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Philadelphia Bars with Outdoor Seating

by Drink Philly on Apr 9, 2013 in Roundups

Talula's Garden offers some of the prettiest patio seats around; Photo by Danya Henninger

When the weather is warm, there’s nothing better than sipping a brew, cocktail or glass of wine outside – it just makes the world seem right. Here’s a guide to spots around town where you can accomplish just that!

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Art Museum/Fairmount

Belgian Café: The mussels and frites here are a perfect accompaniment to the hundreds-long bottle list

Bishop's Collar: A recent renovation added class to this neighborhood standard with a dozen interesting beers on tap

Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar: Enjoy a  quaint environment and Middle Eastern tapas with your drinks

Jack's Firehouse: A lovely garden patio sits beside this converted firehouse

Kite & Key: Sit on the patio and select from 16 drafts at this Callowhill New American

La Calaca Feliz: Fantastic margaritas are best sipped in the garden patio out back, just past a trip through the colorful murals and fancifully decored dining room

McCrossen's Tavern: Enjoy the elevated eats and drink at sidewalk tables under the awnings

St. Stephen's Green: Take the luck of the Irish outside at this relaxed tavern


Midtown Village/Wash West

Barbuzzo: In warm weather, outdoor seats nearly double the room at this popular Medi-spot from Marcie Turney & Valerie Safran

Caribou Cafe: French flar is apparent at the classily fenced off outdoor seating area on Walnut

The Corner: The roofdeck here is the perfect perch for people watching in buzzing Midtown Village

El Vez: The zany atmosphere of this Stephen Starr Mexican follows you outside, thanks to colorfully tiled columns

Finn McCool's Ale House: 12th & Sansom might not be the most picturesque corner, but hey, it's outdoors!

Garces Trading Company:
Sit on large, slatted-wood chairs outside  the Iron Chef's combo dining room/market (Bonus: there's a Wine & Spirits shop inside!)

Irish Pub 12th St: Classic Irish pub fare awaits at plenty of outdoor seats on Walnut

MilkBoy: Garage doors roll completely up, making the entire first floor an open air dining room

Mixto: Latin flavors from all over the world come together on Pine Street

Moriarty's: Over 30 craft drafts flow at this Irish pub with seriously solid wings, and dogs are more than welcome

Opa: The Drury Beer Garden is hidden behind this Greek taverna

Raw Lounge: Escape the busy street with some sake in the hidden garden behind this sushi lounge

Sampan: A profusion of color greets you at the Graffiti Bar out back, even if you haven't yet slurped down a Scorpion Bowl

Smokin' Betty's: Barbecue is meant to be enjoyed outdoors, with plenty of liquid refreshment

Talula's Garden: Blooming trellises, a faucet fountain and a slate bar greet patrons alongside Washington Square Park

Tria: Beneath awnings, hightop tables surround this petite wine bar

Valanni: Lucky drinkers can score the few seats beside this Wash West tapas joint

Varga Bar: There's plenty of room here once this gastropub lines up the plentiful outdoor tables that wrap around the corner

Vintage Wine Bar: The place for an outside glass of vino on Thirteenth Street

Zavino: Pair your sips with crispy Neapolitan pizza on the Midtown Village corner


a.kitchen: When the floor-to-ceiling doors are flung open wide, the relaxed but elegant atmosphere flows out to the sidewalk seats at this wine and cocktail spot

Continental Midtown: Take the private elevator to the third floor for a swanky roofdeck in the middle of everything

Devil's Alley: The sidewalk seating at this Rittenhouse tavern is perpetually packed

Devon Seafood Grill
: You can almost feel an ocean breeze at the seating along 18th Street at this prime parkside seafooder

Parc: Over 80 wicker seats curve round the corner at this French bistro from Stephen Starr

Pub & Kitchen: Pub food and drink get a lift, just like your spirits will sitting alongside 20th Street here (note: closed April 1-15 for renovations)

Rittenhouse Tavern: A secluded garden patio hideaway exists right off the Square, behind the Art Alliance building

Rouge: It's see and be seen at this ritzy fave with a slew of seats alongside the flowering square

Serafina: NYC's fancy pizza parlor provides several outdoor seats from which to glimpse the neighborhood glitterati

Square 1682: Shaded tables line Sansom Street outside the Hotel Palomar

Tria: Slide into one of the few seats outside this wine-beer-cheese cafe to take in the sounds and sights of the bustling neighborhood

Twenty Manning Grille
: Comfortable banquettes and other tables accommodate drinkers at this fun American tavern from Audrey Taichman

Vango Lounge & Skybar: Head to 18th Street to hit this late night roofdeck that's meant for partying

Ben Franklin Parkway/Logan Square

Con Murphy's: Enjoy views of Love Park outside this pub on the Ben Franklin Parkway

Mexican Post (Love Park): Margartitas are the name of the game at the elevated patio just off the Parkway

Swann Lounge: The Four Seasons has a fantastic courtyard tucked behind its entranceway on 18th Street

Table 31: Beneath a constructed awning, rows of fancily dressed tables line up beside a sparkling fountain in front of the Comcast Center

South Street

Bridget Foy's: A long, raised patio seats drinkers along Headhouse Square

Chick's Social: The former Chick's Cafe & Wine Bar has a new name and expanded food menu, but the same great cocktails

Jon's Bar and Grille: Enjoy a sip and a bite on a bi-level, gated patio beneath the watchful eye of Three Stooges' Larry

Percy Street Barbecue: Smoked meats make for thirsty palates, easily sated with a selection of 80+ canned brews and plenty of whiskey

Supper: Sit at the couple of tables beside the copper door while enjoying farm-sourced, creative snacks

Twisted Tail: Though the gamerooms upstairs are tempting, sip your bourbon on the bricks outside when it's warm

Graduate Hospital/South Street West

Rex 1516: A small series of sidewalk tables provide a spot to down juleps and Southern-inspired snacks

Sidecar Bar: Great beer, great brunch, great bar food — what more could you ask for while sitting on the sidewalk?

Feel like part of the neighborhood at seats alongside this friendly hang


Fishtown/Northern Liberties

Abbaye: Belgian brews are best enjoyed outside this hipster hang

Bar Ferdinand: Sip Spanish specialty drinks outside this well-stocked resto/bar on Liberties Walk

Cantina Dos Segundos: Picnic tables are a perfect foil for Mexican treats and margaritas

East Girard Gastropub
: Spread out on picnic tables at this corner "EGG" gastropub

El Camino Real: Margarita madness is much better when accompanied by munchies outside

Frankford Hall: Play ping-pong or Jenga beneath Linden trees as you quaff German brews in the gravel-covered beer garden

Kings Oak: A special section of The Piazza is roped off for seating outside this gastropub

Interstate Drafthouse: Bring your dog along as you catch a craft brew on the backyard patio

Johnny Brendas: While the dark interior is perfect for intimate music shows, craft brews are best enjoyed out front

North 3rd: The outdoor seats along this corner pub provide a bright contrast to the dim interior

PYT: Stretch out on lawn chairs out front after the crazy burgers and even crazier adult milkshakes make you sleepy

Silk City: Find a garden atmosphere outside this combo bar and diner

Standard Tap: Enjoy the all-local, all-draft beer selection on the expanded second-floor deck


Old City

Continental Old City: Classic martinis taste even better when you're sitting sidewalk-side

Cuba Libre: Stay safely ensconced on the wooden deck with your caipirinhas as you watch Old City's crowds go by

Mac's Tavern: Paddy's Pub may not have outdoor seating, but you will find it on Market Street at this bar from the Always Sunny gang

Morgan's Pier: The ultimate waterfront beer garden, choose from wooden booths, two bars, Linden-tree-shaded picnic table and more

Plough & the Stars: Take the Irish fun outside on Chestnut Street

Positano Coast: Feel like you're on the Riviera on the spacious patio overlooking Society Hill

Revolution House: Grab a drink on the second-floor patio to enjoy flower-filled views of the river and historic buildings

Barra: Nosh on coal oven pizza paired with creative cocktails at shiny metal tables along Chestnut Street

Rotten Ralph's: Grub and drinks are available on the sidewalk at this Old City bar

Triumph Brewing Old City: The brewpub's offerings taste even better out on Chestnut Street

Queen Village/Bella Vista

Bainbridge Street Barrel House: A cavalcade of tables line the corner spot, and wide open windows bring the air into the dining room

Beau Monde: Brunch on crepes and Bloody Marys at the wraparound wood deck, or head back for dinner to pair your French pancakes with great wines

Bistrot la Minette
: Sit out on the elevated patio to enjoy French wines and cuisine while people-watching to your heart's content

Catahoula: Tucked into a nook off of Front Street is a narrow outdoor patio that brims with buzzing fans of Cajun food and drink

Devil's Den: Outdoors seats line 11th Street at this South Philly beer bar

Hawthornes: Snag one of nearly 1,000 bottles and cans or sip a rare craft draft from the rotating list at a half-dozen tables in front of this beer shop/deli

The Mildred: Patio chairs and tables sit beside the blooming brick planters (BYO outside with $15 corkage until liquor license expansion comes through)

New Wave Cafe: A great selection of rotating craft brews provide enough reason to snag on of a smattering of outdoor seats


East Passyunk

Adobe Cafe: Southwestern style fun and inexpensive drinks are all the better outdoors

Birra: Creative pizza (mac 'n' cheese? Please!) goes great with craft beer, and the Italian-centric selection here tastes best sipped at the chairs alongside the open windows

Cantina Los Caballitos: Margarita-sipping hipsters create a serious traffic stopper at tables along East Passyunk

Devil's Den: The incredible selection of craft brews here are best enjoyed under the sun

Pub on Passyunk East: Enjoy solid eats and great sips as you watch the crowds flow by Pat's and Geno's up the block

Stateside: Seating wraps around the corner at this hot East Passyunk New American, where all spirits come from within the U.S. (yes, that means they make their own vermouth).


The Industry: This ode to folks in the restaurant and bar biz has a killer draft, bottle and cocktail list, which you can enjoy at 36 seats wrapping around the corner property.


West Philly

City Tap House: Even when it's nice out, the firepits on the roofdeck warm the soul as well as the 60 beers on tap

Dock Street Brewing Company: Great pizza tastes even better outside at this brewpub

Drinker's West: Eat, drink and be merry outside this all around pub

Tria Wine Room: A beautiful wooden patio is a perfect showcase to the interesting wines, beer and cheese here


North/Northeast Philly

Grey Lodge Pub: The king of craft brew in Northeast Philly (home to Friday the Firkinteenth) now sets up a few tables outside their door

Hop Angel Brauhaus: A German-inspired pub wouldn't be the same without umbrella-shaded tables in a biergarten out back

Maggie's Waterfront Cafe: Enjoy views of the rivier at picnic tables that line a stone courtyard at this casual tavern

Paddy Whacks: The Northeast location always has the game on and offers outdoor seating as a bonus

Three Monkeys Cafe
Snag a seat on the tree bar patio or in the Key West-inspired courtyard retreat to enjoy throwback food & drink at this casual gastopub


North Broad

Alla Spina: The garage doors roll up on this Marc Vetri Italian gastro pub, and the outdoor seating flows right into the colorfully graffitied inside

Route 6: Picnic tables in the garden are the place to enjoy seafood and sips at this Stephen Starr joint



Llama Tooth: Strung with holiday lights year-round, the patio at this under-the-radar Spring Garden spot is colorfully decorated with murals

The Trestle Inn: The revamped whiskey and go-go bar sets up sidewalk tables in the summertime

South Broad

Tashan: Enjoy elevated Indian fusion bites and creative cocktails at dozens of gleaming metal streets with a view down Broad of City Hall


Manayunk & East Falls

Bayou Bar & Grill: Fun and drinks await at Southern-themed tavern

Kildare's Irish Pub: The craft beer selection is growing at this more than standard Irish Pub

Manayunk Brewery: Sip suds beside the Schuylkill on the large outdoor decks at this brewpub

In Riva: Watch bicyclists, runners, scullers and more as you drink Italian favorites on the outdoor patio


Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy

Avenida: A stone-lined, 30-seat patio is the perfect place to sip margaritas

Chestnut 7: the large patio is the perfect spot to sip cocktails or a craft draft brew


 Photo: Talula's Garden by Danya Henninger

Tags: Outdoor Seating
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