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Why You Need to Add Philadelphia Zoo’s Beer Garden to Your Summer Bucket List

Photo via Philadelphia Zoo

Photo via Philadelphia Zoo

Your summer bucket list is about to gain a worthy addition. After months of anticipation, Philadelphia Zoo opens its stellar new beer garden, The Watering Hole (how fantastic is that name?). Sponsored by Victory Brewing Company (so you know it’s legit), the beer garden is a welcomed addition for Philadelphians ages 21 and up looking for a beer or wine pitstop during their Zoo adventures. 

Located next to Eagle’s Roost, The Watering Hole promises a smattering of brews sure to please a variety of palates. The highlights? Victory Brewing Company’s Summer Love Ale, a seasonal variety that celebrates Philadelphia and its warmer months as well as the Headwaters Ale (psst: a portion of its sales goes to protecting Victory’s own ‘watering hole’ and source for its beer, the Brandywine Watershed).

Other beers on draft include Goose Island, Troegs, Victory, Stella and Bud Light. Those with a penchant for wine, meanwhile, can imbibe crisp Woodbridge Pinot Grigio and Cabernet. Even better: everything (even the brews!) is served in eco-friendly cups.

They’ll also serve light bites, such as bratwurst, house-made chips and flatbreads. You can check out the full menu here.

Groundswell Design Group, the green-thumbed gang behind many of Philadelphia’s most charming beer gardens, constructed The Watering Hole, outfitting it with terra-cotta mosaic décor, colorful landscaping, umbrellas for sunny summer days and environmentally-friendly LED lighting. We promise: the views are totally Instagram-worthy.

Long story short, we know your summer bucket list is a mile long, but be prepared to bump something from the lineup—Philadelphia Zoo’s The Watering Hole is your new warm-weather destination.

Details: 11am to 4pm, Friday through Sunday; Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue.

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