Rooftop bars are so last year. Sure, who doesn’t love a good rooftop bar with a view? But we have a feeling that outdoor patios are going to become our favorite trend this summer! Because there’s nothing like a buzzing patio with lively chatter and people sitting side-by-side to make you feel like you’re socializing in a truly communal setting. Soaking in the sun with your friends over drinks at an outdoor patio is reminiscent of Europeans spending the day in terrazas every Sunday.
Thank goodness L.A. is blooming with lots of cute, trendy restaurants with prime outdoor space in every neighborhood. Here are our top picks of the season where you and your friends can eat, drink and play the day away when the sun comes out.
It feels like a true blessing to discover Brennan’s super sick, welcoming patio. This classic bar in Marina del Rey has been around for over 40 years and just keeps getting better. Thanks to a recent revamp of the entire restaurant and menu, Brennan’s is the best place to eat, drink and play with friends and family. The green and white patio is perpetually sunny and has enough picnic tables and chairs for everyone. Throw in the turtle races every 3rd Thursday and the turtle sanctuary in the back and you know it’s a party! Next time you hit the beach and want refreshments on the way back, be sure you make Brennan’s your go-to. You’ll forever thank us that you did.
Tintorera is the perfect chic outdoor restaurant you’ve been searching for! It’s the place where you and your friends can go out for an elegant meal of Mexican seafood dishes and snazzy cocktails, day or night. The fresh, seafood-centric appetizers and entrees are made for sharing and socializing in small groups. And of course there’s an extensive wine list full of reds, whites, rose and sangria to keep you buzzing. Surrounded by palm fronds, woven lanterns and good vibes, you and your friends will never want to leave this blissful oasis of delicious appetizers and refreshing libations.
The patio that stays perpetually trendy in West Hollywood can be found at the back of Laurel Hardware. The storefront is one of an unassuming hardware shop, a remnant of the venue’s old occupant. But upon entering, you’re taken into a super chic, minimalist haven of pretty cocktails and prettier people. The outdoor patio is lovely and especially romantic at night when it’s lit up with twinkling lights hanging from trees. The patio is popping in the late-night hours and during brunch on the weekends, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time if you want to cop a table.
A lesser-known venue on the Westside that’s just as lovely is The Stalking Horse, an English-inspired pub and restaurant. It does a wonderful job recreating a quaint, everyday British bar with dark interiors, vine-covered facade and yes, a super cute outdoor patio in the back. The Cornish-based food is to die for. There are hearty and delicious pub grub classics like Yorkshire pudding, Cornish pasties and fish and chips. The patio is decorated with flowers in hanging pots, vines covering the walls and long, wooden tables, absolutely perfect for having a pint with friends on a sunny day.
Yes, the Arts District Brewery is popping and going off on any given Friday or Saturday night. But I personally prefer it in the daytime when it’s brightly lit and you can hang out on the long patio deck (not that it gets any less fun to hang out there once it gets dark). At one glance, you can tell this place was made for passing entire days chatting, drinking, smoking, playing cards and simply being with friends. It’s got everything you need from tons of craft brews, nifty cocktails, crafty bar food, outdoor patio and even skee ball machines. Add in the uber-hip, arts district atmosphere and who wouldn’t want to waste their day off chilling at this gem?
Photos: Nadia Cho
Where’s your favorite patio in L.A.? Share with us in the comments.