Apparently back in the 1700s when most of Old City was built, rooftops weren’t quite as hot a commodity as powdered wigs were, so you won’t find too 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’s the best place in the area to hang out with a few beers and some bar snacks when the weather is in that 10-degree range that’s actually pleasant. The views aren’t exactly panoramic, but that really just means there won’t be a ton of tourists asking you to take their picture.
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Independence Beer Garden
IBG is a seasonal beer garden in Old City with bar food, corn hole, and lots of Philly brews.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
High Street On Market
High Street on Market in Old City is a bakery/restaurant that works for just about any time of day.
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Fork is a big, seasonal American spot in Old City where you should go for a celebratory group dinner.
The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
V Street is Vedge’s much cooler and more casual younger sister that serves vegan street food and cocktails.
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Tiki is a two-floor bar in Midtown Village that you should go to when you want to feel like you’re in college again.
Bok Bar is a seasonal rooftop bar in South Philly with one of the best views in the city.
With a great rooftop and long list of rotating beers, Standard Tap in Northern Liberties is great for everything from Happy Hour to an office party.
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