One of the first things I do when spring takes a firm hold on the weather is stroll into my favorite neighborhood bar, stake out a sunny spot on the patio and take my time with a cocktail. Patio dining (and drinking) is one of life’s simple pleasures that still feels like a luxury. It’s easy, accessible perfection. The only decision-making required is determining where to go and what to drink. I’ve taken care of that first part for you. Here are some of Salt Lake City’s bar and restaurant patios you can’t miss.
This place is a Sugar House staple for a reason. Stop off in the evening while walking your dog, and don’t worry if there’s a chill in the air—that’s what the firepit’s for. The casual, outdoor space is meant for drinking beer to wash down a deep-fried treat from the snack menu.
Patio: Heated, partial cover
837 E. 2100 South, campfirelounge.com
The Cotton Bottom
After undergoing a remodel and revamp last year, the Cotton Bottom’s patio is open and ready for spring. Do yourself a favor and sit outside while one of their garlic burgers keeps you company.
Patio: Uncovered, ~50 seating capacity
2820 E. 6200 South, thecottonbottom.com
When you get there, walk right through the interior to the hidden patio out back. It’s nestled right in between the surrounding buildings. The space is pretty hip and definitely cooler than us, and we can only hope some of that cool will rub off.
Patio: Covered (covering removed around Mother’s Day)
317 S. Main St., evaslc.com
Despite the name, I have it on good authority they’ll let you in even without a bicycle. A good thing, too, because it’s a chill place to kick back with a beer after a long ride or no. Your dog can come, too!
Patio: Covered, heated, open year-round, ~50 seating capacity
751 N. 300 West, handlebarslc.com
You’ll make fast friends hanging out on Ice Haus’s patio with German Biergarten vibes. Share a beer and a bratwurst with your new bestie (vegan options available) or find a corner to yourself: there’s plenty of room.
Patio: Covered, heated, open year-round, ~80 seating capacity plus plenty of standing room
7 E. 4800 South, icehausbar.com
Kimi’s Chop Shop and Oyster House
One of Sugar House’s finest outdoor dining experiences is about to get even finer. This April, Kimi plans to open up an extended patio for large parties and events. You also can’t beat the original patio when it comes to people-watching along the bustling Highland Drive.
Front Patio: Firepit, awnings, 30-40 seating capacity
Extended Patio: shaded, 1,600 square feet, 60-80 seating capacity
2155 S. Highland Dr., kimishouse.com
Level Crossing Brewery
If you want to get away from downtown but still want some good food and brews, I have some good news for you: another dog-friendly patio that’s covered and heated in the winter but opens wide when it’s warm. They throw open the garage doors when the weather’s nice, basically turning the whole place into a patio.
Patio: Covered, heated, ~70 seating capacity live music on Fridays and Saturday
2496 S. West Temple, levelcrossingbrewing.com
Two patios give you double the chance for primo seating. The flowers and foliage make for a lovely atmosphere, whether you’re drinking coffee, tea or a few glasses of wine. Oasis Cafe just opened up the second patio in early April, which is about half the size of the first.
Patio: Covered, heated, open-year round
Secondary Patio: Uncovered, weather permitting
151 S. 500 East, oasiscafeslc.com
Another establishment that has recently expanded its outdoor drinking and dining potential, Piper Down has two patios: one out back and one on the roof, with outdoor bars to boot. The raucous Irish pub is now the perfect place to take the party outside.
Back Patio: Covered, heated, open year-round,~ 20 seating capacity
Rooftop patio: Uncovered, weather-permitting, ~30 seating capacity
1492 S. State St., piperdownpub.com
A sophisticated Japanese restaurant with a beautiful courtyard and full bar. The traditional architecture is stunning and provides plenty of eye candy while sipping on a cocktail or enjoying some exceptional sushi.
Restaurant Patio: Covered and uncovered tables, ~100 seating capacity, opens May 3
722 S. State St., sapabarandgrill.com
If you’re looking to elevate your patio experience, transport yourself to Northern Italy through the offering of authentic Italian wine and food at VENETO. The family-run establishment (and 2019 Dining Award winner), well-versed in curating personalized dining experiences, recently opened two outdoor spaces for you to enjoy: a small patio facing 900 South and a larger, more intimate backyard patio underneath a pergola strung with warm, twinkling lights.
Patio: partially covered, heated
370 E. 900 South, venetoslc.com