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Uptown Beer Garden returns to Center City this week

Josh Middleton

The go-to beer garden for Center City work crowds gets grand-opening treatment this Thursday night. The festivities continue all weekend, peaking on Saturday with a Cinco de Mayo bash.

Located near Logan Square in the BNY Mellon building courtyard, Uptown Beer Garden is one of the city's largest outdoor beer oases, at over 9,000 square feet. It may not be one of the prettiest spaces (and it is known as somewhat of a bro magnet), but it earns marks for its convenient location and a few aesthetically pleasing accoutrements, such as twinkling lights, greenery and ample seating.

One of the main draws is the unique beer and cider list, which includes six exclusive suds on tap that were brewed specifically for Uptown. Those include a blueberry-lavender cider from Biglerville’s Jack’s Ciders, the Cocktails & Dreams tropical wheat ale from Evil Genius Brewing in Fishtown, and a Gestalt pilsner from Easton, Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher Brewing. The Becky Beer from 2SP Brewing is a Mexican lager with a hint of coconut—perfect for this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. All drafts and cans go for $7.

The menu also includes wine, cocktails and frosé for $10, and a menu of pub fare helmed by Chef Craig Meyers and Steve Lindabury from BRÜ Craft and Wurst. Described as “elevated backyard BBQ” fare, the grub list includes things like warm Bavarian pretzels ($6), MexiCorn ($5), BBQ Pork Sliders ($11) and the Uptown Burger ($10).

The Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, May 5, goes from 2pm to midnight, and look out for a lineup of other events planned throughout the season—including a TBA happy hour. Beginning Thursday, Uptown Beer Garden will be open Monday and Tuesday from 5 to 10pm and Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to midnight. Happy beer-drinking!

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