Summer fun guide: Patios for live music

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From the May 24, 2012 edition

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar Worthington

6880 N. High St., Worthington

614-888-1818

jliurestaurant.com

Table parasols that could have been plucked from the whiskey sours of the gods allude to the easygoing glamour of J. Liu Restaurant & Bar. The stately brick building that houses the fine dining restaurant in Worthington also has a sprawling patio that begs for some martini sipping.

By the way, speaking of drinks, J.Liu’s happy hour is pretty sweet. Select martinis are $5, and appetizers such as the Prince Edward Island mussels are $5 or less. We recommend enjoying the deals when the live patio music starts at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Tucci’s California Bistro

35 N. High St., Dublin

614-792-3466

tuccisbistro.com

When this place gets popping with evening performances by myriad local musicians, it feels even more like a lovely, jet-setting vacay location. For a classy Sunday Funday, try the Summer Sunday Series of live music starting at 5:30 p.m.

343 Front Street Tavern

343 N. Front St., Arena District

614-621-9453

343front.com

Frequent acts at this place, which is stumbling distance from Nationwide Arena, include ’80s dance party band The Reaganomics and the well-populated funk ensemble Hoo Doo Soul Band. The tavern’s got a long summer lineup of happy hour acoustic shows that will prep its patrons for nights of depravity.