Summer fun guide: Patios for live music

From the May 24, 2012 edition

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar Worthington

6880 N. High St., Worthington


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


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


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.