Get Ready for the Uptown Beer Garden

uptown-beer-garden-940Center City may not have gotten a PHS Beer Garden this year, but beginning July 1st, Teddy Sourias, owner of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Finn McCools is opening Uptown Beer Garden in the JFK Boulevard courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Building on the 1700 block of JFK.

The pop-up will feature 9,000 square feet of outdoor space for up to 500 people, picnic tables, granite benches, tree slab communal tables and a 35-foot long bar.

A portion of proceeds from Uptown Beer Garden will be donated to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Association (PAWS), including PAWS’s KATO (Kitty At The Office) program.

Sourias says “I love outdoor spaces and have always dreamed of opening a rooftop or patio bar/lounge.” “After the successful opening of U-Bahn, we were ready for the next challenge. The courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Building is 3,000 square feet larger than BRU and U-Bahn combined. The unique space had everything I was looking for including expansive views of the new high rises, lush greenery, a mix of intimate and large spaces, and building partners that would let my team get creative.”

The pop-up opens Wednesday, July 1st at 4 p.m. and will offer Center City Sips-style discounts on Wednesday. Happy hour deals will run Monday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, and include $3 beer and $5 wurst sandwiches. The Uptown Beer Garden will run through September.

Look for Yappy hours and other special events throughout the season.

The Uptown Beer Garden Food Menu


Warm Pretzels
bavarian-style pretzel rods with spicy beer mustard

Guacamole & Chips
tortilla chips with housemade guacamole

BBQ Tofu Summer Roll
peanut hoisin dipping sauce


Pulled Duck
fennel and apple slaw, porter plum sauce

Beef Short Rib
pickled red onion, bibb lettuce

Seared Tuna
grilled tomato, thai basil, wasabi aioli


housemade brat, kraut, spicy beer mustard

Today’s Wurst
housemade sausage of the day


Ice Cream Sandwich
mint chocolate chip ice cream, cocoa cookie

The Uptown Beer Garden Drink Menu


Frozen Margaritas
Stone Fruit & Berry Red Sangria
Peach & Apricot White Sangria


Allagash White
Two Roads Road Jam
Ommegang Hennepin
Brooklyn Pilsner
Captain Law
Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA

Jack’s Helen’s Blend Cider
21A Hell or High Watermelon
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Anderson Valley Holy Gose
Troegs Sunshine Pils
Brooklyn Lager
Founders All Day IPA
Firestone Walker Union Jack
Miller Lite

(*Plus seasonal limited and rare selections)

Uptown Beer Garden [Foobooz]