Summer fun guide: Patios for rock ’n’ roll

From the May 24, 2012 edition

Skully’s Music Diner

1151 N. High St., Short North


On nights when Skully’s is packed from wall to leopard-print wall, the patio feels like a godsend. And like the rest of the nightclub, the area out back has benefited from some upgrades over the years, including overhead protection from the elements and an outdoor bar to keep the drinks coming from all directions on nights when demand warrants it. Because it’s Skully’s, one of this city’s most adaptable one-size-fits-all nightlife hubs, you never know who you’ll run across back there, from old friends to romantic prospects to Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

Outland Live

95 E. Liberty St., Brewery District


Outland’s patio is among the most spacious and unusual outdoor escapes in the Columbus bar landscape. It’s like a spaceship carved into concrete, or maybe just a dry hot tub with an umbrella. It makes popping outside during annoying opening acts seem almost noble.

Double Happiness

482 S. Front St., Brewery District


The narrow, Asian-inspired interior makes Double Happiness feel like a hipster hangout in Lower Manhattan; the bar’s outdoor component is a vast and airy yang to that yin.