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Top 5 Rooftop Bars to Visit in Philadelphia Right Now

Summer is in full swing, enjoy stunning seasonal views and socially distanced drinks at Philly's best rooftop bars.
Life is looking a little closer to normal in Philadelphia as restrictions ease and outdoor dining returns. Those that want to avoid pedestrian and vehicular traffic while dining or drinking al fresco should consider visiting one of these incredible rooftops. Discover Philadelphia's Top Rooftop BarsEnjoy a socially distanced cocktail and a snack in your own little corner of the Philly sky.
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Sitting on top of the South Philadelphia building with the same name, Bok Bar is a seasonal refuge with beer garden vibes. Starting this summer, Bok Bar will be open to guests of all ages and reservations are mandatory. In an effort to be a part of the change they’d like to see, Bok is hosting a full calendar of events including speakers, cultural leaders, musicians, and chefs (tickets may be required for certain events). The food is constantly rotating with pop-ups that change every week (sometimes even within the weekend). Some of the food offerings slated for July include Malaysian street food from Sate Kampar, American fusion from Miles Table, and twisted egg rolls from Better Box. The beverage menu has a well-rounded selection of wine and beer, some of which are local brews.  

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Dining or imbibing on the rooftop terrace of Positano Coast transports guests directly to the Amalfi Coast. The swaying white curtains of the upstairs terrace create a relaxed yet refined atmosphere in which to sip any one of the organic cocktails on the menu, especially their famous Positano Lemon Drop. Happy hour is back and available weekdays from 5-7 p.m with discounted wine, beers, cocktails, and small bites. Zucchini fritti, pesto arancini, and oysters with tarragon mignonette are just a few of the mouthwatering happy hour menu items. Larger menu offerings include pan-seared branzino with parsnip puree, seafood risotto, and linguini with sea urchin, crab, and black squid ink. Come to Positano Coast for brunch to enjoy crab omlettes or the lobster skillet with cavatelli. Brunch can be complemented with bottomless mimosas or sangria for an additional charge.  

(Courtesy Positano Coast)

Conveniently located in the Center City District, Attico Rooftop is perched on top of the Cambria Hotel. This cozy yet contemporary Mediterranean-style rooftop is an elegant place to go for socially distanced beverages and a wholesome meal. Alongside a carefully curated wine and beer list, the cocktail menu features seasonal ingredients perfect for refreshing the thirstiest visitor. The “Le Cosi Dolce” combines vodka with strawberry and rhubarb for a fun spin on a collins and the “Yamas!” tames the spice of rye whiskey with hibiscus and lychee. The food menu is equally tempting during the hot summer months. Cold appetizers include an heirloom tomato salad or scallop crudo, while the warm options showcase potato gnocchi with chantarelle mushrooms. The bar and the kitchen team up on the dinner menu for the smoked whole roasted cauliflower oreganta with black garlic and Cynar BBQ sauce.

(Courtesy Attico Rooftop)

Assembly is located on the 9th floor of the Hotel Logan right in the heart of Philadelphia. The chic, modern decor is accompanied by panoramic views of the City of Brotherly Love. This rooftop oasis is open Tuesday-Saturdays and happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. Reservations are not required. Matching the chic vibes, the menu is simple yet sophisticated. Flatbreads, cheese, and charcuterie boards are the main offerings for nibbles. The beverage menu hosts a small but thoughtful list of cocktails with fanciful ingredients like rose petal agave, blackberry and rosé reduction, and pineapple shrub. For those that want to cut loose, there’s a fun and flirty frosé with Cocchi Rosa, dry vermouth, strawberries, and lemon. In line with the luxurious ambiance, the champagne offerings are just as plentiful as the other wine categories.

(Courtesy Assembly)

Revolution House is the Old City historic district’s premiere rooftop destination. The original brick from the 1798 Quaker Friends Meeting House is still there and guests can see it as they journey from the front door to the rooftop terrace. The cocktail menu has a distinctly revolutionary Americana vibe with cinnamon maple whiskey sours, apple moonshine with house-made spiced cider, or mulled cider with applejack brandy. The beer and wine list have selections for every taste and feature many Pennsylvania brews including Philadelphia’s own Yard’s Philly pale ale. The food menu is full of pub staples like wings, burgers, and pizza. No Philly pub menu would be complete without cheesesteak and Revolution House is serving it up two ways: in classic sandwich style or as cheesesteak eggrolls with sriracha ketchup.