The Philly Al Fresco Heatmap: Where to Eat Outside NOW

  1. Southwark
  2. Opa/ Drury Beer Garden
  3. Independence Beer Garden
  4. Spruce Street Harbor Park
  5. Morgan’s Pier
  6. La Peg
  7. ROOT restaurant + wine bar
  8. Martha


Photo Credit: Opa Facebook

Photo Credit: Opa Facebook

Finally ready to get outside? Here are eight new al fresco options to try, focusing on patios, decks, and more that have come on the local scene in the past year or so, as well as pop-ups and seasonal spots that have reopened with notable changes for 2016.

We’ll continually update this map as the season rolls on and even more seasonal operations get underway. For more great open-air options, check out 14 Essential Outdoor Dining Spots in Philly. Note: Entries here are ordered geographically, south to north.

1 Southwark

The backyard patio at this Queen Village landmark is a hidden gem. Full of flowers and market lights, dining outdoors at Southwark is downright adorable. Chef Chris D’Ambro is pumping out inventive, creative plates, perfect for a full sit-down meal, or if you’d rather, just snacking with some of the city’s best cocktails. Remember, Wednesdays are BYOB (in the dining room), and Thursdays are $20 bottles (in the dining room).

2 Opa / Drury Beer Garden

Opa’s backyard beer garden is open, and this year, with a day’s notice, you can gather a group of friends (six minimum), and take part in a family-style feast by chef Bobby Saritsoglou. For $25 a person, you can throw down on mussels, vegetables and bread, or for $35, you can get a full-on pig roast, complete with focaccia and sides.

3 Independence Beer Garden

Michael Schulson’s beer garden by the Liberty Bell is back for its third season, and if you’re looking for a place fit for group hangs, this is the place to do it. Bring the party, order 30 sliders for the table, play some lawn games, and drink good beer. It’s not hard to have a good time here, there’s something for everyone, and that’s why it’s such a hit through the season.

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