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Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

by Drink Philly on Apr 11, 2019 in Roundups
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Whether it’s to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drink in the great outdoors. We’ve rounded up our top picks for outdoor bars, sidewalk seating, beer gardens and restaurant patios in the city. Click through to check them out, and bookmark this page so you can be ready whenever the great weather hits.
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The huge, open-air courtyard at Stephen Starr’s Fishtown beer hall feels exactly like a traditional German biergarten, from strings of lights to gravel floors to picnic tables and Linden trees. Enjoy ping pong and fire pits as you sip on huge liter mugs of brew from Bavaria and beyond.
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Open starting on April 19, this deck on the Delaware offers an unprecedented way to enjoy craft beer and killer cocktails by the water. Two bars and half a dozen seating areas are built right out over the river, and the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge towering overhead can’t be matched.
Photo via Morgan's Pier
One of the city's hottest restaurants, Fishtown's Lebanese spot, Suraya, has an expansive back patio that serves up cocktails and small plates during the warmer months — while you're surrounded with greenery and listening to the fountain, you'll forget you're in Fishtown. 
Photo via Suraya
Sip in sophistication under awning-covered tables that wrap around this Rittenhouse Parisian bistro – ever since restauranteur Stephen Starr opened this bustling spot in 2008, it's been packed day and night, with diners vying for outside tables that overlook the park itself.
Photo by Parc

This rooftop bar, which is open now for the season, is nestled nine stories above the city and offers some of the greatest views of Logan Square and the Parkway. Sip on creative cocktails and enjoy shareable snacks while admiring how beautiful Philly can be.
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The incredibly ambitious Spruce Street Harbor Park will once again bring life to Penn’s Landing. The block-and-a-half riverfront park features a bar, food, lily pad water gardens and nets that suspend visitors over the water built on a series of floating barges. SSHP is set to open May 11.
Photo by Spruce Street Harbor Park and Matt Stanley
You’ll think you’ve landed in a fairy tale when you take a seat at a table or the granite bar in the garden patio outside Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr’s Washington Square restaurant. Water drips daintily from vintage faucet fountains, vines wind up the walls, colorful flowers bloom, and the food and drink are good enough to keep pace with it all.
Photo by Drink Philly
The PHS Pop-Up Gardens are a staple of Philly's outdoor drinking scene, and they're expected to return sometime in April of 2019.
Photo via Visit Philadelphia 
Piazza Pod Park
This new space across from the Piazza in Northern Liberties will feature plenty of pods offering beer, food, cocktails, crafts, and more, all in containers made of recycled material, all anchored by a giant robot statue. Look for it to open in 2019.
Concept Rendering via Aversa PR
This Michael Schulson beer garden will be back for its fifth year across from the Liberty Bell and Independence Park. The garden features plenty of local, regional and national taps along with snacks, sandwiches and more to munch on while you sip. IBG is set to open April 25.
Photo by Neal Santos
Tired Hands Beer Garden
This local brewery's first Philadelphia location debuted in the fall of 2018 and offered up Tired Hands on draft and by the can, and is now open.
Photo by Drink Philly
This urban oasis is filled with luscious greenery and fairy lights, so grab a table on a warm evening and enjoy this pastoral atmosphere in the heart of Philadelphia alongside craft cocktails, small plates, and more.
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Philly's traveling charitable beer garden will return on Thursday, April 24, and this year's lineup includes stops in Azalea Garden, Columbus Square, the Schuylkill Banks, and more (you can find the whole schedule here). Bring the whole family and Fido, too — they're all family and dog friendly.
Photo via Parks on Tap
The Bourse
Pick up food and a drink from your favorite vendor in The Bourse, Old City's upscale food hall, and bring it outside to their patio space overlooking Independence Mall, which will open soon and be open all day.
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Royal Boucherie
Nick Elmi's Old City brasserie has a hidden outdoor space — head upstairs to their second floor and snag a table on their private patio, with exposed brick walls and overhead lighting, while you snack on fried olives and sip martinis.
Photo by J. Fusco
Craft Hall
The former Yards Brewing space has been transformed into a multi-concept space that includes a playground, its own brewery, and a full bakery, and they'll offer outdoor seating as well during the warmer months.
Photo by Drink Philly
Tuna Bar
Old City's chic sushi bar opens its floor-to-ceiling windows on nice days, with ample outdoor seating along Race Street under the bridge.
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These unique spots, both from restauranteurs Shawn Darragh & Ben Puchowitz, offer similar yet different menus – Cheu serves up steaming bowls of inventive ramen in varieties like brisket and coconut curry, while Nunu, a twist on a Japanese izakaya, is equipped with a Toki highball machine, so you can try traditional Japanese highballs with your skewers or miso cheese toast. The two spots also share their outdoor seating; Cheu has the tables and Nunu has the bar seats, but either way, you'll love drinking and snacking outside in this tiny Fishtown oasis.
Photo by Drink Philly
Philadelphia Distilling
Drink outdoors at the first distillery in Pennsylvania to open after Prohibition, where you can order everything from fresh seasonal cocktails to classic gin drinks where Bluecoat Gin itself is made – step out of the gorgeous tasting room and grab a seat on their sunny patio, complete with plenty of seating and outdoor games.
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The roof of this former elementary school is now one of the city's hottest bars, and it will definitely return in 2019 — but in the meantime, you can head to its companion bar, Irwin's, which has its own deck and unbeatable views of the city.
Yards Brewing
Yards' spacious flagship spot at 5th and Spring Garden has an unexpected outdoor seating situation — when the weather gets warm, you can sit under the tanks out front, and even those at the bar will be able to enjoy the fresh air when the space opens its garage doors. 
Photo by Drink Philly
Across the street from Trestle Inn, they have a Miami-style beer garden with wire chairs, tiki torches, and more — it will reopen on May 17 and will be open from 6 PM - 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays only. (It's cash only, but there's an ATM on site.)
Photo via The Patio at Spring Arts

Rosy's Taco Bar
This elevated Mexican spot at 22nd and Walnut throws its windows open wide when it gets warm outside, and they've got outdoor seating as well, making sure everyone can enjoy the good weather.
Photo via Rosy's Taco Bar

Along 13th Street in Midtown Village
The stretch of 13th Street from Chestnut to Locust offers some of the best outdoor seating in the city: grab wine and Italian fare at either Zavino or Tredici Enoteca; enjoy wood-fired pizzas at Barbuzzo, margaritas at Lolita, or a glass of sherry at Jamonera; snack on guac at El Vez; grab a glass of wine at Vintage; stop by one of Michael Schulson's perfectly atmospheric spots like Sampan or its backyard bar, Graffiti Bar; try a fun tropical cocktail on Tiki's rooftop; head south to Walnut to sit underneath Maison 208's retractable roof; or make your way to Locust and score a table in Little Nonna's intimate backyard setting.
Photo by Drink Philly
Pub & Kitchen
This classic gastropub right at the corner of 20th and Lombard has a gorgeous stretch of outdoor seating along 20th Street, so choose something from their excellent whiskey list and enjoy sipping it under the trees.
Photo by Pub & Kitchen

Grand fire pits line one side of the concrete deck at this 60-tap University City tavern, spread out over the second floor of the Radian Building on Walnut. Join the college and beer geek crowd and enjoy a pint and a burger in the fresh air.
Photo via City Tap House
The La Peg Beer Garden offers a more grown up alternative to some of the other Delaware Waterfront options. The outdoor bar and food truck officially opens for the summer season, but anyone who wants to sit outside before then is free to do so if they order from the indoor bar. It opens to the public May 5.
Photo by Drink Philly

Whether you are seeking a romantic Center City restaurant for date night, a pre-theater dinner, a wedding rehearsal or reception location, or you simply want a local restaurant experience, the M Restaurant is your ideal, unique venue.
Photo by Drink Philly

One of the city's largest selections of craft canned beers, Milkboy also offers a well curated cocktail menu. Even when it rains, towering glass garage doors swing open for indoor/outdoor sipping.
Photo via Milkboy
This Tria location boasts plenty of sidewalk seating and choice people watching at the corner of 12th and Spruce. Sit under one of the bright yellow umbrellas while sipping a great beer or wine paired with some of the best cheeses in the city. If the 12th Street location is too packed, try their Rittenhouse location.
Photo by Drink Philly
Evil Genuis’ beer garden is already open, making sure there's even more room for anyone who visits their insanely popular Fishtown brewery and tasting room.
Photo via Spirit News
The rooftop bar on the 11th floor of Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Philadelphia offers modern cocktails crafted by Status' talented bar team, craft beer and champagne. Bottle service is also available.
Photo by Laura Kicey

This Chicago-baaed brewery opened its first brewpub in Philadelphia in 2018, and their patio is open now, so go ahead and enjoy one of their signature beers on a sunny day.
Photo by Drink Philly

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Relax at street-side seating surrounded fragrant planters of herbs while enjoying cocktails under burgundy umbrellas.
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The prettiest patio in Old City is found on the second floor of this Americana-themed bar, and the large corner square holds nearly a dozen tables. Set with heat lamps, this terrace with a view is the perfect place to gather with a group from early spring to late fall.
Photo via Revolution House

Compared to the street-side drinking options of Center City, Manayunk Brewery’s Schuylkill-facing river deck is positively pastoral. Opt for a sweet-tart pint of raspberry and cherry-scented Schuylkill Punch for maximum springtime drinking enjoyment.
Photo via Manayunk Brewing

Knock a few back at one of Northern Liberties' roof decks, and be sure to pair that beer with some house made charcuterie.
Photo by Drink Philly 
Settle into one of East Falls’ most scenic patio tables and spend an afternoon at In Riva, where a menu of excellent cocktails will keep you there well after the sun sets on the Schuylkill. 
Photo via In Riva

Whether your goal is dancing, drinking or feasting, Silk City’s beer garden offers an exciting and vibrant backdrop to a perfect night out. Should you crave a cure for a hangover the next day, Silk City offers one of the most popular brunch menus in the city.
Photo by Silk City

With 20 beers on tap and two casks, the 10th Street seats at Varga Bar are hard to come by. Head over early to grab a spot and enjoy pours of your favorite local and national craft beers.
Photo via Drink Philly
Find picnic tables tucked between exposed brick walls, nine craft beers on tap, cider, and an extensive list of bourbon and whiskey.
Photo by Jason Varney

Memphis Taproom's beer garden is open now right in the heart of Kensington. Relax at one of their large, comfortable picnic tables and order a local brew.
Photo by Philly Love Notes

This spot along Frankford Avenue (formerly home to ROOT restaurant + wine bar) has reinvented itself as a chic cocktail lounge where the creative menu rotates seasonally, so stop in and pick your favorite drink on every menu. When it gets warm, they'll open the doors once again for anyone who wants to sit outside.
Photo via Drink Philly

This Fishtown spot offers outdoor dining at their tucked-away patio space. Sip on a cocktail crafted with a local spirit, order some cheese and charcuterie, and kick back.
Photo via Martha on Facebook
The recently renovated lot adjacent to the restaurant is the largest outdoor space in South Philly and perfect for margaritas.
Photo via Drink Philly
Across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, it has a great view from its outdoor seating.
Photo via Red Owl Tavern

Sip on a local craft beer and dine on the farm fresh meats at this Fishtown spot with an outdoor patio. Lucky for you, they also do happy hour outdoors.
Photo via Kensington Quarters
This Point Breeze gastropub offers up a ton of craft beer selections alongside pub food, including, yes, sardines, on its sunny outdoor patio.
Photo via American Sardine Bar 

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