Rooftop Restaurants and Bars in PA

Spring and summer in PA are a rooftop reveler's paradise! With scenic views and sizzling cocktails, these high-rise hot spots are the perfect places to bask in the warm weather.

1. The Exchange


Experience Lancaster City from new heights at The Exchange, a stand-out rooftop bar and lounge. Perched atop the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, this elevated destination whips up craft cocktails and American comfort food amidst unbeatable views of the historic district. On cooler nights, cozy up on the rooftop couches or gather around the firepit for a warm and inviting atmosphere. From wood-fired pizzas to shareable small plates, see for yourself why The Exchange was named an Open Table Diner’s Choice in 2023.

2. The Tavern Restaurant

State College

Standing as a beacon of Penn State pride for more than seven decades in downtown State College, The Tavern beckons diners to unwind and relax on their rooftop porch with its panoramic views of Old Main and campus. Explore a menu that celebrates seasonal flavors and signature dishes, such as their beloved Tavern Chicken or their indulgent Spring Lane Farm Wagyu burger. Whether you stop by for dinner or a leisurely Saturday lunch, each visit promises a culinary adventure of American comfort cuisine, classic cocktails, and a thoughtfully curated selection of wines.

3. Zest Bar + Grille


Outdoor seating with a scenic view
Zest Bar + Grille

Nestled on Bethlehem’s Southside just steps from the vibrant pulse of Lehigh University, Zest Bar + Grille beckons with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Their rooftop dining patio serves as a stunning vantage point, showcasing the industrial majesty of the Bethlehem Steel Stacks and the Lehigh Valley hills. Whether you're seeking a lively evening with friends or a romantic date night, Zest delivers a mouthwatering array of dishes from lamb birria empanadas to succulent braised short ribs. Enjoy the evening breeze as you sip on a signature cocktail such as their ZESTini as you watch the sun dip below the Bethlehem skyline.

4. The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio


people enjoying food sitting outside with an amusement park view
The Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio

The ideal spot for a casual bite to eat after a long day of amusement park adventures, the Chocolatier Restaurant, Bar + Patio is a full-service restaurant located just outside the front gate of Hersheypark. For a sweeter-than-sweet outdoor dining experience, check out their second-story patio and bar with one-of-a-kind views of the Candymonium Hypercoaster and the historic Carrousel and Kisses Fountain. Recently ranked as a top theme park restaurant in the country by USA TODAY 10Best, the restaurant is known not only for its views, but also for its over-the-top milkshakes, elaborate cocktails, cocoa-inspired dishes, and signature Ferris Wheel appetizer.

5. Pier 6 Rooftop Bar and Restaurant


Located above the Bay House Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Pier 6 provides a captivating dining experience with breathtaking views of Lake Erie. This rooftop gem boasts two spacious outdoor patios, inviting guests to admire the sights of Presque Isle State Park while dining on creative appetizers, handhelds, soups, salads, and delicious deserts. Choose from a range of seating options, including outdoor fireplaces, umbrella tables, and cozy lounge areas, all designed to encourage relaxation and mingling. Sip on a cocktail and settle into your favorite spot to unwind against the backdrop of twinkling lights and starry nights.

6. ShuBrew: Handcrafted Ales & Food


As one of Zelienople’s main harbingers of spring and just a 30-minute drive from Pittsburgh, Shubrew's rooftop bar emerges as the ultimate party destination. You’ll find locals and visitors alike enjoying live music sets every Thursday along with their festive pop-up theme nights. Whether you're planning a private event or seeking a lively outing with friends, the rooftop offers an extensive selection of beers featuring their own brews crafted in nearby Harmony, and delectable, all from-scratch small plates, including their renowned "Shmac and Cheese." Elevate your spring and summer experiences at Shubrew's vibrant rooftop oasis.

7. Más Mexicali Cantina

West Chester

Serving up sizzling fajitas with a side of breathtaking scenes of downtown West Chester, Más’ Mexicali Cantina‘s rock-n-roll-inspired rooftop bar is the place to be for tantalizing Mexican fare and a vibe that will transport you to the West Coast. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate more than 150 guests and as West Chester’s only rooftop dining destination, you’ll want to book a reservation to experience a Más Signature frozen margarita, authentic tacos, and golden hour sunset.

8. Spirit & Tales


Experience elevated dining at Spirits & Tales, perched atop the 10th floor of The Oaklander Hotel. Offering both patio and indoor seating, this rooftop gem boasts breathtaking views of Pittsburgh's iconic Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and the Cathedral of Learning. Rooted in the classic French brasserie tradition, Chef Chris Noonan's menu features modern twists on French classics, all crafted with locally sourced ingredients. While the views are a draw, it's the tantalizing cuisine and ever-evolving high-end signature cocktail selection that will keep you coming back for more.

9. The Great American Pub


You can spread out on the spacious terrace at The Great American Pub, a cherished gem near Philadelphia. Since 1991, The Great American Pub has been delighting patrons with classic American dishes and a wide selection of craft beer, establishing itself as a local favorite. As one of the few establishments in Montgomery County with a roof deck bar, it provides the perfect setting for a memorable evening. Whether you’re in the mood to dance to a DJ’s beats or relax with an acoustic set during dinner, their live entertainment caters to every mood.

10. The Yorktowne Hotel


With the arrival of the season’s sunshine, the Graham Rooftop Lounge is back in action atop the 14-story Yorktowne Hotel in downtown York. A historic landmark since 1925, the hotel blends York’s rich history with contemporary charm. Relax in the city’s only open-air rooftop lounge, offering a mix of traditional seating and bar space, and take advantage of happy hour specials complemented by stunning city views Tuesday through Friday.

11. Off the Rail


Nestled in the heart of Media, aka “Everybody’s Hometown,” Off The Rail restaurant offers a cozy setting with a stunning vantage point of State Street. Whether meeting friends for a post-work drink or enjoying a relaxed Sunday afternoon with family, the comfortable booths, rooftop bar, and rooftop patio provide a welcoming ambiance for all. The menu features delicious light fare pub-style dishes, including Philly cheesesteak egg rolls and homemade bread pudding, perfectly fitting for the local, family-friendly vibe of downtown Media.

12. Bok Bar


Bok Bar, located on the 8th floor of a former school in Philadelphia, is renowned for its panoramic views of the city skyline. This rooftop destination is the place to be on a warm South Philly night with a lively atmosphere and large selection of wine, craft beer, and rotating chefs serving bar bites. Come and experience the inviting, inclusive ambiance of the rooftop with friends, or check their website to sign up for one of their pop-up drag shows or yoga events throughout the spring and summer months.

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