Sky Garten Is Now Open

SkyGarten is the highest beer garden in the world.

SkyGarten is the highest beer garden in the world.

SkyGarten is finally here.

It’s been a few months since we first heard about SkyGarten and tonight at 5 p.m. it will open its (elevator) doors for its grand opening.  If you head to the top of the tower on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street), you can experience the world’s highest beer garden. Finally, you can now combine the thrills of extreme heights and drinking.

The beer garden is curated by the team at Brauhaus Schmitz and covers 3,000 square feet inside and outside the building.

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Fishtown Gets a Pop-Up Beer Garden

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Heffe opens a pop-up beer garden | Photo via Wooder Ice

Wooder Ice has the scoop on the just opened pop-up beer garden adjacent to Heffe Tacos at Frankford and Marlborough. Heffe owner Peter McAndrews has teamed up with Brad Helder of Bottle Bar East and John Fischer of Baby Blues BBQ to get the beer garden off the ground.

According to Wooder Ice, the pop-up beer garden offers Mexican and craft beers plus cocktails.

Heffe Beer Garden is open Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Heffe Beer Garden Becomes Fishtown’s First and Only Pop-Up Beer Garden [Wooder Ice]
Heffe [Foobooz]

15th and South Beer Garden Rocks Its First Weekend

Food at the PHS Pop Up on South Street

Quesadillas, barbecue chicken, ships and salsa and the Khyber’s Pulled Pork BBQ | Photo via PHS

The PHS South Street Pop-Up Beer Garden officially opened last Wednesday, but did so by the skin of its teeth. The Khyber Pass Pub backed beer garden saw the last contractors leave the garden just a half-hour before the first guests arrived. But by Saturday, things were humming along. The draft cocktails were pouring, the kitchen was popping out Khyber Pass Pub Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and vegan meatball sandwiches. The benches were packed and everyone seemed to be having a great time on our several visits.

This week the beer garden begins its full programming with Margarita Mondays and more.

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The Philadelphia Zoo Is Opening a Beer Garden

Philadelphia Zoo beer garden - The Watering Hole

A plan for the Philadelphia Zoo’s new beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will open in late June or early July. (Courtesy Philadelphia Zoo)

You can now drink at the zoo.

The Philadelphia Zoo began selling alcohol at two stands, Tiger Terrace and Eagle’s Roost, on Memorial Day weekend. But that’s not all: The zoo is planning a late-June or early-July launch for a beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will be adjacent to Eagle’s Roost.

Amy Shearer, the zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer, says the reversal of a longstanding policy came after talking with visitors and Philadelphia Zoo members over the past year. “We talked to our guests and members all throughout the year in many platforms,” she tells Philadelphia magazine. “Through all of these conversations, one thing that our guests had been largely vocal about is that, ‘Hey, the zoo is so great for all ages and families as well but there’s some things that we adults want, too.’”

Outside alcohol remains banned at the park, but beer and wine will not be confined to the sections where they are sold. Guests will be free to roam the park drinking the glass of beer or wine they’ve purchased from one of the zoo’s stands. Alcohol sales are being handled by its food vendor, Aramark, which has a liquor license for the zoo property. Read more »

Suburban Beer Garden Trend Heading to Kennett Square

The Creamery in Kennett Square opens this weekend

The Creamery in Kennett Square opens this weekend

Kennett Square is the next ‘burb getting in on the beer garden game. This Friday, June 3rd, The Creamery pop-up beer garden will open.

The beer garden is located in the completely revamped creamery which had been empty and in disrepair for years. Owner Michael Bontrager collaborated with Philadelphia’s Groundswell Design Group (PHS Pop Up Gardens, Talula’s Garden Spruce Street Harbor Park) to turn the site into “lush, open pop-up space” featuring the beer garden, performance venues, garden courtyards and local art.

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Ambler Yards Beer Garden Up and Running

ambler yards guacamole 940

Philadelphia isn’t the only place to have pop-up beer gardens. Ambler is now home to the Ambler Yards Beer Garden. The pop-up beer garden opened on May 19th and will run through the end of June. It is open Thursdays 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, May 26th, the Ambler Yards Beer Garden is having event with free admission, where two craft beers, wine and Mexican fare from Cantina Feliz will be available for purchase.

The garden is in an open-air meadow at the Ambler Yards campus (300 Brookside Ave) and features yard games like Kan Jam for guests to enjoy.  This year’s menu includes the likes of Cantina Feliz’s guacamole and tacos to pair with drinks like Tecate and Lagunitas IPA.

Kids are welcome and the music is always live. Sounds like the perfect way to start off the summer. To gain admission RSVP to the event online at their EventBrite page.

Ambler Yards Beer Garden [Facebook]

Recreation Dept. and Fairmount Park Tap Avram Hornik for Parks on Tap

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Rendering of Parks on Tap on the Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge

Earlier this year, we told you that Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Conservancy were accepting proposals to operate a rotating series of beer gardens in the city’s green spaces. It has now been announced that Avram Hornik and his FCM Hospitality will be the operator of these pop-up beer gardens known as Parks on Tap.

Hornik is the operator of the hugely successful Morgan’s Pier along the Delaware River and in the past has run Winterfest at Penn’s Landing and the 2013 PHS Pop-Up Garden on Broad Street. This summer, he will try to recreate those magical spaces at 14 locations around the city. Up first is the Schuylkill Banks. The pop-up along the river will run from Wednesday, June 29th through the 4th of July, before heading to 13 other locations in city parks.

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Uptown Beer Garden Announces Chef and Opening Date

uptown beer garden comcast building 940Uptown Beer Garden, the outdoor drinking bar from Teddy Sourias of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Cinder is going to open at 1735 JFK Boulevard on Thursday, May 19th. Sourias has turned to chef Jonathan Petruce (Petruce et al, Fish) to run the kitchen at the 9,000 square foot beer garden.

Petruce will be utilizing an outdoor grill to cook up elevated barbecue and street food favorites. Look for a selection of skewers, grilled corn, lobster roll and more. As the summer rolls along, look for other surprises to be added.

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