Top 10 Reasons Philly Loves
Pop-Up Beer Gardens
Turning underused spaces into brilliant summertime hangouts
It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia again and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout. Why? For so many reasons. For one, it’s hard to beat being outside drinking beer. But one of the biggest reasons we love beer gardens so much is their versatility. Think about it: The open-air hangouts are perfect for a night out with friends, a happy hour with co-workers, dinner and drinks with the family and even a daytime hang with kids. Seriously, many beer gardens become stroller-central during the daytime. And that’s awesome.
Fortunately, Philadelphia has numerous beer gardens for one and all to enjoy. There are the established favorites like Frankford Hall and Morgan’s Pier, as well as new additions and pop-ups like the Spruce Street Harbor Park (now open until September 28!), The Oval and the PHS Pop-Up Garden.
These pop-up beer gardens have become some of Philadelphia’s most popular summer destinations. And for good reason – they’re awesome!
Philly loves them. So much so that we felt compelled to put together a list of the Top 10 Reasons Philly Loves Pop-Up Beer Gardens. Check it out below.
And spread the word.
1. They’re gorgeous.
The Beer Garden at the Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Come on… you know you want to hang out there. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
2. They activate unused vacant lots.
The PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street. Before it was transformed into an awesome pop up garden, it was a vacant lot for years.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
3. They also activate underused public space.
The Beer Garden at The Oval. For most of the year, the green space underneath the trees at Eakins Oval is underused. For one month this summer, it’s transformed into one of Philly’s most popular destinations. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
4. They can help bring a quiet waterfront to life.
Spruce Street Harbor Park at dusk. Spruce Street Harbor Park has transformed a portion of Penn’s Landing into an awesome summertime hangout complete with a wave lawn, hammock garden, boardwalk, bocce, shuffleboard and so much more. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
5. They’re kid-friendly.
The pop-up beer gardens are all very family-friendly. The Oval, above, features giant chess and checkers games in addition to ping pong, cornhole and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
6. They support the non-profits behind them like Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Toasting summer at the Spruce Street Harbor Park. The revenue raised at the pop-up beer gardens goes to support the missions and programs of the non-profit organizations behind them, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation; three organizations that help make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in America. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
7. Sometimes they boast a floating restaurant.
Spruce Street Harbor Park really upped the ante this summer when they added a floating restaurant to the pop-up park. Operated by the Garces Group, the restaurant is the perfect addition to the Delaware River Waterfront. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
8. They combine two of Philadelphia’s greatest assets: amazing craft beer and awesome outdoor green space.
Hanging out on the lawn at The Oval. Philadelphia knows and loves great craft beer. Philly also loves outdoor green space. Pop-up beer gardens make for a beautiful combination of the two. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
9. They’re a great place to spend summer evenings. And the crowds spill over, supporting neighboring businesses.
These pop-up beer gardens are breezy and beautiful; they’re a great place to to start a summer evening. Bonus: restaurants and bars near the pop-ups get a boost from pop-up visitors spilling into neighboring establishments. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
10. Everyone LOVES them.
If the huge turnouts week after week for the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series are any indication, people can’t get enough of hanging out outside and drinking a few beers come summertime. And we definitely do not blame them. It’s an American pastime. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)