SkyGarten Brings Oktoberfest to New Heights

SkyGarten Brings Oktoberfest to New Heights (Photo: SkyGarten)

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Philadelphia, PA – Skybrunch at Top of the Tower recently won Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly® award for Best New Beer Garden and now, SkyGarten is launching the world’s highest Oktoberfest with a special line up of German beers, German food, German music, and spate of Bavarian flags and classic Oktoberfest decorations from Wednesday September 28 through Saturday October 1.

SkyGarten is not only the city’s best beer garden — it is undeniably one of the world’s highest —perched on the top of one of the city’s tallest buildings — with indoor and outdoor space on the 51st floor flanking some 3,000 square feet.


Patrons will enjoy traditional German fare, such at classic bratwurst, potato pancakes, roast pork sandwiches and big Bavarian-style pretzels. Draft beers offered at SkyGarten during Oktoberfest include:

  • Brauhaus Schmitz Festbier (Traunstein, Germany 5.8%)
    Brewed specifically for Brauhaus Schmitz by our friends at Hofbrau Traunstein. Golden lager with elevated malt character. The modern day Oktoberfest style.
  • Hofbrau Maerzen (Munich, Germany 5.6%)
    The Original Oktoberfest beer from the world famous Hofbrauhaus! Medium bodied and amber in color with well balanced roasted malt and hop character.
  • Konig Ludwig Weissbier ( Kaltenberg, Germany 5.5%)
    Traditional Wheat beer brewed by Bavarian Royalty! Easy to drink and refreshing with citrusy and yeasty dominant flavors.
  • Double Nickel Vienna Lager (Pennsauken, NJ 5.3%)
    Another great European style Lager from our friends in Jersey. Deep Amber color with bready flavors of Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich Malts.

All guests purchasing Hofbräu Maerzen will be entered to win a kegerator. One winner will be pulled every night including Saturday night and will take home two tickets to Oktoberfest at the Armory. From those winners, one name will be pulled on Saturday, October 1 at 9pm for the kegorater.


The wildly popular beer garden is brought to you by Doug Hager and his team from Brauhaus Schmitz, joining forces with Top of the Tower’s hospitality-focused professionals. SkyGarten opened in June 2016 to rave reviews.


This October, SkyGarten will launch a new happy hour from 5-7pm with $3 Craft Cans, $4 German Drafts, $5 Wines — including red, white, rosé and sparkling. A $6 featured cocktail will add to the appeal of the lofty and fun post-work experience.


SkyGarten brings an eclectic line up of draft beers and multiple offerings in cans from Germany as well as local craft selections.


Acclaimed bartender Jesse Cornell heads the beverage program that will include craft cocktails and well-sourced wines by the glass. Brauhaus Schmitz’s Executive Chef Jeremy Nolen works in tandem with the Top of the Tower’s culinary team to executive a menu of bar bites and snacks in keeping with a German beer garden. Michelle Curtis is General Manager of SkyGarten, as well as Whetstone.


* SkyGarten is open Wednesday-Fridays from 5-10pm and Saturdays from 6-11pm.

SkyGarten at Top of the Tower is located at 1717 Arch Street, in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district and steps from Barnes Foundation and other attractions. www.skygartenphilly.com


Follow SkyGarten on Instagram and Twitter @skygartenphilly


Top of the Tower is Philadelphia’s most vibrant public event facility with spectacular views in every direction. Top of the Tower proprietors, J. Mickey Rowley and Louisa Kochman, opened four rooms, which occupy the 50th and 51st floors of one of Philadelphia’s premier locations in the heart of Logan Square. The Trumbauer Room, which is set West of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, captures the Philadelphia Art Museum. The Notman Room, which is East, beautifully shows Philadelphia’s City Hall and the view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge is majestic. The Vista Room has floor to ceiling windows on three sides overlooking Philadelphia to the north, west and south. The Observatory is the most popular room and overlooks Philadelphia’s Walt Whitman and Benjamin Franklin bridges, City Hall, Comcast Center, and the Adventure Aquarium. Top of the Tower also offers SkyBrunch on Sundays, with a delicious buffet prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Lane, offering the highest dining views in the city. The spacious rooms make Top of the Tower the ideal venue for any special occasion. Three Logan Center {formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Building} 1717 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA, 19103, 215-567-8787, www.topofthetower.com

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