Brenden Coleman

Drink Scene 🍺
A drink tastes better when it's outdoor

Growing up in the suburbs of Philly, I never really got to experience how amazing the city really is. I went to school in Colorado and moved all over the place for work until finally settling back in Philly.

When I first started getting into the drink scene, I'd always end up at the most crowded places where you could barely hear anyone talk. I quickly outgrew that to learn to appreciate all the awesome places to drink that didn't involve suffering from hearing loss. I'm all about finding the spots with a chill vibe where you can catch up with friends without losing your voice.


Brenden's Top Spots


Brews and Views at the Free Library of Philly

What you need to know:

Just a heads up, this place is only open on Thursdays in the summer. Yes, I know it's a library, but... they have a low key awesome beer garden series that runs end of April through the summer. It has some solid views of the city and Logan Square. The 5 - 9pm happy hour makes it a hot spot for a Thursday happy hour.

What you need to know:

It's pretty tough to find - which is perfect since it's a speak easy, but it's a great spot for a more low key night or a unique date. The drinks will definitely satisfy the mixology nerds out there with super creative cocktails. Pro Tip: Eat at El Rey and say you want to go to Ranstead after; they'll take you through the back way so you skip the line - which most of the time is pretty long.

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What you need to know:

(Opening May 24th) Converted from an old high school where they still have the high school bathrooms and cafeteria seating. I'd say it has the best city views of all the rooftops, and they added a coffee shop and cocktail bar this year. It get's pretty packed so prepare to be standing at peak times.

What you need to know:

Silk City brings in people with all types of personalities which makes for a great time. I'm a big fan of their beer garden which has a pretty trippy vibe. It used to be an old 50s diner (which they still keep that theme), but they've ramped it up with events and a night club feel inside. This is a great changeup from your typical Friday night.

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What you need to know:

My go-to rooftop for a more high-end vibe. You have to take an elevator up to it which usually has a line, but the wait is never that long. It has fireplaces too for when it chills down at night. The cocktails are around $14 which you gotta expect for the views you get of Logan Square.

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What you need to know:

Attached to Sampan, this gem is a great spot to hit for happy hour. They have $2 satays and and a cocktail of the day on weekdays from 4-7pm. You have to go through a "back alley" but the walls and tables are painted with graffiti which makes it a really cool atmosphere.

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