A quick rundown of Philadelphia’s seasonal outdoor dining/drinking destinations.
SkyGarten, the indoor-outdoor beer garden on the 51st story of Three Penn Center (1717 Arch St.), is in its third and final season (details are here).
Independence Beer Garden: The beer garden in the shadow of the Liberty Bell Pavilion (Sixth Street just south of Market) added AstroTurf and new games in the back, plus a “for the table” menu of barbecue. See menu here.
Parks on Tap (through Sept: 30): The traveling community beer garden created by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation in partnership with FCM Hospitality hits a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stays through Sunday, offering a barbecue menu with seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations include seating and tables, games, restrooms, and food, salads, and snacks. Parks on Tap visits seven parks for the first time this year: Lovett Park (Mt. Airy), Campbell Square (Port Richmond/Kensington), Fernhill Park (Germantown), Glendinning Rock Garden (Kelly Drive, East Fairmount Park), Pastorius Park (Chestnut Hill), Dickinson Square (Pennsport, South Philadelphia) and Pleasant Hill Park (Delaware River, Far Northeast Philly). See parksontap.com for itinerary.
PHS Pop Up Gardens at South Street and University City: The South Street version, on the 1400 block of South Street (near 15th), feature food, drinks, and events from Royal Tavern. The one at uCity Square, 36th and Filbert Streets, is operated by the Jose Pistola’s Group. New this year is a covered seating area.
Uptown Beer Garden: The warm-weather bar from the guys behind BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, and Cinder is running again at the courtyard of the BNY Mellon building at 1735 JFK Blvd. with an enviable beer selection.
Harper’s Garden, serving food and drinks inside and out at Duane Morris Plaza (31 S. 18th St.), soft-opens May 11. This will operate year-round.
Bok Bar in South Philly’s former Bok Vo-Tech at 800 Mifflin St. (May 24).
Attico, a rooftop lounge at the new Cambria Hotel, 219 S. Broad St., near Locust (late May).
Pentridge Station pop-up beer garden, affiliated with Dahlak restaurant, at 5114 Pentridge St. in West Philly (June 1).