Patio season is upon us, and we have no time to waste! With only a handful of months that allow us to actually enjoy the climate we live in, you gotta get in while the gettin’ (and temperatures) are hot.
So where to begin? Of course the city offers places like Seventh Son where the downstairs patio is only out-done by the rooftop patio with a retractable roof, but that’s not the full scope of the patio picture. Next time the sun is shining and you’re itching to soak up the rays with a cold pint in your hand, this list will help guide you to your oasis.
Where: Platform Brewing | 408 N 6th St.
What to drink: Mello Hello IPA by Platform Brewing Company
Platform has two options when it comes to patios. The side patio attached to the bar is spacious and simple, while the “rooftop” patio is much more smaller. That being said, the small space on the rooftop is worth squeezing into as you’ll have the city skyline serving as your backdrop.
Where: The Olde Towne Tavern| 889 Oak St.
What to drink: Bumbleberry Ale by Fat Heads (when available)
Bumbleberry isn’t always on the menu at The Tavern, but when it is, you can either get one, or you can continue living your life the wrong way. Your call, but just know I’m judging if you elect to go with the latter. Beyond the delicious blueberry and honey flavored beer, The Old Town Tavern’s patio provides plenty of seating, it’s pup-friendly, and the fire pit is great for when these summer nights cool off.
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Where: Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N High St.
What to drink: Konkey Dong DIPA by Hoof Hearted Brewing
Not only is the name fun to say (Hoof Hearted = who farted?), the patio out back is stellar. With a pool attached, obviously this is a great spot to hang out at during the day and afternoon, but in the evening the spacious patio with wooden benches is great for accommodating larger groups. I recommend downloading phone drinking games like Piccolo, but again, your call, bro.
Where: Antiques On High | 714 S High St.
What to drink: Impure Guava Sour Ale by Antiques On High
It will be a sour excursion heading over to Antiques On High so keep that in consideration when forming your group of drinkin’ buddies. AOH (not to be confused with New York Congresswoman, AOC) offers mostly just sour beers with a few Seventh Son beers hanging around on the menu. The patio here is similar to the one at Seventh Son, too: everything you want in a drinking patio.
Where: Parsons North Brewing Company | 685 Parsons Ave.
What to drink: Grapefruit Wheat by Parsons North Brewing Comapny
The newcomer on the block for Parsons is coming out of the gates strong with the booze and patio game. Their spacious patio out back offers a covered roof for less-than-ideal weather (this is Ohio, after all), plus the surrounding area offers the chance to soak up the sun when there’s more-than-ideal weather (again, this is Ohio, after all). Toss in the incredible vegetarian- and vegan-driven restaurant, Comune, right next door plus a revolving door of food trucks, Parsons could very well be your one stop patio shop.
Where: Endeavor Brewing Company | 909 W Fifth Ave.
What to drink: Latin Lager by Endeavor Brewing Company
Endeavor’s large patio always offers plenty of space for you and your rag-tag team of drinkers, and the beers on the menu make a tough argument for starting and ending your night here. In addition to food trucks stopping by, the patio is dog-friendly and the brewery is well-stocked will board games to keep the night fresh.
Where: Oddfellows Liquor Bar | 1038 N High St.
What to drink: A good old tall boy Pabst Blue Ribbon
Hey man, any place that serves Late Night Slice on the patio is instantly a hit in my drinking books. And any place that serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food on Mondays and Tuesdays courtesy of Woodhouse Vegan rises to the top even quicker. If you are “too cool” for a Pabst (let me assure you, you’re not), a boozy slushee is always a safe alternative.