Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Best Sunlit Bars in Philadelphia to Drink Indoors Year-Round and Still Get Some Sun

by Drink Philly on Apr 3, 2019 in Roundups


Photo by Drink Philly

Sometimes, when the East Coast cools down a little bit, you just need a side of melatonin with your cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. Here are the sunniest bars in Philadelphia where you can bask in the sun even when temperatures are low.


Photo by Drink Philly

Attico
The Cambria Hotel's sleek, chic rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city and is open year round, thanks to clever tenting and a cozy indoor space where you can still hang out during the coldest months of the year. (219 South Broad St Rooftop; 267-536-5725)


Photo via Heritage

Heritage
This pastoral oasis in Northern Liberties is filled with sunlight thanks to several skylights that let in natural lighting all year round. (914 N 2nd St.; 215-627-7500)


Photo by Drink Philly

Irwin’s
Head to the top of the Bok building during the winter when Bok Bar is closed and hunker down at Irwin's, a homey space that looks like your dream living room and serves up creative cocktails to boot. (It will also be open during the summer as a companion to Bok Bar.) (800 Mifflin St.; 215-693-6206)


Photo via Harper's Garden

Harper’s Garden
Situated near several of Philadelphia's downtown office buildings, Harper's Garden's patio and bar is the perfect after-work spot to unwind, thanks to its menu of small plates, its expansive wine list, and its refreshing cocktails. (31 S 18th St.; 267-886-8552)


Photo by Drink Philly

Philadelphia Distilling
This Fishtown distillery, which is the first to open in Pennsylvania since Prohibition, is the home of Bluecoat Gin and Vigo Amaro as well as housing an incredible tasting room, which is one of the most gorgeous and photogenic bars in the city. (25 E Allen St.; 215-671-0346)


Photo by Danielle Delre

Parc
One of Stephen Starr's most famous restaurants, Parc perfectly mimics a Parisian bistro right in the center of Rittenhouse Square — sidle up to the enormous bar or grab a table by the window, and you'll think you're on the Left Bank. (227 S 18th St.; 215-545-2262)


Photo by Drink Philly

Assembly
The Logan Hotel's stunning rooftop bar offers incredible views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as comfy couches, firepits, great cocktails, and more. (1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy; 215-783-4171)


Photo by Drink Philly

Tuna Bar
Old City's stylish and sleek sushi bar on Race Street is home to creative rolls, wasabi-infused cocktails, and plenty of sake, but it also has floor to ceiling windows that let in abundant sunlight even in mid-winter. (205 Race St.; 215-238-8862)


Photo by Drink Philly

Mission Taqueria
Situated atop its sister restaurant, Oyster House, Mission Taqueria's wide windows and skylights make it the perfect place to celebrate Taco Tuesday, share a plate of nachos, or sip a green juice margarita (all of Mission's margaritas are made with fresh juices squeezed right then and there). (1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor; 215-383-1200)


Photo by Drink Philly

Tria Café Wash West
Philly's premier wine bar has two locations, but thanks to huge windows throughout the whole space, Tria Café's sunniest location by a long shot is its outpost at 12th and Spruce, where you can pair the perfect wine and cheese in bright sunshine any time of year. (1137 Spruce St.; 215-629-9200)


Photo by Drink Philly

The Bourse
This massive upscale food hall in Old City boasts vendors offering everything from tacos to local spirits to authentic Filipino cuisine to gooey grilled cheese, and you can enjoy the drink and food of your choice underneath the space's huge skylights that encompass the dining area. (111 S Independence Mall E; 215-625-0300)


Photo by Abbe Stern

Bar 210
Even if you're not splurging on one of the city's best prix-fixe dinners or brunches at Lacroix, you can still visit their bar any time you'd like and enjoy a sunlit cocktail or glass of wine at the cozy bar. Grab a seat during the winter and look out at Rittenhouse Square (and if the weather is really cold, Bar 210 is a great spot to watch the snow fall). (210 W Rittenhouse Square; 215-790-2533)


Photo by Drink Philly

Mainstay Independent at Craft Hall
The original Yards Brewing location has been transformed into a family-friendly food hall called Craft Hall, which is also home to Mainstay Independent Brewing Co., another worthy addition to the Philadelphia craft beer scene. Try one of Mainstay's signature brews in their bright space, which even has a fireplace for really chilly days. (901 N Delaware Ave.; 215-422-3561)


Photo by Drink Philly

Walnut Street Cafe
Located in the AKA University City, Walnut Street Cafe's all day space offers brunch, lunch, fresh pastries, a killer wine list, a full bar, and everything in between, as well as huge windows that overlook West Philadelphia. Bring your laptop, post up at a window seat, and enjoy the view while you work. (2929 Walnut St.; 215-867-8067)

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Enjoy 2019's Beaujolais Nouveau & Cru With Philly Wine Week Across Philadelphia, November 21-24

Enjoy 2019's Beaujolais Nouveau & Cru With Philly Wine Week Across Philadelphia, November 21-24

Philly Wine Week is partnering with lots of great Philly restaurants to serve up Beaujolais Nouveau & Cru for ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 13, 2019
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
SPONSORED
Behind the Bar: Philadelphia Bartenders of James Beard's Raising the Bar Reception

Behind the Bar: Philadelphia Bartenders of James Beard's Raising the Bar Reception

On Wednesday, October 30, six of Philadelphia's best bartenders - Aaron Deary from R&D, Paul MacDonald from Fr...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 28, 2019
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Le Caveau, The New Wine Bar Atop The Good King Tavern, Now Open

Le Caveau, The New Wine Bar Atop The Good King Tavern, Now Open

The Good King Tavern has a new upstairs hangout; Le Caveau, the French bistro's new wine bar, is now open for business. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 23, 2019
Where to Celebrate the Second Philadelphia Cider Week, October 31-November 8

Where to Celebrate the Second Philadelphia Cider Week, October 31-November 8

The second Philadelphia Cider Week is being celebrated this year from Thursday, October 31 to Friday, November...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 23, 2019
Celebrate Beers, Boats, & Fun at the Drink Philly Halloween Night Boat Party, Oct 31

Celebrate Beers, Boats, & Fun at the Drink Philly Halloween Night Boat Party, Oct 31

On Thursday, October 31, Halloween Night, we'll sail down the Delaware River in spooky style with an open bar ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 23, 2019
Elevate Your Tailgate With Crown Royal & Chickie's & Pete's Cocktail & Food Competition, November 7

Elevate Your Tailgate With Crown Royal & Chickie's & Pete's Cocktail & Food Competition, November 7

Celebrate football season than with an upscale tailgate cocktail & food competition with complimentary food an...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 16, 2019
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close