Enjoy the sun (and shade) at these warm-weather hangouts
I love how Midwesterners have a full appreciation of the seasons. The biggest testament to this is how we congregate on patios from first light of spring through those last cold nights of fall. We all know the most popular Columbus patios, such as Lindey's and Barcelona in German Village, Milestone 229 overlooking the river and the sprawling Short North patios of Union Cafe, Standard Hall and The Eagle. Here are seven other patios to consider this season.
The Crest Parsons
Both locations of The Crest feature lovely patios, but there's something about the curving shape of the newer Crest's patio that's enticing. It's a hip outdoor spot that's shaded in the evenings and perfect for taking in the Crest's elevated bar menu and solid beer list.
The patios at all three La Chatelaine locations are a draw, but the Worthington space is especially cozy. It's lined with bricks, surrounded by greenery and has a small fountain in the center. Enjoy a cup of coffee and an almond croissant in the morning or a glass of wine and beef bourguignon in the evening.
As it settles into its new digs, Cazuelas is making use of a much larger patio space — one that spans two storefronts. The expansive patios are great for groups, especially while you're sipping on margaritas and chowing down on chimichangas. For added fun, order the Mucho Macho Burrito, a 12-inch burrito smothered in habanero hot sauce. Eat it in 20 minutes and you win a free meal and a T-shirt.
The Worthington Inn's patio looks over High Street in Old Worthington. There's an upper patio — actually the porch of the building — and a lower patio at ground level. Catch live music, enjoy drink specials and make it the place for breakfast before you explore the farmers' market.
Olde Towne Tavern
The Tavern offers the best of both worlds: a cozy pub decorated in dark wood and a bright patio with enough space to spread out. Hidden away behind the building in Olde Towne East, the patio is a solid gathering spot for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Camp out there drinking cocktails or sampling any of the bar's comfort-food specials, such as fried chicken, barbacoa tacos and meatloaf.
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Elevator's oft-forgotten patio space is a hidden gem in Downtown dining. It's well-shaded, partly hidden from High Street and an ideal spot for working your way through the beer list while enjoying fish and chips, rock filets and bratwurst.
Valters at the Maennerchor
After nearly a year-and-a-half in business, Valters has come into its own with its patio space. The outdoor-dining area curves around the building and includes lower levels surrounded by grape vines and an upper level situated on the porch of the old house. Hoist a liter of German beer to go with your wiener schnitzel and sauerkraut balls.