America's Best Beer Gardens
Courtesy of The Mecklenburg Gardens
Founded in 1865, Mecklenburg Gardens is the oldest continually running restaurant and beer garden in this very German city. Co-owner Annamarie Harten says that it was also initially a learning institution: “When Mecklenburg Gardens was first opened, German immigrants would assemble in the garden and learn about the American political processes and hold mock elections.” There’s no more voting—just lots of beer imbibing in the garden underneath lovely 100-year-old grape vines.
Suds: Fifteen German and American craft beers on tap and 80 by bottle. Beer from $4.50.