You don’t need us to tell you it’s not a normal summer. Regardless, the options for drinking outside with your friends are pretty slim - especially if you want to do so safely and 100 feet above the ground. But these six places have figured it out - with new rules for table distancing, bathroom lines, and even elevator rides.
Every Friday through Sunday night for the rest of the summer, you’ll be able to eat Emmy Squared’s Detroit-style square pizzas and drink a Paloma on their new rooftop. It’s located about six floors up from their Queen Village spot on the roof of a new apartment complex called The Queen, and they’re serving parties of up to six people on a first-come, first-served basis, with a full dinner and bar menu that includes rotating frozen cocktails.
Sunset Social has pretty much everything you could possibly want from a rooftop. Frozen cocktails? Check. Views of Center City and the Schuylkill? Yup. Real grass that makes you feel like you’re in a field instead of literally on top of a parking garage? You bet. Plus, this season they’re making safety a priority by limiting their capacity, spacing their tables to over six feet apart, and asking people to take the elevator up one group at a time.
Our City Hall is objectively the nicest in the country (fight us, San Francisco). And there’s no better place to stare at it with a drink in your hand than Attico. The rooftop is right on Broad Street, and their big wraparound patio is set up with a few socially distanced tables and a tent (so you can still go even if it’s raining). For the time being, they’re open Wednesday through Sunday starting at 11:30am by reservation only.
Bok Bar, which spans the length of an abandoned school in South Philly, might be our favorite rooftop bar in the entire city. This summer, they’re booking reservation-only events nightly that range from live music to glass-blowing demonstrations to pop-up dinners. Somehow, they’ve taken what’s been an extremely hard time for bars and made it into their most creative and interesting summer yet. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday, and kids are allowed as well this year.
Assembly sits on top of The Logan hotel right near the art museum, and feels more like a fancy Miami club than a Philly bar. They’re open starting at 4pm on Tuesday through Saturday, and tables are all walk-in only. The best way to experience Assembly, though, is at one of their couches (or as they call them “pods”) surrounding a fire pit. To reserve one of those, you’ll need a group of at least eight people, and should email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in the 1700s when most of Old City was built, rooftops weren’t quite as hot of a commodity as powdered wigs were, so you won’t find many of them in the area. One of the only exceptions is Revolution House, a second-floor “rooftop” that’s basically just an elevated dining room. But it happens to be the best place in the area to hang out with a few beers and some bar snacks when the weather isn’t too hot. The views aren’t exactly panoramic, but their tables are spaced out, they keep the groups to eight people max, and you don’t have to get in an enclosed elevator to get up there. Right now, they’re open Wednesday through Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis.