Where to drink outside in Philly

Join the swank crowd at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Credit: Laura Kicey
Join the swank crowd at Stratus Rooftop Lounge.
Credit: Laura Kicey

Grab some friends, find a spot with sidewalk tables and take your love of a well-made cocktail out into the open.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge
Situated atop Hotel Monaco is an open-air bar and lounge with plush seating, a fire wall and an all-around trendy vibe. Head there for a breath of 11th-story fresh air.
433 Chestnut St.

Square 1682
As part of Hotel Palomar, you’d expect this Rittenhouse spot to be intimidatingly chic.  Square 1682 does takes food and booze seriously, but that doesn’t make it fussy. In fact, from June 7 to Aug. 31, outdoor weekend brunch allows you to bring your dog; Fido gets a menu of his own. Partial proceeds benefit Operation Ava, a Philadelphia no-kill shelter.
121 S. 17th St.

Twenty Manning Grill
Like so many outdoor seating options, this one is a little tight. Actually, it’s close quarters when you sit indoors, too. But, trust us, it’s worth it. Check out the seasonal drink menu that combines quality ingredients, like spirits from Art in the Age, with tongue-twisting drink names (see: the Rural Juror). When you can no longer clearly state the drink name, that means you’re flagged, right?
261 S. 20th St.

Twisted Tail
There are plenty of sights to behold over in the Headhouse area of South Street, so sit outdoors for the best view. If you’re a bourbon or scotch drinker, Twisted Tail is your new heaven. Can’t decide on what to order? Go for a flight of brown liquor and you won’t be disappointed.
509 S. Second St.

What best complements outdoor seating? Strong craft cocktails and delectable small plates — which is why we find ourselves at Stateside more often than we’d like to admit. And because this is a particularly popular chunk of East Passyunk, you might just run into some chums while sitting in the great outdoors.
1536 E. Passyunk Ave.


Green Line Cafe
This adorable corner coffee shop is situated right at a trolley stop on Baltimore Ave., making it easy to get to. Here you can grab some vegan muffins and excellent iced coffee, while sitting just across the street from Clark Park. Go on a Saturdaymorning to peruse the park’s farmers market first, or just pull up a seat and watch as farmers and urbanites mingle.
4239 Baltimore Ave.


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