We *hope* we can safely say winter is behind us and it’s time to pack the patios! We rounded up a few of our favorite places around Raleigh, 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!
The Cardinal, a hot dog bar in Glenwood South, brings some of the best views of Raleigh. Snag a seat on the patio, a notepad to customize your dog (veggie too) and enjoy!
Gallo Pelón is a little piece of paradise tucked above Centro. As NC's first Mezcaleria, Gallo focuses on mezcal, a spirit similar to tequila, but that packs a punch all of its own. The cozy rooftop patio paired with top notch drinks is just the escape you've been craving.
Open again! Boylan Bridge Brewpub, a local brewery that has one of the most magnificent views of Raleigh.
You may not be on top of the world, but you'll be on the top of the Raleigh Times. Enjoy an ice cold beverage while you cheers to Downtown Raleigh.
The bottle shop is outfitted with 12 taps, bottles from local and national brewers, a food menu full of sammies and salads, plus a patio we can't stay away from.
The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail beckons you over with a patio decked out with plants and string lights. Pair the tropical vibe with their daily dollar oyster happy hour and you'll be in paradise.
The spot off of Glenwood is complete with traditional eats and plenty of Greek ambiance—grab a seat on the roof if you can!
There's a freaking pool at the centerpiece of this patio! If that's not enticing enough, come for the freshly prepped Italian plates and wines.
Enjoy a craft beer brewed right in the heart of Raleigh. In warmer months, Crank Arm's front garage doors stay open creating an awesome indoor-outdoor vibe.
Take a culinary tour of South America without leaving the Triangle! So•ca is serving up beautifully crafted traditional dishes from more than 20 countries south of the Tropic of Cancer—best enjoyed out on their sprawling patio.
Signature tots, a make your own mimosa bar (served with a Magnum bottle of champs) and killer rooftop patio—we're into all of it.
Raleigh's first food hall's got a bustling patio thanks to their innumerable food options and a full bar. String lights and music help set the scene and weekend drink specials ($12 Mimosa Buckets FTW!) have quickly made MSFH a fave local hangout.
As the name suggests, Whiskey Kitchen specializes in top notch whiskeys, pairing its libations with a stunning interior and a gorgeous patio.
Get ready to dine on tapas and wine to your heart's (or stomach's) content at Raleigh's newest addition to the Warehouse District. Barcelona Wine Bar serves up an eclectic menu inspired by Spanish, Mediterranean and South African cuisine and (in our humble opinion) is best enjoyed on their lush patio full of reclaimed wood and exposed steel beams.
Raleigh Beer Garden has more than a lot on tap—an indoor tree, a dedicated spirits bar, an NC beer bar, multiple patios, a beer garden and if you keep wandering back, you'll find green space for yard games.
This former auto shop has been transformed into a modern whiskey bar with pours for all palates. Take a swig, take a seat and kick back on Hillsborough St.
The Station at Person Street has a massive patio with wood-burning fire pits to cozy up to. Bonus, on Sundays they pour $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas.
For those craving a taste from the other side of the pond, head to Hibernian Pub. Grab yourself a Guinness and head up to the rooftop for prime views of all the Glenwood action.
Enjoy evening tapas or Sunday brunch on their light-strung, fully-covered patio and outdoor tiki bar.
Looking for somewhere to watch soccer in Raleigh? Look no further than London Bridge Pub, a Euro-centric, soccer-loving bar where you can sip a proper pint on their pet-friendly patio.
At Hummingbird, you can enjoy coffee in the morning, cocktails in the evenings and a seasonally rotating menu that will make your mouth water. Their Loading Dock spot's got a covered patio so you can take advantage of their all-day menu—regardless of perfect weather.