It’s summertime. It’s finally nice. So get your ass to at least one of these 10 outdoor oases.
229 S Civic Center, www.milestone229.com
This “Jewel of the Mile” allows Columbusonians to have an entirely different view of the their city, with stunning seating that manages to be both grandiose and comfortable all at once.
The Happy Greek
660 N High St. www.happygreek.com
One of the best-kept and most pristine patios in Columbus exists in the area’s inner sanctum, tucked behind the award-winning restaurant, and, cut off from the alley by a sturdy wooden fence. Quiet, quaint, quite peaceful.
811 Highland St., www.basi-italia.com
Perhaps one of the toughest seats to score in town, but once you settle into the charming confines of Basi’s backyard, it’s more than worth the wait.
Novak’s Tavern & Patio
475 N High St., www.novakstavern.com
It’s the second summer of resurgence for Novak’s, who not only answered the prayers of many patio-goers by re-opening their Downtown view, but elevating their game with a covered outdoor bar and food service from Barley’s next door.
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W Spring St., www.boathouserestaurantoh.com
With Columbus’s riverfront undergoing a facelift, this summer is the perfect time to take in the view you may not have known was available to you, dining and drinking at the meeting of the Scioto and Olentangy, and under the gaze of the city skyline.
1044 N High St., www.columbusbodega.com
It took some balls to blast away at the core concept of the recently re-opened Short North hangout, and even more good sense to leave the front stoop alone, maintaining a patio that’s been packing them in night-in, night-out for a decade.
772 N High St., www.lantibes.com
Not only does L’Antibes boast world-class French cuisine, it also matches the cool vibe of its nearby neighbors on the High Street strip, but with the privacy of a little side-alley speakeasy.
504 N Park St., www.barlouieamerica.com
The vibe on Park Street has shifted and re-shaped over the past few years, but the multi-level, wraparound “lookout” patio is a trademark presence and a comfortable people-watching perch during festival season.
1455 W Third Ave., www.grandviewcafe.com
The Café’s street-facing façade has a simple brick presentation, which belies all the action happening out back, where the double-decker patio keeps summer nights buzzing from happy hour to last call.
Seventh Son Brewing Co.
1101 N Fourth St., www.seventhsonbrewing.com
Even if they weren’t some of the best-brewed local beers in the city – which they are – Seventh Son would have been a welcome addition to the patio scene, doubling the fun with spaces in the front and back.