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Apr 29 2016

Philly Eats (& Drinks) With A View

The Region’s Rooftop Decks, Sky-High Restaurants & Waterfront Bars Guarantee Scenic Fun

With the opening of the brand-new Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel and the expected opening of SkyGarten atop one of Center City’s tallest buildings, Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality has reached new heights. While sleek Assembly offers soaring, stunning views eight stories across the Ben Franklin Parkway, SkyGarten promises German and craft beer 51 stories up. Assembly and SkyGarten join a growing roster of the region’s restaurants and bars that deliver up-in-the-atmospheric drama along with delicious eats and drinks. Here are some of Philly’s best places to scope the view:

All-Weather Views:

  • Lined with windows, the dramatic dining room of R2L on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place provides a glittering vista. Meanwhile, chef Daniel Stern’s always-inventive fine dining menu matches the sparkle of the lights outside. 50 S. 16th Street, (215) 564-5337,
  • It’s not surprising that a place called Skybrunch Top of the Tower would make the most of its setting. Fifty stories up, the restaurant serves a luxurious weekend buffet with lofty scenery to match. 1717 Arch Street, (215) 567-8787,
  • There’s no need to wait until summer at Center City’s Vango. The restaurant and nightclub keeps its third story deck open all year, with a fireplace, lounge bar, patio and private rooms.
    116 S. 18th Street, (215) 568-1020,
  • It doesn’t get much more stunning than the view from XIX, the restaurant, bar and lounge on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a picturesque balcony ensure that the atmosphere properly befits the fine modern American menu.
    200 S. Broad Street, (215) 790-1919,

Big, Cool Roof Decks:

  • Nine floors above street level, the Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel beckons bargoers with its modern luxe seating nests and fireplaces. As if sweeping views of the city weren’t enough, bottle service, craft cocktails and shareable charcuterie and cheese plates add to the appeal. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500,
  • Beer lovers gather inside and out at University City’s City Tap House. The 60+ draft selections and inventive menu of American fare taste even better en plein air on one of the two rooftop terraces, replete with fire pits. 3925 Walnut Street, (215) 662-0105,
  • The fiesta goes outdoors at Mas Mexicali Cantina in West Chester. Red lanterns strung along the roof deck set a lively scene for sipping margaritas and downing enchiladas.
    102 E. Market Street, West Chester, (610) 918-6280,
  • The city’s tallest rooftop hangout comes courtesy a collaboration of the popular Sunday buffet spot SkyBrunch and German beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz. An impressive 51 stories up, the four taps of SkyGarten will serve summery brews, including one from nearby New Jersey and another touched with grapefruit. Projected opening is early June. 1717 Arch Street
  • Open year-round, Stratus Rooftop Lounge pulses with DJs and live music. The glamorous bar on the 11th story of the Hotel Monaco overlooks Independence Hall and goes above the usual offerings with special tableside carts, bottle service and finely crafted cocktails.
    433 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2889,

By the Waterfront:

  • The second-floor deck at University City’s coZara may be one of the city’s better-kept secrets. Overlooking Chestnut Street and the Schuylkill River, the outdoor area seats 40 and offers the restaurant’s full menu of Japanese small plates, cocktails and sake. 3200 Chestnut Street, (267) 233-7488,
  • There’s really no bad view from Delaware River hang Morgan’s Pier but the bird’s nest deck over the beer hut gives diners and drinkers an even better vantage point to enjoy canned beer, summer cocktails and fun picnic eats. 221 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 279-7134,
  • So, it’s not exactly a roof, but dinner and drinks on the vast deck of Penn’s Landing’s circa 1904 Tall Ship Moshulu, the world’s oldest, largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat, sure make for a memorable evening. Chilled oysters and loaded burgers star on an American menu with international leanings. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500,
  • On warmer nights, patrons of Old City’s Revolution House take advantage of the lively roof deck, one of the few in the neighborhood. The full menu of comfort food and creative cocktails can be ordered from the higher perch. 200 Market Street, (215) 625-4566,
  • Southern-fried dinner or brunch plus live music equals Warmdaddy’s winning formula. The waterfront club also features a sunny deck for alfresco seating.
    1400 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, (215) 462-2000,

Intimate yet Magnificent:

  • Media’s pan-Asian eatery Azie offers roof deck seating in warmer months. High above the downtown bustle, diners can indulge in spicy salmon tartare, sushi and short rib bibimbap.
    217 W. State Street, Media, (610) 566-4750,
  • While the 26 lanes may be the draw of South Bowl, the recently opened South Philly bowling alley offers plenty of gathering space, including the roof deck. The outdoor bar area serves handcrafted cocktails, plenty of draft beers and an eclectic menu of party food.
    19 E. Oregon Avenue, (215) 389-2695,
  • Northern Liberties’ mainstay Standard Tap tempts with reliably delicious gastropub fare and a thoughtful supply of craft beer. On warm days, the upper deck provides yet another reason to visit. 901 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-0630,
  • A neighborhood favorite in Fairmount, the bring-your-own-bottle spot Trio cooks up pan-Asian cuisine in a converted rowhouse. The seating extends to the upper-level deck, weather permitting. 2624 Brown Street, (215) 232-8746,

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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