Enjoy your favorite beverages at these primo patios and rooftops in the Triangle

The Lakewood in Durham also has a rooftop patio for dining.Juli Leonard
Are you outdoorsy in that you like to drink beer on patios? Or the weather is just right for people-judging (er, watching)? Either way, to make the most of your sunny summer days and balmy nights, here’s a host of good ones to park your palate (and tush) on.

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen in downtown Raleigh has ample outdoor seating in the the heated patio. //File
One of the best patios in town and plenty of atmosphere with primo liquid libations and a standout Southern kitchen, WK is a hard sup spot to beat.

Raleigh Beer Garden

The world’s largest draft beer selection with a front patio and back garden, on Glenwood South.

Watts & Ward

A great spot to have mixed drinks about feelings, get your Don Draper date style on with DTR speak-easy Watts & Ward. Our rec: some martinis and moonlight on the feels-like-Paris light-strung patio (sideyard) peppered with strung lights.

Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Now reopen, this patio offers beer as cold as your ex and the best views of the DTR skyline in town, hands down.

House of Hops

With 400 bottled and canned brews and 24 rotating taps, HOH is a great patio to park it on for some liquid therapy. Food trucks are scheduled and cornhole’s on deck for those who prefer not to sit still.

The Federal

Centrally located near Brightleaf, the popular pub is within walking distance to Duke.


An outdoor oasis with a sunken patio straight out of your brunch dreams.

Trophy Tap & Table

Formerly The Busy Bee, this tap and table concept from the can-do-no-wrong Trophy empire is a must on your patio-hopping list.


A GloSo staple, the Phoenix (ashes, rising… get it?) pub is a great spot to drink well with others overlooking the Glenwood action.

The Durham Hotel

cocktails on the patio
The rooftop at The Durham Hotel. // Photo by Juli Leonard
The downtown Durm year-round rooftop gathering spot with indoor-outdoor, covered and open-air seating is a must try for its iconic panoramic Bull City views, handcrafted cocktails, primo wine and beer offerings, and seasonal raw bar and small kitchen menu.

Taverna Agora

Transport yourself to Greece via the open-air rustic rooftop in DTR while you nosh on Old World flavors.

The Lakewood

Stay classy.

Dos Perros

Dos Perros. // Juli Leonard
Dos Perros offers ample outdoor seating for its classic Mexican cuisine.

10th and Terrace

Chic 10th-floor rooftop of Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown overlooking Memorial Auditorium and miles of DTR. Pop in for some boozy popsicles to beat the heat.

Gallo Pelon

Think speak-easy vibe meets rooftop bar with an air of mystery (and amazing exotic cocktails) at this mezcalaria in DTR.

The Patio @ Unscripted

This is Bull City poolside, well, perfection. Pour Taproom nearby is another great center-city patio option.

Need more? The list goes on:


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