Philly's Best Outdoor Bars to Gear Up for Spring

By Leah Campano | February 27, 2019 | Food & Drink

While (im)patiently waiting out winter’s snow and slush, we’re fantasizing about warm days filled with sips and clinks at these must-visit outdoor drinking spots. So here’s to hoping that before we know it, our dreams become reality.


Independence Beer Garden

Dressed in lush greens, distressed wood and reclaimed metal, Independence Beer Garden and its industrial-chic vibes make it the perfect go-to spot for a cold beer. Two bars pour out 40 taps of local and domestic craft beers, while the kitchen serves out traditional American eats. Not in the mood for brew? The garden also offers signature cocktails, like the Old City Sol, Gin Jawn and 6th Street Spritz. 100 S. Independence Mall W., 215.922.7100,

Talula’s Garden

The outdoor area at Talula’s Garden evokes a homey atmosphere that complements its fresh, farm-to-table fare. Mismatched chairs round the tables and flowering plants adorn brick walls and wooden window boxes. Order from their honed collection of earth-conscious wines, beers and ciders, or branch out with one of their inventive mixed drinks. 210 W. Washington Square, 215.592.7787,

Revolution House

Revolution House’s bar in Old City rests next to a large, rustic-esque deck, inviting its guests to a quintessential outdoor drinking experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a chilled glass of rosé or a specialty seasonal cocktail, the Quaker Friends Meetinghouse-turned-restaurant promises the happiest of hours. 200 Market St., 215.625.4566,

Parx Beer Garden

What’s better than an outdoor beer garden? A new outdoor beer garden, which Parx Casino promptly delivers for the 2019 season. Luxury describes every aspect of the suburban space, from its retractable glass walls and roof to its 24 rotating craft drafts and upscale dining menu from Liberty Bell Gastropub and Oliveto. Elongated fire pits freckle the 7,600-plus square foot garden, so don’t worry about those chilly spring nights. 2999 Street Road, 888.588.7279,

Standard Tap

Standard Tap keeps it close to home in serving only locally-produced beers and ciders. Select from over 20 impressive crafts, including Dogfish Head, Yards and 2SP Brewing Company. Take your pick and then sip in spring style on the eatery’s upper deck. 901 N. Second St., 215,238.0630,

Uptown Beer Garden

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Uptown Beer Garden will reopen its doors in mid- to late-May. The lively Center City hotspot is one of the city’s most expansive outdoor bars, and boasts a lengthy drink menu to prove it. While exclusive beers and ciders top their culled collection, sangrias and margaritas replete in summer-centric seasonings are worthy alternatives. 1735 Market St., 215.397.3308

City Tap House

From food to drink, City Tap House in University City has a commitment to craft. There are dozens of artisan beers on tap (and even a late night menu just in case your evening runs longer than expected), and an outdoor patio featuring two terraces, umbrella-topped tables and multiple fire pits. 3925 Walnut St., 215.662.0105,

Photography by: Photo Courtesy of Independence Beer Garden