Ultimate Patio Contest: Your chance to choose Columbus’ best party patio

By Columbus Alive
From the May 23, 2013 edition

Summer is possibly best celebrated with drinks on the patio; an activity to wash away the day’s doldrums of paperwork, yard work — any kind of work — for a bit of revelry. As the sun hangs low in the evening sky and sweat beads on your beverage of choice, patio imbibing is the festive respite many demand this time of the year.

Everyone has their favorite outdoor backdrop for a bit of partying, and Alive is partnering with Corona to find the city’s best. We nominated five patios for the Ultimate Party Patio, and beginning May 23 readers will vote to decide which one is the winner. In-depth features on each nominee will run throughout the summer and in August a winner will be announced.

Vote for the Ultimate Party Patio here!

Bogey Inn

6013 Glick Rd., Powell

614-766-1900

bogeyinn.com

This massive outdoor party area is where the suburbs get down. The Bogey Inn is its most raucous during the Memorial Tournament, but it’s a non-stop celebration throughout the summer months.

Grandview Cafe

1455 W. Third Ave., Grandview

614-486-2233

grandviewcafe.com

When it comes to neighborhood bars where the patio is the center of the party, the Grandview Cafe is second to none. With two stories, excellent outdoor table service and the outgoing nature of Grandview residents, if you don’t have a good time, it’s your own fault.

La Fogata

790 N. High St., Short North

614-294-7656

lafogatagrill.com

The wooden-latticed patio is like a beacon for Short Northers looking to party. The outdoor area is constantly brimming with patrons sipping beers and margaritas or chowing on some Mexican fare.

Park Street Cantina

491 N. Park St., Arena District

614-884-2108

cantina.thecgsgroup.com

A large outdoor bar, numerous frozen margarita flavors and giant cocktails — even one that comes in a pineapple — makes the Cantina a South-of-the-Border oasis inside the city. The best patio for partying like it’s Spring Break in Cancun.

Park Street Patio

533 Park St., Arena District

614-245-5115

patio.thecgsgroup.com

The Arena District’s popular spot during the spring and summer is no stranger to partying. Usually packed from happy hour to late night with young, attractive patrons (and staff), Park Street Patio is part backyard blast, part singles bar and all sun-soaked carousing.