Beer gardens are the ultimate hangout spot—and not just during the summer months. Enhance your beer drinking experience by quenching your thirst at one of Pennsylvania’s wonderful beer gardens. Whether you love to enjoy a local draft beer by the river or a liter of German beer in an open-air environment, these are the best beer gardens in the Keystone State.
The best part about West Chester’s Social Lounge has to be its beer garden. There’s a taco cart, fresh squeezed margaritas, cornhole, and giant Jenga. I mean, really, what more could you possibly want? Beer? Cocktails? Awesome events like yoga Class & A Glass? Well, you’re in luck, because the beer garden has all of those things too! For information about other upcoming events, check out their website.
The Millworks’ rooftop biergarten provides patrons with “an aerial view” of midtown Harrisburg, craft beers from the Millworks Brewery itself, and wines by the glass. Check out the brewery, grab a local, sustainable bite from the restaurant, visit the shop and gallery, and end the night on a high note with a delicious beverage and some great views.
Spruce Street Harbor Park has won awards for being one of the best beer gardens in the city—and if you’ve ever visited, you’ll understand why. With three separate bars serving more than fifteen local beers, cocktails, and wine, there’s something here to quench every type of thirst. Grab a drink and take in the lights, explore the boardwalk, wander the oasis, or just relax in a hammock.
Founded by two passionate beer fans, The Barley Mow is West Reading’s respite for beer drinkers of all kinds. Whether your favorite is an imperial stout, an IPA, or you’re just looking to fill a growler, you can do it here. The outdoor beer garden features a fire pit, live music weekly, and of course, a wide selection of bottles, cans, and a “massive ever-rotating draught line.”
Located in the heart of the city’s Fishtown neighborhood, Frankford Hall brings “the spirit of an open-air German biergarten” to the City of Brotherly Love. In this industrial space, you’ll find twinkling trees, fire pits, picnic tables, and games. Both German and American brews flow freely, joined by delicious two-handed delicacies like big Bavarian pretzels, burgers, and brats. Whether you’re with a few friends or a crowd, Frankford Hall can entertain them all.
The newly renovated Bistro on Bridge unlike anything else Phoenixville has to offer. The Bistro boasts more than 30 taps, 100+ different varieties of whiskey and other spirits, and a large, open dining area. Just above the Bistro is the Analog Room, which features retro arcade games, an indoor fireplace, vintage-inspired cocktails, and a rooftop beer garden, complete with a restored VW “beer bus” offering “the finest selections from Ballast Point Brewing Company," along with great views of downtown.
Come to Longwood Gardens to see the gardens, attend an event or performance—but be sure to stay for the beer garden. After you’ve seen all there is, take in the night with a seasonal wheat ale from Victory Brewing Company in one hand and some tasty pub fare in another. Check out the live music lineup on their website for even more fun.
Independence Beer Garden is “an expansive 20,000-square foot all-American beer garden” that overlooks two famous historical sites in Philadelphia: The Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park. While the space seems vast, its décor made from “reclaimed timber, distressed metals, Tivoli lights, and games” make it feel much smaller. Take your pick from one of the 40 taps of both regional and draft beers, and don’t forget to pair it with one of their menu’s many American favorites.
No matter which of the two dining experiences at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden you choose, you can be sure you’ll have the opportunity to support local, sustainable farming practices and indulge in delicious craft beers and house-made cocktails. The Beer Garden’s atmosphere is casual and social, making it the perfect place for a group of friends or family. And serving up bites both large and small, there’s sure to be something for everyone on the menu.
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