From Flower Gardens to Beer Gardens: Philly's 7 Best Outdoor Bars

Frankford Hall
••• Image credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia™

The most endearing quality of these top-rated outdoor bars goes beyond the twinkle of string lights and the novelty of a hammock garden. It lies in the fact that Philly's alfresco season is fleeting. In just a few months' time, temperate breezes give way to blustery autumnal winds, and heat lamps don't quite hold the same charm as candlelight, do they?

Translation: Get to these outdoor spots while Mother Nature allows.

  • 01 of 07

    Young professionals congregate at this swanky bar and restaurant, perched 11 stories above ground at the trendy Hotel Monaco. Here, flames from a linear fire feature lick the summer air behind an upholstered banquette, while ambient colored lights cast an atmospheric glow upon martini-fueled evenings. 

    The Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 925-2889

  • 02 of 07
    Frankford Hall
    ••• Image credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia™

    Interspersed with s'more-friendly fire pits, rows of picnic tables beckon to imbibers within the gravel courtyard at this contemporary "biergarten," which is open year-round.

    Bartenders fill steins with German brews from behind multiple bars, so the wait for a Hofbräu or a Köstritzer is rarely ever long, while wiener schnitzel and giant soft pretzels provide sustenance to the after-hours crowd.

    1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125; (215) 634-3338

  • 03 of 07
    Silk_City
    ••• Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

    A 3,000-square-foot beer garden adds yet another role to the multi-tasking nightclub, retro diner and cocktail lounge otherwise known as Silk City. When it opens in the spring, the beer garden is a scenic spot for sipping sangria under the criss-cross of string lights. Return in the morning for Silk City's oft-raved-about brunch.

    435 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123; (215) 592-8838

  • 04 of 07
    Spruce Street Harbor Park
    ••• Image credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

    The jewel in the crown of Philly's seasonal bars, Spruce Street Harbor Park transforms a stretch of the Delaware River waterfront into a urban "beach" every summer. Instead of sand, however, visitors are greeted by a hammock garden, a boardwalk made from repurposed shipping containers, and pay-as-you-go concessions that span tacos to craft beer. 

    Once the sun sets, a canopy of color-changing LED lights imparts an other-worldly glow upon the beloved outdoor space.

    301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 629-3200

     

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07
    Morgan's Pier Philadelphia
    ••• Image credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

    Located right on the Delaware River and able to seat 500 people, the seasonal Morgan's Pier works overtime as a restaurant, beer garden and entertainment venue (think DJs and live music).

    Don't depart without trying the bar's popular Watermelon Rickey and snapping a selfie with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

    221 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19123; (215) 279-7134 

  • 06 of 07

    A tangle of English ivy and string lights scales the walls within the verdant courtyard at Talula's Garden, a charming farm-to-table eatery just off Washington Square Park. Back on solid ground, seasonal blooms burst forth from a plenitude of planters, adding a pop of color to a space dominated by the umber tones of reclaimed wood.

    Pro tip: Arrive post-sundown, and have your pinot gris and cheese board at the garden bar.

    210 W. Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 592-7787

  • 07 of 07
    Independence Beer Garden
    ••• Image credit: M. Fishetti for Visit Philadelphia™

    Offering a bird's eye view of Independence Park and the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Beer Garden is understandably popular with the sightseeing set. But with a 22,000-square-foot blueprint, this seasonal spot has more than enough elbow room (and beer) to go around.

    100 S. Independence Mall W., Philadelphia, PA 19106; (215) 922-7100