The Easy, Breezy, Laid-Back, Super-Relaxed, We-Love-Summer Guide to Outdoor Dining
For a drink
The newest spots for cocktails, rooftop to poolside
On a nice night, the dance floor of Center City’s sleek Vango is often all but empty; patrons decamp to the spacious third-floor roof deck. While the club’s specialty cocktails (Green Wednesday, Turquoise Thursday, Black Friday, etc.) seem as gimmicky as the big square beds (yes, beds) clustered in the corner, we actually liked them once we tried them (unlike the beds) — especially the Blue Monday, with blueberry schnapps, champagne and a sugared rim.
As it turns out, there might be something better than a bottle of rosé sipped at a sidewalk cafe: a bottle of cocktails on the oh-so-civilized second-floor roof deck at Midtown Village’s new Apothecary. This isn’t the over-the-top and overpriced bottle service of too many chic clubs. These are cocktails for wine drinkers; six-glass portions of bartender-mixed classics (the brandy-and-rum Philadelphia Fish House Punch) and creatives (the shochu-based Kyushu Sour) to be poured into proper old-timey glasses.
The Water Club
1 Renaissance Way, Atlantic City, 609-317-8888, thewaterclubatborgata.com
Sure, enjoying chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s extra-spicy white Bloody Marys (made with tomato water and wasabi) and sweet and kicky dark ‘n’ stormys by one of the new Water Club’s five posh pools will cost you all your poker winnings — and then some. But in A.C., where exclusivity never feels all that exclusive, such truly chic treats are very much worth the price of admission.