen at Hyatt in Philadelphia

XIX (Nineteen) at Hyatt

$$$$ | 19th floor | Rittenhouse Square
  • Highlights
  • Balconies
  • Magical views
  • Weekend brunch

A stylish Philly rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant, situated on the 19th floor of the classic The Bellevue Hyatt Hotel. Make sure to book a place on one of the balconies for the best possible experience and enjoy a magical view of the entire city. Located on the Avenue of the Arts in central Philly, XIX Nineteen rooftop comes with a very elegant and luxurious setting. An American Brasserie, lounge and bar where you can enjoy both a seafood centric food menu and well crafted signature cocktails.

Rooftop bar Philly Skytop Garden at The Great American Pub in Philadelphia

Skytop Garden at The Great American Pub

$$$ | 3rd floor | Conshohocken
  • Highlights
  • Authentic
  • Conshohocken staple
  • Live entertainment

Located in the heart of downtown Conshohocken, a borough North-West of central Philly, the comfy and vibrant Great American Pub has been serving up classic American dishes and craft beer since 1991. Set over several levels, the warmer months mean plenty of open-air seating. On the sidewalk patio, or even better, up on the spacious Skytop Garden, overlooking Conshohocken and Montgomery County. Serving a generous selection of food and drinks, you can visit for a dinner, or for a fun and vibrant night out with live entertainment.

Rooftop bar Philadelphia Standard Tap in Philadelphia

Standard Tap

$$$ | 2nd floor | Northern Liberties
  • Highlights
  • Crafted beers
  • Weekend brunch
  • Beer dinners

A Philly rooftop with a local joint-feel and a very good selection of different beers. Located in Northern Liberties, three blocks from the Spring Garden Station, this pub and restaurant aims to be a a neighborhood tavern that features great beer and wholesome food. While the wooden deck rooftop terrace (or rooftop balcony) is not huge and does not offer any grand views, it is still a great spot for a sunny day to enjoy locally-produced draft beers, or maybe a seasonal margarita, along with some great gastro-pub food.

Rooftop bar Philly City Tap House University City in Philadelphia

City Tap House University City

$$$ | 2nd floor | University City
  • Highlights
  • 60 types of beer
  • Events
  • Weekend brunch

City Tap House at University City is a real mecca for anyone who likes beer. At this rooftop bar you’ll find close to anything there is regarding beer, with as many as 60 varieties on tap. While City Tap House can be found at one more location in Philly, it's the one at University City that comes with a lush, garden like roof terrace with fireplaces and plenty of seating. Only up on the second floor, so no breathtaking panoramics, but very open-air and with a lovely and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy crafted beers, crafted food and crafted cocktails.

Rooftop bar Philadelphia Vango Lounge and Skybar in Philadelphia

Vango Lounge and Skybar

$$$$ | 3rd floor | Rittenhouse Square
  • Highlights
  • Nightclub-vibe
  • King-sized day beds
  • Hookah

Spacious and vibrant lounge and nightclub, located just a block of Rittenhouse Square. The large, darkish and stylish indoor lounge is complemented by a lovely rooftop terrace, which is Vango's absolute best feature. Up on the rooftop you find king-sized day beds, infrared heaters and a really cool upwards-view among the city's sky scrapers. So buy a Vango cocktail from the full service bar, or go for a hookah, and head up to the rooftop terrace.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bars Philly

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: May-Oct

Residents: 6.2 millions

Climate: Humid subtropical

Which are the best rooftop bars Philly? This complete guide will help you find the best Philadelphia rooftop bars. Like many other skyscraper cities in the United States, there’s are lot of good rooftop bars in Philadelphia. The terraces here are often located at a high altitude and with magnificent views of the city and the surrounding rivers. Many of them serves a classic American menu with burgers, ribs etc. But there are also more healthy options available and lots of vegan options as well. Here's a great guide to vegan food in Philadelphia.

The climate makes it possible to have the outdoor Philadelphia rooftop bars open almost throughout the whole year, except for a few months in winter. But most locations also comes with an indoor lounge to stay cosy when the temperatures are to low.

About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is America's sixth largest city and the capital of the state of Pennsylvania, located in the north-eastern United States at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia is considered one of the country's largest music cities and played a significant role in the American pop and disco music in the 70s. Philadelphia is also known from the cult film Rocky. As a tourist, you can run the classic stairs at the Rocky statue.