Just because the temperature is falling doesn’t mean that dining outdoors is dead for the year. In fact, for some, it means just the opposite.
Heated outdoor dinings areas were embraced during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Ohio, and many find them to be equally as enjoyable (or more so) than outdoor dining in the warmer months. They provide a way to experience the fresh fall air while keeping diners at a comfortable temperature.
Whatever your preference, we’ve put together a list of some of the city’s best outdoor dining spots when the weather’s cold. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for a fun dinner spot soon.
This popular rooftop restaurant eatery introduced several temperature controlled igloos for diners in 2020, and they’ve been a hit ever since. They’re on the pricier side, but they do also include a stunning view of downtown Dublin and plenty of amenities.
Henmick Farm & Brewery
This unique farm brewery in Delaware County offers a beautiful custom fireplace inside, in addition to a number of fire rings on its outside patio. There’s something about taking in the cold weather on a historic farm that’s difficult to beat.
Every year, Land Grant’s spacious outdoor area transforms into a beer-lovers’ winter wonderland, complete with festive decoration, large outdoor fireplaces to warm up by, and keg curling on a designated ice court.
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Antiques on High
While this one might not technically count as an outdoor space, on cooler days, Antiques on High opens their windows while keeping a large fire going for guests. According to owner Collin Castore, it’s aiming to create a social atmosphere at “sweater weather” temperatures.
Speaking of rooftop spots, one of the city’s finest is Lincoln Social in the Short North. This Cameron Mitchell Restaurants concept is not only offers a remarkable view of downtown Columbus, it allows guests to stay warm throughout the winter while cozing up to its chic fireplace with blankets.
While Basi’s snow globes–similar to the igloos offered at Dublin’s VASO– are not coming back for 2022, the Victorian Village restaurant is offering an expanded patio that’s covered and heated.
Seventh Son Brewing
Seventh Son’s lively outdoor area isn’t turning down for the winter. In addition to a handful of fun fire pits that can be shared, the brewery will once again implement its enclosed and heated patio space.
Budd Dairy Food Hall
In case you didn’t know that Budd Dairy Food Hall has an expansive heated rooftop complete with a bar, know you know.you can’t thank us later. The popular Italian Village food hall is hosting a pair of events, including live music and marketplaces, this weekend as well.
Similar to Henmick Farm, this unqiue brewery and craft kitchen is a bit of a hike, but it’s worth it. Offering German-inspired beer and food, 1487 also boasts an enormous back patio with fire pits.
Now branded as a single unit, Standard Hall, Live and Annex will feature not only a patio space with heaters and fire pits, but also a separate, fully-enclosed patio space to for eating and drinking.
Like Basi, Barcelona didn’t opt to return its popular igloo program, but this lively German Village patio–which puts diners on street level in the heart of the historic Columbus neighborhood–will keep its patio open through the colder months, and the space will be enclosed and heated.
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