When temperatures rise in Philly, the city’s outdoor and rooftop bars are the place to be. This season, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to sipping cocktails under the sun or stars. Whether you’re kicking back with a glass of local wine at a bocce court, or cracking a cold one in a hammock, these are the bars that are going to make your summer.
Harper’s Garden, Center City’s newest outdoor bar and restaurant is an urban oasis with a killer drinks list. An extensive draft system pours craft brews from the likes of Bells and 21st Amendment alongside summery whites and rosés, as well as kombucha.
For summertime special occasions, there’s no beating Assembly, the chic rooftop bar atop the Logan Hotel. The drinks menu is full of bubbles by the glass and well-crafted cocktails like mezcal-spiked Crimson Mule and a seasonal sour with apricots and Campari.
Down by the river
Chill out at the hanging hammock garden and take in the river views at Spruce Street Harbor Park, a perennial summertime favorite. This year, the alfresco beers list is welcoming a collaboration beer made with Yards Brewing – the Lazy Hammock IPA with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Come nighttime, the park lights up with colorful neon and live music, making for a scenic walk back to Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
This converted technical high school is now home to Bok Bar, the city’s favorite rooftop drinks destination/Instagram spot. From its South Philly location, guests can see from river to river, all while sipping warm-weather quenchers from Victory Brewing and Dogfish.
Sunny summer days call for day drinking at Frankford Hall, a bustling biergarten on Fishtown’s main drag. German beers are poured by the liter, and pair perfectly with shareable snacks like fries with curry ketchup and Bavarian pretzels. Jenga and a selection of board games keep the competition friendly.
Tucked into a tight alley behind Sampan restaurant, Graffiti Bar is a happy hour favorite. When temperatures rise, Asian-accented cocktails like the lychee mule hit the spot at this tiny outdoor bar . If after-work drinks turn into a long night, this Midtown Village mainstay is just a quick walk to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City on Broad Street.
The sunny patio of Martha is an idyllic place to while away an afternoon, made even better with a glass of wine from nearby Karamoor Estate. Those looking for bit more action can get in on a round or two of bocce while enjoying the locavore offerings on the drinks list.
The park facing outdoor seats at Parc are some of the most desirable in the city, especially come summer. At this little piece of Paris, chilled glasses of rosé and Chablis go down almost too easily.
There are plenty of places to post up on Passyunk Avenue, but the tree-lined patio of this Barcelona is one of the tastiest. This tapas bar’s menu is full of summertime-friendly wines and cocktails, along with flights that will have guests learning about Spanish wines, vermouths, and sherries.