Ultimate Party Patio: Ultimate Scenic Patio

By Columbus Alive
From the August 1, 2013 edition

Bel Lago Waterfront Dining

Situated next to the Hoover Reservoir, Bel Lago is the epitome of a tranquil dining experience. Sitting on the Open SkyDeck at sunset is one of the best views you’ll find in Central Ohio.

170 N. Sunbury Rd., Westerville

614-891-0200

bellagorestaurant.com

The Boat House at Confluence Park

The Boat House combines the best of both worlds when it comes to views. The patio offers both a waterfront view (of the Scioto River) and an idyllic, sweeping look at the Columbus skyline.

679 W. Spring St., Downtown

614-469-0000

riverclubrestaurant.com

The Big Bar & Grill

This one is a little big under the radar, but Big Bar’s rooftop patio offers a wide-ranging view of the Ohio State campus. It’s almost intoxicating to watch students hustle and bustle along. Plus, Big Bar offers a rare chance to see campus in a whole new light.

1716 N. High St., Campus

614-294-1800

thebigbar.net

Callahan’s

The bar with the best view in the Arena District, hands down. The second story patio — which is quite large with plenty of seating and its own bar — captures the owntown skyline in stellar fashion.

520 Park St., Arena District

614-223-1200

callahanscolumbus.com

Milestone 229

The view from Milestone 229 isn’t all about the wonderful renovation completed in the Scioto Mile, although those views are spectacular, especially at nighttime. No, Milestone also offers a look at the enchanting Scioto Mile Fountain.

229 S. Civic Center Dr., Downtown

614-427-0276

milestone229.com

Photo by Meghan Ralston