After what seems like the longest, rainiest winter and the chilliest start to spring, warmer temps are finally here to stay. So in preparation of sunnier days to come, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Queen City restaurants with fabulous patios and unbeatable drink specials.
3221 Yadkin Ave
Special: $5 “We-pour-its” on draft beer, sangria, prosecco and sparkling rosé
Nestled behind Smelly Cat Coffeehouse in the heart of the Arts District, visit NoDa Company Store for a tiki-inspired escape from everyday life. In fact, the owners are so invested in island life that they have begun to expand their concept internationally. Until you’re ready to book that Roatán flight, however, you can choose between porch swings, picnic tables or patio seats. Pro tip: Show up a day early for their Sunday free burger brunch.
715 Providence Road
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Special: $5 Margaritas
Bringing south-of-the-border flair to south charlotte, RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila offers fresh authentic Mexican cuisine and the finest tequila. You can pair that margarita special with cleverly named “I Am McLovin” queso and chips, or “I’m Nacho Bae” for something a little heartier.
2135 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Suite C
Special: $4 well drinks
With an extensive list of carefully created cocktails and an even more extensive offering of games, Piedmont Social House is more than just a bar. Start your evening on its charming patio, then move inside to enjoy bowling, ping pong, billiards, darts, shuffleboard, cornhole and more. You can also share a snack like their Fries with all the Fixins’ or sit down for a full dinner of lemon pepper salmon or a mango pork loin chop.
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
Special: ½ off wine by the glass
On Wednesdays this spring, enjoy live music by Reinaldo Brahn and half priced wine on the gorgeous patio of the Charlotte classic, Reid’s Fine Foods. Known for their superior meats, fine wines and regional provisions Reid’s offers friendly service with Southern style. Spring cocktails include a Kombucha Mule made with Lenny Boy Blueberry Kombucha and a Lavender Clementine.
6706-C Phillips Place Court
Special: 1/2 price seasonal cocktails
Wolfgang Puck’s newest dining concept, WP Kitchen + Bar, is bringing elevated comfort cuisine to Phillips Place. Enjoy signature cocktails such as a Southpark Sour and seasonal speciality dishes like spring pea agnolotti on their dog-friendly patio.
2135 Southend Drive, Suite 109
Neighborhood: South End
Special: $3 pints of local draft beer
Proudly serving dishes with locally sourced ingredients, Roots Cafe is a fast-casual dining experience rooted in thoughtful service and joyful experiences. Try a Carolina pastrami, or a spring market salad featuring asparagus, broccoli, pickled cauliflower, shaved radish and snow peas atop fresh greens.
400 S. Graham St.
Special: $5 rose and prosecco on tap
Situated on the edge of Uptown, Graham Street Pub & Patio offers a street-level patio and a rooftop that overlooks Knight Stadium. Take in the picturesque Queen City skyline while enjoying their food-truck inspired dishes, such as a buffalo-chicken grilled cheese stuffed with green onions, jalepenos and ranch, or chicken tikka masala tacos topped with pickled onions and mint yogurt sauce.
227 Southside Drive
Neighborhood: South End
Special: $1.50 mimosas + $5 bloody marys
Grab your closest friends and settle in at The Broken Spoke. Take advantage of their heavily discounted brunch classics, or enjoy their handcrafted spirits in a seasonal cocktail on their beautiful and expansive patio.