Philadelphia ain’t exactly Miami Beach, but when the sun comes out, we’ve got no shortage of places to eat (and drink) outdoors. As a matter of fact, with the city’s recent beer garden obsession (like a million of them have opened in the past couple years) and projects like Morgan’s Pier (which opens for the season this week), there are now places where the ability to have a snack and a cold beer outside are the primary reason for them existing.
So with so many options available to you, how can you possibly choose? Don’t worry. We’ve assembled a list of new places and old favorites which have never let us down once the sun starts shining.
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Outdoor garden at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney
The Center City District now counts 412 outdoor dining cafes in just Philadelphia’s downtown area. Many a sidewalk has been turned over to eating al fresco. But if you’re looking to dine in the sunshine without the crowds, out of earshot of the SEPTA bus and away from the peering eyes of passersby, you’ve come to the right place. Here, our picks for the 12 best hidden outdoor dining spots in Philadelphia.
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Get chicken and waffles for brunch every day, even today, at Silk City.
For the first time since Mark Bee took over the Silk City Diner back in 2007, the silver diner is serving brunch every day. In addition to brunch served on weekends, Silk City is back in the breakfast game from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Brunch is served in the diner portion of Silk City and if the weather is nice, in the beer garden as well.
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With outdoor dining and drinking season clearly upon us, La Peg has announced its patio menu for the season. The patio is serving up a menu of grilled items like pork chops, salmon and burgers, as well as chilled soups, salads and desserts.
The patio also serves up great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Race Street Pier and $3 beers.
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We first told you about William Street Common (the indoor beer garden in University City from Avram Hornik) back when it opened–toward the beginning of the year and well outside traditional beer garden season. We talked about it again when it’s tipping policy (and flat 20% service charge on all orders) made MSNBC.
But now the seasons have changed and the weather has officially warmed up (I heard my first person complaining about the heat a few days ago), so William Street has some announcements to make.
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Photo by Courtney Apple
Add this to your list of summer outside venues: Brittingham’s in Lafayette Hill is opening their outdoor patios this Saturday, April 25.
The restaurant is throwing their second annual patio party, with BBQ sandwiches and specially priced drinks. Seamus McGroary is performing live beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the Secret Service.
The party begins at 4 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door. The restaurant has two outdoor areas with fire pits and bars.
Fergus Carey has announced across social media and good old email that he is doing what “all the cool kids are doing” and opening a pop-up beer garden next to his Fergie’s Pub on the 1200 block of Sansom Street. The garden opens at 5 p.m. and will serve food, beer, wine and cocktails.
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Saturday, June 22nd from 1 to 5 p.m., Drury Beer Garden is kicking off summer with a sizzling barbecue. The outdoor garden behind Opa will be grilling summer favorites and serving refreshing beers and great drink specials.
The shindig will feature a whole slew of new dishes.
Drury Beer Garden Menu (PDF)
Got some free time Wednesday and Friday nights?
Then come on out to The Terrace Bar at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Pay What You Wish and Art After Five nights all summer long.
In addition to after-hours access to the world-renowned museum’s art collection, the bar will also offer drinks and light bites from culinary partner Stephen STARR Events atop the art museum steps (which you may have seen in a movie or two).
Enjoy dishes like Chicken & Ginger Dumplings (inspired by Buddakan), Spinach & Manchego Empanadas (inspired by Alma De Cuba) and Lobster Mac N’Cheese (The Continental), as well as drinks including The Kir Royale (champagne, cassis, fresh raspberries) and Violent Femmes (smirnoff blueberry, crème de violette, lemon). The Terrace Bar will be open from 5:00PM-8:45PM Wednesday and Friday evenings through September.
** Beginning June 5th, the Terrace Bar will introduce Happy Hour, available on the first Wednesday of each month this summer from 5:00PM-7:00PM. Happy Hour will feature $4 domestic beers and $1 off all wines by the glass.**
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The Garden Cafe at Terrain is having the Terrain Patio Party to celebrate the opening of a new alfresco dining space on Thursday, May 23, with a twilight farmers market, live music, complimentary cocktails, and appetizers from the Styer’s Garden Cafe prepared with farm fresh ingredients from the farmers market. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Glen Mills cafe and outdoor living store. A number of local vendors will also be in attendance as part of the farmers market.
Running concurrently with the patio party is the chef’s dinner. The $60 five course dinner begins at 7 p.m. with Chef Keith Rudolf’s English pea soup followed by a local micro green salad, a striped bass, a rhubarb glazed duck breast, and a mixed berry clafoutis.
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