Spring has finally hit the Cap City and after a tough winter the weather could not be more perfect. Warmer months can be hard for convention attendees who spend long days learning and networking when the sun is shining outside, so we have compiled a list of our favorite Columbus patio spots that are all walkable from the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), or easily accessible via the free downtown circulator, the CBUS, making it easy to spend free time relaxing outdoors.
Starting slightly to the north of the GCCC in the Short North Arts District, enjoy a martini paired with modern American cuisine on the spacious patio of the Union Cafe while taking in some show tunes with your dinner. Or, for those that prefer craft brews, visit the spacious patio at Bodega for the six-time champion of the Best Happy Hour vote from Columbus Alive. For a more intimate experience, we recommend the patio at Haiku Poetic Food & Art, where you can enjoy a large selection of sushi in a more private outdoor space. We would be remiss not to mention Katalinas, a brief walk from the Short North Arts District through beautiful tree-lined streets and historic homes to Harrison West, as its quaint patio is one of the best in the city for brunch and is highly recommended for anyone with extra time on their trip. Don't leave without trying the Nutella-stuffed pancake balls.
Just steps from the main entrance of the GCCC, the Arena District offers numerous patios for all tastes. Grab a beer at Gordon Biersch, dine on gourmet pizza at Bostons or, highly recommended before taking in a Columbus Clippers game, taste your way through Nadas top-notch tequila menu and take in the sunshine.
Moving into the heart of downtown, wet your whistle with a whiskey at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails or visit Due Amici and enjoy a pick-me-up coffee cocktail made with coffee from fellow Gay Street inhabitants, Cafe Brioso. For a more scenic experience, Milestone 229 cannot be beat so treat yourself with breathtaking views of downtown Columbus and the Scioto River while enjoying the inventive menu, then top of the evening with a stroll on the Scioto Mile.
On down to the south of the city, German Village has many strong contenders in the patio game. Harvest Pizzeria and neighboring Curio offer a one-two punch of delicious wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted cocktails that will make you want to stay on the patio all night. At Barcelona, the Sangria begs to be sipped under the sun while a chilled glass of white wine on the Lindeys patio will elevate any evening.