During the summer months, being outside as much as possible is a top priority, even when it comes to dancing. Although nightclubs are usually found inside, there are a few outdoor decks and rooftops throughout the city where you can get your groove on. Read on for some of the best outdoor dance floors found in Philadelphia.
Cavanaugh’s Riverdeck
417 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 629-7400

Cavanaugh’s River Deck is located directly on the Delaware River and is a restaurant, bar and nightclub. The dance floor is huge and features guest DJs and themed events throughout the summer. Fun nights at Cavanaugh’s River Deck include dancing to popular tunes, foam pits and mechanical bull rides. DJs spin every Friday and Saturday while other events throughout the week include Mug night (buy a mug and fill it up for $1), Island vibes Caribbean night, Thursday college night ($10 open bar) and a Tuesday open mic night for DJs.

Morgan’s Pier
221 North Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 279-7134

Morgan’s Pier is an outdoor beer garden on the Delaware River featuring plenty of entertainment throughout the summer. Its large dance floor features DJs throughout the week including DJ BeatStreet on Friday, Mr. Sonny James on Saturday and a Yacht rock party on Sunday featuring ’70s and ’80s music during Sunday brunch. Apart from dancing, Morgan’s Pier also has games, plenty of seating and space to roam around, as well as craft cocktails, wine, spirits, beer and a full menu of American fare.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-2889

Stratus Rooftop Lounge perches 11 stories above Independence Hall on top of the Monaco Hotel. It offers fantastic views of the city skyline and night sky and is especially enjoyable on warm summer nights, although it is opened year ’round. Stratus Lounge has room for a large group of friends to dance. House music is played on Thursday while DJ Royale plays every Saturday night. Fridays are reserved for special guest DJs. When you tire of dancing, enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail and small bite on one of its plush leather couches.

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Vango Lounge
116 S 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-1020

Vango Lounge & Skybar is located in Rittenhouse on top of the hookah bar Byblos. The rooftop bar offers great views in a comfortable environment featuring king-size beds, private rooms and a dance floor with DJs spinning mixed dance music seven nights a week. If you need a break from dancing, sip a delicious cocktail, like a special martini or mojito while enjoying the summer air. Vango also has bottle service for those special occasions in your life and has themed events throughout the week including Ladies night Tuesday, Latin Monday and Hip Hop Wednesday.

Bamboo Bar At The Roxxy
27 N Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 931-0101

The Bamboo Bar is an outdoor deck connected to the Roxxy nightclub. Only opened during the summer and on Friday and Saturday, Bamboo Bar hosts many theme nights including foam parties, all-white parties and beach parties. The club also has bikini contests and a small pool you can take a dip in. Bamboo Bar features many specials including cheap drinks, 83-ounce fishbowls and ladies are free before 10. The events are typically 17 to enter, 21 to drink.

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