Since Rouge sparked Philly’s alfresco dining explosion back in 1998, patios and outdoor spots at bars and restaurants have opened up all over the city. And as temperatures begin to rise, finding a nice place to sit outside is ideal. Before summer hits, many places offer heat lamps and fire pits for chilly nights. Here are some of the best bars in Philly with heated patios.
102 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Keeping warm is easy on the roof deck of this Midtown Village restaurant. Cozy up next to one of its many heat lamps and enjoy great views of the bustling city below. Sip on creatively named and inventive cocktails or enjoy a nice cold craft beer instead. The Corner’s American-inspired cuisine is nothing short of amazing. The menu includes savory items such as specialty burgers, sandwiches and a truly delicious white bean chili. Happy hour specials (Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) include $3 beers, $5 cocktails and $5 appetizers.
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1208 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
A favorite among Fishtown residents for its barbecue, Fette Sau came to Philadelphia by way of Brooklyn and a partnership between Joe Carroll (who owns the barbecue restaurant of the same name in New York) and Stephen Starr. The menu is ever-changing and uses only dry-rubbed meats from local farms. Even though it’s right next door to Frankford Hall’s beer garden, you won’t have to venture out after dinner, since Fette Sau offers nine craft beers on tap and premium whiskeys on hand. Sit outside on one of the eatery’s long picnic tables and bask in the warmth of one of the heat lamps.
1001 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Gunner’s Run is nestled inside Northern Liberties’ Piazza at Schmidt’s. Its patio features many heat lamps that are turned on upon request and are perfect for chilly days or nights when viewing ballgames on the Piazza’s big screen. Ten craft beers are featured on tap and the bar’s specialty cocktails made with in-house infused spirits are killer. The menu is American inspired, including many sandwiches as well as mussels and appetizers. It also has excellent vegan and vegetarian options. Gunner’s Run has made a name for itself with all of the events it throws – from quizzo to open mic night.
3333 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Landmark Americana is a sports bar in University City, complete with fire pits on its outdoor patio roaring strong (weather permitting) during those cool days and cold nights. While keeping warm by the heat, enjoy one of Landmark Americana’s great daily specials like $2 margaritas, $3 Blue Moon pints and 50-cent wings. The menu consists of finger foods (crab fondue is a favorite), delicious sandwiches, bread bowls and plates like shepherd’s pie or fish and chips. It also has a gluten-free menu with gluten-free rolls, tomato soup and chicken fingers.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Stratus Lounge offers some of the best views in the city. Situated on the top floor of Hotel Monaco 11 stories up, it overlooks spectacular Independence Hall. Decorated with a 30-foot fire wall to keep you warm on these brisk spring nights, you’ll feel very relaxed as you sit comfortably on one of its lounge couches and sip on some of the best cocktails in the city. Stratus Lounge only uses carefully selected liquors to craft its fantastic cocktails. Mingle with your friends while enjoying small bites, pizzas and sliders.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.