Dining at Indy's Outdoor Patios
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Long days, warm nights, and fresh food from the garden: patio season is here in Indiana. Here's a round-up of the must-try spots for outdoor dining.


Bluebeard

Bluebeard

This Kurt Vonnegut-inspired restaurant in happening Fletcher Place offers contemporary Italian-style cuisine in a cozy yet modern outdoor atmosphere. Snacks, charcuteries, and cheeses are offered on a menu that changes daily. Ponder the libations menu while you enjoy fresh baked bread from the in-house bakery, Amelia’s, which provides artisan breads for a number of Indianapolis restaurants and grocers.


Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown

Scotty's Brewhouse

Bigger is better at Scotty’s, where the menu and outdoor patio have one thing in common: both are huge! Enjoy local craft beer from Scotty’s in-house brewery, Thre3e Wise Men, while you take on The Shewman, a massive peanut butter and jalapeno burger that’s served with a side of fried dill pickles.


B’s Po Boy

B's Po Boy

Bocce ball? Life-sized Jenga? Yes, please. Located in Indy’s funky cultural district Fountain Square, B’s Po Boy is the perfect watering hole for groups looking for outdoor games and casual Cajun. Regulars order the BBQ pulled pork, onion rings (best not forget the remoulade), and the beignets.


Look on one side of the the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple and you'll notice a large garden. Look on the other side and you see the large patio at Public Greens where you can enjoy dishes prepared from food growing in said garden. Not only are the dishes fresh and delicious, but all of the proceeds go to the Patachou Foundation which works to feed healthy meals to children in our community suffering from food insecurity.


Communal indoor seating and a private outdoor patio allow you to share not only your meal but your conversations. The seasonally changing menu will connect you to the farms where the ingredients came from while the cocktail pairings create a modern twist that complements the ambiance. While waiting for your meal, order a pickle plate and enjoy the tart and crisp snack that comes with a scoop of freshly made peanut butter.


Take in the energy of Fountain Square with a seat in the biergarten at Pioneer. Enjoy tastes of Northeast Italy in this comfortable patio setting that basks in the glow of the lights adorning the facade of the Fountain Square Theatre Building. People watch as walkers and bikers pass by on their way to nearby hot spots like Thunderbird and the Brass Ring Lounge.


This popular Mass Ave restaurant has a lengthy list of creative burgers from a Mexicali BBQ burger to a burger with a fried egg on top. But don’t let the name fool you – BRU is about more than just burgers. Dine al fresco underneath BRU’s streaming lights to catch a view of one of Mass Ave’s coolest art installments, Brick Head 3.


The Eagle

The Eagle

Country touch meets urban cool on the corner of Mass Ave and Delaware Street. The Eagle boasts a lively patio with a full bar and several fire pits, welcoming all to this sparkling watering hole. This pivotal corner of Mass Ave is quickly becoming a busy and happening hot spot for sunny afternoons and warm evenings.


Beer drinkers rejoice, because your patio has been found. With 50 beers on tap, including their own brewed in Bloomington, The Tap is offers a hop lovers paradise. With city views on one side, and a living wall on the other, it has a vibe that is both organic and distinctively urban.


Burgerhaus

Burgerhaus

This hamburger joint takes an American tradition and adds an international twist. The creative burgers, unique salads, and craft beers enhance the feel of a neo-European pub, and the canal-side location makes Burgerhaus the perfect stop on your evening stroll.


Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal

Burgerhaus

With a prime location along the Central Canal, Fresco offers a prime spot for a bite, a drink, or a sweet treat as you people watch and enjoy the view. Treat yourself to Italian Beef, flatbreads, or gelato. For those looking to impress, you can't beat tableside smores for setting a romantic mood.


Adjacent to Broad Ripple’s canal towpath, Canal Bistro offers great outdoor patio seating ideal for people watching. With owners coming from Lebanon and Egypt, the restaurant presents an incredible authentic Mediterranean fare menu. Favorites include the fattoush salad, shawarma, and homemade baklava.


Plat 99

Plat 99

This ultra-modern lounge is located inside the city’s newest hotel, The Alexander, and has one of the best outdoor terrace patios around. With one of the city’s leading mixologists, Michael Gray, at the helm, Plat 99 serves up some of Indy’s most innovative cocktails in the city’s swankiest setting.


You know the patio’s going to be good when it has its own name. Residents and visitors alike bee line for the Tiki Bar, located in the back of La Revolucion. Famous for their six pack of sauces, delicious queso, and knock-your-socks-off margaritas.


Nestled in the hillside overlooking Eagle Creek Reservoir, Rick’s Café Boatyard offers a picture-perfect view of one of the largest municipal parks in the country. You’ll never know you’re in land-locked Indiana as you sample Rick’s famous crab cakes and scallops.


Locally Grown Gardens

Locally Grown Gardens

Located along the immensely popular Monon Trail, runners have a hard time pushing past Locally Grown Gardens; the outdoor smoker smells just a tad too heavenly. Order at the counter, sit outside, and enjoy the laid-back reggae vibe. Just don’t forget to order a slice of the freshly baked sugar cream pie, a Hoosier staple!


Arguably one of the best rooftop patios in Indy, the antique elevator is well worth the ride up. Snag a seat atop this gorgeous, historic theater and take in the skyline views down the buzzing Virginia Avenue corridor.


Visit Iozzo’s for a taste of the Old World. Twinkling lights, Italian music, and a gorgeous fountain (not to mention an impressive wine list) provide the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner. Come during a summer weekend night and you might catch a classic movie under the stars.

 

 




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