Kid-Friendly Beer Gardens on the Main Line
These places go beyond beer with everything from live music, to oversized classic board games, to popcorn and ice cream stands. Don’t miss out.
Beer gardens have grown exponentially in popularity over the last two summers. There’s one just down the street from my house that’s in such demand, they had to close it down to make infrastructure upgrades to support the larger-than-expected crowds of patrons that poured through its hops-lined gates.
The Main Line is taking advantage of its unique spaces (hello, old barns and open fields) and opening up both permanent and pop-up beer gardens. If drinking alcohol and children don’t mix for you, that’s no problem. Most places serve amazing food, have lawn games, ice cream carts, popcorn stands, and live music. Since the spaces are often unique, it’s a wonderful chance to pull up an Adirondack chair, catch up with friends, and let the kids play–the beer is just a bonus.
To help you, and your family, enjoy this new summer trend, here’s a list of the more unique family-friendly beer gardens in the Main Line Area:
The Analog Room (on the rooftop of Bistro on Bridge)
208-212 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Set on the rooftop of the Bistro on Bridge, the first thing everyone in the family will notice is the old VW bus. Kids will be wowed at a bus on a roof, and parents will enjoy getting their beer from the taps hidden inside. From there, you can grab a seat at one of the long community-style picnic tables. Send the kids off to play retro video games (did someone say Pac-Man?) and join them later for some shuffleboard. Because this beer garden is attached to a restaurant, you can enjoy finger-foods or indulge in a big dinner.
3 DeKalb Street, Bridgeport
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Beautiful landscape design and plenty of shaded spots make this a comfortable and laid back spot. They have food trucks onsite offering light options. Parents and kids won’t want to miss the giant Connect Four or the chance to try their hand at cornhole before the night is out.
401 Birch Street, Kennett Square
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Set in and around a creamery that was built in 1902, this place offers an extensive food selection, as well as a Bocce ball court, a magnetic wall complete with color magnets, tic-tac-toe boards, wood-stacking games, and live music.
Please note: This spot is set to reopen in July of 2018. Please check their website for more details.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Set inside the majestic Longwood Gardens, rest assured visitors will never drink a beer in a more beautiful location. Under the glow of tungsten patio lights, grown-ups can grab a beer and a bite to eat, before finding a table to admire the gardens. There is live music on select evenings, throughout the summer. Children are free to roam and explore, or sit down for ice cream or a seasonal dessert.
160 Park Rd, Chester Springs
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Set on the grounds of an old barn and farmhouse, right outside of Marsh Creek State Park, visitors can spend the day on the lake and then stop here to grab a beer from the barn bar. From there they can head out onto the farmhouse lawn where there is ample community seating (don’t be shy, make a new friend). There are firepits, a gazebo where the live music is staged, food trucks, a popcorn stand, and an ice cream cart. Kids are free to roam this fenced-in setting exploring the gardens, out-buildings, and nooks that make the property quaint.
Please note: This spot is set to reopen in the near future. Please check their website for more details.
570 Wellington Square, Exton
Unique and Family-Friendly Elements: Located in the heart of the Wellington Square, families should check this place out on Tuesday nights when the community’s summer concert series is in full swing. Because it’s across from a small park, the kiddos can easily access a well-groomed path that leads around a pond filled with easy to spot fish and frogs. There are ample paved areas away from the street, so pack your kids a scooter or some sidewalk chalk. Because of the open space, there’s plenty of room for a game of hide n’ seek or tag. When they’ve worn themselves out, send them around to the other side of the building where they’ll find a Rita’s Water Ice.
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