Summer Beer Gardens: A Philly Must-See

View All Blog Posts

“Al fresco” is the name of the summertime game in Philly, and with dozens of beer gardens open between June and September, there’s no shortage of outdoor watering holes within walking distance of Center City.

We’ve rounded up a short list of our favorite spots, but don’t be surprised if you discover one not mentioned here while exploring the city; new beer gardens seem to pop up weekly, each more unique than the last!

The Oval

IMG_1511

Walk just across from the Parkway side of the Philadelphia Art Museum and you’ll find The Oval, a sprawling, multi-bar beer garden and community gathering space featuring mini-golf, live entertainment, and occasional family-friendly movies at the open-air cinema. Open Wednesday through Saturday, visitors can finish off their night with a stroll down the iconic, flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the way back to Center City lodging.

Food & Drink Hours:

Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop-Up Beer Gardens

 

IMG_1515

With the presentation of a valid ID and quick PHS email list sign-up at the entrance, visitors to PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens are granted a free Patron Card, which provides access to either of the two locations. These dog-friendly “temporary outdoor escapes” offer excellent Happy Hour deals on cocktails, beer, and wine, including a special brew made just for PHS by local Victory Brewing Co., while relaxing in atmospheric gardens courtesy of the Horticultural Society.

South Street location (15th and South)

A hop, skip and a jump (or a one-stop, southbound subway jaunt) from Center City, visitors can conclude a trip down iconic South Street with a cold drink from the Botanical Bar, complemented by Italian Market-inspired dishes, at this popular fairylight-illuminated locale.

Callowhill location (10th and Hamilton)

Nestled under the Reading Viaduct (a since-defunct line of the Reading Railroad) and within walking distance of two of Philly’s most popular music venues, this beer garden features lounging spaces made with reclaimed industrial materials, patios draped in ivy, and plenty of comfortable picnic bench seating.

Food & Drink Hours:

Monday -Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday – Thursday, 5p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 2 p.m. – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit http://phsonline.org/popups.

Independence Beer Garden

IMG_1517

Perhaps the best-known seasonal outdoor bar in the city, Independence Beer Garden can be found between Market and Chestnut Sts. on 6th St., directly across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. This massive, multi-bar space occupies some 20,000 square feet and offers an outsized beer list to match; with 40 beers on tap (along with cocktail and wine offerings), the IBG is a beer buff’s dream.
215-922-7100

Food & Drink Hours:

Sunday -Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday -Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 12 midnight

Frankford Hall

untitled

 

Scoring extra points for staying open year-round, Frankford Hall is a Fishtown staple, located near the bustling corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues. Those looking to branch out from Center City and explore one of Philly’s lesser-known but equally dynamic and diverse neighborhoods can jump on the Market-Frankford line and arrive at the Girard stop, where this German beer hall-themed bar by famed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr awaits with one-liter beer steins and authentic German fare.

215-634-3338

Food & Drink Hours:

Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Noon – 2 a.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.

SkyGarten at Three Logan

Visiting Philadelphia for the first time? Grab a icy cold beer and a spectacular view of the City of Brotherly Love from 51 stories above at the perfect city center location, SkyGarten.

This high-rise pop up biergarten pays homage to German cuisine; you can feast on soft pretzels and crispy potato pancakes, washed down with a selection of craft, canned, and draft beers.

Park Hours:

Sunday -Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Need a break from the downtown hustle and bustle? Head over to one of the best urban beaches in the country, Spruce Street Harbor Park, for a cold signature beer and a lounge in your own hammock under the stars. Indulge in a refreshing Franklin Fountain ice cream or sample comfort food from one of the three floating restaurant barges. Later, challenge your friends to a game of giant Jenga, or stop by on a Saturday or Sunday and pick up a unique Philadelphia souvenir at the craft and flea markets.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m.