Some of Our Favorite Outdoor Bars in Philly!
Happy Thursday! It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood! What do you have going on this weekend? Whatever it may be, we suggest you take advantage of the weather and hang outside… there is nothing more refreshing than enjoying a nice cold beverage on a warm summer day with friends (OK, we know it’s not “officially” summer yet, but we’re close enough!) . Here are some of our favorite spots in the city with great outdoor seating!
This somewhat hidden beer garden is located just through the back doors of Opa in Center City. Tables fashioned from discarded electrical cable spools, a variety of cheap canned beers and gyros await you. The Greek restaurant converted its backyard (a former parking lot) into a great hangout. Open every day at 5 PM except Sunday, the brick-walled patio pours four rotating drafts, as well as 20 bottles and half as many cans, plus a series of specialty summer drinks (think spiked lemonade and punch) by the pint or shareable cooler. Half a dozen bar bites include gyros, a crab boil and the requisite soft pretzel. Voted one of “America’s Best Beer Gardens” by Food & Wine Magazine.
1311 Sansom St
This Kensington drinkery launched a beer garden in the vacant lot next door back in 2011, featuring a bright-blue, stationary food truck offering cans of beer, as well as assorted hot dogs and beer-battered fried pickles. Large picnic tables are stamped with the words “family joint,” and all friends are welcomed. A projection TV shows all nighttime Phillies games, as well as a thrice-weekly screening of the Twin Peaks TV show. Their hours of operation are: Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-Midnight, Saturday Noon-Midnight, & Sunday Noon-10pm. Memphis Taproom was paid a visit by Guy Fieri and featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
2331 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Hop Angel Brauhaus is a German-American bar/restaurant in an old building in the Fox Chase neighborhood in Philadelphia. Their menu features traditional German specialties accompanied by traditional American fare, including steak and seafood. They also offer a casual “Anytime Menu”. Their kitchen is open late 7 days a week. Chef Kevin McDevitt is a local Fox Chase resident. The biergarten patio, located on the side of the restaurant, features umbrella-shaded metal tables and chairs, beside a mural of Alpine mountains. It’s also dog-friendly! A dozen drafts rotate often and come in multiple sizes, from a third of a liter to a half-liter to a full liter mug. The garden is open daily from 11 AM.
7980 Oxford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Since opening last Memorial Day, the Delaware River spot has become immensely popular. Craft beer is poured from a dozen taps or more than 20 cans and the bar is fully stocked with cocktails. The award winning waterfront beer garden opened for its second season on Thursday, May 9th and features Chef George Sabatino (Stateside) in the kitchen. At night, the venue turns into a dance party and both local and traveling DJs make it known to the entire waterfront that this is the place you want to be.
221 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Stephen Starr’s Fishtown taproom prides themselves as being the most authentic German beer garden in the city. The indoor courtyard has a floor of scattered gravel and is populated by dozens of picnic tables beneath large linden trees. Ping Pong tables are available and tournaments get very competitive. A variety of German beers are served in large one-liter mugs, (or you can opt for a smaller size) and a dozen more in bottles and cans. Food-wise, they serve a series of sausages, spaetzle with bacon and mushroom, and a huge German-style pretzel (imported from overseas).
1210 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125