Labor Day is a long-weekend that needs to be taken advantage of. In a way, it marks the end of summer and is the last calendar long-weekend of the year. The weather is nice, the sun will be shining, and everyone should be finding a place to chill out at and grab some delicious drinks to sip on.
We’ve thrown together our list of the perfect places to grab a seat and hangout at with some friends throughout the weekend!
Independence Beer Garden is an expansive, 20,000 square-foot, all-American beer garden that overlooks the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park. IBG has an intimate setup and a tap list that offers 40 regional and domestic craft beers!
PHS Pop Up Gardens
With two beer gardens to their name, one at 15th & South, the other at 36th & Filbert, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS) Pop Up Gardens pair beer with landscape design, thanks to their greening teams. Beer events are on the menu, but so are garden workshops.
“Our beer gardens are so rich in glorious flowers, vines and plants, you truly feel transported,” says PHS’s Suzanne O’Brien. Among the classes and workshops offered are, how to make succulent gardens and water conservation, plus a healthy dose of everyone’s favorite beer garden activity: Corn Hole! “Oh and then we rent a giant shark you can ride on for our end of the Summer Splashdown party,” says O’Brien.
Morgan’s Pier is a beautiful and sprawling operation that also happens to be one of the city’s largest beer gardens. “It can be hard to break free from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city, but Morgan’s Pier provides an escape,” says Brownell. And with its unique location, Brownell asserts that “you won’t get a view like that from any other beer garden.” On any given night in the summer, Morgan’s Pier is bustling with activity, whether it be live music, DJs, game nights, beer festivals or succulent workshops. As Brownell puts it, “The list goes on and on.”
Spruce Street Harbor Park
With over 50 colorful handmade hammocks, three landscaped barges and a number of floating gardens, Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) has quickly become one of Philly’s most aesthetically beautiful and recognizable outdoor oases.
“We are quite literally on the river, and the very idea of floating on a barge in a marina is very special experience,” says Spruce Street’s GM Jackie Lai. “There aren’t too many places where you can wind down, watch ducks, freighters and sail boats passing through on a daily basis.”
The nearby boardwalk at SSHP features swings, bocce courts, ping pong and shuffle board. “I like to think the activities and games bring out the fun, silly side of adults, which is why they seem so popular.”
Parks On Tap: 8/28-9/2 :Clark Park (West Philadelphia)
— open for Labor Day, 9/2 – 12pm-10pm
“Beer gardens have a more casual vibe than other bars and almost make you feel like you’re in your own backyard,” says Rose Brownell who oversees the mobile beer garden Parks on Tap, as well as Morgan’s Pier, which sits in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Though vastly different, both beer gardens have left their mark on Philadelphia. “Parks on Tap sets itself apart in that it is the only traveling beer garden [in Philadelphia]. We’re in a new park every week, so Philadelphians get the chance to explore all the green space this city has to offer.”
Parks on Tap honors those green spaces, not only by creating a unique communal space for Philadelphians to relax, but also by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Philadelphia Park system. “A beer at Parks on Tap is a beer you can feel really good about drinking,” says Brownell.
The Deck on the Moshulu
The open air Wheelhouse Deck features a bar with table and lounge seating with spectacular views of the city and riverfront. Come for snacks, to share or to dine. The Deck’s menu offers sushi, small plates, chilled seafood and sandwiches with craft beer cans and refreshing seasonal cocktails. Grab a couch with friends and enjoy the blue skies right on the water!
Uptown Beer Garden
Head to the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Building at 1735 JFK Boulevard and you’ll find Uptown Beer Garden. This space has tons of rooms with picnic benches perfect for big groups in the heart of the city. If you’re looking to hangout with light food options, Uptown has finger foods and light sandwiches. Of course, there are great beers on tap, making Uptown the perfect place with something for everyone!