It took a while, but patio season has finally landed in Charlotte. Here’s where you’ll find us eating and drinking outside.
The Charlotte Classic
This family-owned bar in a repurposed house has been holding it down in Myers Park since 1990. The front patio has a bar, flat-screen TVs, fire pits and a retractable awning to keep it accessible when the weather won’t cooperate. RIP to the beloved old tree in the middle of the patio that had to be removed when it became a potential safety hazard.
The Adult Playground
The popular Korean-inspired barbecue restaurant delivers on all the backyard day party essentials on its back patio. They’ve got a huge U-shaped bar, beer pong tables, lawn games (like cornhole and human-sized billiards) and even a fenced dog park.
If you love patio games, you’ll also love Thomas Street Tavern in Plaza Midwood.
The Family-Friendly Communal Backyard
Charlotte’s first brewery is home to a sprawling beer garden that’s packed with everyone from toddlers to grandparents on any given good-weather weekend. Grab a seat at the seemingly never-ending rows of picnic tables or swing by on Tuesday nights for Yoga on Tap when the lawn transforms into one of the city’s biggest outdoor yoga classes.
The Secret Garden
This popular wine bar has an enchanting back patio complete with a koi pond. Lush greenery and the warm glow of string lights make it feel like a hidden escape from the city less than 2 miles from Uptown.
The Patio Row
Neighbors Mac’s Speed Shop (a southern smokehouse) and SouthBound (a SoCal-inspired taco bar) are linked together by The Music Yard, a huge outdoor performance venue. The curb appeal of those three places packed with patrons creates an alluring “patio row” of sorts along the busy South Boulevard corridor. Catch a free spring music series in The Yard every Saturday in April and May to see the trifecta in full effect.
Recess is always in session at this monster back patio (covered and heated in the winter) filled with games like giant Connect Four, cornhole and giant Jenga. Looking for something more physical? It’s also home to The Sandbox, a 5-court, lighted sand volleyball facility. Join a league here.
The Historic Villa Courtyard
This isn’t just any old taco bar. It’s a taco bar located inside the Reynolds-Gourmajenko House, a historic Mediterranean-style Myers Park mansion built in 1926 and beautifully maintained today as a dual-restaurant “villa”. RuRu’s is located on the back side of the property with a gorgeous outdoor bar and patio in the old courtyard.
Angry Ale’s – Montford
The Pre-Game to After Party
We all know Montford knows how to party, and Ale’s — with its huge front deck, outdoor bar and B.A.C.s (big-ass cups) — is a central hangout on the strip. From mimosas to last call, this casual spot has you covered.
The Trailside Park
The combo coffeeshop, restaurant, brewery and fermentation lab features an expansive trailside patio with rows of picnic tables and retractable awnings to keep the space usable in both heat and rain. Bonus point: It’s located right on the light rail at New Bern Station, making it feel a bit like an unexpected urban park along the trail.
The chill neighborhood hangout has a patio with tiki umbrellas and porch swings that beg you to drop everything and linger over a little housemade sangria.
Header photo of Seoul Food Meat Company by Jason Thomas