Food & Drink

The 7 best outdoor drinking spots in Philadelphia

Published On 07/30/2014 Published On 07/30/2014

The best thing about Summer... is the way she totally put up with Seth's Captain Oats obsession, obviously. But all the great things to do, like outdoor drinking, aren't bad either. And since we already told you about Philly's best rooftop bars, we decided to assemble a list of Philadelphia's seven best patios. You're welcome...

The Cambridge

The Cambridge

Rittenhouse Square
The dream of the ‘90s is alive on South St, and Cambridge’s low-key, twinkly light courtyard does not disappoint. Plus you can order Champagne from the can! 
Essential Outdoor Drink: Hammonton Smash -- a refreshing mix of gin, mint, and cucumber

Harvest Seasonal Grill - Philadelphia

Harvest Seasonal Grill

University City
The outdoor patio at Harvest separates you from University City traffic with a nice garden wall and comfortable seating.
Essential Outdoor Drink: Try the Harvest Peach Bourbon with one of Harvest’s awesome flatbreads

MilkBoy Philadelphia


Market East
Sometimes it’s difficult to have outdoor sidewalk seating in Philadelphia without feeling like you’re about to get robbed, but thanks to breezy wall-length doors that open to the street, MilkBoy pulls it off.
Essential Outdoor Drink: The Handsome -- the Maker’s Mark and thyme will make you feel mighty fine

Sampan Restaurant Philadelphia

Sampan’s Graffiti Bar

Market East
The outdoor deck doubles as a great place to nosh on top-quality Asian cuisine AND cheer on your favorite sports team with top-quality obnoxiousness.
Essential Outdoor Drink: Sake bombs. Many, many sake bombs.

Fette Sau Philadelphia

Fette Sau

Picnic tables made of reclaimed wood deck out the patio at Fette Sau (German for “fat pig”), where you can gorge yourself on BBQ cuisine.
Essential Outdoor Drink: Anything off the extensive whiskey list

Parc Restaurant


Rittenhouse Square
Get that pinky up for Rittenhouse neighborhood dining with a French twist. 
Essential Outdoor Drink: A carafe of wine, because that’s simply what you should do here

Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge

Silk City

Northern Liberties
The outdoor patio at Silk City is all about preservation with reclaimed tables and old kegs that become furniture for your dining experience.
Essential Outdoor Drink: The Painkiller -- spiced rum, coconut, Malibu Black, and pineapple with a hint of nutmeg to alleviate any and all aches and pains

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1. The Cambridge 1508 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

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.

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2. Harvest 200 South 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

We’re not sure how Harvest does it, but the University City restaurant manages to serve a menu consisting almost entirely of under-500-calorie dishes. Instead of what you're expecting (rabbit food), the seasonal selections include flatbreads, brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, composed salads, and entrees like macadamia nut-crusted halibut and three-bean turkey chili. However, the best is saved for last: shrunken-down portions of chocolate salted caramel mousse, zucchini bread cake, and peanut butter cups are all standout desserts.

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3. Graffiti Bar 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Midtown Village)

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.

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4. Fette Sau 1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Fette Sau keeps it simple. Wooden tables, concrete floors, gourmet BBQ, craft beer and whiskey. No pretense. Sounds like the go-to spot for the most interesting man in the world, doesn't it? Named after the German phrasing for "fat pig," Fette Sau's obviously got pork on lock, plus other delectable, dry-aged and smoked meat comestibles. The Philly outpost of this Williamsburg standby is sure to satisfy.

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5. Parc 227 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Stephen Starr-created Parc in Rittenhouse Square slings authentic French cuisine in the manner of a Parisian bistro and cafe.

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6. Silk City Beer Garden 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

If you want your beer garden with a side of nightclub, Silk City’s beer garden is your spot. To be fair, though, it's a wonderful place to grab a classic all-American meal too. At Silk City, enjoy beers, cocktails, and even dinner at one of the outdoor, umbrella covered tables before heading inside to dance the night away to whatever DJ is spinning that night.

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7. Milkboy 1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Philadelphia)

A heralded coffee shop/music venue with two suburban outposts, Milkboy's finally crashed the city with a two-level loft space rocking garage-door windows, plenty of stripped surfaces (exposed brick and woodgrain), and a bar on each level, making it the first bar/ coffee shop in Philly, and the first boozer on their roster, a move made more difficult by the fact that coffee shops don't traditionally have disabled lists. Additionally, this multi-use space also takes on the role of a music venue, hosting impressive live acts like cult favorite, Electric Six,