best alfresco bars in Philadelphia

As soon as spring hits, Philadelphians can’t resist grabbing a drink outside. All across town, tiny tables suddenly crop up on crowded sidewalks and vacant lots morph into pop-ups with packed bars. But these alfresco spots call for materials that can withstand both summer thunderstorms and tons of sun. That’s where Provenance’s reclaimed materials come in. Barn siding, antique fencing, and corrugated tin only get better when exposed to iffy weather. From beer gardens that overlook historic landmarks to tucked-away green spaces, designers have incorporated Provenance’s elements into some of the city’s best spots.

The Place: Fette Sau
The Details: Bourbon flows freely (there’s more than 100 types) at the urban smokehouse stationed on Fishtown’s main drag.
The Provenance Touch: Barn siding, a corrugated metal roof, and reclaimed yellow pine flooring add a down-home touch to the porch.

The Place: Independence Beer Garden
The Details: Located across from the Liberty Bell, we think our tavern-loving founding fathers would feel right at home. Happy hour revelers station themselves around picnic tables for rounds of pints, snacks, and ice cream. Feeling competitive? Challenge drinking buddies to shuffleboard or Jenga.
The Provenance Touch: Industrial mixing bowls used as planters overflow with greenery.

The Place: American Sardine Bar
The Details: The South Philly neighborhood gastropub has a built a following with its sandwiches, local drafts, and sardines (of course).
The Provenance Touch: Gothic church doors open out to the patio, vintage barn siding clads the exterior walls, and Art Nouveau-era fencing surrounds the terrace.

The Place: Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s South Street Pop-up
The Details: A temporary Eden on South Street with flowers, twinkling lights, and romantic nooks. Cantina los Caballitos provides the grub this year – stay hydrated with their botanical-flavored margaritas and jicama-watermelon salad.
The Provenance Touch: Cast iron columns hold the canopy above the bar aloft.