Winter is officially (hopefully) over, spring is here, and we’re ready to take full advantage of the much needed warm weather in Philadelphia with a spring essential: outdoor dining and drinking.
Philadelphia’s options for outside drinking and eating have grown over the years to feature everything from dive-y bar yards to upscale patios. And, there’s a lot of ’em. In this post, we’re covering your options from all across the city.
Of course you can take advantage of some rooftop bars as well, but this list is mainly focused on outdoor space. From beer gardens and tacos to bloodys at brunch, there are several spots to choose from.
We’re heading for a lot of sunshine, so hopefully you’ll have time to check them all out. Also, if we missed your favorite spot, feel free to let us know about it in the comments section. We’re always looking to try out some new outdoor spaces.
Ok, still with us? Here we go.
These are the best outdoor bars and restaurants in Philadelphia:
1800 Federal St.
Happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm. A hip spot to have a meal on summer nights or spring afternoons. The outdoor space is filled with colorful decor and this place is known for cheap food and a variety of beers on tap and in cans.
3925 Walnut St.
Always a good place for a crowd with live music and events going on all spring and summer long. There’s an outdoor terrace overlooking Walnut Street.
1040 N 2nd St.
Tex-Mex favorite in Northern Liberties with some great brunch options including specials on mimosas and both Bloody Marys and Marias.
1210 Frankford Ave.
You know what it is. Several beers available, and often served in humongous liter glasses. Perfect place to go with a crowd with its long tables and plenty of interesting appetizers to share with friends. Join in on the ping pong and foosball action. Also, there’s Jenga.
4116 Ridge Ave.
This East Falls spot has a patio that looks out to the Delaware River. You can even bring your dog. It’s known for fresh and unique pizza, but also has delicious pasta and “vasi” dishes.
1310 Frankford Ave.
This place has such a large menu it could be hard to make up your mind, but there’s a quality backyard dining experience that will leave you wanting to come back to the Fishtown spot.
15 W Girard Ave.
Fishtown dive bar for cheap drinks, pool tables, and Greek food. Outback there’s a patio with picnic tables and a surprisingly peaceful garden.
140 N Christopher Colombus Blvd.
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Take in happy hour from 5 to 7 pm on Monday through Friday at this refurbished fire station turned into a waterfront restaurant. The staff serves some properly prepared food with a not-so-complicated menu. There’s also a cool view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and a good overall atmosphere.
1234 Locust St.
Old-school-style restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Known for the Sunday Gravy – meatballs, sausage, ribs with broccoli rabe and a ton of gravy (“red sauce” for the uninitiated). Warm and inviting place that is perfect for most occasions.
231 S 8th St.
Right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, this higher-end spot has lots of chandeliers and greenery in the outside area. Happy hour outside is a must. M serves up creative dishes such as pan-seared octopus and the tuna tartar.
221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.
An extensive waterfront beer garden paired with good food at a reasonable price. Enjoy the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. On less crowded days, it’s got that backyard vibe without the backyard view.
212 Walnut St.
This place feels like you’re dining in Italy with its extraordinary atmosphere and seafood-based menu. Small plates make it easy for sharing and everything pairs well with Italian wine. Meals are made fresh and beautifully presented.
200 Market St.
Brunch served 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. The rooftop patio is open year-round, but it’s especially nice in the spring. The building gives off a historic vibe and the employees are happy to tell you all about it. Drinks and food are average price, and the Margherita pizza is a notable standout.
435 Spring Garden St.
Try one of the most popular sandwiches, like the Turkey BLT served with roasted garlic aioli and fries. The trendy atmosphere could make this your go-to happy hour spot for the summer season.
210 W Washington Square
Drinks and unique and healthy menu options. The garden-inspired food is from farm-to-table. There’s wine flights available along with innovative salads, apps, and pastas. The menu often changes to keep up with what’s in season, and he cheese plate is a must-try.
1801 Chestnut St.
There’s lots of different cocktails to choose from as well as tasty appetizers available to share. This is a comfortable, retro spot with a cool vibe. Menu is tapas style with a variety of foods so everyone can find something they like. Rooftop is fun for a quick drink or you can hang out all night.
9645 James St.
Monkey Court, the outside area at this Northeast Philly staple, is colorfully decorated with dangling lights just in case you decide to stay a little longer than you should. Try Northeast cheesesteak egg rolls. You won’t regret it.