Outdoor Drinking

Where to find al fresco watering holes in Philly

It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia—now through mid- to late-fall. Here’s where to find some of our faves:

THE GARDEN AT CHERRY STREET PIER: You’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant with more stunning views than The Garden at Cherry Street Pier, which sits in the shadow of the hulking Benjamin Franklin Bridge and along the Delaware River. More than 200 people can comfortably fit in the open-air, industrial venue, which is outfitted with quaint sidewalk café-style seating, with towering trees and overflowing planters separating each table. The menu boasts summer-picnic fare (think pulled-pork sandwiches, salads and sides) local ales, wine and craft cocktails. For now, The Garden is open on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, from noon to 10pm. Hours will be extended throughout the week once the weather warms up.

THE GROVE AT ASSEMBLY LOUNGE: For summer 2022, the swanky rooftop bar overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway transforms The Grove, a lush tropical garden in the sky rife with exotic plants, vibrant, textured decor, and a menu featuring refreshing island cocktails 🍹. It kicks off with a bash this Tuesday night, May 24, from 6 to 9pm featuring live music and an oyster and Prosecco bar.

INDEPENDENCE BEER GARDEN: The bustling beer garden just steps from Independence Hall is back open in 2022 with 20,000-square-feet of open-air space that packs in multiple bars, drinking games like corn hole and Jenga, and a bunch of picnic tables so you can spread out to enjoy your barbecue-style grub and beer, beer, beer.

MORGAN’S PIER: This vibrant beer and cocktail garden brings live DJs, comfort food and all kinds of refreshing adult beverages to the Delaware River waterfront through fall. Grub options include a variety of snacks, flatbreads, sandwiches and seafood, while drinks range from frothy draft beers to a colorful selection of speciality and frozen cocktails and wine.

NEW LIBERTY DISTILLERY: The Cocktail Garden at New Liberty Distillery — the handy work of the distillery’s staff during the pandemic — offers yard games and a robust cocktail menus under twinkling lights and a soundtrack of surf rock and ’90s jams. (Reopens June 16.)

PHS POP-UP BEER GARDENS: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popular pop-up beer gardens—on South Street and in Manayunk—are gorgeous urban garden oases with stunning plant and garden decorations, bars full of food and drink and, new this year at Manayunk, a new game room with foosball, Skee-Ball, pop-a-shot and more. Plan a night there around some of the events taking place throughout the season—from plant swaps, brewery pop-ups, craft nights and more.

RODIN MUSEUM GARDEN BAR: The scenic pop-up beer garden at the Rodin Museum serves beer, wine, craft cocktails and small plates in the vicinity of the famous Thinker. Dogs are welcome.

Eat and Drink

Great Philly restaurants and bars to check out right now

If you’re looking for great places to eat and drink locally, we have you covered. Check the links below for ideas about where to eat outdoors and get takeout, and what breweries and distilleries to visit when you’re hankering for an adult bev.

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Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Oval XP closes for summer with a funky concert, Clay Studio hosts an arty daylong fest at its beautiful new headquarters in Kensington and more

Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

The Oval XP closes for summer with a funky concert, Clay Studio hosts an arty daylong fest at its beautiful new headquarters in Kensington and more

It’s always a bummer to start seeing those first few signs of the end of summer, which we’re getting this weekend with the closing of The Oval XP on the Parkway.

But don’t get too bummed about it. They’re having to shut it down to make room for the Made in America concert and festival in a few weeks. Get out there and enjoy The Oval while it lasts. I’d recommend the Snacktime concert on Sunday.

As far as what’s new, this weekend includes the Philly debut of Dear Evan Hansen, several opportunities to catch an outdoor movie, and a family-friendly festival at Clay Studio that includes a group art project involving 1,000 pounds of clay.

Your choices don’t stop at events, though. Make this the weekend when you check out that local brewery or distillery you’ve always wanted to visit. Have dinner outdoors somewhere on a pretty patio or in a garden. And check our list of ongoing summer attractions to see what kind of shenanigans are happening at places like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Cherry Street Pier.


Le Dîner en Blanc returns to Philly on August 18. | Photo by Jack Megaw

DÎNER EN BLANC PHILLY LIVES AGAIN: The much-Instagram’d dinner soiree that requires its guests to wear head-to-toe white and haul all their own food and dining accessories to a top secret location in Philly returns this Thursday night. Didn’t get a ticket? Watch it all go down at #debphl on Instagram — which you can do from your couch wearing whatever damn color you want! Thursday, August 18. Location TBA, sold out.

This is your last weekend to explore all the fun at The Oval XP. | Photo b R. R. Rabena / Visit Philadelphia

THE OVAL XP LAST CHANCE: This weekend is your last chance to enjoy The Oval XP this season. The massive and colorful entertainment zone and beer garden in front of the Art Museum closes this Sunday with an energetic performance by Philly brass-funk band Snacktime. Through Sunday, August 21. 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, pay as you go.


🍕 Muncho, a pizza delivery service that cooks your pizza en route to your doorstep is now available in Fairmount and University City

🪚 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is screening late on Friday, August 19, at Philadelphia Film Center

💀 The Mutter Museum is opening up a brand new room to anyone who has a ticket to visit the treasure trove of medical oddities

🪩 Catch al fresco club vibes — with live DJs and more — at Stratus Rooftop Lounge through Saturday night

🎟 Did you know that admission to The Weitzman is totally free at least through the end of the year?

🍴 MilkBoy Philly launched a fun “Lunch Lady Special,” a series of daily specials served on bright checkered paper and aluminum trays, à la your school cafeteria

Kids deserve a summer. music festival, too, huh? Enter: Kidchella 2022

KIDCHELLA LAST CHANCE: Smith Memorial Playground throws one more of its kid-friendly music fests for the summer, featuring Grammy winners 123 Andrés and Lucy Kalantari. Besides the tunes, the gathering also includes art stations, critters from the local insectarium, and — best of all — free school supply giveaways courtesy of Staples. Friday, August 19, 4 to 7pm. 3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park, $12. 

Guests enjoy outdoor film screenings during Scribe Video Center's annual Street Movies series in Philadelphia
Philly Film Society is bringing movies to parks all summer long during its Movies On the Block event.

MOVIES ON THE BLOCK: Philadelphia Film Society’s roving summer movie fest brings flicks and entertainment to West Kensington this Friday night, with a screening of Coco at The Lighthouse. Hosted by Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation, the night is more like a community festival than anything, with food trucks, games, face paintings and live performances. Friday, August 19, 6pm (event starts), 8pm (movie starts). 101 E. Erie Avenue, free. 

Philadelphians watch Star Wars during an outdoor movie night at Dilworth Park
Pictures in the Park brings outdoor flicks to Dilworth Park this summer. | Photo by Marisa Fischetti

OUTDOOR MOVIE @ DILWORTH PARK: Pictures in the Park — a weekly event series that brings new and classic films to a giant screen in the shadow of City Hall — is now in the midst of its summer schedule. This week, look out for Jungle Cruise (Aug. 19), then return next Friday for the last flick of the month: the Will Smith-starring King Richard (Aug. 26). 8:15pm. 1 S. 15th Street, free. 

Clay Studio is throwing an art-filled, family-friendly hoopla in Kensington this Saturday.

CLAY FEST 2022: Get into some muddy, family-friendly — and free! — fun this Saturday at the brand new location of Clay Studio in Kensington. The seventh annual Clay Fest lets you get your hands dirty in some clay projects — including one team effort where guests have to turn a half-ton of clay into something arty. There will also be artist demonstrations, an opportunity to screen-print on a tote, and an ice cream social. Saturday, August 20, noon to 4pm. 1425 N. American Street, free. 

The Please Touch Museum is hosting one of its special Play Without Boundaries days this Sunday. | Photo by J. Fusco / Visit Philadelphia

GET IN SOME CHILL PLAYTIME: With its designated Play Without Boundaries days, the Please Touch Museum provides kids with autism, learning differences, and other sensory or communication needs space to play and discover at their own speed. The museum becomes more of a low-sensory experience, with reduced noise levels, dimmer lighting, and activities — like therapy animals, art projects and dance and movement therapy — designed to create a welcoming space to explore. The next one is this Sunday afternoon. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Sunday, August 21, 9am to 11am. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, free.

Taste eight standout and lip-puckering new beers during Devil’s Den’s Sour Fest, happening August 13 to 19.

SOUR FEST @ DEVIL’S DEN: Sour Fest continues through Friday, giving sour beer aficionados the chance to taste eight rare and expertly curated local sours on draft, including Brewery Ommegang’s brand new Dream Patch, an oud bruin called Liefmans Goudenband, and a blood orange gose from Neshaminy Creek. Through August 19. 1148 South 11th Street, pay as you go.

Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen” gets its Philly debut this week. | Photo by Matthew Murphy

SEE DEAR EVEN HANSEN: If you’re a fan of touching Broadway musicals, beeline to Forrest Theater starting this weekend to catch the Philly premiere of six-time 2017 Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen. It’s high time it came here: The charming coming-of-age musical was written by Ardmore native Benj Pasek, and it recounts his time at Friends’ Central School. August 16 to 28, various times. 114 Walnut Street, $67 to $197. 


The ferris wheel and other attractions at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is now open along the Delaware River with summertime fun galore. | Photo by Maria Young

DELAWARE WATERFRONT ATTRACTIONS: Spruce Street Harbor Park and its neighboring Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest are open for the season with ferris wheels, floating beer barges, carnival games, roller skating, hammocks in neon-lit trees, cute little lodges you can rent with friends. It’s just too much excitement for one person to handle. Good thing it’ll be around for our enjoyment all summer long. S. Columbus Boulevard

KAYAK THE DELAWARE: The Independence Seaport Museum launched its summer 2022 kayak excursions on the Delaware River, happening on select weekends through October 22. There are several different tours you can sign up for — including one for beginners, and ones that explore different sections of the river, such as Graffiti Pier and Petty’s Island. Paddle Penn’s Landing, which lets you paddle around the river in swan- and other animal-shaped watercraft.

Header photo of the beer garden at The Oval XP by R. Rabena

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