1) Our own cra-cra adorbs celeb chef Jason Chichonski will partner with Chef Sylva Senat of Dos Tacos and Maison to create a menu of stuffable steamed buns for the PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park, opening today at 5:30 p.m. Designed to even further activate and showcase the park, which turns the abandoned overhead railway into a park until September 30, the pop-up brings a site-specific sound installation, a new game called "Stones" that somehow combines bocce with chess, and workshops that teach students how to mix cocktails with homegrown herbs and make hot sauce from backyard peppers. Speaking of cocktails, bartenders will craft drinks like blood orange margaritas, fish house punch, Pimm's Cup and Summer sangria while also pouring wines plus beers from cans and six taps.
2) Parents who simply must.have.a.drink. before their little 'uns drag them to see another monkey house can now have that beverage at the Philadelphia Zoo's new garden oasis drink space. Philadelphia magazine reports that when it opens in the next few weeks, The Watering Hole will be next to Eagle's Roost, and according to Drink Philly, sell three beers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev -- Bud Light, Stella Artois and Goose Island 312 -- along with two Robert Mondavi wines. Guests can wander the park sipping their sunshine, which they can purchase at The Watering Hole and two other concession stands for $6-$8.
3) Proving that cities around the region are starting to take Philly's cue and construct beer gardens as an economic driver, the 20,000 square-foot Constitution Yards beer garden is coming to the Christina Riverwalk in Wilmington, DE. Set to open sometime mid-month, Constitution Yards combines a BBQ-based menu with a deck full of shipping containers repurposed as furniture, firepits, a plethora of backyard games, an array of frozen cocktails, draft wine and ten taps that the marketing team promises will rotate daily through mostly regional beers that connoisseurs will appreciate. Calling the shots is Tim Lux, formerly of the Four Seasons and Garces Group.