Beer gardens are the ultimate summertime hangout.
Why? First, it’s hard to beat drinking beer outdoors. 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.)
Fortunately, Philadelphia has dozens of beer gardens for one and all to enjoy. There are the established favorites as well as newer additions and pop ups keeping things fresh.
So whether you’re looking for a liter of draft beer served in an authentic German beer stein or a local beer in a waterfront hammock garden, Philadelphia’s beer gardens have you covered.
Note: Beer gardens by their nature are seasonal. Before you go, check each beer garden’s official website or call ahead to ensure that it’s open.
Open spring, summer and fall.
One of the best warm-weather spots in Philadelphia, Spruce Street Harbor Park celebrates its fifth season in 2018. The beloved temporary park — which welcomes 750,000 people each year! — is basically one large beer garden, inviting visitors to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy delicious food from its floating restaurant and play games — ping pong, shuffleboard and more — along its waterfront boardwalk, all while enjoying beer, wine or cocktails.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Open spring, summer and fall.
The PHS Pop Up Gardens are back for another season, setting up shop at two outdoor spaces in the city for 2018. Relax and enjoy great beer, botanical-inspired cocktails and delicious bites courtesy of The Royal Tavern at the South Street location and Jose Pistola’s at the uCity Square outpost in University City.
Where: PHS Pop Up Gardens, 15th and South streets (South Street location); 36th and Filbert streets (uCity Square location)
Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall has ample outside seating, featuring an interior that’s simple by Starr standards, complete with exposed brick walls, reclaimed industrial materials and ping-pong tables. The design creates a casual, laid-back place to chill out. Classic German foods are available at a walk-up counter, as is a hefty beer menu that includes everything from traditional German beers to craft specialties available by the half-liter or liter.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Morgan’s Pier draws people for gourmet food served in a casual setting with close-up views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The expansive outdoor space holds wooden picnic tables, umbrellas, twinkling lights and Linden trees. After dark, Morgan’s Pier hosts musicians and guest DJs. Diners and imbibers come for dozens of draft and canned beer options, spirits from a draft wine and cocktail system and food executed by annual chefs-in-residence.
Where: Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Located across from the Liberty Bell Center, the aptly named Independence Beer Garden brings 20,000 square feet of outdoor drinking and eating space to America’s most historic square mile. The seasonal beer garden serves up an all-American food and drink menu. Adding to the atmosphere: outdoor chairs, games, lights and pergolas.
Where: Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall West
During the warm-weather months, the popular Parks on Tap traveling beer garden series brings barbecue and beer to more than 20 different Philadelphia parks, including Belmont Plateau, Schuylkill Banks, FDR Park, Clark Park and many more. A partnership between Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and FCM Hospitality, a portion of all proceeds goes directly back to Philadelphia parks.
Where: Various locations including Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Open in the summer.
Located across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Oval+ transforms the asphalt and lawns surrounding 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into an eight-acre, all-ages pop-up outdoor space. Visitors can enjoy giant games like chess and activities like ping-pong and mini golf, dine on tasty dishes from local food trucks and lounge with a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden.
Where: The Oval+, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Delaware River waterfront becomes a seasonal wonderland each spring, summer and fall during Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway. Guests can enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides (including a Ferris wheel!), try their luck in the arcade, take in waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s first outdoor roller rink.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
This popular, early-evening, Center City spot takes over the 9,000-square-foot courtyard of the BNY Mellon Wealth building in Center City. The bar pours six exclusive beers and ciders during its 2018 season, and serves tasty eats like sandwiches, burgers and other backyard barbecue favorites.
Where: Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
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SkyGarten offers dramatic views of Logan Square and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the uppermost floors of Three Logan Square. 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. Note that 2018 will be SkyGarten’s final season.
Where: SkyGarten, 1717 Arch Street
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Offering a stunning view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Haas Biergarten at La Peg Brasserie offers craft beers aplenty and live performances on select nights in its picture-perfect beer garden. To complement the garden, the shack at La Peg, which shares a building with FringeArts, serves up hearty alfresco eats such as cheeseburgers, lobster rolls and more.
Where: Haas Biergarten at La Peg Brasserie, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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The folks behind Parks on Tap and Morgan’s Pier have lent their considerable beer-garden experience to the development of the new-for-2018 Harper’s Garden. Located a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, the spot features outdoor seating for 100 people inside a wooden veranda, 30 taps and New American fare.
Where: Harper's Garden, 31 S. 18th Street
Guests at the Rodin Museum can spend select summer evenings sipping beer and wine in the museum’s picturesque sculpture garden at the attraction’s Garden Bar. Exciting bonus: When the Garden Bar is open, the gallery stays open late!
Where: Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Open summer and fall.
The folks behind Callowhill’s whiskey-and-go-go bar The Trestle Inn have taken the site of a former PHS Pop Up Garden and turned it into the seasonal Patio at Spring Arts. The outdoor lounge, modeled after mid-century Palm Springs, allows visitors to sip on vintage cocktails and chill out in one of six wading pools (!) in the shadow of an as-yet-undeveloped section of the new Rail Park.
Where: The Patio at Spring Arts, 10th & Hamilton streets, Philadelphia
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The brand-new Rail Park debuted in Callowhill in summer 2018, bringing a quarter-mile of greenspace to the elevated tracks where the Reading Railroad once ran. Visitors can enjoy the awesome overhead greenway and grab a drink and a bite in its shadow thanks to Boxcar Beer Garden at the Rail Park, which serves thirsty visitors to Philly’s newest public space. Drinks at Boxcar fund a great cause, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Rail Park.
Where: Boxcar Beer Garden, 1129 Callowhill Street
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. There are few better places to enjoy an epic city view of the sunset with a drink in hand.
Where: Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
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Drury Beer Garden open spring, summer and fall.
Tucked behind Greek tavern Opa, the Drury Beer Garden — complete with its own Drury Street entrance — stocks more than two dozen cans, four bottles and a selection of rotating drafts to complement its casual menu. Bonus: The beer garden stays open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
Where: Opa, 1311 Sansom Street
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John F. Collins Park — a quaint oasis in the middle of Center City — features a tree canopy, a bubbling fountain, tables and benches, and, on select summer afternoons and evenings, a wine garden with wines from Chaddsford Winery and cans of craft beer from Pennsylvania breweries. Proceeds from the wine garden benefit the Center City District Foundation, which owns and maintains the park.
Where: John F. Collins Park, 1707 Chestnut Street
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Pair stellar skyline views with delicious drinks at The Pub at The Porch, located outside Philly’s always-hopping 30th Street Station. The space also offers live performances, a rotating series of food trucks, brewery takeovers and happy hours.
Where: The Pub at The Porch, 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street
Center City Sips runs summer and fall.
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.
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Beer garden open spring, summer and fall.
Memphis Taproom serves up an omnivore-, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu full of summer backyard flavors along with a truly stellar selection of rare and delicious craft beers in the lot next to the restaurant and bar.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Garden open spring, summer and fall.
Part island oasis and part junkyard, Silk City’s beer garden is filled with colorful tables, empty-kegs-turned-chairs, string lights galore and garden ornament objects. The hipster clientele at this perennially packed spot enjoys a large selection of high- and low-end beers, and the American fare with a modern flair is so good it’s been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
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Located adjacent to SugarHouse Casino (meaning you can score free parking out front!), Fishtown Hops is a Delaware River waterfront beer garden offering a menu filled with craft beer options — including an exclusive house draft saison from Yards Brewing Company — along with hearty bar bites, like crab cake sliders and house-made cheesesteak rolls.
Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Chill at the outdoor bar at the The Deck on the Moshulu, a huge ship-turned-restaurant floating atop the Delaware River and offering views of both the city skyline and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Deck – Independence Seaport Museum’s contribution to the outdoor fun — returns to a second-story perch overlooking Spruce Street Harbor Park on select dates this summer around Sail Philadelphia, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. The pop up offers classic summer fare such as burgers and dogs, drinks, and great views of Philly’s seasonal fireworks displays.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Open summer and fall.
Presented by South Philly pub Devil’s Den, The Little Rebel Beer Garden Series takes place once a month this summer and fall at the Betsy Ross House. What to expect: beers from different local breweries each month, live jazz performances (on select dates) and food trucks. Also available: after-hours tours of the Betsy Ross House for just $5.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
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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. Admission to the beer garden is free after regular zoo admission.
Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Fette Sau’s rustic feel is reinforced in its spacious alfresco 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.
Where: Fette Sau, 1208 Frankford Avenue
Open spring and summer.
Presented by the Independence Seaport Museum, The Admiral’s Tavern is a pop-up beer garden anchored on Cruiser Olympia. Climb aboard on select Fridays and Saturdays in spring and summer for an evening experience complemented by wine, cocktails and craft beer and live music on one of Philadelphia’s most historic ships.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Located in the space next to Sto’s Bar on Market Street, the Old City Beer Garden is a great spot for games and brews under the sun. Enjoy brisket tacos, pork nachos, wings and more, then wash it all down with a drink from the fully stocked bar. Old City Beer Garden also hosts special events throughout the season, including movie nights, barbecues and more.
Where: Old City Beer Garden, 240 Market Street
American Sardine Bar’s backyard patio fronts 18th Street in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood. Hungry visitors can pair their outdoor drinks with namesake sardines and, throughout the warm-weather months, brew lovers can look out for pop-up events.
Where: American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street
Kensington bar Martha serves a wide variety of draft cocktails, natural wines, beers and even kombucha both inside and in its spacious beer garden. The menu also includes charcuterie, house-made pickles, cheeses and Martha’s fun twist on hoagies like “Pappy’s Carrot Thang,” which features salt roasted and smoked carrot, cucumber dill sauce, red onion and grapefruit vinaigrette.
Where: Martha, 2113 E. York Street
The two Villanova grads who created Evil Genius pride themselves on innovative styles and funky names like: Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I Love Lamp Pineapple Hefeweizen, Turtle Power Grapefruit Pale Ale and Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. The 6,000-square-foot Evil Genius brewery and brewpub opened in Fishtown in 2017 and the side yard operates as a beer garden in warm months.
Where: Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe features a beautiful back patio — complete with its own full-service bar — to enjoy. There are 16 rotating draft beers on tap and 20 bottles to choose from, in addition to wines, house specialty cocktails and juices. The extensive food menu features crowd-pleasers like burgers, flatbreads, salads and more.
Where: Front Street Cafe, 1253 N. Front Street
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A green roof extending out from the second floor allows for elevated beer-garden hanging while enjoying City Tap House’s scores of craft and local beer. Take your pick of one of dozens of options ranging from pilsners to barleywines to ciders, sours and more.
Where: City Tap House - University City, 3925 Walnut Street
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Open Thursday through Sunday, the Pentridge Station Pop Up Beer Garden brings an awesome hangout space to West Philly fit for the whole family – puppy members included. The beer garden features a play area with games and a stage that hosts live music, DJs and karaoke. Various events also take place throughout the season, ranging from movie nights to comedy open mic nights to yoga classes.
Where: Pentridge Station Pop Up Beer Garden, 5116 Pentridge Street
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Situated on an elevated backyard deck that overlooks the Schuylkill River, the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant offers guests alfresco views from a sprawling outdoor deck. Plus, the brewery guarantees a variety of beer options brewed on-site.
Where: Manayunk Brewery, 4120 Main Street
Every third Thursday, East Falls welcomes locals and visitors to come enjoy a brew under the neighborhood’s Twin Bridges. Beer, food trucks and live music will all be served up alfresco and vendor stalls will be stationed to fulfill shoppers’ desires.
Where: East Falls Beer Garden, North Ferry Road
The garden space at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company welcomes guests with beers on tap and various styles of wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Try out a selection of drafts and then grab a 32- or 64-ounce growler of your favorite to go.
Where: Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, 8221 Germantown Avenue
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 garden games while listening to live music.
Where: Conshohocken Beer Garden, 2 Ash Street, Conshohocken
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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 include both German and domestic beers.
Where: Verein Biergarten, 9130 Academy Road
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.
Where: Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue
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The Free Library of Philadelphia turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden each spring and summer. Come out to enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks, and stay for the stunning views of the city skyline and Logan Square.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Open spring and summer.
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival features nearly 30 incredible lantern creations that light up Franklin Square in the Historic District during an eight-week celebration of light and Chinese culture. Also not-to-be-missed: The popular Dragon Beer Garden, offering American and Asian-inspired bites, craft beer, wine and cocktails.
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Warm weather in Philly means dining and drinking alfresco