It’s no secret that Philadelphia is home to one of the best bar scenes in the nation. From humble dive bars to swanky spots known for their wine lists, the City of Brotherly Love truly has it all. We all know there’s nothing better than a rooftop bar where you can share a few drinks overlooking the city and truly unwind; Philly has you covered on that front, too. Whether you’re a local or planning to visit sometime soon, here are the best rooftop bars in Philadelphia.
7 Best Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia
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Just off the corner of 2nd and Market Street, you’ll find one of Philly’s best rooftop bars, Revolution House. Situated in the heart of the historic area, this multi-story bar provides some of the best views and drinks in the city. The atmosphere is warm and perfect for everything from a date night at sunset to a casual afternoon outing with friends. Be sure to chow down on an order of their house-made bbq tater tots with a few beers.
Looking for a slice of Campania in the City of Brotherly Love? Head to Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti. Just a block or so from the Museum of American Revolution, it’s easily accessible and provides gorgeous views of the surroundings. While the open patio is the pull for guests, the seafood and drinks are the real stars of the show. Be sure to grab an order of their spicy calamari and a few glasses of white wine.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge is one of Philadelphia’s best rooftop bars for a few reasons. It’s home to some of the best bar staff in town, is all-weather so perfect for winter or summer, and offers some of the best panoramas of Philly. In addition to great cocktails, their small plates don’t hurt, either. Be sure to grab an order of the margherita flatbread and seal it off with their ‘old Cuban’ cocktail.
Perched atop the historic Bok building in South Philly, Bok Bar offers some truly stunning views, drinks and bites in addition to its own historical significance. Known for their unique local events from wine and weaving nights to drag queen brunches to self-worth workshops, there’s always something on at Bok Bar. Be sure to check their seasonal dates as they are closed through winter.
If you are looking to clink a few glasses over Philadelphia in an intimate setting, Attico is your place. This Mediterranean bar/restaurant is home to some of the best atmosphere, views and booze in the city. Treat yourself to their famous ‘ciao bella’ cocktail made with reposado, ancho reyes, blood orange, lime and sage.
This indoor/outdoor bar located in the historical Bok building in the heart of Philly is the place to be for al things cocktails and good vibes. Whether you’re after a few glasses of wine to top off the workday or a couple of cocktails to celebrate, Irwin’s has you covered on all fronts. We suggest trying their ‘death in the afternoon’ cocktail made with cava, absinthe and lemon twist.
Who doesn’t love a night under Philly’s sky with some beer and good ol’ American gastro food. Independence Beer Garden is perfect for any occasion but particularly those laid back nights when you just want to laugh and have a few pints with some friends. We recommend working your way down their draft list; don’t forget a few starters such as the buffalo wings or pickle chips.