A Guide to Summer Drinking Spots in Greater Philadelphia


First of all, if you are under 21, you must immediately cease reading this article. Alternately, ask your nearest parent or guardian if you can be permitted to continue.

OK. Now that we’ve weeded out any would-be criminals, if you’re interested in drinking your way across the City of Brotherly Love and the surrounding metropolitan area, have we got the list for you! This list includes everything from family-friendly microbreweries to weekend cocktail bar options to big, loud beer gardens. L’chaim!

PHS Pop-Up Garden

1438 South St., Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s beer garden, open April through October and located on South Street, provides a bevy of options for adults and kids. This year’s vague theme is “Summer of Love,” while new food and drinks from the owners of Khyber Pass Pub and Triangle Tavern, among other Philly favorites, will be served all summer long, including a Froze Petal with rosé and something called a “Flower Pour Sour.” Upcoming programs and events include a “Critter Crafternoon” for kids and recurring “Botanical Cocktails with Ketel One.”

Frankford Hall

1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Giant pretzels and enormous beer steins abound at Frankford Hall, where you can sit at communal tables in the 250-person courtyard. Highlights of the biergarten include the aforementioned food and drinks for giants, but you’d do well to treat yourself to a Bananaweizen, too. Prepare for it to be more or less packed if you come on a nice night (or even a not-so-nice one). Also, ping-pong!

Evil Genius Beer Co.

1727 N. Front St., Philadelphia

Stacy’s Mom. Trust The Process. Weird Flex But Ok. Those are just a few of the beers you can find at the Evil Genius Beer Company Lab and beer garden, a dog-friendly spot to try out some of Philadelphia’s most inventive brews. Stop by this summer for burlesque, quiz games and a Low Country Boil.

Yards Brewing Co.

500 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

Is Yards the premier craft brewery in Philadelphia? You’re going to have to go and make that determination for yourself. This 70,000-square-foot facility is a great place to watch a baseball game or to completely ignore one, or to try any of their 20 signature beers on tap. Try the green long hot sauce chicken wings or the miso ramen. You can also tour the brewery and get a couple of beers out of that, too.

Chaddsford Winery

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

June 8-9 is Wine Slushie Weekend so before you get any further, you’re going to want to mark that down in your calendar. Chaddsford Winery was established in 1982, and is one of the largest wineries in Pennsylvania. The ’16 Cabernet Sauvignon and ’17 Red Standard are among the most popular.

Cardinal Hollow Winery

1830 West Point Pike, West Point

Located in Lansdale, this winery also has a tasting room in Peddler’s Village, and both of them are lovely spots for an affordable tasting that’s sure to delight. Cardinal Hollow has its fair share of popular flavors, but if you’re willing to try something a little outside of the box, try the jalapeño: “Hot but won’t make you sweat.” Their sangrias also come highly recommended.

Bok Bar

800 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

This rooftop wonder located on top of a closed-down technical high school serves a wide variety of beers, wines and more, all with a beautiful view of Center City from the south. This summer’s food menu is set to be a Middle Eastern affair — doner kebab gyros, spicy beef hand pie with harissa yogurt, falafel and more. Take your kids here before 7 p.m., and take your dog, too, on Sundays. Don’t miss their Rooftop Yoga sessions, either, which take place throughout the summer.

Chestnut Hill Brewing Co.

8221 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

The Chestnut Hill Brewing Co., a microbrewery, also happens to be home to a huge beer garden and a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas. They usually have eight draft beers on tap, though they’ll have just four this summer, while they go through renovations (they’ve replaced the other four with local microbrews). $5 pints from Wednesday to Friday from 4-6 p.m.

Stateside Vodka Bar
Stateside Vodka Bar (Photo by Cole Quigley, Stateside Vodka)

Stateside Vodka Bar

1700 N. Hancock St., Philadelphia

Stateside Vodka Bar, which happens to be attached to the Stateside Urbancraft Vodka distillery, features a full-service cocktail bar (with cocktails often made with the house brand), beers, wines, tastings, tours and more. There’s a DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights to go along with inventive cocktails like My Dad Is a Lawyer, Jabroni Negroni and That Smash Jawn. Try the confit duck quesadilla or the Bloody Mary dry rub wings. There’s also monthly Quizzo.

Manayunk Brewing Co.

4120 Main St., Philadelphia

Enjoy some funky brews at Manayunk Brewing Co., where a cold beer sipped while overlooking the Schuylkill River is just about perfect. Highlights include the Manayunk Hefeweizen and The Fixxer, a German-style amber Kellerbier. From the brick oven, the Kennett Square personal pizza — roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, herbs and truffle oil — is a must-have.

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