Morgan's Pier: New Backyard Beer Garden on the Delaware
Philadelphia’s waterfront has long been underused, with naught but a series of chain and tourist-focused drinkeries taking advantage of the riverside views. With the launch of Morgan’s Pier on Friday, May 25, a joint project from Four Corners Management and R5 Productions (who recently partnered to create successful music venue Union Transfer), brew fans will finally have a reason to cross the I-95 barrier.
Sporting a large, outdoor deck with picnic tables, vintage umbrellas and traditional Linden trees, the Penn’s Landing beer garden will offer a rotating selection of 20 regional craft drafts and more than 20 craft cans. A full bar will also be available, featuring signature cocktails and a host of summer wines.
A menu developed by David Katz of Mémé includes fun takes on summer faves, such as corn and blue crab fritters, fried Jersey tomatoes, grillled local corn and “snack bacon,” as well as a variety of burgers, sandwiches and tacos. Nothing is priced above $10. Additionally, Little Baby’s Ice Cream tricycle will make Morgan’s Pier its summer home, dishing out handcrafted scoops of tasty cream. Food will be offered throgh 11 PM nightly.
Live entertainment will add to the festive atmosphere, with a cast of international and local DJs curated by Making Time’s Dave Pianka, as well as a free Saturday afternoon concert series, the first of which kicks of on June 9 with Philadelphia’s own Bleeding Rainbow. Lee Jones is also bringing his long-running Sundae Dance Party to the pier, starting on May 27 with DJ Rich Medina.
Located beside the Ben Franklin Bridge, the venue’s name is a tip of the hat to construction worker George C. Morgan — the first person to cross the span. According to a release, “Morgan did so by trekking the final 50 feet of the still incomplete footbridge on a bare support cable 400 feet in the air. He was fired on the spot.”
Photos via Morgan's Pier on Facebook
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