Top Beer Gardens in Philadelphia
Fresh air and cool beers in the city
Sometimes all you need in the warm summer months is a cool breeze and a frosty brew. Philadelphia eateries have embraced the allure of outdoor drinking wholeheartedly, leading us to declare this season “The Summer of the Beer Garden.”
Memphis Taproom, a popular destination in Fishtown, launched their own beer garden complete with a hot dog truck in May, followed shortly thereafter by Stephen Starr’s ode to Munich, Frankford Hall.
So put on some sunblock and check out our top beer gardens in Philadelphia.
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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden has bloomed on South Broad Street at the University of the Arts. Complete with an on-site beer garden, food from the Garces Group and lush landscaping, the PHS Pop Up Garden is a relaxing spot to take advantage of summer evenings in the city.
Details: 313 S. Broad Street
An outdoor oasis on the Delaware River Waterfront, Morgan’s Pier is Philadelphia’s newest summer destination. Now open for its second summer season, Morgan’s Pier features cold craft brews, an fantastic menu from Chef George Sabatino and spectacular live music backed by a cool waterfront breeze.
Details: 221 N. Columbus Boulevard
While there is indoor and outdoor seating for 400, Frankford Hall could be considered simple by Starr standards. Exposed brick walls, reclaimed industrial materials and ping-pong tables create a picnic atmosphere, with classic German fare like bratwurst, spaetzle and ginormous pretzels are available at the walk-up counter. It wouldn’t be a beer garden without an impressive selection of beers, many available in traditional liter steins.
Details: 1210 Frankford Ave. | 215-634-3338
On their third anniversary, Memphis Taproom debuted a quaint, picnic table-clad beer garden, complete with a truck serving up gourmet hotdogs (of the beef, vegan and vegetarian variety) and canned craft beers. The outdoor space is used to hosts movie nights, Mommy & Me happy hours and more, all leading up to THIRSTOBERFEST, the grand beer garden season-ending celebration in October.
Details: 2331 East Cumberland Street | 215-425-4460
The sweet smell of burning wood and charcoal searing meats on the grill welcomes diners to the Campo Beer Garden at Le Virtu, located on the manicured grassy lot adjacent to the restaurant. The menu extends beyond the grill to offer a taste of some of the region’s spring and summer favorites. Have a beer, relax on the grass and enjoy one of South Philly’s best outdoor locations.
Details: 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. | 215-271-5626
In May 2011, Hop Angel Brauhaus, a German-themed restaurant and beer bar in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, opened a beer garden of their own. Most beers are available in .5 liter, .4 liter, and .3 liter servings, with the mighty 1 liter glasses available for those looking to quench a massive thirst. Make sure you soak up that delicious brew with a few of the Brauhaus’ tasty bratwursts.
Details: 7980 Oxford Ave. | 215-825-5357
The setting at the Silk City Beer Garden is part island oasis, part junkyard. It’s filled with colorful wooden tables, empty-kegs-turned-chairs, string lights aplenty and garden ornament-like objects likely salvaged at many a yard sale. And to that an awesome beer selection, favoring local brews, and you have a recipe for a great summer outing.
Details: 435 Spring Garden Street | 215-592-8838
Located right on Independence Mall, the Independence Crosswalk Cafe is an ideal respite from sightseeing or the daily work day. Enjoy a snack or a drink (including beer and wine) while admiring the impressive surroundings which include Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, the new National Museum of American Jewish History, and the National Constitution Center.
Details: 6th and Market Streets | 800-537-7676
More Outdoor Seating
This hotspot in Northern Liberties offers plenty of choices for the discerning diner. PYT, Raw, Gunners Run, El Camino Real and Bar Ferdinand make the Piazza area a haven for outdoor drinks.
Details: 1001 N 2nd Street | 215-467-4603
Enjoy margaritas, cervezas and delicious Mexican fare in a prime outdoor area along East Passyunk Avenue.
Details: 1651 E Passyunk Ave. | 215-755-3550
Bright orange umbrellas provide shade while dancing fountains offer calming distraction at Table 31’s Plaza Cafe, not to mention you are sitting in the shadow of the city’s tallest skyscraper.
Details: 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd. | 215-567-7111
If you aren’t too distracted by the 60 beers on tap, be sure to check out City Tap House’s green roof deck overlooking Walnut Street complete with fire pits.
Details: 3925 Walnut Street | 215-662-0105
Ample outdoor patio seating and a perfectly breezy happy hour beverage list at Thirteen make for a great beer garden-esque vibe.
Details: 1201 Market Street | 215-625-6795
Decorated with custom street art, Sampan’s outdoor “graffiti” bar is a favorite Center City watering hole. Don’t worry about missing any of the game, a plasma screen is suspended overhead with a clear plastic overhang to protect you from any surprise rain showers.
Details: 124 South 13th Street | 215-732-3501
Perhaps better classified as a “sake garden,” Raw’s private outdoor courtyard and lounge under the stars is a great place to sample their extensive sake selections.
Details: 1225 Sansom Street | 215-238-1903
In the summer months, Jack’s opens the firehouse doors and lets the breeze roll in, making it the perfect place to enjoy a local beer or craft cocktail and locally sourced American cuisine.
Details: 2130 Fairmount Ave. | 215-232-9000
The Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, situated right on the mouth of the Manayunk Canal, has a sprawling outdoor deck boasts with amazing views of the Schuylkill River. It’s arguably one of the city’s largest and best alfresco dining areas, plus they brew their own beer.
Details: 4120 Main Street | 215-482-8220