Roundup: Five new patios

Nicholas Dekker
Lincoln Social

With the weather finally warming and the Columbus restaurant and bar scenes continuing to grow, you'll always discover new patios to explore — large or small, ground-level or rooftop. Here are five new spots to enjoy cocktails, beers and dinner al fresco.

Lincoln Social Rooftop, Short North

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' newest venture in the Short North, the Lincoln Social Rooftop, is slated to open Tuesday, April 30, a mere two weeks after the ground-level eatery in the same building, Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, opened its doors. Lincoln Social is a rooftop patio, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a tractable roof, fire pit and an ivy wall to create a lush setting for enjoying dinner and drinks nine stories up.

Antiques on High, German Village

Seventh Son's relatively new sister brewery features three different patios: one in back, one in front along High Street and a spacious rooftop lounge. The mostly covered upper patio features a fireplace and plenty of seating, and can be partly enclosed for all-season use. The trio of patios provides ample opportunities to enjoy house-made sours or cocktails al fresco.

Nocterra Brewing, Powell

The new Nocterra Brewing, the second microbrewery for Powell, includes a covered porch and large outdoor beer garden. Sip the Scioto Coast double IPA or The Great Stoutdoors while you grab a seat, relax around the fire pits, order dinner from one of the rotating food trucks, play some cornhole and wave at the occasional train as it rolls by.

Michael's Goody Boy, Short North

The Goody Boy Diner is a Short North institution that's been given new life under the ownership of the Forno and Standard Hall restaurant group. After renovations and a menu revamp, the diner re-opened in mid-March, serving comfort foods, cocktails, beer and wine. Once again, guests can feast on breakfast plates, meatloaf, burgers, pizza and other hearty meals on the giant patio facing High Street.

Olentangy River Brewing Company, Lewis Center

Nowadays, new breweries usually come standard with patios. Like Nocterra Brewing, Olentangy River Brewing features a fenced-in patio next to its building, where you can catch the sundown while you enjoy pints of Alum Creek Beach blonde ale, Let's Drink S'more red ale or Nickelback IPA.