By Catherine Murray
With the official start of summer–and the June thunderstorms hopefully drawing to a close–we wanted to share our favorite spots in South Philly to sip a cool drink and enjoy the outdoors. Listed in no particular order below, here’s where we’re spending our summer nights.
800 Mifflin Street
Located in the heart of South Philly, the Bok Bar boasts one of the best views of the city in all of Philadelphia. Grab a glass of wine or can of beer from their friendly bartenders and settle in as close to the railings as you can. Time your visit with sunset to see the skyline lit up in hues of pink and orange. Consider going on a weeknight to avoid some of the crowds.
PHS Pop Up Beer Garden
1438 South Street
Back again this season, this pop-up beer garden has something for everyone, including quieter nooks for conversation, picnic tables for groups, games, cocktails, and snacks. Proceeds support the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The group continues to improve this unique venue each year.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South Street
A stone’s throw from the PHS Pop-Up, Jet is opening a wine garden in early July! Located in the large lot next to Jet, the garden will be an ideal place for trying natural wines and catching up with friends. They’re planning a series of events on Thursday and Friday evenings with local distilleries, cideries, and breweries.
The Yard at South Bowl
19 East Oregon Avenue
With bocce courts, batting cages, and an outdoor bar, hours will fly by at this popular venue.
Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 E. Passyunk Ave.
In the heart of it all, Cantina arguably has one of the most popular patios on East Passyunk Avenue. Grab a cool drink and share Mexican food with your pals.
Stogie Joe’s Tavern
1801 E. Passyunk Ave.
For more of an outside/inside vibe, pull up a chair at Stogie Joe’s, this beloved neighborhood bar. With it’s garage doors, you can people watch along the Avenue while staying cool inside and noshing on delicious Italian food.
American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal Street
Pull up a lawn chair and spend the night on the back patio of Sardine Bar. You’ll run into your neighbors and enjoy its impressive beer selection and bites.
Station Bar & Grill
1550 McKean Street
This corner bar at 15th & McKean has great eats and outdoor seating along the sidewalk.
2500 S. 3rd Street
If you haven’t paid a visit to Wander Inn yet, now is a great time to do so with its killer bar food and wide selection of beer and craft cocktails.
Pennsport Beer Boutique
242 Wharton Street
Choose one of the 500+ bottles or one of the eight beers on draught and relax in the spacious beer garden.
1709 E. Passyunk Ave.
At a prime location on East Passyunk Avenue, Barcelona houses a cozy patio for lingering over tapas, craft cocktails, and it’s impressive wine selection.
The Sidecar Bar & Grill
2201 Christian Street
A well-loved bar and restaurant in Graduate Hospital, Sidecar has outdoor seating along 22nd and Christian Streets. It’s an ideal venue to enjoy summer nights over its rotating selection of draught beers.
Bainbridge Street Barrel House
625 -627 S. 6th Street
Known for its selection of brown spirits, this is a perfect spot for a group gathering in Bella Vista. Outdoor seating is located along 6th & Bainbridge.
Pistolas del Sur
1934 E. Passyunk Ave.
With it’s shady patio, Pistola’s is the ideal spot to linger over margaritas and Mexican bites at this location on the southern end of the Avenue.
Did we miss a favorite of yours? Leave a comment below!