Parks on Tap Pops Up Indoors at Fairmount Horticulture Center
Grab a beer—and your mask—because this kid-friendly beer garden is taking it indoors!
Avram Hornik, owner of FCM Hospitality, has three kids of his own and created Parks on Tap five years ago, partly with the goal of creating places where families can gather. Since then, it has become a sensation, touring parks around the city with local beer, food, and fun for all ages. The “beer garden that gives back,” a portion of all Parks on Tap proceeds every year are donated to help restore and maintain Philly’s parks.
After pulling off a socially-distanced version of the beer garden this past summer, Parks on Tap is again breaking new ground, this time exploring the great indoors at Fairmount Horticulture Center. The 30,000 square foot indoor greenhouse space will provide ample opportunity for social distancing, and a space to enjoy fresh food, beers on tap, wine, and hot beverages.
With the weather getting colder, the Greenhouse in Fairmount Park offers a spread out and lush change of scenery. In addition to draw of the beer garden, the space boasts beautiful plants, fountains, and pieces of art. Plus Gaia, a touring artwork display by Luke Jerram, returns from last year to float above the garden. The three-dimensional piece features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, and seeks to give the experience of seeing Earth at same scale as astronauts from space. Plus, it sets up a great photo op.
Soon to be announced, the pop-up is also planning to feature family-friendly entertainment like outdoor scavenger hunts to explore the beautiful grounds and live acoustic music, so stay tuned and check our events posts to plan your visit.
As with the traditional Parks on Tap experience, the menu will include local beers, wine, and cocktails; plus light fare and sandwiches by Craft Hall, and bread and pastries from famous Lost Bread Co.
Masks must be worn at all times, except when seated at a table. Contact information will be taken from all guests, to assure contact tracing can occur if it becomes necessary. Social distancing markers will be measured out and posted throughout the garden and its outside fencing area as reminders for guests.
Reservations are strongly encouraged, with each table currently being limited to four people (in compliance with local safety mandates). Additional seating may be available on a first come, first serve basis; and the pop-up will also have outdoor seating, weather permitting.
The Parks on Tap pop-up will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 4–10 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 pm. Hours and days of operation may change due to weather and special events, so be sure to check their social media for updates. Fairmount Horticulture Center is located at 100 N. Horticultural Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.
Lead photograph by Laura Swartz