Prost! The season of Philly beer gardens begins

Rachel Kurland
April 16, 2019 - 12:51 pm
PHS Pop Up Garden

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) Opening day has a whole other meaning in the latter end of April.

Beginning this week, all of your favorite greater Center City beer gardens and outdoor venues are getting ready to open for the season. 

We may have experienced a light scare with a 3 a.m. wake-up call threatening a tornado in Philadelphia, but twisters aside, the weather is finally perfect to sip a brew overlooking natural and historic Philly haunts.

Morgan's Pier along the Delaware River opens Thursday at 4 p.m. The watering hole nestled at the waterfront will be open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Regular entertainment will take place throughout the summer, like karaoke night, salsa night, local craft beer tasting, live music and DJs, "Yappy Hour" fundraisers with the PSPCA, and more.

We got your DMs, your comments and love letters and we HEAR YOU! Your fav outdoor bar opens again on APRIL 18th! Mark your calendars and tell your friends. See you at the pier!

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The PHS Pop Up Garden opens Thursday on the corner of 15th and South streets. The garden will feature new signature flower-themed drinks and local fare from Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Dos Segundos, Royal Tavern, Cantina Los Caballitos and Triangle Tavern — plus some sweet treats from Ben & Jerry's to help you cool down.

The garden also hosts artsy events throughout the season, like horticultural tips, macramé classes, make-and-take crafts for kids, and flower crown Fridays.

Check out the garden Saturday for its opening weekend party for drink specials, live music and prize giveaways. 

The University City Square Pop Up Garden will also open later this month.

Absolutely no #AprilFools joke here — #PHSpopupgarden season will be returning to #SouthStreet + #uCitySquare so, so soon! Stay tuned for exciting news + be sure to follow along on social for updates. || --: @ryanmrice

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Parks on Tap returns for its fourth season with traveling beer gardens across several neighborhood parks. The season begins April 24 at Azalea Garden by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. New locations this year include Fisher Park in Olney, McMichael Park in East Falls, and the Discovery Center at East Fairmount Park.

The program, which runs until Sept. 29, uses funds from the beer gardens to benefit Philly parks.

The moment everyone has been waiting for... our full schedule has been announced which includes four new parks! Head to the link in our bio to view the full schedule. See you all soon! #ParksOnTap2019

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Overlooking our nation's historic landmarks is a Center City hotspot: Independence Beer Garden, which opens April 25. 

With a dozens brews on draft and other lagers on the menu, you can't go wrong with a beer and a round of cornhole. It also serves Philly-centric cocktails like Gin Jawn, 6th Street Spritz and Old City Sol. 

Happy hour at Independence is hard to top — and also hard to find a seat, so anticipate large crowds daily.

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Next month, head to South Philly for a panoramic view of the sun setting over Philly. Bok Bar, a rooftop bar housed at the former Bok Technical School, opens May 23. 

The bar often collaborates with local events, too, like yoga on the roof or special brunch and dinner menus by Philly chefs.

It's the weekend. We made it. High five a friend. Drink a beer. Stuff your face with fries. However you celebrate, do it up (and by up we mean on the roof with us).

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Keep an eye out for other Instagram-worthy scenes like Eakins Oval, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Uptown Beer Garden, which have yet to release their opening dates for 2019.

Stay tuned, and stay hydrated.