Philadelphia has many fantastic rooftop bars that one can just sit back, and soak up the wonderful summer weather with a drink. We’re lucky to have one just minutes from where we live. The Assembly Lounge is located atop the Logan Hotel, and the views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and museum district are spectacular!
We started the afternoon by first visiting one of our city’s wonderful museums, the Rodin Museum. It was the first weekend that they opened their popup garden bar, so we decided to check it out. I had never been inside the Rodin Museum, so this was the perfect time to visit both. The museum and grounds are absolutely beautiful. The sculptures by Auguste Rodin are simply breathtaking. Outside, the garden is amazing when everything is in bloom. I highly recommend you visit this wonderful museum when you’re in Philadelphia.
After touring the museum, and having a quick drink in the beautiful popup garden bar, we headed over to the Assembly Lounge. The weather was perfect this day, and we were in the mood to soak it in some more.
There are really no bad seats or views at the Assembly Lounge. You have city hall, and center city to the right, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul across the street, and the museum district, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the left. It’s easy to spend several hours here!
Not only are the views good, but the food and cocktails are equally good. We ordered a couple of cocktails, and some small plates for a snack. I got the Lit Redemption, which was made with black tea infused Bluecoat gin, basil, lemon juice, and club soda. Eric ordered the Old Cuban, which was made with Cruzan rum, mint garapa, pineapple shrub, lime juice, and sparkling rose. Both were flavorful, refreshing, and delicious.
For food, we ordered the shrimp roll, which consisted of a poached shrimp salad, espelette peppers, chives, and a butter toasted roll. We also ordered the vegetable flatbread. Both dishes were really good. They didn’t skimp on the shrimp, and it was delicious. The flatbread was cooked perfectly, and came with onions and bell peppers.
This is a really popular spot in the city, so if you go, get there early. The place fills up quickly, but it’s a fun place to sit, relax, and take in the beautiful views the city has to offer. I can’t forget to mention the wonderful service and staff, at the Assembly Lounge as well. Every time we’ve been here, everyone has been so friendly and nice. Make sure you come here next time you’re in the area. You won’t regret it.