The city’s best outdoor drinking space is also one of the best for summertime dining: City Tap House . First, on Friday, August 3 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., the restaurant will celebrate National Watermelon Day, with watermelon beers and cocktails, a watermelon eating contest and much more. Then, on Saturday, August 18 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., it’s Crabfest, featuring all-you-can-eat Maryland blue crabs and live music for just $35 per person (advance tickets can be purchased and will be $30 until Monday, August 6).
“Our rooftop patio is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day – or night,” says beer steward Andy Farrell, who heads the ambitious 60-tap beer program at City Tap House, the city’s largest. “From a refreshing watermelon wheat beer on a sunny afternoon to digging through a delicious bucket of blue crabs with friends, there’s no better way to indulge in the best that the season has to offer.”
On National Watermelon Day guests can enjoy: a host of Watermelon Beers, including wheats and lagers from various breweries for $4; House-Made Watermelon Cocktails, such as Watermelon Whiskey Sour and Watermelon Mojitos for $5; a Watermelon Eating Contest ($5 to participate, with proceeds from the contest and a portion of the day’s events donated to Variety Club, a not-for-profit group dedicated to helping various civic and charitable organizations); a Dunk Tank ($3 per ball or $5 for three), with staffers and guests invited to take a turn on the bench; and Live Music from Replay, a popular area jam band.
Last year’s Crabfest was a sold-out extravaganza. The second-annual event will include: All-You-Can-Eat Maryland Blue Crabs; fresh summer Corn on the Cob; and Roasted Potatoes; as well as Narragansett and Brooklyn cans ($3 each); house-made White Peach Sangria ($5 per glass); and Live Music from TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, an American rock and roll band.
With extensive open-air seating on two terraces and a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street combined with the rich, rustic feel of a mountain lodge, City Tap House is one of the city’s most popular food-and-beer destinations. It is located on the second level of The Radian, a pristine landmark building just steps from the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.