5 Philly Beer Gardens to Enjoy this Summer
One of my favorite things about visiting Philadelphia in the summer is the city’s beer gardens. Philly’s beer gardens have seemingly sprung up everywhere throughout the city. Some of these are outdoor spaces adjacent to restaurants, bars, or breweries, while others are true pop-up beer gardens that disappear after a few weeks or months.
With so many to choose from, how are you supposed to decide which of Philly’s beer gardens to check out?
I have undertaken the very difficult task of visiting as many of the beer gardens in Philadelphia as I can, to bring you a few of my favorites for your next visit to the city.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park might be the best beer garden in Philadelphia. Each summer, this area comes to life with hammocks, food vendors, oversized board games, and, of course, beer. After dark, neon lights hang from the trees illuminating the park, and turning Spruce Street Harbor Park into a fairytale.
Keep in mind that while the park is open every day of the week during the summer months, drinking under the lights and in the hammocks is only allowed on weekend nights. On weeknights, drinking is confined to the barge docked in the Delaware River. Even so, it’s an amazing place to visit any night of the week for its magical setting.
Spruce Street Harbor Park is open each year from mid-May through September. It can be found at the end of Spruce Street between South Christopher Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River.
Located 51 stories above the city streets below, Sky Garten is the highest of Philadelphia’s beer gardens. First opened to the public in the summer of 2016, this beer garden offers amazing views over the city from both inside, as well as from its two outdoor patios.
In addition to the views, this beer garden offers a fantastic selection of local beers and wines, complemented by a menu of (mostly) German fare.
Note that there is a $5 cover charge to get in, but the view more than makes that a fair deal, especially when you consider that One Liberty Observation Deck charges $14 for a slightly higher, but very similar, view.
Sky Garten can be found on the 51st floor of Three Logan Square at 1717 Arch Street in Center City. It is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Independence Beer Garden
If learning about the history America makes you thirsty, then Independence Beer Garden is for you. This Philly beer garden is located in the portico at the base of the Rohm and Hoss Building directly across from Independence Hall.
Independence Beer Garden features a wrap-around drinking and eating area that features a variety of seating areas including Adirondack chairs, bar seating, and picnic tables. The garden features delicious food in addition to their great selection of craft beers.
Independence Beer Gardens can be found at 100 S Independence Mall West directly across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. It is open daily from late April through fall.
PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is running two pop-up beer gardens in Philadelphia in 2017. These beer gardens transform abandoned lots into horticultural masterpieces which make them feel truly like city gardens.
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In addition to offering beer, wine, cocktails, and food, the PHS pop-up beer gardens offer Philadelphia residents and visitors a chance to learn about inner city gardening practices and how to transform a small outdoor space into an urban oasis through programs and family-friendly events.
All proceeds from the PHS pop-up beer gardens go towards the society’s programs around the city. All people visiting the gardens will have to sign up for a free membership as a PHS patron.
The PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens can be found at 36th and Filbert Street as well as 15th and South Street. They are open daily from May through October.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Located in Penn’s Landing along the Delaware Riverfront, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest features entertainment for the whole family. In addition to a beer garden, Summerfest features delicious food and an ice cream shop.
However, there’s a lot more to do here than just enjoy food and drinks. The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest has a roller skating rink, a Ferris wheel, arcade games, and much more.
Without a doubt, this a great event for the whole family, and the perfect Philly beer garden for those looking for a variety of family-friendly activities.
The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is open daily from late May through early September. It is located at the end of Chestnut Street between South Christopher Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River.
Of course, this is only a small selection of the many great Philadelphia beer gardens. Which one is your favorite?