Enjoying a cool breeze with a cold drink in hand can make the summertime heat more bearable. Plus, discounted pricing during CCD SIPS Wednesdays and daily after-work happy hours make evenings out in Center City even sweeter. From rooftops and patios to beer gardens and hidden gems, here’s our list of 16 stops you need to enjoy before the summer ends!
If you’re searching for a casual backyard-style beer garden, look no further. Snag a picnic table alongside the patio’s vibrant murals and enjoy handcrafted gourmet burgers, draft beers and cool cocktails.
The Patio @ Thirteen Restaurant
Located in the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, The Patio @ Thirteen Restaurant offers American classics to enjoy on their street-level patio. With a stylishly modern bar, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night bites.
The Hacienda at Bodega Bar
If you’re looking for an outdoor back patio where the vibes are as good as the food and drinks, make a stop at The Hacienda at Bodega Bar. This spot offers Latin-inspired cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and happy hours six days a week.
Tucked inside East Market is The Wayward, the perfect plaza for al fresco dining under a canopy of string lights. Enjoy a cocktail and a variety of small and large plates from a menu that’s part American brasserie, part French bistro.
Capriccio Café & Bar at Cret Park
With open seating alongside the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and views of Love Park and City Hall, Capriccio Café is a picturesque spot for casual fare and a full service bar.
1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge
Follow the brick-lined corridor to one of Center City’s favorite outdoor courtyards at 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge. Enjoy all things sushi and sake or treat yourself to a signature cocktail like the Lychee Martini.
Tucked at the end of a little alley behind Midtown Village’s Sampan is this cool open-air patio. Serving the same contemporary Asian small plates as Sampan, this outdoor bar’s decor features a large mural. Insider tip: space is limited, so arrive early.
📍 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia PA 19107
Air Grille Garden at Dilworth Park
For a one-of-a-kind beer garden in the shadow of historic City Hall, visit the Air Grille Garden at Dilworth Park. Summertime staples like fish tacos and street corn are available alongside cold beers and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options.
📍 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia PA 19107
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Pagano’s Market & Bar
Plenty of fresh salads and pizzas make Pagano’s a great spot to grab a slice and a drink after work. Bring a coworker and enjoy shaded patio table seating or have a snack next to the plaza’s beautiful water feature.
Uptown Beer Garden
Perfect for large groups, Uptown Beer Garden has a lively atmosphere that exemplifies summer in Center City. With a classic bar menu, a large beer selection and a rotating lineup of DJs, this happy hour spot is a must-visit.
Independence Beer Garden
This Schulson Collective spot is the perfect place for afterwork fun in the sun with games like cornhole, all right across from Independence Mall!
Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel Center
Balcony Bar is a summer-only hotspot for cool drinks, light bites, music from local DJs and the best views of Center City. Enter through the Kimmel Center and take the elevator to the top, where a birds-eye view of Avenue of the Arts awaits. And if you need plans after, check out a performance at the Kimmel Center.
Attico’s crafted cocktails are accompanied by incomparable citywide views from their rooftop lounge atop the Cambria Hotel. Enjoy everything from small plates to entrees for date night, happy hour, brunch with friends, or after-dinner cocktails.
The Grove at Assembly
For the closest thing to a tropical oasis without leaving Center City, check out The Grove at Assembly. Decorated with exotic plants, and featuring island inspired cocktails and a seafood-centric menu, this outdoor bar has cool rooftop vibes.
Global cuisine, creative cocktails and a stylish mod rooftop patio overlooking the bustling Rittenhouse Row neighborhood are what make the Continental Midtown like no other spot in Center City. A retro-cool spot for happy hour, dinner or brunch.
What do margaritas, house-made corn tortillas and rooftop views have in common? They’re all found at El Techo! Snack on tasty appetizers or try one of their signature margaritas as you soak in the summer breeze at this lively rooftop bar.
Center City’s award winning restaurant scene is the perfect place to finish off your summer. But if you’re looking for plans after dinner or lunch, visit our Explore Center City section for shopping and cultural experiences you won’t want to miss!