Releases: Expanded View
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:
- 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, r2lrestaurant.com
- 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, skybrunch.com
- 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, vangoloungeandskybar.com
- 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, nineteenrestaurant.com
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, theloganhotel.com
- 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, citytaphouseucity.com
- 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, masmexicali.com
- 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, stratuslounge.com
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, cozaraphilly.com
- 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, morganspier.com
- 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, moshulu.com
- 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, revolutionhouse.com
- 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, warmdaddys.com
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, azie-restaurant.com
- 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, southbowlphilly.com
- 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, standardtap.com
- 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, triobyob.com
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, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, 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.
What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?
Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.
Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food, sample Philly-made craft whiskeys and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue...
What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?
For decades, insiders have headed to South Philadelphia—particularly the neighborhoods east of Broad Street, for the red-gravy Italian restaurants. Today, the area around East Passyunk Avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed much revitalization. This is especially so on the food front, with many new eateries earning enormous acclaim from Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and more.
Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced “pashunk” by old-timers) find boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Malaysian, French, Mexican and Filipino fare, as well as the ristoranti (Marra’s, Victor Café, Mr. Martino’s, Tre Scalini) that first made this street...
What's in the Washington Square West Neighborhood?
Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood comprising a 17th-century park, the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village, the Gayborhood and lots more.
Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square once served as a grazing pasture and potter’s field on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the nearly 300 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row. And to its south is Antique Row, tree-lined blocks of...
What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy Neighborhoods?
Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant neighborhoods.
Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation
What's In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods
Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.
Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.
Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and better-known Fairmount, Spring...
Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has picked this ’hood for its summertime PHS Pop Up Garden three years in a...
What's In The Pennsport & East Passyunk Neighborhoods?
For decades, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, especially on the food front, with many new restaurants opening and gaining enormous acclaim from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine and Eater, an influential online outlet that put East Passyunk eateries in nine of the top 10 spots on the winter 2016 edition of its Eater 38 list of essential Philadelphia’s restaurants.
Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find...
What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?
Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.
City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all of which was designed...
What's in the Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?
Long considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. Home to a number of hotels along with dozens of restaurants and shops, Rittenhouse serves as a point of pride for locals and a favorite among out-of-towners.
Along Rittenhouse’s busy sidewalks—many with seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; bargain stores; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds, from petite BYOBs to crowd-pleasing chains. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all...