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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia for 2017

30+ warm-weather spots for al fresco beers

Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout. Why? The reasons are endless.

Starting with the obvious, it’s hard to beat drinking beer outdoors. Yet, one of the biggest reasons we love beer gardens so much is their versatility. 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. (On that latter note, 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 the multiple locations of the PHS Pop Up Garden and Morgan’s Pier, as well as newer additions and pop-ups like Bok Bar and the Cira Green Beer Garden.

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

Read on for our guide to beer gardens in Philadelphia.

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Haas Biergarten at La Peg Brasserie

Take in views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge with a drink in hand

Through Fall 2017
Offering a stunning view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Haas Biergarten at La Peg Brasserie, which shares a building with FringeArts, offers craft beers aplenty and live performances on select nights in its picture-perfect beer garden. To compliment the garden, the Seafood Shack is back, serving up delicious al fresco eats such as lobster rolls, fish 'n' chips and more.
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Skygarten

Enjoy food and drinks 51 floors up

April 19 - Fall 2017
SkyGarten combines the dramatic views of the uppermost floors of Three Logan Square with the culinary magic of chef Mark Brinton. Visitors can choose from a selection of drafts, canned German and craft beers, cocktails and a bar snack menu while enjoying a superb vista 51 floors up.
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Rooftop Beer Garden at Cira Green

World Cafe-curated tunes meet an elevated park hangout

April 21 - June 23, 2017 (Fridays only)
Open every Friday, this sky-high beer garden with unreal skyline views is part of Philly's first elevated park, Cira Green. The pop-up space is presented by World Cafe Live, so you can certainly expect live music to regularly rock the space as you sip on one of eight draft beers or one of the cider, wine or specialty cocktail choices.
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Bok Bar

Epic rooftop views atop a former Philly high school

May 25 - Fall 2017
Each spring, the rooftop of South Philadelphia's former Bok High School turns into a spacious beer garden with stellar skyline views, open Wednesdays through Sundays. A variety of drinks are served alongside light bites and snacks. Head to the south-facing spot during the golden hour to enjoying a beer and an epic city view of the sunset.
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Opa's Drury Beer Garden

April 15 - Fall 2017
Tucked behind Greek tavern Opa, the Drury Beer Garden — complete with its own Drury Street entrance — stocks more than two dozen cans, five bottles and eight rotating drafts to complement its casual menu. Within 48 hours’ notice, parties of six can celebrate summer with a PEI mussel or pig roast feast.
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Dragon Beer Garden at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Beer paired with 29 epic illuminated lanterns

Through June 11, 2017
Gaze up at the 200-foot-long Chinese dragon lantern at this year's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival while enjoying a beer, glass of wine or cocktail. The festival's Dragon Beer Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week beginning at 6 p.m.
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Dilworth Park

June 7 - Fall 2017
Dilworth Park enters the outdoor drinking mix every Wednesday (5-7 p.m.) from June through September during the popular Center City District Sips series. On the large outdoor terrace adjacent to the cafe, patrons enjoy discounted wines, beers and cocktails with DJs providing the soundtrack.
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Evil Genius Brew Garden

May 6 - Summer 2017
Fishtown newcomer Evil Genius Beer Company debuts its backyard beer garden this year. Come out and enjoy the Purple Monkey Dishwasher (a peanut butter and chocolate porter), the Turtle Power (a grapefruit pale ale) or one of the other comically named brews while relaxing al fresco.
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Free Library of Philadelphia Beer Garden

May 5 - Fall 2017 (Thursdays only)
The Free Library of Philadelphia turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden beginning in mid-May 2017. Each Thursday from 5-9 p.m., come out to enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks from Brûlée Catering.
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Deck at Independence Seaport Museum

May 26-28, June 30 - July 1, September 2-4, 2017
Deck – Independence Seaport Museum’s contribution to the outdoor fun — returns to its second-story perch overlooking Spruce Street Harbor Park for three weekends this year: Memorial Day, the weekend before July 4 and Labor Day. The pop up offers classic summer fare such as burgers and dogs, drinks from Toll Man Joe’s and great views of Philly's seasonal fireworks displays.
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The Watering Hole Beer Garden at The Philadelphia Zoo

April 15 - Fall 2017
Adult zoo-goers can relax at The Watering Hole Beer Garden, the Philadelphia Zoo's beer garden located next to popular lunch spot Eagles Roost. Sponsored by Victory Brewing Company, guests can look forward to plenty of craft beer options to pair with light fare.
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Fette Sau

BBQ and beer goodness

Now open
Fette Sau’s rustic feel is reinforced in its spacious front yard al fresco seating area, complete with picnic tables and heat lamps. Grab a plate of barbecue goodness from the cafeteria-style restaurant and a beer from the bar before heading outside to hang under sunny or starry skies.
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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

Year-round
Situated on an elevated backyard deck that overlooks the Schuylkill River, the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant offers guests al fresco views from a sprawling outdoor deck. Plus, the brewery guarantees a variety of beer options brewed on-site.
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City Tap House - University City

May 27 - Fall 2017
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 dozens of options ranging from pilsners to barleywines to ciders, sours and more.
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William Street Common

Year-round, weather permitting
This fun University City indoor beer garden expands into a 60-seat patio where patrons enjoy a casual menu of snacks, salads and sandwiches, along with a $3 drink menu that includes cocktails, wine and beers from a rotating draft list. William Street Common is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
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Beer Garden at Longwood Gardens

A beer garden inside one of the world's premiere horticulture destinations

May 27 - Fall 2017
Enjoy a beer at one of the world's greatest garden destinations in Longwood Gardens' seasonal beer garden. Quench your thirst with an array of local drafts from Victory Brewing Company al fresco. Keep an eye out for the garden's new signature brew, Longwood Seasons: OroBlanco, a German wheat beer featuring peels from Longwood Gardens own oroblanco grapefruits.
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East Falls Beer Garden

May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, 2017
Every third Thursday, East Falls welcomes locals and visitors to come enjoy a brew under the neighborhood's Twin Bridges. Beer, wine and Revolution Tacos will be served up al fresco and vendor stalls will be stationed to fulfill your shopping desires.
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Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Beer Garden

A beer garden in Philadelphia's "Garden District"

Now open
Debuting this year, the garden space at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company will welcome guests for the first time. The brewery offers eight beers on tap (available in 16-ounce and 32-ounce pours) and eight different styles of wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Try out a selection of drafts and then grab a 64-ounce growler of your favorite to go.
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Conshohocken Beer Garden

Al fresco drinking paired with a riverfront view

April 28 - TBA (Fridays only)
Open Friday evenings, the Conshohocken Beer Garden offers a riverfront view to enjoy alongside food, beer and wine from Bar Lucca. Adding to the fun, guests can partake in ping pong, corn hole, giant Jenga and patio pong while listening to live musical acts.
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Canstatter Volkfest-Verein Biergarten

Drink outdoors at one of the largetst German-American clubs in Philadelphia

May 5 - Fall 2017 (Fridays only)
Every Friday night brings live bands, cold brews and delicious eats to Canstatter Volkfest-Verein's five-acre park. As one of the oldest and largest German-American clubs in Philadelphia, its taps are sure to include at least a few German options.
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Tria Wine Garden

An outdoor drinking hangout with a wine menu takeover

Summer 2017
Joining a family of wine bars, Tria Wine Garden takes a cue from Philly's bountiful beer garden scene, serving wines, cheese and beer on an expanded patio in Center City West.
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Hop Angel Brauhaus

Year-round
With authentic German food, European glassware, wooden picnic tables and live foliage, the courtyard at Hop Angel Brauhaus comes pretty close to a traditional biergarten. Open every night for dinner in season, the Fox Chase beer garden welcomes well-behaved dogs and pays homage to Germany with an Alpine-looking mural. Twelve taps change constantly, but one element stays the same: At least a few of them always carry German and German-style lagers.
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