Get outside for safely distanced drinks at these 10 spots

With warmer weather in the forecast but the pandemic still ongoing, we’re pointing you to some good outdoor places to shake any lingering cabin fever

Nick Dekker
Outdoor seating at Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Listen, we all need a good spot for a drink right now, and with rising temperatures ready to provide easier access to safe social distancing, al fresco options are becoming prime real estate. Give one of these 10 places a try.

Spires Social Brewing Co.

This Polaris-area brewery made its debut last September, with a taproom and brewing facility tucked down the side of a strip mall off Sancus Boulevard. The family-run business features a diverse mix of house-made brews, from Czech lagers and blonde ales to hazy IPAs and fruited saisons. Bonus points for the large patio space with fire pits overlooking the nearby Chase building pond.

The Royce

Another pandemic-year addition near Polaris, The Royce is an upscale gastropub sitting adjacent to the main mall. The menu puts an elevated spin on comfort classics (think Gulf shrimp BLTs, guajillo-glazed pork belly, short ribs and sea bass). The pub has made a name for itself with its reservable winter park igloos. Able to accommodate up to six guests, the igloos shield you from the elements while you sip on sidecars, spiced and smoked margaritas, and black walnut old fashioneds.

The Bar at Echo Spirits

Echo Spirits has been slowly rolling out its services, first offering a unique lineup of spirits such as its white rum, rye whiskey and genever, and then opening the bar in its Grandview distillery space. The bar recently completed the picture with the addition of a small patio, which has become the perfectly quiet spot to order dinner from the local food trucks parked outside, try a flight of spirits or order from their creative cocktail list.

Seventh Son Brewing

What can we say? Seventh Son is a community favorite libation station, the first place this writer thinks of when someone utters, “Beers on the patio.” The brewery space has grown in recent years, but managed to keep that neighborhood bar feel. Order up the Scientist, a Proliferous or a Kitty Paw and make yourself at home.


Recently named one of Columbus Monthly’s 2021 Best New Restaurants, Cleaver makes the most of a small front patio and its proximity to partner business the Butcher & Grocer. The hearty pub menu leans heavily into meats, while the beer list features only Ohio brews. Not a beer fan? Order a smoked old fashioned or the Tony Tanner, a cocktail named after the owner and crafted with bourbon and Cynar 70.

Porch Growler

The patio at this Worthington beer bar and growler filling station is small but mighty, a popular gathering place for safe outdoor drinks. Porch Growler prides itself on an ever-rotating tap list of 60 beers, with an occasional cider, soda and draft wine thrown in. For the non beer-drinker, the bar sports a pretty healthy bourbon list, too.

North High Brewing

North High’s northwest side brewpub sits in an old house in Historic Dublin, complete with a large brick patio. In addition to lunch, dinner and brunch offerings, the pub features cocktails, wines, ciders and of course a large selection of house brews.

The Bottle Shop

While the city’s cocktail shops have been able to start bottling and selling their creations to-go, nothing beats the actual experience of sipping a house libation at the source. The Bottle Shop’s cocktail, beer and wine games remain strong, and its front patio remains the ideal digs for sipping through the 20-strong beer list, tasting classic and house-made cocktails, or chipping away at the expertly curated, adventurous wine list.

Nocterra Brewing

Only two years in, Nocterra is knocking it out of the park. The Powell brewery has quickly grown into a community favorite for its robust beer list, well-stocked can offerings, the Ray Ray’s food truck parked on-site and for its gigantic outdoor patio. The al fresco space is lined with picnic tables and includes reservable spots around the firepits, covered porch seating, a small stage for (eventual) live music and a view of the freight trains that occasionally rumble by.

The Beeline

Beeline is a new addition to Easton’s growing northern district. The expansive bar features a significant outdoor space and a healthy list of draft beers, cocktails, wines and spirits, with an emphasis on whiskey and tequila.