The Arena District is always a great spot for people watching — there’s boatloads of pretty people and some interesting characters to boot — and BBR offers an ideal patio for such. The outdoor space is large and filled with plenty of tables to gather with friends, and when the bar has an event, it’s packed with plenty of folks to titillate the eyeballs.
106 Vine St., Arena District
The Short North’s go-to for the young and hip may not have the biggest patio, and it’s usually tough to get a spot on a nice day (for good reason), but it’s a wonderful people-watching destination. Situated in the heart of the Short North, passersby offer interesting and colorful options to spy. And the folks on the patio itself aren’t too shabby either — and they’re pretty cool to have a conversation with about what you’re seeing.
1044 N. High St., Short North
The resurgence of the Brewery District means pedestrian traffic and lots of it. So why not grab a spot on Double Happiness’ huge (but somewhat concealed) patio for some people watching. The best part is Double Happiness is usually pumping some excellent music to add a soundtrack to your spying.
482 S. Front St., Brewery District
A seat on the swanky Eleven patio is one of the most coveted outdoor spots in the Short North, and it’s partly for the people watching. Right on the Cap, the patio has eye-catching sights from happy hour to late night given the area is never short on fascinating characters.
591 N. High St., Short North
Michael’s Goody Boy
The reboot of Michael’s Goody Boy is a wonderful way to bridge retro and new school, and the best aspect of this is the massive patio. Sitting with a few friends, a couple of pints and the north end of the Short North’s many sights is a great way to pass a couple — maybe four or five — hours in the summer. Pro tip: it’s also a good spot to wait out the line for a packed Skully’s show.
Michael’s Goody Boy
1144 N. High St., Short North
Photo by Meghan Ralston