Six Rooftop Bars to Grab a Drink at This Summer
Fact: Wine tastes better when consumed many feet above the hustle and bustle — and smells — of city sidewalks in summer.
1801 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
Height, in stories: 3
Go for: A three-martini lunch.
Tables are precious on this roof deck, so be prepared to elbow your way onto the elevator. A power lunch of crispy calamari salad with a side of vitamin D is worth the potential bruising.
800 Mifflin Street, South Philly
Height, in stories: 8
Go for: A staycation.
Sundays are family day (read: the one day your terrible-twos toddler is welcome), so skip the Shore drive, grab your brood, and snag a couple of chairs to soak up the rays, glass of rosé in hand.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
1840 Ben Franklin Parkway, Center City.
Height, in stories: 9
Go for: A fancy cocktail.
Served along with stunning views of the Art Museum, the drinks from the menu at this year-round rooftop lounge don’t disappoint. They’ve even got — wait for it — frosé.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
433 Chestnut Street, Old City
Height, in stories: 11
Go for: The well-priced drinks.
Just the length of this happy hour (it runs from 5 to 8 p.m.) makes it hard to beat, but the rooftop breeze and comfy lounge seating don’t hurt.
219 South Broad Street, Midtown Village
Height, in stories: 16
Go for: The raw bar.
The sleek inside-outside restaurant that tops the new Cambria Hotel (projected opening: this month) will have lots of seafood, a signature crab Charlotte, and plenty of martinis to wash them down.
1717 Arch Street, Center City
Height, in stories: 51
Go for: The beer list.
This sky-high spot takes the whole beer-garden trend to new heights, with a menu of German brews and jaw-dropper city views.
Published as “The Air Up There: Soaring Sips” in the May 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.