Philadelphia: Stratus Lounge
The drinks are as cool as the crowd is hot at this bar on the top of the Hotel Monaco. It may be smack in the middle of the Historic District, but this mod inside-outside lounge is the most fashionable rooftop in town.
The View: Though the retrofitted 1907 Beaux Arts building came with a sturdy wall blocking the line of sight to Independence Hall across the street, you can catch a glimpse through the windows of the two endcap pavilions.
What to Order: Unusually, many of the barrel-aged cocktails here are made with gin or vodka, to great effect. Try the Jazz Baby, with Bols Genever, Spatola Italian vermouth, Pierre Ferrand dry orange curaçao and Averna ($13). Curry popcorn is the snack to get if you want to keep it light and easy ($8).
Insider Tip: DJs spin in front of the giant angel wing structure on Fridays and Saturdays, so that’s when to go if you’re looking to dance.
433 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2889