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The Guide: Columbia restaurant patios

22 choices for outdoor dining

Missourian File Photo

Dom Bergfeld tries on stretch pants for his friends on the patio of Campus Bar and Grill on Friday. The group of friends who started their evening on the patios of Quinton's Deli were kicking off the weekend by enjoying the nice weather in Columbia

May 14, 2012 | 6:03 p.m. CST

We've finally hit the time of year when we can consistently embrace those warm days and evenings. These Columbia restaurants offer room to eat and relax while basking in the sun or enjoying one anothers’ company in the moonlight.

DOWNTOWN

Uprise Bakery

Where: 10 Hitt Street
When: 6:30 am to 8 p.m.
Cost: $2.50 to $9
Contact: 573-256-2265
Website: uprisebakery.com

Spot a hipster or two on the patio of Uprise Bakery and Ragtag Cinema. Enjoy a cup of herbal tea and spicy focaccia outside, taking advantage of their free Wi-Fi. Uprise Bakery also offers unique beers and a collection of board games. It’s the perfect place to unwind or engage in a revolutionary discussion about film. You can also grab a board game from their collection.

McNally’s Irish Pub

Where: 7 N. Sixth Street
When: Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., closed Sundays
Cost: $6 to $15
Contact: 573-441-1284
Website: mcnallys.biz/mcnallys

The patio at McNally’s is one of the best things about the bar and restaurant. It is surrounded by red brick and wrought iron fencing. There is an exit to the street from the enclosed side patio. The rustic-looking ceiling fans help keep the patio cool in the warmer months. WiseGuys Pizza, next door, will also deliver you a pizza while you’re on the patio.

Campus Bar & Grill 


Where: 304 S. Ninth St., Suite 100

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 to 1 a.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

Cost: $5.59-7.99 for entrées

Contact: 573-817-0996

Website: Campusbarandgrill.com

Pouring sunshine covers the deck while people free from work or class can finally lounge. The laid-back atmosphere and infamous “Dollar Burgs” drive cheap diners in by the throngs for Sunday Fundays. Kick back with a brew or cocktail from a stacked drink menu, and take a gander at the city below. Diners at Big 12, as longtime customers call it, can muse at the freshmen slugging off to class or the college students trucking back to campus at night.

Willie’s Pub & Pool/The Field House 


Where: 1109 E. Broadway

When: Willie’s: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight; The Field House: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 

Cost: $5.99-7.99 for sandwiches; $6.99-7.99 for burgers 

Contact: 573-442-5213

Website: WilliesFieldhouse.com

A prime location to spy on passersby, this street-level patio lets you critique shoppers’ fashions or observe bar-goers’ late-night commotions. (Think those waiting in line at El Rancho after drinking one too many.) Take it all in while munching on Willie’s hot wings and chugging down Boulevard pints. The mostly covered space facing Broadway is a popular Wednesday night go-to for those looking to throw down some Lincolns on penny pitcher specials.

The Heidelberg 


Where: 410 S. Ninth St. 

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight

Cost: $7-12 for entrées

Contact:573-449-6927

Website: theheidelberg.com


Cash in on buy-one-get-one-free appetizers during happy hour (Sorry, not on Saturday) while staring out at MU’s campus. Tasty toasted ravioli and ooey-gooey spinach-and-artichoke dip entice diners to this friendly patio, which is two-thirds covered. For those sick of the same old Bud Light routine, try throwing back a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, a dark wheat German beer. Good luck trying to pronounce it to the waiter, though. Pointing might be required.

Shiloh Bar & Grill 


Where: 402 E. Broadway

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

Cost: $6-20 for entrées; $5-12 for pizzas

Contact: 573-875-1800

Website: shilohbar.com/

No worries about being hit with hollering spittle from fans in the stands here. For those who want to watch the game in peace, Shiloh offers a relaxed environment to kick back with friends and enjoy a pint while cheering on a favorite team. The two plasma TVs mounted on the side of the building typically show Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals or MU games.

Bengals Bar & Grill 


Where: 227 S. Sixth St.

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; closed Sundays

Cost: $6-8 for appetizers; $7-9 sandwiches

Contact: 573-875-2337

Website: bengalsbarandgrill.com

The roar of fans on game day resounds from the patio at Bengals. At this casual hangout, which holds approximately 300 people, fans can swig beer and liquor and scrutinize every play of each game. Devour 99-cent tacos from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, or sip the ever-changing drink specials — game day or no game day. Five outdoor TVs bring an at-the-game atmosphere to the patio, and misters under the tent keep it cool even when the game heats up.

Quinton’s Bar and Deli


Where: 124 S. Ninth St.

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Cost: $6.50 for sandwiches

Contact: 573-815-1047

Website: quintonsandtonic.com

This city chic patio features multi-leveled decks. The open-air top tier captivates people with its downtown view, especially at sunset. Glass window panels and dark couches create the illusion of ultra urban living. People can snack on popular items such as baked potatoes and deli sandwiches in the sun or shade of the middle level. Schmooze and booze at the Cheshire Bar on the lowest level. This patio packs in hundreds of people on its three levels, so invite friends, friends of friends and anyone else walking by.

Bleu 


Where: 811 E. Walnut St.

When: Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.,Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: $10 to $32 for entrées

Contact: 573-442-8220

Website: bleucolumbia.com

With two huge gazebos, avoiding that crazy uncle or aunt at large get-togethers is not only possible but also easy. However, the patio isn’t only good for wedding rehearsal dinners or grad parties. The place is a splurge, but the new location, replacing Boone Tavern, is worth checking out.

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing


Where: 115 S. Fifth St.

When: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 to 1 a.m.

Cost: $7.49-16.99 for entrées

Contact: 573-499-0400

Website: flatbranch.com


Surrounded by shrubbery and vines tangled in fencing, this patio creates a great escape after a busy day. Kick back and unwind with a Flat Branch brew. Beer options include regulars such as Honey Wheat and seasonal specialties such as Hefeweizen in the summer. Beers cost $4 for an 18-ounce draught or $3.25 during happy hour.

Mackenzie’s Prime


Where: 131 S. Tenth St.

When: Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.

Cost: $15-40 for entrées

Contact: 573-673-0398

Website: mackenziesseafoodandsteaks.com


Couples can cuddle up in the corners of this downtown location’s petite patio, which holds up to 50 diners. The candlelight exudes Lady and the Tramp romance, but pushing a meatball with your nose isn’t recommended. Also, if the news calls for rain, diners need not refrain — this white tablecloth restaurant houses a completely covered and heated patio, so daters can still enjoy a romantic dining experience. The fare can be expensive, but the tantalizing seafood and steak are hard to resist.

The Wine Cellar & Bistro


Where: 505 Cherry St.

When: Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $8-15 for lunch entrées; $23-29 for dinner entrées

Contact: 573-442-7281

Website: winecellarbistro.com


Vine-covered iron gates and wooden tables contribute to a wine-garden feel. The patio accommodates up to 30 daters who crave the bistro’s blend of classic and eclectic cuisine. The Wine Cellar & Bistro keeps more than 1,000 bottles of wine in stock, which range from $10 to $425, to provide variety for both tight and superfluous budgets. If vino isn’t your thing, try a freshly squeezed orange margarita — but take it easy on the tequila if it’s a first date.

Harpo’s 


Where: 29 S. Tenth St.

When: Monday through Saturday, 11 to 1:30 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

Cost: $2.99-7.99 for appetizers; $6.99-8.99 for sandwiches and burgers

Call: 573-443-5418

Website: harposcomo.com

Harpo’s rooftop Skyybar, which at max fits 175 people, packs music aficionados into tables to kick back while local bands play hit covers and original songs. Never miss a beat with the additional bar up top.

OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN

1839 Taphouse

Where: 212 E. Green Meadows Road
When: Monday through Saturday: 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sunday: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Cost: Burgers from $3 to $6, a pound of wings for $7, and pizza from $8 to $19
Contact: 573-441-1839
Website: 1839taphouse.com

If you want a drink on the south side of town, Taphouse is a good place to meet your friends. Its covered patio is almost the size of the bar itself, and there is always a game on the TVs outside. Tuesdays are flip nights, where a heads-up flip of a coin means your bar tab is au gratis. Patrons control the jukebox at Taphouse by requesting songs from their phones with an app called Touch Tunes.

HuHot

Where: 3802 Buttonwood Drive
When: Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $9 to $13 for entree
Contact: 573-874-2000
Website: Huhot.com/Locations/Missouri/Columbia

Eat your stir-fry outside on HuHot’s elusive patio, only open on the nicest days of the year. What does this mean? A certain temperature? It was just an observation. I ate there the other day and noticed their patio open for the first time I could remember. As one of the tastiest Asian restaurants in town, eating on the patio is the cherry on top of the unique dining experience.

Buckingham’s Smokehouse BBQ

Where: 3804 Buttonwood Drive
When: Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 to $15
Contact: 573-449-1490

Everyone knows that barbecue was born to be eaten outside. Tucked away in a shopping center off Nifong is a joint that boasts some of the best barbecue in Columbia. Its spacious patio gives you room to pig out and get messy. At night, they light the tiki torches that line the space covered with picnic tables and several choices of BBQ sauce. The smell coming from the smoker makes the anticipation for a sweet and tangy pulled pork sandwich (the Sloppy Buck), deep fried corn on the cob and an ice-cold beer that much more grueling.

El Maguey

Where: 901 E. Nifong
When: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 to $13
Contact: 573-874-3812

What’s better than sipping a margarita in the sunshine? The front patio at El Maguey has the same atmosphere as inside — the mariachi, the chips and salsa — but patrons can enjoy the fleeting beautiful weather of spring.

44 Stone Public House


Where: 3910 Peachtree Drive

When: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10-16 for entrées

Contact:573-443-2726

Website: 44stonepub.com

Patios and beer go hand in hand. If you’re aching for a pint from across the pond, 44 Stone Public House features different beers and fare from the British Isles. Bottles of Hobgoblin and draughts of ESB and Belhaven Twisted Thistle drown any notion of reaching for a Miller Lite. Although 44 Stone debuted in February, the Welsh rarebit, cheesy pretzel bread topped with caramelized onion white cheddar ale sauce, is attracting attention.

Deuce Pub & Pit 


Where: 3700 Monterey Drive

When: Monday through Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight

Cost:$4.95-6.95 for appetizers, $7.45 for all sandwiches and $6-12.50 for pizzas

Contact: 573-443-4350

Website: deucepub.com


Springtime screams outdoor fun. Two sand volleyball courts, three washers pits and casual patio furniture add a relaxed, day-at-the-beach feel to the Deuce. If you can’t handle intense spiking on court, take it easy with a game of bocce ball. Two new courts will be open for more al fresco amusement once the weather hits perfect bocce-playing conditions. Athletes can recharge after a sand volleyball workout with a variety of fare including wings, pizza and sandwiches.

Sophia’s


Where: 3915 S. Providence Road

When: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: $8.99-25.99 for entrées

Contact: 573-874-8009

Website: addisonssophias.com

Small vibrant flowers and tall green shrubbery create a barrier between this elegant patio and the not-so-scenic parking lot behind it. Hidden behind lush vegetation, diners can pop the cork on a bottle of wine and dig into southern European dishes. Kill time between apps and entrées with some friendly competition on the bocce ball court.

Houlihan’s


Where: 2541 Broadway Bluffs Drive

When: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $3-10 for small plates; $9-25 for entrées

Contact: 573-815-7210

Website: houlihans.com


A cool breeze, musical delicacies of local artists and one large pitcher of Houlihan’s Long Island ice teas create a blissful night. Tiny twinkling lights line the trellis on one side of the patio, and yellow umbrellas adorn the other. In past summers, a jazz quartet resonated as background music, but local bands such as Chump Change converted the patio to a party when happy hour begins. Starting around June, live music will blast once again on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Houlihan’s might not be in the heart of downtown, but the concert atmosphere justifies the drive.

OUTSIDE COLUMBIA

Les Bourgeois Vineyards 


Where: 14020 W. Highway BB, Rocheport

When:Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Blufftop Bistro: $7-11 for lunch entrées; $17-28 for dinner entrées; A-Frame,: $6 for sandwiches

Contact: 573-698-2300

Website: missouriwine.com


Escape to the serene scene of Les Bourgeois Vineyards, which is 15 minutes west of Columbia, to partake in more sophisticated nosh. At the Blufftop Bistro, enjoy palatable wine and a picturesque view of the Missouri River. For a cold sandwich or romantic picnic, lovebirds can saunter down to the A-Frame decks. This patio offers an equally alluring view of the river for any couple who wants a secluded evening.

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