Restaurant + bar patios to enjoy in Indianapolis, IN this spring


Hard not to love a dreamy urban jungle like this. | Photo via @bodhi.indy

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With the taste of warmer weather we’ve had recently, local restaurants + bars are raising the roofpatio season is upon us.

You can bask in the sun and sip on the sidewalk at these local spots.

Bodhi: Craft Bar + Thai Bistro |📍 922 Mass Ave.

The vibe at Bodhi’s patio transports you to an urban jungle surrounded by a wall of greenery + a roof of vines, topped off with string lights to set the mood. While you’re there, you can sip on the new Torch Lighter cocktaila frothy, vegan herbal riff on a gin sour.

La Margarita |📍 1043 Virginia Ave.

Enjoy some birria tacos at Indy’s Mexican spot since 1984. The restaurant — connected to the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square — gave its dog-friendly patio a little facelift for the season with new tables + chairs, privacy walls, and a new overhang roof. Pro tip: This spot does not take reservations.


Willow and Star Flowers created this arrangement ahead of Valentine’s Day + it’s still up. | Photo via @petitechoubistro

Petite Chou Bistro + Champagne Bar |📍 823 Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple

Get in the spring spirit with beautiful floral arrangements by local Willow and Star Flowers + champagne cocktails on deck — creating the perfect atmosphere for a Sunday brunch with your gal pals. Pro tip: This spot is open Wednesdays-Sundays.

1933 Lounge by St. Elmo |📍 9707 District N. Dr., Fishers

Did you know, 1933 Lounge was founded when St. Elmo converted its second floor into a speakeasy-style lounge in 2011? St. Elmo expanded the concept with this second location in Fishers + it recently raised the walls on its classy patio space. The Fishers location offers a full lunch and dinner menu. Pro tip: Guests must be 21 or over to dine at either location.

Got a go-to patio that we didn’t mention? Add it to our list.

Your recs 📝

  • Black Acre Garden - oasis that isn’t seen from the street, but when you walk into it is like you are transported! The Mule is my favorite cocktail!” — Erin F.
  • “I highly recommend Flatwater Restaurant in Broad Ripple, which boasts a large outdoor dining deck right along the Canal. Very dog-friendly, and always lots of fun. Locally-owned, with terrific food.” — Tim M.
  • Iozzos. Revolucion. The Rooftop Garden.” — Gretchen W.
  • “My Go-to Patio is Half Liter in Broad Ripple. It’s right on the Monon, has great food and drinks (brisket and a new Shandy beer called Drugstore are my favorites) and is dog friendly!! A must visit in the summer, especially when they have a band playing in the Beer Garden area!! Such a great atmosphere!” — Jen S.
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