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PHS Pop Up Gardens return to South Street and University City this month
Written by
Josh Middleton

If you love your beer gardens, you have a lot to be excited about this week. Just yesterday, Independence Beer Garden announced it’s reopening in Old City on April 20, and today we’re getting word that both PHS Pop-Up Garden locations are returning in three weeks, with a soft opening on April 26.

With an emphasis on garden—unlike many other beer “gardens”—the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-ups are verdant urban oases of lush greenery. They provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy brews and bites from a rotation of buzzy local chefs, restaurants and breweries. And if beer isn’t your thing, you can always throw back some sweet-but-strong margaritas or refreshing sangrias.

PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens
South Street
Photograph: Rob Cardillo

Both pop-ups will return to their original locations: at 15th and South Streets, and uCity Square, at 3535 Market Street. The South Street location will feature drinks and events planned by the Royal Tavern and Friends, who run popular local spots such as the Cantina on East Passyunk, Khyber Pass Pub and Triangle Tavern. Guests can expect favorite drinks and plates from each location and a cocktail list inspired by in-season botanicals and herbaceous plants. At night, the garden will glow thanks to Moroccan-style light fixtures and twinkling bulbs swinging from the trees.

The University City locale will be helmed by the Jose Pistola’s Group, so expect creative Mexican fare, fresh margaritas and an extensive craft selection. The garden itself will resemble an urban orchard, with trees, strawberry plants and field grass. Large sails hanging throughout the space will provide shade when it’s toasty out.

PHS Pop-Up Beer Garden in University City
uCity Square
Photograph: Julia Lehman

With picnic tables, string lights and convenient locations, a PHS pop-up is the perfect place to pop in for happy hour, a Sunday afternoon or pre-dinner drink. Plus, a lineup of activities, such as quizzo, DIY succulent workshops and craft nights, give you a reason to keep going back.

After the soft launch on April 26, both locations will host Cinco de Mayo-themed grand opening parties on May 3. After that, they’ll be open through October. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10pm, Friday from 5pm to midnight, Saturday from 2pm to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10pm.

This article was created with help from writer Megan Parry

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