People in Philadelphia love drinking, makes sense, we're one of the 11 best imbibing cities in America. But you know what's even better than drinking? Doing it outdoors, especially now that it's... sorry 'bout this!... Always Sunny, which is why we're making it easy for you by picking the best outdoor drinking spots in 12 different local 'hoods.
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Llama Tooth (address and info)
It doesn’t get much more Philly than drinking lager next to one of the city’s hundreds of murals. It’s also one of a handful of bars in close proximity to Union Transfer, making it the perfect pit stop for concert goers. The space also offers an extensive beer list, complete with rankings, that you’re welcome to enjoy once you get over all the llama paraphernalia.
Le Virtu (address and info)
Besides being a stellar place to get top-notch Italian food, Le Virtu reps some of the best outdoor real estate of East Passyunk Ave, where people watching is fully available, yet guests still feel secluded from avenue passerby. In addition to six revolving craft beers on tap and 20+ other cans, the summer means a new menu of seasonal cocktails.
Fare (address and info)
Fare is another outdoor spot repping Philly with a mural adorning the side of the restaurant’s outdoor space. You should totally stop in during happy hour for the essential combo of truffle fries and a dry martini.
Frankford Hall (address and info)
Natural light floods the indoor area of the Stephen Starr masterpiece so nicely that you might not even consider going outside -- but you should. Head to the back and you’re greeted with tables under twinkly lights for your German al fresco drinking and dining pleasure.
Graffiti Bar (address and info)
The outdoor space off the alley behind Sampan stays open all-year long, but now that it’s summertime not everyone will be flocking around the heating lamps in head-to-toe snow gear. So your best bet is to order the fishbowl, stake out a prime-seating spot, and commence people watching.
The Cambridge (address and info)
The Cambridge will draw you in with its extensive beer list and outdoor patio, and keep you coming back for its tantalizing "up next" beer menu that just gives you a sneaky glimpse of what you COULD order if you come back in a couple weeks. Plus, the outdoor area can be a quiet break from the glorious chaos across the street that is Bob & Barbara’s.
Independence Beer Garden (address and info)
The beer garden in closest proximity to the Liberty Bell is back for a second summer with a refreshed food and drink menu. On tap are dozens of locally sourced brews for when you need that extra dose of freedom in your beer.
PYT (address and info)
We all know PYT is one of Philly’s favorite ways to maintain our fat kid reputation, but in the summer it’s also an ideal place to slurp down an alcoholic milkshake, and vaguely participate in whatever outdoor event is going on at the Piazza at Schmidt's. International dance showcase? Gentle yoga? If PYT remains, so do we.
Morgan’s Pier (address and info)
Take in the vista of America’s armpit (sorry, I mean New Jersey) from the deck of Morgan’s Pier. At this extensive waterfront’s beer garden, you can even cure your hangover thanks to a weekend brunch menu that includes bacon-and-shrimp adorned Bloody Marys.
Rouge (address and info)
Rouge is one of several high-profile spots lining Rittenhouse Square Park, but it's the only one where you'll feel distinctly Parisian thanks to the spot’s petite outdoor tables. Luckily it’s not all for show; in addition to one of the best burgers in the city, Rouge offers bistro-style faves like steak frites, and an appropriately French-inspired drink menu packed with wine and champagne.
City Tap House (address and info)
It’s finally time for the City Tap fire pits to be used as decoration, rather than salvation. Though the deck stays open year round, to the great pleasure of inebriated Penn grad students who can’t feel the temperature anyway, the City Tap deck is best enjoyed when you’re not wrapped in a parka. Throughout the summer live music events and even an inflatable pool or two help make the most of UCity’s quietest season.
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Talula’s Garden (address and info)
Eat and drink in the most aesthetically pleasing setting Philly has to offer in the greenery-adorned Talula’s Garden, where locally sourced foods paired with an extensive beer, wine, and house cocktail list are almost outdone by the atmosphere -- almost.
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1. Llama Tooth1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia
2. Le Virtù1927 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
3. Fare2028 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
4. Frankford Hall1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia
5. Graffiti Bar124 S 13th St, Philadelphia
6. The Cambridge1508 South St, Philadelphia
7. Independence Beer Garden100 Independence Mall West, Philadelphia
8. P.Y.T.1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia
9. Morgan's Pier221 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
10. Rouge205 S 18th St, Philadelphia
11. City Tap House3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia
12. Talula's Garden210 W Washington Sq, Philadelphia
You can’t get more Philly than drinking microbrews next to a mural. This Spring Garden spot is a great asset to the rising neighborhood and has some great brews to try.
This taste of Italy in Philly serves fresh fare crafted with local ingredients. And if it can't locate the elements for a dish locally, it'll import them from Abruzzo, a region in Central Italy that was the inspiration for the place.
Fare is a outdoor spot repping Philly with a mural adorning the side of the restaurant’s outdoor space. You should totally stop in during happy hour for the essential combo of truffle fries and a dry martini.
One of the only year-round beer gardens, Frankford Hall is also the most traditional German biergarten. The brick-walled Fishtown spot has a menu that features German classics like spätzle, schnitzel, and six different types of sausages. Additionally, the draft beer list has over 10 different German beer selections, all available in large, liter steins. It's especially popular in the summer months, when an opening at one of the picnic tables is harder to find than a parking spot in Fairmount.
Graffiti Bar now has a snow-stopping clear roof and heat lamps so you can enjoy a bunch of food and drink specials with weather-related pricing. Offerings include Korean BBQ short rib satay, sauerkraut and Sriracha Reuben egg rolls, Banh Mi pork belly buns, and specialty cocktails, all $4 or less any day the temperature drops below 32F/there are Toros in the atmosphere.
Proving that following a legend won't always end in someone saying "Sorry sir, Meatloaf cleared out the continental breakfast" is Cambridge, which replaces the old grimy music venue Tritone with a new South St gastro from the crew behind Hawthorne's.
Located outdoors under a rope light canopy not far from the Liberty Bell and Independence Mall in Market East, Independence Beer Garden's vast 20,000sqft open space and long group picnic tables lead to the ultimate summer city escape. Regardless of how long you may be waiting at the packed bar for a drink, you'll enjoy the victory of sipping a local beer or housemade cocktail from the broad selection.
Updating a beloved classic can be a tricky affair and is often hit-or-miss in results, but P.Y.T.'s boozy spin on the traditional burger 'n' shake joint is definitely a hit. The food ranges from the expected Philly cheesesteak, albeit on a pretzel burger roll (!), to the more daring Adult Shakes, like the bourbon-infused Jack Rabbit Slim. Kids and dogs are welcome, too, so now the whole family can party together.
At this extensive waterfront beer garden, Morgan’s Pier, some of the area’s top chefs take over the Morgan’s Pier kitchen for a four-month “experiment" every year. With outdoor seating for up to 500 people, it's one of the best spots to enjoy a casual bite to eat, craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
The burgers at Rouge are a display of over indulgence. If you try one of 'em it's probably a good idea to have an empty stomach so you can actually finish the thing.
City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.
Your meal at Talula’s Garden is not a dream, and it’s important that you keep reminding yourself of that. The oasis of greenery is tucked between two commercial buildings adjacent to Philadelphia’s Washington Square Park, and a latticework of potted plants climbs the patio garden’s walls. The interior, inspired by a greenhouse, is a bucolic wonderland of rustic planters brimming with flowers, nature-themed cylindrical lamps, and pressed leaf artwork in light wooden frames. Talula’s main event is its weekend brunch. Order the Little Ricotta Doughnuts upon being seated (creative fillings and toppings change seasonally), which you’ll nibble on as you await your Fresh Farm Egg Omelet with whipped goat cheese and roasted local broccoli and Stuffed French Toast with maple cream cheese and local pears. The Creamy Corn Grits rest beneath a pool of caramel sea salt butter and might just render you irrevocably full, but at Talula’s, you won’t regret a single bite.