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Best Beer Garden (2022)

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Who doesn't love sipping a drink outside on a terrace or in a courtyard, surrounded by flowers and plants? Our readers picked these 10 American beer gardens as the best spots to enjoy a beer outdoors.

  • The Charlotte Beer Garden

    The Charlotte Beer Garden
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    The Charlotte Beer Garden offers one of the largest selections of draft beers you’re likely to find in a single restaurant – some 400 beers on tap. Visitors can enjoy their beer of choice at the indoor-outdoor beer bar or on the heated patio.
    Photo courtesy of Anthony Reynolds

  • New Realm Brewing Company

    New Realm Brewing Company
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    The expansive outdoor beer garden at New Realm in Virginia Beach features lawn games, fire pits and plenty of room to spread out. Diners enjoy a selection of New Realm Brewing Co. beers alongside a menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and small bites.
    Photo courtesy of Thomas Keipe

  • The Raleigh Beer Garden

    The Raleigh Beer Garden
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Beer lovers will find more than 350 beers on tap at The Raleigh Beer Garden in the downtown Glenwood South district. The bar includes plenty of outdoor seating options, including a patio and a rooftop garden.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DavidPrahl

  • Lowry Beer Garden

    Lowry Beer Garden
    Denver, Colorado

    The Lowry Beer Garden sits within its own park with more than 9,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a covered pavilion. Guests sit at Oktoberfest-style picnic tables while enjoying a selection of draft and bottled beers with Colorado brews heavily represented. The menu includes locally-made sausages, fresh-baked pretzels, burgers, fries and salads.
    Photo courtesy of Lowry Beer Garden

  • Dacha Beer Garden

    Dacha Beer Garden
    Washington, DC

    This dog and family friendly beer garden in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC serves a menu of German, Belgian and American craft beers, alongside local ciders, meads and draft cocktails. The seasonal menu takes inspiration from a traditional Bavarian beer garden with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
    Photo courtesy of Photo Credit: David Claypool for Dacha Beer Garden

  • Love City Gardens

    Love City Gardens
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    All are welcome and celebrated at Love City Brewing, a popular brewery and beer garden created to bring Philadelphians together over their love for both their city and craft beer. Love City Gardens offers Love City brews, both canned and on tap, as well as a number of cocktails, wines, ciders, and mocktails. Guests are welcome to bring their own food or grab something delicious from whichever fantastic food truck the taproom is hosting during their visit.
    Photo courtesy of Coleman Yunger

  • Brew Gentlemen

    Brew Gentlemen
    Braddock, Pennsylvania

    Brew Gentlemen Brewery, located about 20 minutes east of Pittsburgh, is gaining recognition both locally and nationally as a leading brewery making soft, balanced beer like their IPA General Braddock's. Guests can tour the brewery warehouse or enjoy the summer Beer Garden, a favorite community gathering place bringing people together for parties, fundraisers, special events, and connections. Dogs are also welcome at the beer garden.
    Photo courtesy of Rocky89 // Getty Images

  • Aslin Beer Company

    Aslin Beer Company
    Washington, DC

    The 211-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden at Aslin Beer Company's Washington D.C. location serves 21 Aslin draft beers, as well as local and national guest beers. Beer lovers can enjoy their favorite brew while warming up around a fire pit and enjoying a meal from the Bun'd Up food truck, a D.C. favorite. The Aslin Beer Company is passionate about sharing their knowledge and passion for beer with their guests and giving back to the community.
    Photo courtesy of Aslin employee

  • Thompson Island Brewing Co

    Thompson Island Brewing Co
    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    A visit to the Thompson Island Brewing Company Beer Garden in Rehoboth Beach is the perfect ending to a day at the beach or on the water. Beer lovers can enjoy an IPA or sturdy stout from Thompson Islands' selection of original and local brews on tap while playing ping-pong or bocce ball. The adjacent sister restaurant, Bluecoast Seafood, features a raw bar and grill.
    Photo courtesy of Pamela Aquilani

  • VBGB Beer Hall and Garden

    VBGB Beer Hall and Garden
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    VBGB Beer Hall and Garden serves up 30 local and regional craft beers on tap served at the frost rail bar or outside on one of Charlotte’s largest patios. This outdoor beer garden area includes bar games and cornhole alongside communal picnic tables. The venue is slated to reopen in March.
    Photo courtesy of VBGB Beer Hall and Garden

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The top 10 winners in the category Best Beer Garden are as follows:

  1. The Charlotte Beer Garden - Charlotte, North Carolina
  2. New Realm Brewing Company - Virginia Beach, Virginia
  3. The Raleigh Beer Garden - Raleigh, North Carolina
  4. Lowry Beer Garden - Denver, Colorado
  5. Dacha Beer Garden - Washington, DC
  6. Love City Gardens - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  7. Brew Gentlemen - Braddock, Pennsylvania
  8. Aslin Beer Company - Washington, DC
  9. Thompson Island Brewing Co - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  10. VBGB Beer Hall and Garden - Charlotte, North Carolina

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning beer gardens!

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