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Alfresco Restaurants & Bars in Philadelphia

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In 1998, Rouge opened the first sidewalk cafe in Philadelphia’s posh Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Since then, the number of restaurants offering alfresco dining has increased exponentially, as diners rush to hit these spots each year at the first sign of spring.

The region is now home to more than 200 restaurants with outdoor seating, and that number continues to grow. Here’s a look at some of the hottest fresh-air seating in Philadelphia and The Countryside.

For more ideas, check out our articles about the best outdoor dining in Philadelphia and Beer Gardens in Philadelphia.

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  • Frankford Hall

    A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

    Frankford Hall beer garden.

    Stephen Starr’s outdoor oasis in Philadelphia’s neighborhood is a deceptively simple concept; embrace the allure of the German “biergarten” and give it a modern edge.

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  • Standard Tap

    Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

    Standard Tap

    A multi-room Northern Liberties gastropub — some say America’s first — that pairs local microbrews with excellent, gourmet pub fare like chicken pies, fried smelts and double burgers.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Morgan’s Pier is named after George C. Morgan, the first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.

    One of Philadelphia’s most popular summer hotspots, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Rouge

    Rittenhouse Square’s original bistro-cafe

    Rouge

    The Rouge Burger alone will make you an instant devotee.

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  • Silk City

    Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is one of Philly’s coolest night spots.

    Danceable beats and guilty pleasure songs are staples at Silk City.

    One-third diner, one-third club and one-third beer garden, Silk City’s American fare with flair has helped it become one of Philadelphia’s most popular destinations.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    A gorgeous restaurant and lounge on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    More than 140 years after it closed for business, Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — reopened as a chic destination lounge and restaurant.

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  • SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

    Fun and games on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in the City of Philadelphia, is conveniently located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

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  • Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series

    The series celebrates 24 years in 2014

    “Concerts in the Park” attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.

    Rock out in Rittenhouse Square during the 24th annual “Concerts in the Park” series, sponsored by Philadelphia Weekly. The free concert series attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Night Market – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    Last year’s Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

    A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic

    The Shambles at Headhouse Square house a hot summer festival focused on the summer classic — hot dogs — on Saturday, July 19.

    Twenty of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.

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  • Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival

    Four days of 4th of July celebrations just across the river

    Freedom Fest includes the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks celebration, the largest fireworks display in the region.

    Celebrate America’s 238th birthday with the free, four-day Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival featuring live music, special events, contests, food, a Festival Beer Garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery and much more.

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