A Comprehensive Guide to Durham's Best Outdoor Patios
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A Comprehensive Guide to Durham's Best Outdoor Patios

By Avivah Furman
Friday, Apr 26 2019

We *hope* we can safely say winter is behind us, because we're ready to pack the patios! We rounded up a few of our favorites around Durham, featuring rooftops and scenic skyline views, to grab a much needed beverage while enjoying the breeze. Whether you’re thirsty for a cold brew, a craft cocktail, a glass of vino or just some sunshine, this list has you covered. Cheers!

Giddyup at Ponysaurus at Ponysaurus Brewing Company
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Ponysaurus

Ponysaurus boasts a double-decker patio and wonderful brews. Just bar snacks here, but feel free to bring in your own eats.

Giddyup at Ponysaurus
$   .  Ponysaurus Brewing Company   .  Durham
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Enjoy Local Brews + Signature Korean Dishes at Namu  at Namu
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Namu

A collab between Bulkogi Truck and Bo's Kitchen, Namu brings casual Korean eats, local craft beer, fine wine and a specialty coffee bar to a hideout in Durham. And a hideout it is—their outdoor seating is a massive bamboo forest filled with nooks and crannies for enjoying your food outdoors.

Enjoy Local Brews + Signature Korean Dishes at Namu
$   .  Namu   .  Durham
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Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Parts & Labor at Motorco
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Parts & Labor

The restaurant and bar arm of Motorco is super casual with a patio full of picnic tables. The small plates menu pleases with all items under $10 and we're pretty sure this is the only place you can order Hipster Poutine.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Parts & Labor
Free   .  Motorco   .  Durham
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Check Out Durham's Swankiest New Hotel at Unscripted Durham
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Unscripted Hotel

Take a dip in the rooftop pool, grab cocktail, and take in the wonder of North Carolina's coolest new hotel, located in the heart of downtown Durham.

Check Out Durham's Swankiest New Hotel
$$$   .  Unscripted Durham   .  Durham
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Dine With a View at the WaDuke at Fairview Dining Room
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Washington Duke Inn (WaDuke)

Decadent dining and first class service—all with an inimitable swanky ambience. This is not your average patio, but somewhere to come when you want to feel extra luxurious in the great outdoors.

Dine With a View at the WaDuke
$$$   .  Fairview Dining Room   .  Durham
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Grab a German Bite at Guglhupf at Guglhupf
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Guglhupf

Guglhupf's patio is lush. Dripping with plants, it's a lovely oasis to enjoy a sweet treat and coffee in the AM. Or, swing by for a full on meal—Guglhupf serves brunch, lunch and dinner.

Grab a German Bite at Guglhupf
$   .  Guglhupf   .  Durham
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Do a Night at The Durham  at The Durham Hotel
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The Roof at The Durham Hotel

With rooftop yoga, jazz, awesome drinks, and bites, and a killer event schedule and killer views of Durham—the Roof pretty much has it all.

Do a Night at The Durham
$$   .  The Durham Hotel   .  Durham
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Enjoy a Boozy Slushie and a Sammie on the Patio at Eastcut Sandwich Shop at Eastcut Sandwich Shop
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Eastcut Sandwich Shop

You probably already know Eastcut for their sandwiches. But they've also got the ultimate patio vibes, with multiple areas of outdoor seating, boozy slushies to keep you cool on those hot days, and plenty of regular special events (like oyster roasts!) to bring the whole crew together outside.

Enjoy a Boozy Slushie and a Sammie on the Patio at Eastcut Sandwich Shop
$   .  Eastcut Sandwich Shop   .  Durham
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Relish a Cocktail at Alley Twenty Six at Alley Twenty Six
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Alley Twenty Six

Possibly the smallest patio in Durham, but also possibly the prettiest. String zig-zag above the alley and a few tables are provide an intimate place to relish your craft cocktail.

Relish a Cocktail at Alley Twenty Six
$$   .  Alley Twenty Six   .  Durham
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Find Good Food & the Perfect Patio at Grub at Grub Durham
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Grub

The owners of NOSH and Piper's in the Park opened an upscale diner in the Burch Avenue neighborhood. Beautiful rooftop patio dining included!

Find Good Food & the Perfect Patio at Grub
$   .  Grub Durham   .  Durham
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Enjoy Durham's Biggest Beer Balcony at Sam's Bottle Shop at Sam's Bottle Shop
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Sam's Bottle Shop

Sam's Bottle Shop carries an unbelievably huge selection of drinks in bottles and on tap, with a big ol' balcony to boot. It's a true Durham original you gotta see to believe!

Enjoy Durham's Biggest Beer Balcony at Sam's Bottle Shop
$   .  Sam's Bottle Shop   .  Durham
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Play It Up at Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham

Boxcar, Raleigh's favorite bar + arcade, has opened its third location in downtown Durham. Besides the arcade games and drink specials you know and love, this location has wood-fired pizza and an outdoor space overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park so you can catch some of the game while you're out having fun.

Play It Up at Boxcar Bar + Arcade Durham
$   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Durham
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Hearty Sandwiches and High Class Gifts at Parker and Otis
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Parker & Otis

Peruse a well-curated selection of gifts or settle down on the Parker & Otis's porch with a finely crafted sandwich. It's totally covered so it's safe even on gray days.

Hearty Sandwiches and High Class Gifts
$$   .  Parker and Otis   .  Durham
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Sip By The Ounce & People Watch on the Patio at Pour Taproom at Pour Taproom: Durham
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Pour Taproom

The indecisive should steer clear of Pour—with over 60 taps to choose from and a pay-by-the-ounce model, you can sip on as many beers, ciders, and wines as you'd like with just a swipe of your wrist. Located in the heart of downtown, Pour's patio boasts plenty of games and prime people-watching opportunities.

Sip By The Ounce & People Watch on the Patio at Pour Taproom
$   .  Pour Taproom: Durham   .  Durham
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Check Out a Car Dealership-Turned-Pizza Joint at Hutchins Garage at Hutchins Garage
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Hutchins Garage

Hutchins Garage is the newest addition to Durham's DIY/Warehouse District, serving beer, wine and pizza out of the renovated Hutchins Automotive car dealership. Snag a seat outside and eat up to your heart's content.

Check Out a Car Dealership-Turned-Pizza Joint at Hutchins Garage
-   .  Hutchins Garage   .  Durham
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Quench Your Thirst with a Durhamite from Geer Street Garden at Geer Street Garden
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Geer Street Garden

A glass of "The Durhamite" while sitting outside might be the best way to savor the summer in Durham. It's an Arnold Palmer with a twist, and a hole-in-one for cocktail lovers and patio dwellers.

Quench Your Thirst with a Durhamite from Geer Street Garden
$   .  Geer Street Garden   .  Durham
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Every Bar Game & More at Surf Club at Surf Club
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Surf Club

Truly a bar to "hang out" at, Surf Club has just about every drinking game you could ask for and is right up the street from the other Rigsbee staples. Start your night here or wind down late.

Every Bar Game & More at Surf Club
-   .  Surf Club   .  Durham
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Drink Like You're Irish at Bull McCabes at Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
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Bull McCabes

Bull McCabes is the local Irish bar for parties of any kind: holiday parties, weekly trivia, special events, sports games and just general partying in the huge outdoor courtyard.

Drink Like You're Irish at Bull McCabes
$   .  Bull McCabe's Irish Pub   .  Durham
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Cozy Up at Cocoa Cinnamon at Cocoa Cinnamon
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Cocoa Cinnamon

Everything has a story at Cocoa Cinnamon. Cozy up with a delicious beverage and soak in the atmosphere at this unique lounge. Their outdoor seating is a favorite for folks who want to people watch while they sip on their morning brew.

Cozy Up at Cocoa Cinnamon
$   .  Cocoa Cinnamon   .  Durham
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Snack on Hot Dogs & Sip in Secret at Accordion Club at Accordion Club
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Accordion Club

Accordion Club, a dive bar in the Rigsbee neighborhood, offers a cozy environment for drinking, plus hot dogs, Frito pies, bottles to take home and games for enjoying on their gorge patio.

Snack on Hot Dogs & Sip in Secret at Accordion Club
$   .  Accordion Club   .  Durham
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A Comprehensive Guide to Durham's Best Outdoor Patios
A Comprehensive Guide to Durham's Best Outdoor Patios