Well-known Restaurateur Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden (100 S. Independence Mall West) is an expansive, 20,000 square-foot, all- American beer garden overlooking the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park.
Independence Beer Garden’s décor’ features reclaimed timber, distressed metals, Tivoli lights, fire pits and games, creating intimate moments throughout the sprawling space. A menu of American favorites created by both Michael Schulson and Top Chef Alum, Chef Travis Masar who will be manning the stove will go well with the 40 taps of regional and domestic craft beers offered.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Thursday, July 10, at the very birthplace of America, restaurateur Michael Schulson will debut Independence Beer Garden (IBG) (6th and Market Streets, 100 Independence Mall West; 215-922-7100), an expansive, 20,000-square-foot, all-American beer garden overlooking the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park. Top Chef alum Chef Travis Masar will offer a menu of American favorites along with 40 taps featuring top regional and domestic craft beers, all served in a friendly, laid-back outdoor setting. IBG will have a variety of first-come, first-served communal seating areas including two large bars, picnic tables, bright orange Adirondack chairs, fire pits and a mixture of fun, interactive games.
The sprawling 20,000-square-foot-space designed and landscaped by David Fierabend, principal of Groundswell Design Group (the firm behind Festival Pier and Spruce Street Harbor Park), will have bright greenery such as trees, ivy covered pergolas with Tivoli lights, reclaimed timber, and shipping container metals creating intimate moments throughout the expansive space. Fun entertainment options such as ping pong tables, table-top Jenga and a 10 foot projection TV will also occupy IBG. As the seasons get hotter and then cooler, fans and heaters will regulate the temperature.
“Philadelphia is home to the country’s most beautiful – and walk-able – historic area, but until now, there was nowhere to relax and take it all in,” says Schulson, whose wildly popular indoor-outdoor Graffiti Bar at his contemporary Asian restaurant, Sampan (124 South 13th Street, 215-732-3501), has redefined what al fresco drinking and dining can be in Philadelphia. “Independence Beer Garden offers visitors and locals alike a vibrant outdoor sanctuary for food and fun within sight of some of the most noteworthy landmarks in America.”
An all-day menu will be served from morning until night, allowing guests to stop by for a quick bite or stay all day, drinking beers, playing games with friends or making s’mores in one of the outdoor fire pits. Independence Beer Garden will be open daily beginning at 11AM. This is an exciting venture for well-known restaurateur Michael Schulson, who in addition to Sampan, also owns Izakaya at The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, and the recently launched IBG Food Truck, currently stationed at Festival Pier and available for special events. Independence Beer Garden will open July 10, a must-see for visitors and locals alike, and will remain open, weather permitting, throughout the year. For more information, please call (215) 922-7100, visit PHLBeerGarden.com, follow them on Twitter (@PHLBeerGarden) and Instagram (@PHLBeerGarden) and like them on Facebook
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