Summer fun guide: Patios for seeing and being seen

By Columbus Alive
From the May 24, 2012 edition

Lindey’s

614-228-4343

169 E. Beck St., German Village

lindeys.com

Though Lindey’s recently celebrated its 30th birthday, the German Village restaurant is a classic that has never grown stale. The restaurant’s patio bustles with patrons young and old during warm nights and weekend brunches. Surrounded by the neighborhood’s signature red brick, the charming patio offers a classy but fairly casual place to indulge in fresh seafood, top-notch steaks or, during brunch, ecstasy-inducing banana-stuffed French Toast.

Regardless of whether you’re a regular or a first-timer, you’re likely to see people you know in the small courtyard. Lindey’s prides itself on catering to its frequent visitors, and you might find that after one meal there, you’re ready to become one.

Eleven

591 N. High St., Short North

614-225-9611

hydeparkrestaurants.com

Located in The Cap next to Hyde Park Prime Steak House, Eleven shares a swanky ambiance with its neighbor. The proximity of Eleven’s plush outdoor couches to High Street means that the bar’s well-clad patrons are on display both to each other and to the pedestrians walking by.

Bodega

1044 N. High St., Short North

614-299-9399

columbusbodega.com

Bodega patrons enjoy good beer, good food and cramming as many of themselves as possible onto the small High Street patio. Members of the creative class, as well as other young professionals and beer enthusiasts, don’t seem to mind standing and mingling, especially on $1 grilled cheese Mondays.