Sup in the Sun

Patio season is in full bloom. From a tree-shaded beer garden to an elegant alley, we’ve found a few of the top spots around town to indulge in tasty fare with a side of sunshine.

Kindred Restaurant

This Davidson hot spot’s side patio is tucked between two Main Street buildings. Its white string lights, café tables, and brick walls give it a vibe that’s more Parisian than Charlottean. 

RuRu’s Tacos and Tequila

Is there any better al fresco fare than a margarita, chips, and salsa? This brick patio behind Myers Park’s historic Villa with its outdoor bar and fountain centerpiece answers that question with a resounding “no.”

Halcyon Flavors of the Earth

The terrace of Uptown’s Mint Museum is the perfect spot to watch the city’s lights start to sparkle as the sun sinks. Order some of the farm-to-table snacks to share and one of the seasonal cocktails to soak in the scene. 

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

On a sunny Saturday there may not be a better seat in town than one of the long picnic tables outside this South End brewery. Order a pint and a pretzel. and settle in for an afternoon in the city’s most popular biergarten. 

Vivace

There’s no better perch from which to enjoy the lush greenway that runs along Little Sugar Creek and the gleaming skyline beyond than the sleek and stylish patio at this midtown Italian restaurant.