If you were a part of the wonderfully successful Visit Philly Beer Garden Series in the past, then you know that this program was not only great fun, but a great boon to the city of Philadelphia as well.
Who does't like the chance to be outdoors in nice weather with friends, family, coworkers or neighbors while taking advantage of great happy hour specials, enjoying a scenic location and just generally having a good time?
If you weren't privy to this fun phenomenon, then this is your chance to partake. Various beer gardens throughout the city will play host to Visit Philly-sponsored happy hours on Friday nights throughout the summer, running from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2015.
Enjoy cool drinks between Memorial Day and Labor Day at one of the city's picturesque beer gardens — Photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski
Venues include Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Beer Garden and The Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Also debuting this year will be the RiverRink Summerfest, the sister venue to the greatly successful RiverRink Winterfest.
Summerfest will offer rollerskating instead of ice skating in addition to food and drinks and a scenic place to hang out and enjoy the city.
Got a penchant for craft beer? Philadelphia is home to a variety of craft beers, and many will be available or featured as specials throughout the season. What better place to sample local beer options than at a beer garden?
And if you arrive hungry, have no fear, as these beer gardens have also thought of that. Some venues feature food you can buy and tables to dine at, while others partner with local food trucks to provide cuisine that'll satisfy.
These partnerships work to provide an entertaining and interesting spot to start the weekend, no matter what your week was like. Stop in to decompress, get rid of stress, reconnect with folks, relax after sightseeing in town or start that date night off right.
Philadelphia has been getting high marks for its food and drink lately, and these city beer gardens certainly do their part to ensure that things stay that way.
Philadelphia's beer gardens are superb spots to people-watch, if you're not thrilled with the folks you came with or you simply find this sort of activity entertaining.
There are also hammocks at some of the venues (such as Spruce Street Harbor Park) and other activities to share with people, stir up laughter and keep the good times coming.
Summertime is all about spending time outdoors, and the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series offers people of all kinds the opportunity to do just that.
What better way to jump-start the weekend?