Philly doesn’t get into anything like it gets into the Fourth of July, with festivities kicking off all over the city well before the actual day. This year, the Bourse Marketplace, the giant new fancy food court in the historic Bourse building in Old City, is getting into the act with a pop-up beer garden outside on the front steps facing Independence Mall — fitting for an Independence Day theme.
Running the Bourse beer garden is Bru Craft & Wurst, part of Teddy Sourias’ lineup of beer bars. Sourias knows what he’s doing: He also has Uptown Beer Garden, an always-packed summertime drinking destination tucked between skyscrapers on JFK. U-Bahn, Finn McCool’s, and Cinder Copper & Lace are also Sourias’, along with the upcoming Tradesman’s.
For the Old City pop-up, expect $7 local drafts, including 2SP Delco Lager, Sly Fox Alex’s Lemon Wheat Ale, Love City Unity IPA, and Yards Pale Ale, and $10 cocktails from Bluebird Distilling, which will have a permanent spot in the new food hall. There will also be cookout fare like hot dogs and water ice for sale, plus music and games (giant Jenga of course — this is a beer garden). Hours are Friday, June 29, to Tuesday, July 3, from noon to midnight each day.
Tuesday is also the annual Historic District Block Party and party-goers can take a hard hat tour of the Bourse food hall, which will open later this summer with almost 30 vendors offering everything from poke to grilled cheese to Korean tacos.