Fifty-one stories above the bustling streets of Philadelphia there exists a photographer’s paradise, and its name is SkyGarten. Sister establishment to Brauhaus Schmitz and winner of Philly Mag’s award for Best New Beer Garden, SkyGarten is a bar that boasts delicious cocktails, large tables for all your friends to gather, and panoramic views of our beloved city. I know what you’re thinking – intoxicated products of the selfie generation trying to get the best shot at a height that makes tractor trailers look like ants sounds like a recipe for disaster, but never fear! Sturdy drink rails, well-placed chains, and high walls ensure that all patrons can safely enjoy the alcohol and the photo op.
Don’t just take it from me, grab some friends and make the ascent to one of the world’s highest beer gardens! SkyGarten is extending into the fall, with a new Happy Hour starting in October from 5-7pm featuring $3 Craft Cans, $4 German Drafts, $5 wines, and a $6 featured cocktail. Did I mention their cocktails are delicious?
From the moment you step out of the elevator you will find it impossible to deny that Doug Hager has delivered a real gem of an establishment, along with help from General Manager Michelle Curtis, Chef Jeremy Nolen making magic in the kitchen, and beverage program head Jesse Cornell behind the bar. East and West balconies deliver the best of both views while you eat, drink, and mingle with other folks who have no fear of heights.
When you head to SkyGarten at 1717 Arch Street, do yourself a favor and bring your camera. At the very least make sure to clear some room on your cell phone. I took 314 pictures in two-and-a-half hours. That might be a record even for me.
Stay Drunk, Bitches!
-Gina, aka This Drunk Photographer