Sadly, we’re coming to the last month or two of decently warm weather for a while, but that just gives you a great excuse to hang out, eat, and drink outside with your friends as much as possible! In Indianapolis, there are a multitude of fantastic restaurants and bars that feature fun outdoor patios. Here are ten of our favorites.
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1. Brugge Brasserie
Broad Ripple’s Brugge Brasserie (say that three times fast) includes a top-quality selection of small-batch beers as well as a delicious Belgian style menu. Most importantly, you’ll find a very cool lofted patio area that offers a great view of one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods.
Brugge Brasserie: 1011 E Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46220
2. Brothers Bar & Grill (Downtown)
It took a while, but downtown residents finally have a Brothers Bar & Grill after years of flocking to the Broad Ripple location. Situated in a historic building, this chain’s location features a superbly styled seasonal patio, perfect for a warm afternoon or evening trip to the bar.
Brothers Bar & Grill: 255 S Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225
3. Plat 99 Mixology Lounge
Located inside (and outside) the luxurious Alexander hotel, you’ll find a comfortable, upscale terrace patio. This place is an absolute must when you’re out on a date. You’ll find a wide selection of delicious cocktails that you can enjoy while sitting outside overlooking the cityscape.
Plat 99 Mixology Lounge: 333 S Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
One of Broad Ripple’s most popular eateries, Flatwater features a waterside patio bar that has no shortage of regulars. This is a spot you’ll want to get to early if you enjoy outdoor seating. Bonus: build-your-own Bloody Mary Sundays. Umm...yes, please!
Flatwater: 832 E Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46220
Massachusetts Avenue is full of must-visit bars and restaurants that feature outdoor patios, and Bakersfield is one of them. This Mexican-themed bar has a lovely little outdoor area in the front that looks out onto the historic street. Get here early on a Friday or Saturday, as the patio seating fills up quickly.
Bakersfield: 334 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
6. The Tap
This brewery, featuring 50 different beers, has a wonderful — and quite large — outdoor patio for your enjoyment. Situated in the perfect spot downtown, you’ll look out onto the city and its skyline as you enjoy some drinks.
The Tap: 306 N Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fletcher Place is where you’ll find this Italian-style restaurant, complete with a lovely outdoor dining area. Sit down and have a snack, some drinks, or whatever tickles your fancy. You’ll enjoy your time outside in this bustling yet cozy area of town.
Bluebeard: 653 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46203
8. Napolese Pizzeria
This Fashion Mall at Keystone favorite — a member of the Cafe Patachou family — features a beautiful outdoor seating area, great for enjoying a glass of wine. Napolese has a fantastic menu filled with pizzas, wines, and appetizers. Head here for a romantic evening outdoors during the summer or fall.
Napolese Pizzeria: 8702 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46240
9. The Eagle
Aside from being a phenomenal place to get fried chicken on Mass Ave, downtown’s The Eagle has a wonderful outdoor patio complete with a full bar and fire pits. Whether you’re sitting down for an entire meal or just a couple of drinks, it’s a perfect spot for an afternoon or evening hang with friends.
The Eagle: 310 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
10. Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown
While there are multiple Scotty’s throughout Indy, downtown’s version boasts a fantastic outdoor patio. In fact, you likely won’t find a larger patio in the city, which is nice because this place gets packed! Local craft beer and a delicious menu make this an ideal patio and restaurant to enjoy.
Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown: 1 Virginia Ave. #100, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Do you have any outdoor patios that you love to go to? Are there any you think should have been on this list? Let us know in the comments below!