Sunday, September 11, 2016


            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.

            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.

Don’t just take it from me, grab some friends and make the ascent to one of the world’s highest beer gardens! In fact, getting any higher requires a trip to Germany or Tokyo. 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? I also highly recommend the potato pancakes, and of course the pretzel bites - a Philly classic.

            One of the many reasons Philadelphians take such pride in this beautiful city is its long and illustrious history. You will find SkyGarten in the stately former Bell Atlantic Building, now Three Logan Square, at 1717 Arch Street. Oh, and do yourself a favor and bring your camera. At the very least make sure to clear some room in your cell phone's memory. I took 314 pictures in two hours. That might be a record even for me.

Stay Drunk, Bitches!

-Gina, aka This Drunk Photographer

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