PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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Headlines: Get Ready for Creative Pop Up Spaces Aplenty This Summer

The warmer weather isn’t the only treat we’ve been given the past week or so. The announcements of the summer pop up sites and festivities have been coming fast and furious. Last week, Foobooz informed us that there will be three (yes, three) PHS Pop Up Beer Gardens this season. We’ll let you wrap your head around that for a second…

… you good? Okay, let’s go.

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Locations of All Three PHS Beer Gardens Announced


PHS’s South Street beer garden is back in 2015 with a new look.

UPDATE: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society informs us that these beer gardens are not finalized as contracts have not been signed, Ts crossed and Is dotted.

In our Guide to Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens, we told you that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) would be hosting three beer gardens this summer. And now we have the locations and details.

Last year’s South Street beer garden will return to 1438 South Street. This season will feature “Bohemian flair” as designed by designer Karen Regan of Tallulah & Bird. This year, the South Street beer garden will include wooden trellis, container gardens, large palm and banana trees and Jack-in-the-pulpit relatives that will rise five-feet tall. The space will also offer public and private spaces, a first for a PHS pop-up garden. Look for beers from Barren Hill Brewery to be offered throughout the summer. Barren Hill will also work with Wyndridge Farm, creator of PHS Cider on an exclusive beer for the garden.

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What To Eat (And Drink) At The Philadelphia Flower Show

PHS Cider | Photo by HughE Dillon

PHS Cider | Photo by HughE Dillon

This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show‘s theme is “Celebrate The Movies” and they’ve taken their inspiration from Disney and Pixar films— which has been causing quite a bit of excitement among the sorts of people who can get excited over garden displays inspired by Finding Nemo.

But if you’re not the type of person who gets excited over flower displays shaped like clown fish, talking rats or Disney princesses, fear not. There’s other attractions you can check out if you find yourself at the Flower Show–and many of them have to do with food. Or booze. Or both. Which is awesome.

There are plenty of Flower Show food and drink options to choose from and each vendor has their own movie theme. Here’s a list of what they’ll be serving.

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And This Summer’s PHS Pop-Up Garden Will Be …

The Passyunk Post
was at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presented two possible locations for this summer’s PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden. Being considered, is the former Ice House location, just in from the corner of 9th and Washington and a smaller lot at 9th and Wharton, near Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks.

The 9th and Washington Avenue location would surely help the Italian Market be seen as more than just a daytime destination while 9th and Wharton already has a lot of energy, 24-hours a day.

The Post also reports that in addition to this South Philadelphia location, PHS is considering a second garden in another area of the city this summer.

PHS pop up garden could be coming to one of these vacant lots [Passyunk Post]

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PHS Pop-Up Garden Brings in 50,000 Visitors


This Old City looks at the economic impact of this season’s pop-up garden by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. More than 52,000 people visited the beer garden on the 1400 block of South Street. That was more than twice the number of people who attended the Broad Street location in 2013. And the visitors didn’t just benefit PHS. This Old City reports that it benefited other businesses in the area, including those that already had liquor licenses, like Bob & Barbara’sBob Dix, the manager of the bar said:

It felt like we were looking at the future of the neighborhood. Middle of the summer, people didn’t have to go down to beach. It was like a mini-vacation. It jumpstarted a lot of new connections in the neighborhood, including for Bob & Barbara’s

Check out the whole article for more.

Economic Impact: The PHS pop-up brought more than 50,000 people to South Street West [This Old City]

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It’s Becoming a Beer Garden City

Garden Variety Beer Garden

Garden Variety Beer Garden

It doesn’t take much to realize that Philly loves its beer gardens. From Fishtown to the Art Museum, beer gardens are popping up everywhere. And Joe Sixpack took notice; today he wrote an article on the phenomena. “Beer gardens are suddenly so popular, the city’s tourism marketing agency is promoting a series of visits on Friday afternoons this summer.”

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