There are few things more blissful than sipping a cold beer on a warm summer night in the city, and thankfully there are enough beer gardens in Philadelphia to give you nearly endless opportunities to imbibe all season long. These sudsy oases dot the city, in lush Philadelphia parks, sitting in the shadow of Philadelphia museums and, in at least one case, floating on the Delaware River. Follow our guide to find the best beer gardens in Philadelphia, all of which offer their own kind of unique atmosphere, extensive beer, wine and cocktail lists, and menus rife with hearty barbecue-style grub, like pork sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. Swing by for happy hour some nights, or grab a chair and lounge for hours. Nobody’s going to be rushing you here.
Note: Keep in mind that some of these beer gardens, like Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Oval and Bok Bar, don’t open till later in the season—usually sometime around Memorial Day.
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