With colder temperatures on the horizon, bars and restaurants across Philadelphia are ensuring guests can still comfortably enjoy a beverage or bite al fresco into late-October and beyond with the addition of standing heaters, outdoor wood burning fireplaces, and more. Noteworthy mentions include Assembly Rooftop Lounge, At The Table, Butcher Bar, MilkBoy, Royal Boucherie, Seaview Hotel, Stella of New Hope, and The Twisted Tail.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s swanky rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the perfect place to enjoy delicious cocktails and bites year-round. With four beautiful fire pits, overhead heaters and eight standing heaters, Assembly is the ideal spot for the upcoming chilly season. Not to mention, the wicked fun, seasonal pop-up, Haunted Heights, is returning from October 20th to October 31st featuring frightening decor, scary movies on the TVs, themed cocktails, a DJ spinning spooky tunes on the weekends.
Hours of operation: Sunday through Thursday 4 – 10:30 pm; bar closes at 12 am; Friday and Saturday 4 – 10 pm; bar closes at 2 am; Happy Hour is Sunday through Thursday 4 – 5 pm
At The Table, Wayne’s venerable and award-winning fine-dining restaurant from chefs Alex Hardy and Tara Buzan-Hardy, moved to a new, expanded space on 118 W Lancaster Avenue last month replete with a 400% larger kitchen, four seat oyster and raw bar, and a 20-seat outdoor patio. Guests interested in dining al fresco can take in views of the neighborhood while dining à la carte, indulging in the regularly updated Chef’s Six-Course Tasting Menu, or enjoying drinks and light bites during the newly launched happy hour. The outdoor patio boasts a stylish, freshly installed lighting system as well as heat lamps, for ambience that is warm in both appearance and temperature.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 5 – 10pm, Happy Hour Tuesday and Wednesday 5 – 7pm
Butcher Bar, the Rittenhouse hub for comfort food, an expansive brown spirits collection, and grilled fare that hearkens to the local butcher’s revered place in American culture, boasts two transitional indoor-outdoor dining areas that seat approximately 30 each perfect for a group brunch outing, intimate date night for two, and everything in between, dubbed The Patio and The Whiskey Garden.
Upon passing through Butcher Bar’s primary indoor dining room, guests descend a short staircase and are met with the first of two dining areas: The Patio showcases a transitional ceiling that can be opened to welcome in crisp air (weather permitting!), or closed if inclement weather ensues. When the ceiling is closed, guests can stay cozy via the industrial heaters lining the perimeter of the room’s ceiling, which are sure to keep meatheads warm during a fall or winter outing — ideal for indulging in hot (or cold) cocktails like Bar Manager Mike Marino’s Hot Mulled Wine (his version of his grandfather’s original recipe).
Spirits lovers and carnivores can also convene in the next room, the adjacent Whiskey Garden, lined with turf grass floors and populated by cherry-red picnic tables; the brick walls adorned with antler and other meat-iculously curated décor. Once outside temps drop to a chill, the transitional sliding walls can be closed, with the room warmed via a central heating system.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 3 pm
Dinner: Monday through Wednesday 4 – 9 pm, Thursday 4 – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 4 – 11 pm, and Sunday 4 – 8:30 pm
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4 – 6:30 pm
MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-born brand known for booze, bites, and music, is equipped to keep the chill of autumn at bay at both its South Street and Chestnut Street locations with heat strips installed above and around open-air street seating. Whether grabbing a brew for happy hour, pregaming a concert, or just enjoying the vibes, guests to both venues can stay warm while dining and imbibing outdoors.
Hours of operation at MilkBoy South Street: Sunday through Tuesday 11am – 12am; Wednesday through Saturday 11am – 1am
Hours of operation at MilkBoy Chestnut Street: Monday through Friday 7am – 2am; Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2am
Royal Boucherie, the buzzing French-inspired lively neighborhood bistro in Old City, offers a stylish escape from the cold without losing the ambience of the season thanks to their second-floor rooftop garden patio. Perched on top of the mood lit first floor dining room and bar, the rooftop garden patio is equipped with heat lamps and ideal for weekend brunch and evening dinner dates alike. The space can also be rented for weddings and private events, along with the adjourning private dining room and bar.
Hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday 4pm – 10pm; Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 10pm; Friday 11am – 11pm; Saturday 10am – 11pm; Sunday 10am – 9pm; Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4pm – 6pm
Seaview Hotel, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential seaside resort located just outside Atlantic City and an hour drive from Philadelphia, is the ultimate fall getaway. With plenty to do onsite, including two historic golf courses, a restaurant serving up fresh Jersey flavors and a pickle ball court, Seaview is perfect for a relaxing stay to enjoy the beautiful fall weather by the coast. The resort also offers a picture-esque outdoor fire pit on its front patio overlooking the infamous Bay Golf Course and Atlantic City skyline. Sit back, relax and enjoy watching the sun set (at 6:30pm) sitting cozy next to the warm fireside.
Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday 7 am – 9 pm
Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, boasts a second-floor patio with unparalleled views of the Delaware River, overhead heaters and a wood burning fireplace. Guests are encouraged to sit outside to enjoy an array of seasonal dishes and cocktails while taking in the beautiful fall foliage that New Hope has to offer. Stella’s patio is also dog-friendly and the restaurant offers it’s very own Pup Menu!
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 4 – 10 pm, Sunday 4 – 9 pm; Friday 11 am – 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live Juke Joint on Headhouse Square known for its extensive array of brown spirits, will be offering three standing heaters for its outdoor seating area for mild fall days. Guests can take advantage of The Twisted Tail’s daily social hour from 4-6 pm boasting buck-a-shuck oysters and some of the city’s best cheese curds, or split a punch bowl with a group of friends.
Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 10 pm; Friday 4 pm – 12 am; Saturday 11 am – 12 am; Sunday 10 am – 10 pm