Things are looking up at the new Pod Philly hotel at 19th and Ludlow Streets, just off Market.

Oct. 23 marks the debut of El Techo, the 11th-floor roof deck/taqueria/bar.

It’s related to Condesa and El Cafe, the side-by-side Mexican bar/restaurant and coffee shop on street level from the owners of Fishtown’s Suraya and Pizzeria Beddia.

For now, El Techo is open for drinks only starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Food, in the form of a simple taqueria menu, is on the way.

No worries about “weather permitting” here. This is a year-round operation. The roof is retractable; see video here.

El Techo's bar specializes in agave drinks.
MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
El Techo's bar specializes in agave drinks.
A semiprivate seating area at El Techo, which is set up beneath a retractable roof.
MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
A semiprivate seating area at El Techo, which is set up beneath a retractable roof.