Philly beer garden season is here: Find openings, dates, and local tips on the top beer gardens in Philly

April hasn't brought us the typical beer garden weather we expect, but it has come around just in time for the beer garden openings. Look, grabbing a drink inside is great, but nothing beats a few drinks with friends, soaking in that vitamin D, and breathing in that fresh air. Plus, as a bonus, you can show off your much-improved cornhole skills.

Check out the list of beer gardens currently open, opening this weekend, and future openings with tips from our expert Philly Beer Natives.

Beer Gardens Opening This Week

Independence Beer Garden

Neighborhood: Center City

What you need to know:

Philly Beer Native Pete aka Mr.5Star (Always Sunny reference?) says, "Great atmosphere at any time, but I especially like it during the day. Tons of different bars/beer stands surrounded by all sorts of different outdoor games. Anything from shuffle board, connect 4, jenga, and cornhole."

Their soft opening happened April 20th to 22nd and their grand opening is Friday April 26th. 

 

PHS Pop-up Garden

Neighborhood: Multiple

What you need to know:

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will be doing a soft open of their pop up beer garden Thursday April 26th. The South Street and uCity Square beer gardens will both be doing the soft opening.

Unlike the Parks on Tap below, PHS tends not to move around (they stayed put last year). The South Street location is expected to have food from Royal TavernCantina Los CaballitosKhyber Pass Pub, and Triangle Tavern. That means you don't have to move from your seat and can enjoy the solid weather!

The official grand opening is set to be May 3rd.

 

Parks on Tap: Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park

Neighborhood: Fairmount & other locations

 

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What you need to know:

If you've been in the city in the warmer months, chances are you've heard of Parks on Tap. This is it's third season so they are veterans to the "pop up beer garden" game. The Azalea Garden is located between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wednesday April 25th is opening day (hopefully this rain chills out...), going from 1pm to 10pm.

**For all the yoga lovers out there, Roots2Rise has free yoga every Thursday from 6pm, to 7PM! Donating even gets you a free drink ticket to use at Parks on Tap that day.**

 

Brews & Views at Free Library

Neighborhood: Franklintown

What you need to know:

The first Brews & Views will be Wednesday, April 25 to April 27. The beer garden will be open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. This is a solid spot for an extended happy hour. According to the Free Library of Philadelphia, "Local craft beers, wine, and refreshing cocktails will be available to purchase, along with a menu of snacks from Brûlée Catering, including a charcuterie and cheese plate and Bavarian pretzel sticks."

Beer Gardens Open Now

Evil Genius Beer Garden

Neighborhood: Fishtown

What you need to know:

Philly Beer Natives Kelly and Cam from @PhillyBeerCouple say, "Evil Genius is an awesome local brewery with so much to offer! On top of having a variety of flavorful drafts, they also have great food, and a fun atmosphere. 

Stepping into Evil Genius is like a throw back to the 90s. They have board games we've all played as kids and their food menus are displayed on VHS cases! Their beers are cleverly named and delicious! Philadelphia's sports teams are hot this year and Evil Genius has had can releases dedicated to their success. 
Evil Genius is a great place to hang out with a group of friends or even host a work event! Their tasting room is large with plenty of seating, and during the warmer months they have outdoor seating! Everyone loves drinking a good beer in the sunshine.

Evil Genius is located in Fishtown and is walking distance to so many cool bars, restaurants, and shops. It's definitely a place to check out!"

Morgan's Pier

Neighborhood: Old City

 

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What you need to know:

Philly Native Matt C. suggests grabbing some food there with friends and staying all night. "Great outdoor venue that is seasonal for the spring/summer. Like the name states, it's on the pier overlooking the river and right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. Great food for lunch or an early dinner and even better for a great night out."

Drury Street Beer Garden at Opa

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

 
 

What you need to know:

"Right next to Time bar and is great for happy hour drinks. If you're out with a crowd, go around back to the beer garden for an even better time." Says Philly Beer Native Pete. Opa throws a solid happy hour, but with the nice weather, you gotta get out to the beer garden.

Memphis Taproom Beer Garden

Neighborhood: Kensington

 

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What you need to know:

This is a decent hike from Center City, but their huge list of beers is worth it. The garden is covered with tents so you don't have to worry about packing the sun screen. If you are headed up towards Fishtown, you've gotta make the trip to Memphis Taproom.

Keep an eye out for the beer events they are throwing; they are always a fun time. Their Facebook Page already has a killer events list lined up. 

Frankford Hall

Neighborhood: Fishtown

 

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What you need to know:

They introduced beer flights this year, which is a game changer. One of the most popular beer gardens in Philly, it's going to draw a crowd, but they have plenty of room to accommodate. Philly Native Matt C. raves about the soft pretzels.

Skygarten

Neighborhood: Center City

 

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What you need to know:

Open for the last year, Skygarten is a cross between a beer garden and a rooftop bar. Go for the views and the board games, "Amazing views of Philadelphia located near Logan circle area of Philadelphia. Drink among Philadelphia sky scrapers and play fun board games with friends." - Philly Native Pete


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