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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Where to go for alfresco beers this summer

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, The Oval and the PHS Pop-Up Garden.

So whether you’re looking for a litre of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein (Frankford Hall) or looking to enjoy a local beer in a waterfront hammock garden (Spruce Street Harbor Park), Philadelphia’s beer gardens have you covered.

The Summer of the Beer Garden Returns

And since 2014 is undoubtedly going to be “The Summer of the Beer Garden” in Philadelphia, we’re adding another element to the mix: Enter the all-new Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, a new pop-up happy hour series visiting a different beer garden every Friday this summer. We literally cannot think of a better way to start a summer weekend in Philadelphia.

And while the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series spotlights some of the largest beer gardens in the city, there are a ton of smaller, but equally awesome, beer gardens for checking out on your own. Hence this roundup.

Read on for our guide to beer gardens in Philadelphia.

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Fergie's Pub

Opening July 16

Fergie's Pub on Sansom Street is hopping on the beer garden bandwagon this summer. Opening on July 16, the pop-up beer garden next to the long-standing neighborhood Irish pub features a handful of picnic tables and an outdoor bar. Fergie's beer garden will be open Wednesday-Saturday for fresh-air enjoyment.
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Opa's Drury Beer Garden

Nestled between pedestrian thoroughfares, Sansom Street and 13th Street, Opa’s Drury Beer Garden is an ever-popular spot featuring overhead twinkle lights, game nights, food, beer and more. Play games like jenga, connect four and ping pong with a craft beer in hand. The full beer garden menu is available here. Expect seating for about 50 people.
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American Sardine Bar

American Sardine Bar opened a brand new backyard patio that fronts 18th Street last year. Look forward to beer events, grill nights and more throughout the warm months. Be sure to pair your outdoor drinks with the $2 namesake sardine sandwich. Expect seating for about 40 people.
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Fette Sau

Second location for Starr’s buzzed about BBQ

Fette Sau’s rustic feel is exemplified in its front yard alfresco seating area, complete with picnic tables and heat lamps, which extends to the sidewalk for ample outdoor hanging out opportunities. Grab a plate of barbecue goodness from the cafeteria-style resto, a beer from the bar and enjoy under the sunny skies. Expect seating for about 25 people.
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Hop Angel Brauhaus

Hop Angel Brauhaus, a German-themed restaurant and beer bar in the Fox Chase neighborhood in the Northeast, 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. Expect seating for about 30 people.
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City Tap House

Craft beer lovers’ paradise

A green roof extending out from the second floor allows for elevated beer garden hanging while enjoying City Tap House’s scores and scores of craft, local and mass-produced beer. Take your pick of one of the 60 beers on tap at City Tap House and call it a day. Expect seating for about 60 people.
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Garden Variety Beer Garden

A pop-up summertime beer garden in Northern Liberties, Garden Variety is yet another great space to enjoy craft beers, local eats and sweet sunshine. To hang out and enjoy local Philadelphia craft beers and cider, patrons must sign up for a free membership. Just show ID (21 and over, please) and sign up right on-site for free any time during business hours. Throughout the remainder of the summer, the space will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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