This summer likely involves some combination of hikes through the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon trails, sporting events, picnics at the park, and plenty of drinks on patios. Whether you’re out for some sun-filled fun at a sports bar, people watching at a Parisian-style bistro, or having a good time at an oyster spot that’s been serving seafood for 45 years, all the spots on this guide are great options for sitting outside with an ice-cold Stella Artois.
Parc not only gives you great views of the walkways, flower beds, and markets lining Rittenhouse Square but it’s also one of the best alfresco dining spots in the city. The French-inspired menu includes everything from steak tartare to gruyère omelets. No matter which dish you choose, the warm lighting and charming European-style tabletops will make any outing a celebratory one.
Chickie's & Pete's
Whether you stop by before heading to the ballpark or you prefer to dig into a bucket of Crabfries at their North Philly location, hanging out on the patio or deck at Chickie’s & Pete’s can be as exciting as any game on TVs (and they have lots of them). With a chicken wing and crab-heavy menu, grabbing a laid-back drink at the most popular sports bar in town is always a great choice.
Open since 1976, this seafood spot and raw bar draws crowds with their Happy Hour deals and East Coast-style seafood. Their sidewalk seating lines Samson St. with blue and white umbrellas, rows of plants, and sun-covered tables with lots of space to enjoy your next order of oyster shooters, chowder fries, and lobster rolls.
After escaping all of the busyness around JFK Blvd, it’s not hard to spot Misconduct Tavern. The massive red umbrellas and bright neon blue logo will let you know you’re in the right place. With a couple of locations in the city, the seaside-themed restaurant is known for its burgers, jumbo wings, clams, and plenty of choices to watch the latest game.
Maggie's Waterfront Cafe
One of the best things about outdoor dining is the experience. At Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, the fish tacos, loaded nachos, and creamy mac n’ cheese aren’t the only draw - the beautiful view of the Delaware River is also a perk. The family-owned American pub has patio seating that maintains its sports bar atmosphere while giving you a scenic escape from the city.
Located right near Chew Park, this Washington Avenue spot is the type of place where you can meet up with some friends for a relaxing round of brews. Whether you’re enjoying their beer lunch special (a burger & draft of Stella) or trying one of the dozen-plus pizza possibilities on the menu, you can eat and unwind on their covered front sidewalk seating.
New Wave Cafe
This easygoing neighborhood gastropub and sports bar in Queen Village covers its bases when it comes to Philly comfort foods - they have two types of cheesesteaks. Open daily until 2 am, you can sit in the shade at their streetside tables from midday through sunset while trying out their fig and prosciutto pizza, brisket sandwich, or fish tacos.