The Al Fresco Diner’s Guide for Summer 2017

River, Reflections, Skyscrapers, Skyline, Twilight

Summer is here which means it’s time to catch some sun. We can’t think of any better way to enjoy some fresh air than with a cold beverage and delicious fare from some of Philadelphia’s great bars and restaurants. Take a look at some of our recommendations for al fresco dining this summer.

Bok Bar

Now in its third year running, Bok Bar, located on 8th and Mifflin, has established itself as a hot spot for lovers of beer, wine, and good food. The rooftop spot is a perfect space to kick back with a cold beer and a group of friends.  The menu changes yearly and this time around, they’re offering dumplings, tacos, and a rice bowl. For an added dose of fun, keep an eye out for their special events including sunset hip hop yoga and their soul food brunches with Big Rube.

Sky Garten

If you’re looking for an alternative view overlooking the city, you need to get to Sky Garten, located on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square. This German beer garden has plenty of delicious food and beer for everyone. Bring some friends or take your date for a breathtaking view of the city.

Standard Tap

With all that glorious summer sun often comes some rain and thunder. At Standard Tap, in Northern Liberties, you can enjoy the fresh air rain or shine under their covered roof deck. The affordable all-American menu offers something for everyone from an awesome raw bar selection to a variety of small and large plates.


Whether you’re a Philly native or just visiting, Parc is the city’s quintessential place for outdoor dining. This Rittenhouse restaurant offers all the wonderful scenery and fare of France without the jet lag. Stop by in the afternoon for a cup of espresso and delicious pastries with a friend or take your date on a romantic night out.

Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill

Of course, we couldn’t go without mentioning our sister restaurants Twenty Manning Grill and Audrey Claire. Both are located on the always-bustling block of 20th street just west of Rittenhouse Square. Grab a seat outside of Twenty Manning and indulge in a fun cocktail and some new-American cuisine or head up the street with a bottle of your favorite wine for some fantastic Mediterranean food at Audrey Claire.

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