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

Spring means warmer weather — which means it’s officially time to enjoy a meal on the patio.


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 roof — patio 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 refreshing Secret Garden cocktail — it’s a zero proof drink.

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 last season with new tables + chairs, privacy walls, and a new overhang roof. Pro tip: This spot does not take reservations.

Baby’s | 2147 N. Talbott St.

Enjoy your burger and boozy shake outside on Baby’s colorful outdoor space. There’s both shaded seating with fans and a green space with picnic tables where furry friends are welcome.

Bocca | 122 E. 22nd St.

Enjoy your vino and pasta on this near north side patio. For added ambiance, visit on Tuesdays for live music. We also recommend pairing warm weather with a frosé.

People sitting on a patio space along a trail

Public Greens’ patio is also open when it’s cooler out — it brings out the bonfire and heated greenhouses.

Photo by @publicgreens

Public Greens | 902 E. 64th St., Broad Ripple

After a walk on the Monon Trail, you can stroll right up to the cozy patio at Public Greens. This spot is a modern cafeteria featuring locally grown produce and you can even enjoy your meal in a mini greenhouse for a little more privacy on the patio.

people sitting on a covered patio space with floral decor

Willow and Star Flowers created this arrangement ahead of Valentine’s Day + it’s still up.

Photo by @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 📝

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • Iozzos. Revolucion. The Rooftop Garden.” — Gretchen W.
  • Pier 48 in downtown Indianapolis has an awesome corner patio!” — Jenna S.
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