Philadelphia’s largest open-air bar and restaurant
Summer is here and al fresco dining is calling you. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to find a table in Philadelphia’s outdoor bars and restaurants – and who wants to eat and drink indoors on a summer night?
This is where this list comes in. We have a guide to the greatest outdoor restaurants and bars in Philly, which if you’re hoping to find a table (or at least a short wait) for food and drink with a crowd.
Here are the biggest outdoor bars and restaurants in Philly.
It’s never boring at this popular beer garden, which houses games, TVs for watching the games, and seasonal fireplaces. The menu includes a selection of largely local beers, frozen cocktails, wine and more, in addition to sandwiches, salads, and snacks.
The laid-back vibe is the theme of this huge outdoor courtyard on Martha Street. Although operated by Philadelphia Brewing Co. (and located across the street from the brewery), nearby Martha and Zig Zag BBQ’s food can be delivered or picked up. Pro Tip: Philadelphia Brewing Company also has a few outdoor tables along its side patio.
On the edge of the crashing Delaware River, this 500-seat seasonal beer garden sits in the shade of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Choose from a dozen draft beers, a list of summery cocktails, flatbreads, sandwiches and raw bar options.
The huge waterfront park is home to various food and drink vendors serving everything from bites of sweet French toast and juicy burgers to frozen cocktails and local beer. There are hammocks, colorful picnic tables, and shaded benches perfect for sitting outside while taking in views of the Delaware River.
Don’t assume that it will be easy to find a seat at one of the many communal tables in the outer courtyard of Frankford Hall. Liter mugs, giant fluffy pretzels, and campfire hearths draw the crowds that regularly fill the sidewalk. Arrive early to avoid the queues along the Frankford Avenue sidewalk.
There’s plenty of space for alfresco drinks at Juno, a fairly new, totally open-air Mexican-inspired restaurant in Callowhill. Sit in one of its colorful chairs and choose from a menu of margaritas, wine by the bottle and glass, tacos, nachos, burritos and more.
The parking lot adjacent to the famous Callowhill Brewery is a great area for outdoor drinks, and you can bring your own food as well. The brasserie offers a small menu of snacks (beef jerky, fries) and food trucks stop on certain days of the week.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop-Up Garden on South Street has been a mainstay of food and drink in lush, leafy surroundings for years. Cantina Los Caballitos and Khyber Pass Pub are in charge of food and drink in the outdoor space.
The refurbished and redeveloped vo-tech school top destination of Eighth Street and Mifflin Street in South Philadelphia – which offers sweeping views from New Jersey to West Philadelphia – has programming this summer, in addition to dining pop-ups featuring Saté Kampar, Hardena and BLVK. Reservations are suggested, but part of the space is open to walk-ins.
A fresco from the Abruzzo region of Italy is the backdrop to this large candlelit patio. It’s set back from bustling Passyunk Avenue, making it a quiet space for a Southern Italian meal and a glass of wine.
Parks on Tap is open at two waterfront locations: one at the usual pop-up location near Fairmount Water Works and one at the south end of the Schuylkill River Trail (known as named Trails End) just south of the South Street Bridge, a brand-new location for the Beer Garden. The menus promise sandwiches, snacks, local beers, lemonade cocktails and more.
Water supply works, 640 Waterworks Dr., End of trails, South St. and South 27th St., 🌐 parksontap.com, @parksontap, 🕑 Water Works, Mon-Fri. 4 pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12 pm-10pm; End of trails, Mon-Thu. 4 pm-10pm, Fri 4 pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm
The 1.2 acre lawn covering the parking lot at Cira Green (along 30th Street between Chestnut and Walnut) is one of the city’s newest outdoor stars, with sandwiches, salads, drinks and a breathtaking view of the horizon. It’s 12 stories above ground level, so take the elevator to the top of the garage to access the space free and without a reservation.
The 40th Street Cart Portal Urban Oasis has ample seating for alfresco dining and drinks from the on-site Renata Kitchen and Bar. And while Mediterranean-focused Renata’s was once BYOB, this place has a bar stocked with draft wine and cocktails.
Beyond the South Street location, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has a lush and relaxed beer garden in Manayunk, on Main Street and Jamestown Avenue. The menu promises frozen drinks, spiked seltzer, draft beers, tacos, fries and more.
There’s a huge outdoor patio overlooking the Schuylkill River at Manayunk Brewing Company, a neighborhood spot known for its namesake beers and eclectic menu promising everything from sushi to pizza. String lights hang above for extra lighting in the evening, and umbrellas block out the sun in hot weather.
Behind Germantown’s Attic Brewing Co., discover a nearly 9,000 square foot beer garden with Attic beers from an outdoor bar, lawn games, plenty of seating and a rotating range of food trucks . You can also bring your own food to eat at the hidden street beer garden; Garage Roadhouse BBQ Deke is conveniently located next door.
There are two outdoor spaces at Three Monkey’s Cafe in Torresdale: the Florida Keys-inspired Monkey Court and the tropical-inspired Tree Bar. The outdoor spaces are side by side, making the outdoor space of the monkey-themed restaurant feel much larger.
At Levante Stables, the farmhouse-style indoor and outdoor reception hall of the Levante Brewing Company, there’s a 40,000 square foot beer garden and patio promising tables in the shade of umbrellas, grassy areas for drinking. outdoor beer and food from a changing lineup of local food trucks. The Chester Springs spot also hosts live music and special events throughout the week.
The spacious Skytop Garden at Conshohocken location of the reliable Great American Pub is first come, first served, but there is plenty of room to enjoy food and drink a few floors above street level in Conshohocken town center.
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