Beer Gardens in Philadelphia: The 2019 Lineup

It's outdoor drinking season in Philly. Here's everything you need to know to make the most of it.


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Philadelphia loves its pop-up beer gardens — and al fresco drinking season has finally arrived. Here’s a neighborhood rundown of everything you need to know about the city’s full lineup of beer gardens for 2019, from where you can go sip a cold one outside now to details on beer gardens opening in the coming weeks.

Beer Gardens in Center City, Midtown Village, and Spring Arts

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PHS Pop Up Garden at 15th and South
Open now

Back for a sixth year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has teamed up with the crew behind Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Los Caballitos, and Triangle Tavern for bites and sips like Frito pie, Buffalo ranch popcorn, and strawberry-spiked frosé at their spot near 15th and South (check out the full menu here). Stay tuned for their schedule of botanical-themed events like plant swaps and flower crown workshops through summer. 1438 South Street

Brews and Views at Parkway Central Library
Opening in May
For the past few summers, the Free Library of Philadelphia has set up a pop-up beer garden for those looking to sip an adult beverage on the building’s fourth-floor outdoor patio. Dates for May and June are in the works but not set yet — follow the Free Library’s social media to find out when Brews and Views will return. 1901 Vine Street

Drury Beer Garden
Open now
The comfortable beer garden behind Opa is really year-round, but summer is obviously the best time to enjoy a sip and some spanakopita from the Greek restaurant’s kitchen. It’s open at 4 p.m. daily until seasonal hours kick in on Monday, April 29th; then, you can hit up Drury starting at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. New for this season: CBD cocktails, live music and DJs, and a monthly pop-up of sister restaurant Craftsman Row Saloon at the beer garden. 1311 Sansom Street

Dragon Beer Garden in Franklin Square
Opens May 1st

The Dragon Beer Garden pops up during the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square every evening from Wednesday, May 1st through Sunday, June 30th. The festival and the beer garden are ticketed — timed passes, which you can get here, are $18 to $20 for adults — but you get more than just beer: there are 28 lantern-inspired sculptures, Chinese folk artists and their wares, performances by acrobats, and kids’ activities. The festival and beer garden are open from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. nightly. 200 North 6th Street

Uptown Beer Garden
Opens the second weekend in May

It’s the fifth year that Uptown Beer Garden has posted up in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Building, and they’re celebrating with five new collaboration drafts and a new cider you can’t get anywhere else (plus their mainstay Uptown IPA). This season’s opening was delayed because they’ve been making some upgrades to the space, which you’ll get to see — along with an expanded menu and some other new features — at their big grand opening bash, which is tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in May. 1735 Market Street

The Oval
Opens in July
This “Park on the Parkway” returns to Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with events, live music, movie nights and activities for all ages. The official 2019 start date hasn’t been announced, but it’s generally open in deep summer — between July 4th and Labor Day. 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Patio at Spring Arts
Opens May 17th
This outdoor lounge at 10th and Hamilton comes from the folks who run the nearby Trestle Inn returns for a second season next month with breezy, midcentury Palm Springs vibe and a menu of tiki cocktail classics. Hours are 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through summer. 10th and Hamilton Streets

Rodin Museum Garden Bar
Opens May 18th
Looking for a beer garden where you can BYO picnic? The Rodin Museum’s airy outdoor pop-up provides the beer, wine, and live music; you bring happy hour eats or dinner. It’s open from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from May 18th through June, Thursday through Sunday from July 5th through August 25th, and Saturdays and Sundays from September 8th through 29th. 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Center City Sips
Opens June 5th
For its 16th year holding summer happy hours downtown, Sips will hit rooftop bars, green spaces, and restaurants with drink specials on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. through August 28th. Check out the list of participating restaurants and bars here.

Beer Gardens in Fishtown, Kensington, Northern Liberties, and Northeast Philly

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Frankford Hall
Open now
Stephen Starr’s German-style beer garden is open all year round, but it really gets hopping when the heat lamps are put away. Bring one friend or 30 — it’s big enough to absorb all comers. 1210 Frankford Avenue

Memphis Taproom
Open now
Once the outdoor space was designated only for canned brews and overloaded hot dogs served from its resident food truck. But these days, the gastropub’s full menu is available outdoors, too — there’s even glassware and real cutlery, real fancy-like. They open the outdoor patio space whenever it’s good weather, so check the forecast before you make your al fresco drinking plans. 2331 East Cumberland Street

Morgan’s Pier
Open now
Morgan’s Pier chef-in-residence Adam Lazarick is back for another season, with a new menu of bar snacks, salads, sandwiches, and sandwiches alongside pizza-esque “fatbreads” and soft pretzels from Lost Bread Co. In addition to drinks and food, Morgan’s pier is serving up events like succulent workshops, local craft beer tastings, and live music and DJs on weekends. 221 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Canstatter Volkfest-Verein Biergarten
Open Fridays from May to October
This German-American club dates back to 1873 and currently boasts the largest outdoor beer garden in Northeast Philly, with five acres of picnic grounds. It’s open every Friday through October from 5 p.m until 10 p.m., with live bands (both German-themed and not) and bar food, plus a beer list heavy on the pilsner and lagers. 9130 Academy Road

Hop Angel Brauhaus
Open now
The breezeway biergarten at Hop Angel in Fox Chase — which is owned by the same folks behind Northeast Philly’s Grey Lodge Pub and Bonk’s Bar in Port Richmond — opens to serve thirsty customers when the weather’s good (well-behaved canine guests are welcome, too). 7980 Oxford Avenue

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Piazza Pod Park
Opens in early May
NoLibs’ big new open-air development will include giant art installations, a farmers’ market, and, of course, lots of food vendors and outdoor dining space. Even better, they’ve got that climate-controlled “dining pod” for when summer storms hit or the heat is too much to bear. Germantown Avenue at North Second Street

Tired Hands Biergarten
Open now
When Tired Hands first opened its beer garden at 2213 Frankford Avenue last fall, it was harvest-themed. Now that it’s back for the season (it opened on 4/20, of course) the theme is “Beautiful Spring Beauty.” Hit them up from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon until 10 p.m. on weekends for drafts and cans from their various locations along with their signature 333 kombucha and house blend Awake Minds cold brew coffee. 2213 Frankford Avenue

Evil Genius Beer Garden
Open now
The mad brewers at Evil Genius just debuted their adjoining beer garden for the season and rolled out their Sixers-inspired beer Trust the Process at the same time. New this year: more space, more seating — from barstools and high-top tables to benches and rocking chairs — and revamped decor. 1727 North Front Street

Philadelphia Brewing Company Beer Garden
Open now
Technically, you can drink outside at PBC any time the weather’s nice while the Peacock Room, their adjoining bar, is open (that’s 11 a.m. until midnight Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m until 9 p.m. Sunday, and 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday). But they’re officially kicking off the season on May 3rd, showing off additional picnic tables and bountiful new planters they’ve added to the family- and dog-friendly outdoor space. 2440 Frankford Avenue

Beer Gardens in Old City and Washington Square West

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Independence Beer Garden
Opens April 25th
Now in its fifth year, Michael Schulson’s beer garden on Independence Square is open from lunch till late seven days a week through fall. New this season are tournament teams for outdoor games like cornhole, bocce, and shuffleboard. The new menu includes snacks like fried cheese curds, hearty sandwiches and burgers, salads, tacos, and boozy or booze-free popsicles for dessert. 100 South Independence Mall West

Spruce Street Harbor ParkSociety Hill
Opens May 10th
Spruce Street Harbor Park returns with a handful of Philly’s favorite restaurants set up shop on the boardwalk and the Barge. In addition to faves like Chickie’s & Pete’s and Franklin Fountain, fast-casual spot Hip City Veg is back with vegan goodies by the river. 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Cherry Street Pier
Open now
The first summer season at Philly’s favorite new arts-focused riverfront hangout will, no doubt, be poppin’. The spot is open year round, but 2019’s official season opener will happen May 10th through 12th. Until then, check their Facebook for bar and food vendor hours and look forward to tons of events, like art markets featuring the Pier’s artists in residence, exhibitions, festivals, and movie screenings. 121 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Haas Biergarten at La Peg
Opens May 5th
The Haas Biergarten is kicking off their 2019 season with a Cinco de Mayo party on Sunday, May 5th, complete with a slate of Mexican food and drink specials like margaritas, Mexican Citywides, tacos, elotes, and churros. Stay for the beautiful views of the Ben Franklin Bridge lit up at night — plus live performances, dance parties, and movie nights all summer long. 140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Admiral’s Tavern on Cruiser Olympia at Independence Seaport Museum
Opens May 10th
The Admiral’s Tavern is the only beer garden in the city located on the oldest steel warship in the world — and even better, a gorgeous view of the Delaware and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Hit them up every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. this summer starting on Friday, May 10th. The $8 cover charge includes a drink ticket, and they have snacks available, too. 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Opens May 10th
The Penn’s Landing ice skating rink transforms once again into an outdoor roller skating rink and mini-golf course with a “boardwalk on the Delaware” vibe, complete with a Ferris wheel and views of the river. Official dates for 2019 haven’t been announced yet, but it’s typically s weekends-only until Memorial Day, then open seven days a week through the end of August. A 200-seat Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack serves up boardwalk-style fare as well as craft beer and cocktails, and Franklin Fountain’s Confectionery Cabin offers frozen sweets. 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Beer Gardens in South Philly

 

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Listen, that Netflix-binge and carton of Ben & Jerry’s can wait (or maybe it can’t because there’s a ton of really good new shows, Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is life changing, and couches are comfortable). Anyway if you have the time, come hang with us and check out a beautiful sunset on the house (disclaimer: the sun will not literally be setting on a house).

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Bok Bar
Opens May 23rd
Our favorite beer garden atop the Bok Building is back with stunning views of the city and a menu of Mediterranean-inflected bar food from chef Paul Garberson at Irwin’s, its year-round neighbor across the hall. 800 Mifflin Street

Pass and Stow at Citizens Bank Park
Open now
One of the many new additions at the Phillies ballpark this season is this family-friendly beer garden near the Third Base Gate, with 250 seats over 11,000 square feet, picnic tables, a pizza restaurant, giant TVs, and two bars. It’s open for your pre- and post-game hangouts, too. 1 Citizens Bank Way

Beer Gardens in University City and West Philly

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PHS Pop Up Garden at uCity Square
Opens April 26th
PHS is back west of the Schuylkill for a third season, turning a vacant space at 36th and Filbert Streets into a plant-filled, open-air beer garden. 60 North 36th Street

Pub at the Porch at 30th Street Station
Opens in June
While the Porch already has a rotating set of food trucks onsite for lunch every day, we’re going to have to wait a little longer to liven up our SEPTA commutes with al fresco happy hour. Pub at the Porch will pop up with drinks on the western side of the Porch Wednesdays through Fridays from 4 p.m. till dark starting in June. 2901-2949 Market Street

Watering Hole and Urban Green at the Philadelphia Zoo
Open now
The zoo’s flagship beer and wine garden, the Watering Hole, is back again with craft beers, soft pretzels, brats, and flatbreads seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. New this year is Urban Green, a boardwalk-style outdoor dining area featuring food trucks, boozy beverages, seating for 200 zoo-goers, and play spaces for kids. It’s open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. 3400 West Girard Avenue

Pentridge Station
Opens June 1st
This once-vacant lot on a Cedar Park side street was transformed into a family-friendly hangout two years ago by the owners of nearby Dahlak. Now, you can hang out and sip a beer, play giant Jenga, enjoy food truck fare, and dance to DJs Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. throughout the summer. They’ll also be popping up at Greensgrow West just a few blocks away for brunch on Sundays from noon until 5.pm. 5116 Pentridge Street

Parks on Tap
Opens April 24th
Parks on Tap is back and roving all over the city’s parks system, with first-time stops at parks in neighborhoods like Historic Rittenhouse Town, Olney, and East Falls. Avram Hornik’s FCM Hospitality is running food and drink at the pop-ups, which go from park to park  Wednesdays through Sundays until September 29th. Check out the full schedule to find out when they’ll be in your neighborhood. Various locations

Beer Gardens in East Falls, Chestnut Hill, and the Main Line

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Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden
Open now
With chef Eric Yost’s bona fides as a former executive chef at White Dog Cafe and Wyebrook Farm, Suburban’s beer garden grub might be the most sustainable in the region: locally sourced cheese, bacon, and produce dot the menu. The spot’s big outdoor section also serves the most restaurant-style menu of the gardens on our list, eschewing boardwalk fare for handmade pastas and full entrees in addition to the usual fries and sandwiches. 570 Wellington Square, Exton

East Falls Beer Garden
Opens May 16th
Sip craft beers under the Twin Bridges every third Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at this community-run pop-up that runs from May through October. The beer garden also features rotating food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and live music. 4100 Ridge Avenue

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Beer Garden
Open now
This brewery on Germantown Avenue boasts a large outdoor seating area festooned with live plants where guests can enjoy a pint and a wood-fired pizza and get comfortable on couches — a beer garden rarity — in addition to chairs. 8221 Germanown Avenue

Conshohocken Beer Garden
Opens April 26th
This Main Line beer garden overlooking the Schuylkill River features lots of games — ping pong, giant Jenga, cornhole, and more — in addition to beer, wine, food, and live music. So far, they’ve announced that they’ll be open from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m Fridays only through mid-June, but if 2019’s schedule is anything like last year’s, they’ll take a break for July and August and open back up in September. 2 Ash Street, Conshohocken

The Beer Garden at Longwood Gardens
Opens May 9th
This beer garden within an actual garden serves up Victory Brewing Co. beer, wood-fired pizzas, and sandwiches from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday evening from May 9th through August 31st, then again from September 5th through October 26th from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. It’s the perfect way to end a day strolling through what’s possibly the region’s most renowned botanical garden. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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