Tale of the Tape: Morgan’s Pier

This Memorial Day Weekend marks the opening of Morgan’s Pier,  the Delaware River waterfront’s first destination beer garden. The “backyard beer garden will include a menu by Meme’s David Katz, 40 craft beers, free Saturday concerts and more.

The Story Behind the Name Morgan’s Pier

  • Morgan’s Pier is named for George C. Morgan, who was the first person to cross the span of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Morgan did so by trekking the final 50 feet of the still incomplete foot bridge on a bare support cable 400 feet in the air. He was fired on-the-spot.
  • Avram Hornik, Mark Fichera and Joseph Crouse of Four Corners Management, Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, Dave Pianka of Making Time, and The Bowery Presents are all behind the Delaware Riverfront project.

The Space at Morgan’s Pier

  • David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group designed the space.
  • Classic elements such combined to create an inviting and original setting:
  • Wooden picnic tables
  • Vintage umbrellas
  • Salvaged wood
  • An abundance of greenery
  • Linden Trees

Food at Morgan’s Pier

  • Menu by David Katz of Meme
  • Highlights include:
    • Fried Jersey Tomatoes
    • Snack Bacon
    • Grilled Pork & Ramp Sausage Sandwich
    • Hamburgers
    • Vegan “Chorizo” Tacos
  • All food priced below $10
  • A hot dog stand will also be stationed on the deck
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream tricycle will offer sweet treats
  • Over the course of the summer Katz will invite Philadelphia chefs to share their idea of the perfect barbecue. Look for the following chefs to participate:
    • Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, & Federal Donuts,)
    • Terence Feury (Fork Restaurant)
    • Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga)
  • Full Morgan’s Pier Food Menu (PDF)

Drinks at Morgan’s Pier

  • Two Bars
    • Main Bar (13 beers and ciders on draft)
    • Craft Bar (9 beers on draft)
    • Highlights include:
      • Victory Summer Love
      • Bell’s Two Hearted
      • Crispin Cider
      • Fegley’s Blueberry Belch
      • Weyerbacher Verboten
      • Cigar City Maduro Brown
  • 20+ beers in cans
  • Summer wines, signature cocktails and a full liquor bar
  • Morgan’s Pier Beer List (JPG)

Live Entertainment at Morgan’s Pier

  • The stage at Morgan’s Pier will feature a hand-picked cast of international and local DJs curated by Making Time’s Dave Pianka
  • Free Saturday afternoon concert series booked by R5 Productions, starting with Philadelphia’s own Bleeding Rainbow on June 9th.
  • Every Sunday at 3pm, the deck will host the Sundae Open Air Dance Party, presented by Lee Jones.
  • Opening Weekend Events:
    • May 25th: Bottom Power – Tropical Danse Party
    • May 26th: DJs Dave P. and Sammy Slice
    • May 27th: The Sundae Open Air Dance Party featuring DJ Rich Medina

Morgan’s Pier
221 N Delaware Avenue
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  • Nightman

    Looks like a great spot. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • Tim

    Does it really matter who desings the drink menu, owns the place or designed the decor if service sucks like it has at this location over the last ten years?