For 75% of the year, Marathon Grill is almost completely useless, save for an order of fries and a drink after work. But during the summer, the outdoor patio opens, and its level of usefulness skyrockets. During SIPS on Wednesday, Marathon Grill is generally overrun with people who haven’t learned to mix in a glass of water every now and again. On most other days, though, the outdoor patio at Marathon is left relatively tame. So it’s the perfect spot to post up with a few coworkers, split a bottle of wine, and be home in time to read your plants a bedtime story.
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The Continental Mid-Town
The Continental in Rittenhouse is basically the same as the one in Old City, except this one has an indoor/outdoor rooftop.
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As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
Jaxon is a neighborhood BYOB in Northern Liberties with a small, seasonal menu that’s great for both a special occasion or a casual weeknight dinner.
The Dutch is a corner BYOB and brunch spot in South Philly that you’ll wish you lived around the corner from.
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Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
There’s no better place to sit outside and eat French food around Rittenhouse Square than Parc.
Independence Beer Garden
IBG is a seasonal beer garden in Old City with bar food, corn hole, and lots of Philly brews.
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