Beverage Director

Where to Grab a Drink in Philly Right Now

You deserve it.

Bar seating is back, heat lamps are turning off, and bistro lights are swaying all over town—outdoor drinking in Philly is making a big comeback this summer. 

As COVID-19 restrictions ease throughout the industry, the city’s bars and restaurants that have clawed for survival over the last year are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. And now it’s more important than ever to support them as we head into this final stretch.

From magical beer gardens to cozy cocktail bars and rooftop reveries, there is no shortage of where to get a drink in Philly—and there are more ways than ever to bring the party back to the comforts of your own home. Check out our picks for the city’s best places to get a drink right now.

PHS Pop-Up Garden

Multiple locations

Get back to summer beer garden days with the return of the PHS Pop-Up Garden. Both locations feature lots of horticulture and good food, from spots like Cantina Los Caballitos and Khyber Pass Pub. You can expect frozen margs, mojitos, and other summer cocktails, along with dozens of IPAs, sours, ciders, wines, and non-alcoholic options to round out the drink menu. If you’re not ready to be near strangers yet, private areas are also available to rent.
How to book: Walk-up seating is available with a 90-minute limit per table

Wm. Mulherin's Sons
Photo by Daniel Olsovsky

Find a seat in the Wm. Mulherin’s Sons outdoor garden, now open for drinking and dining. Treat yourself to an artful cocktail like the In Full Bloom, made with rose petal-infused vodka, or keep it simple with local drafts like Love City’s Totally Wired coffee brown ale. You can also score wines by the glass and cans, and all of them happen to go great with a garden view and wood-fired Italian fare.

Available for Reservations

Attic Brewing Co. is now open for indoor and outdoor imbibing, offering a casual, relaxed atmosphere to try all the original (and sustainable) beers the spot has to offer. From the juicy, tropical hazy Fast Tracker IPA to the herbal, super citrusy Sage Against the Machine, there’s something for everyone.
How to book: Walk in

Dahlak

Cedar Park

Visit Dahlak’s laid back outdoor patio—newly covered to accommodate all kinds of weather—for outdoor dining and drinking. This Ethiopian restaurant’s summery cocktails pack a punch, and options like the tequila Blue Crush or the Henny Punch, are best enjoyed outdoors with stir-fry sirloin tibs, a spicy sauteed dish served with peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout

La Llorona Cantina

West Passyunk

La Llorona was able to debut and stay open amid the pandemic thanks to vibrant outdoor street seating that makes this little corner of South Philly a welcome respite. Enjoy nachos and queso alongside sangria, wine, and happy hour specials from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.
How to book: Walk in, call 215-515-3276, or DM on Instagram for a reservation

Jet Wine Bar

Graduate Hospital

This kitschy-retro wine spot became a more permanent fixture in the face of COVID-19, and this summer is the perfect time to check out the spring garden if you haven’t yet. There you’ll find worldly wines and colorful cocktails, from rosé aperol spritz to pear prosecco fizz, and there’s plenty for the beer-lovers to sip too.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Bok Bar

Wharton

Bok is the ultimate when it comes to rooftop bars. The view spans forever and ever, showcasing a glittering view of the city from South Philly, and the spot currently offers reservations for safe, social distanced outdoor imbibing. If you stop by, expect fun local food pop-ups live music, and a revolving list of wines and beers to enjoy with the view.

Available for Reservations

This laidback outdoor bar has long been one of Philly’s larger outdoor bars, so you can expect a nice range of craft beer and seltzer cans, including everything from easy-drinking favorites to seasonal brews to strong sours—and even jello shots.

Available for Reservations

IBC’s extensive menu of drinks and delectable bites includes Nutella Funnel Cake and cheese curds. Expect a thoughtfully curated beer menu of approachable favorites and more daring picks, as well as super-strong cocktails including the $14 Long Island Iced Tea, which is probably all you’ll need to get the job done. You can also order wine by the glass, liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks for pickup if you’re waiting to return to the bar.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout

South Restaurant

Spring Garden

Dinner and live jazz have finally returned to SOUTH, so you’re free to enjoy blackberry sangria and raspberry lemon drops with all the fruitful ambiance you desire. Get a seat indoors or on the outside garden patio, or just take the goods home big batch cocktails to go.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

P.O.P.E is a neighborhood favorite for hunkering down with a craft beer and some jukebox tunes. While you can still help yourself to the bar’s selection of craft brews, clink cups to celebrate the start of reopening with rotating cocktails.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout

One of Philly’s prettiest and biggest year-round outdoor bars is open again with COVID-safe restrictions, giving you a chance to score a seat by the fire pits and feel like things are somewhat normal. Massive German drafts, bottles, and beer cocktails and floats make up the length bar menu, which can be enjoyed at the bar or at home with pick-up or delivery.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

Monk's Cafe

Rittenhouse

Belgium and beyond are at your fingertips at Monk’s, where the spot’s signature beer bible is no less holy in the face of a pandemic. The place is packed with Belgian (and other-style) beers that taste just as nice inside, on the outdoor streetery, or at home when you order curbside pickup. Trust that it’s hard to pick any drink here that doesn’t go with pommes frites and mussels.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Standard Tap

Northern Liberties

More than two decades in business and Standard Tap is still going strong, offering a stellar selection of local craft beers on draft, natural wine, and plays on classic cocktails. The bar installed outdoor covered porch seating to add to its upstairs patio dining offering, giving you more ways to come home to your favorite bar.

Available for Reservations

All the eccentricities of the International’s eclectic bar menu can make you feel like you’re allowed to travel again. Sherries on tap, rare wines, obscure beers, and even more obscure liquors are still flowing strong, with single and big batch cocktails available on the bar’s patio or to go.
How to book: Walk in

Available for Delivery/Takeout
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