Philadelphia has a bustling beer garden scene making it easy to find an alfresco hangout before it gets too cold. We’ve rounded up some of the best beer gardens for your enjoyment. Some close for the season at the end of October, so hit them up soon before they’re gone!
This well landscaped destination has twirling ivy, picnic tables and fire pits. Overlooking the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park, two large bars offer 40 taps of regional and domestic craft beers, canned choices like Narragansett Lager and Crispin, and tasty mixes including strawberry cider or mojitos. You can also enjoy your brew with great snacks and sandwiches; our favorites are the spicy shrimp roll and BBQ empanadas.
This sprawling space marries the ambiance of traditional open-air German beer gardens with a modern, industrial feel. Enjoy the selection of craft and German beers—12 on tap and 12 in bottles—with some Bavarian pretzels or brats. You can relax at the outdoor picnic tables or hit up the ping pong table for a quick game. This Fishtown spot is always a good choice for a German draft and a fun time.
Morgan’s Pier is celebrating autumn with fall brews, cocktails—Victory Festbier and Treat Pumpkin Poret, spiked hot apple cider—and Fall Fest fun with pumpkin carving, Cornhole and no-cover DJs on the weekends. The outdoor grill serves up a variety of favorites including poutine, smoked kielbasa, and chicken wings. Don’t miss the fall fun and great views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
Located behind the Greek restaurant Opa, this little back-alley beer garden has its own entrance and laidback character. You can choose from over 20 canned beers, 8 rotating drafts, wine, and speciality fall drinks like apple sangria and caramel apple shots. For snacks, our favorites are the fritters, fries with beer cheese and grilled corn on the cob. Enjoy the overhead lights and the colorful decor too!
La Peg is a restaurant at FringeArts with a massive dining area and not-too-shabby beer garden. Lionshead Pilsner and Neshaminy Creek IPA are on tap, but the theatrically-themed cocktails take center stage here. “Overtures” is a favorite, with blood orange puree, lillet, vodka, and sparkling wine, as is “Soliloquy,” a combination of Schöffehoffer grapefruit beer and gin. They also serve dishes from the French-inspired kitchen such as macaroni gratin or a red wine braised lamb shank.