Philadelphia, PA - Combat freezing temps by dining at heated outdoor venues in Philadelphia and beyond. Noted locales Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge, and Art in the Age, amongst other restaurants and bars in the area, offer an impressive alfresco setup fit with heat lamps, fire pits, and so on — making dining outdoors mid-winter a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all.
Philly’s Premier Al Fresco Dining Destinations For Winter
Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge
The eclectic Northern Liberties diner and lounge area is ready for chilly, winter temps with expanded outdoor seating including a streetery on Lawrence and café seating along Spring Garden, in addition to Silk’s magical garden – filled with art, sculpture, and other visual treats from restaurateur Mark Bee’s findings in and around Philly. The space is fully covered and insulated with heat lamps and a plethora of heaters — keeping the temperature at a comfortable 65 degrees through the duration of winter. Imbibers can snag an outdoor table and enjoy a plethora of dinner and brunch offerings as well as sip on hot cocktails including Hot Toddy, Irish Coffee, and Hot Mulled Cider, and featured tipples such as Winter Fashioned utilizing Maker’s Mark Whiskey, seasonal spices, and orange. 435 Spring Garden Street
Hours of operation: Wednesday from 5 – 10 pm, Thursday from 5 – 11 pm, Friday from 5 – 12 am, Saturday from 11 am – 12 am, and Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Center City’s upscale rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art has transformed into a cozy winter setup, accurately dubbed Alpine Heights, a modern ski lodge-inspired pop-up running through Saturday, February 26.
Guests can enjoy boozy hot cocoa, festive winter ales, comfort food, themed décor, blankets, blazing fire pits, heat lamps, and much more, making Assembly Rooftop Lounge the ultimate winter destination for date night or àpres-work cocktails. Plum Spiced Old Fashioned composed of Country Smooth Bourbon, fall spiced plum simple, and angostura and orange bitters. Toasty tipples on the extensive beverage menu include Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, Alpine Toddy, and Mulled Hot Apple Cider. In contrast, seasonal sippers include Beet You To The Slopes crafted with Banhez Mezcal, green chartreuse, simple beet syrup, and fresh lime. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 4 - 10:30 pm
Art in the Age
Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop offers a sweeping and heated outdoor cocktail garden for sipping sensational craft cocktails courtesy of the cocktails made with seasonal ingredients such as Tamworth Distilling’s Skiklubben Aquavit and Damson Plum Gin, in addition to partaking in Cozy Hour, a happy hour daily from 3 – 5 pm, featuring $2 off cocktails and $1 off local beer and cider. 116 N 3rd Street
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 6 pm.
Philadelphia’s top craft beer bar boasts a spacious outdoor streetery and sidewalk patio with a smattering of heaters to assist in keeping guests warm and comfortable while dining al fresco all season long. Guests can enjoy an array of local craft brews, seasonal cocktails, and brand-new pub fare, including the newly-rejuvenated weekend brunch service featuring The French Toast BLT, Breakfast Burrito, and toppling house-made Breakfast Burger, all while staying toasty outdoors. 1148 South 11th Street
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm, with brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
The city’s largest and oldest brewery located in Kensington holds an expansive beer garden open for service year-round with picnic tables galore available for patrons to take a seat, grab a pint or six-pack of Walt Wit, Working Cat, or Kenzinger, and BYOF (bring your own food — or order from nearby Martha, Zig Zig BBQ, Pizza Brain, etc.), in addition to a heated and covered sidewalk patio. Bonus: the beer garden is pet-friendly too! 2440 Frankford Ave
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 11 am – Midnight, and Sunday from 11 am – 11 pm.
Old City’s lively neighborhood bistro offers a well-curated craft cocktail and French-forward wine selection in addition to a robust dinner and brunch menu helmed by Executive Chef Matt Buehler. Guests can indulge in contemporary takes on classic French dishes such as Steak Frites prepared with grass-fed Bavette steak, arugula-anchovy butter, and frites. The famed Grass-Fed Boucherie Burger crafted with bone marrow, watercress, and gruyere, all while dining outdoors at the covered and heated sidewalk streetery, and flourishing, intimate second-floor garden – one of Philadelphia’s most hidden gems. - 52 S. 2nd Street
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 4 - 10 pm
Stella of New Hope
located in the heart of bustling Main Street overlooking the Delaware River, are the ultimate outdoor imbibing location with a sweeping deck boasting stellar views of the river, the Bucks County Playhouse, and adjacent quaint small town Lambertville, NJ, rife with an on-site outdoor wood burning fireplace for guests to stay warm and cozy through the season. Diners can enjoy an array of seasonal, refreshing cocktails, wine, and local brews, and a deluxe selection of fare from Executive Chef Michael O’Halloran, including Beef Tartare, Pan Seared NY Strip Steak, and Pan Roasted Day Boat Sea Scallops on the expansive deck while taking in the crisp, cool air and unparalleled views of New Hope, PA. 50 S Main Street
Hours of operation: Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 4 – 10 pm, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm
The Twisted Tail
A popular Southern-inspired restaurant and bar on Headhouse Square offers visitors and locals a sweeping sidewalk patio in the charming Society Hill neighborhood, ideal for enjoying dinner, brunch, or drinks al fresco year-round. The spacious streetery is surrounded by various heat lamps allowing guests a toasty experience while sipping on delicious libations including the Cargo Plane, composed of bourbon, orange, cardamom, Amaro, and Aperol, the signature Mint Julep, with Maker’s Mark, mint, and sugar, and winter-inspired cocktails such as Smokestack Lightning, crafted with mezcal, orange, lemon, sweet vermouth, and cherry. 509 S. 2nd Street
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 4—10 pm, Friday 4—12 am, Saturday 11—12 am, and Sunday 10—10 pm
Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse has a picturesque outdoor patio with stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that fits with heat lamps and heaters, bringing comfort and warmth to each guest. Diners and imbibers can reserve an outdoor table during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch service and enjoy seasonal starters such as Pan Roasted Pork Belly, locally-sourced Cheese Plate, house-made Charcuterie Board, and superior steak offerings including New York Steak Tasting, Dry Aged 1855 Beef, Joyce Farms Ribeye, and much more. An array of hot, chilled, and no-proof cocktails are available for sipping, including a Mezcal Mule composed of mezcal, lime, pomegranate, falernum, and ginger beer. Yuzu 92 is crafted with Bluecoat Gin, yuzu, gentian, rosemary, and sparkling. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am – 9 pm, and Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm