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Drinks

The Best Patios in Springfield

Our favorite time of the year is here! The weather is warm and the southwest Missouri patios are open. Spend an afternoon soaking up the rays while the drinks keep on flowing.

By Becca Keathley and Shannon Hoffmann

May 14 2018 at 4 p.m.

Photo by Brandon AlmsImagine yourself somewhere tropical at Golden Girl Rum Club.

Golden Girl Rum Club

You would have no idea you were in downtown Springfield when you step into this bar. The tropical theme is everywhere you look from the decorations, to the menu, to the bar. They'll even open up the glass garage door so you can look out into Park Central Square and sip on your fun tropical drink when it's nice out. But the real question is—where do they get their tiki cups? WE WANT ALL OF THEM.


Springfield Brewing Company

We tend to forget that Brew Co. has outdoor seating, but only because of the massive space indoors. It's also the closest thing downtown Springfield has to a rooftop patio, with shaded and unshaded areas. Plus, with craft brews made in–house, you can’t go wrong. Don't forget the live music on Sundays!


Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar

With multiple locations in 417-land, Big Whiskey’s patios are perfect for unwinding after a long day with a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail, like the Lynchberg lemonade. Bonus: patios are dog-friendly as long as they’re on a leash.


Galloway Grill

Spending the day outdoors doesn’t sound too bad when there's a patio that backs up to Galloway Trail and boasts ten draft beers from Missouri breweries. We all love to people/dog watch and this is a prime spot to do so. Don’t worry if you forget your sunscreen—they have patio umbrellas to keep you and your beer(s) shaded.


Aviary at Farmer's Park

What is better than going to the Aviary? Going to the Aviary with outdoor seating. Go for the brunch, stay for the farmers market. Along with the tasty food, the drinks are just as gorgeous as they are delicious. We always feel like we’re at a café in France. Did we just adopt a French accent?


Ebbet's Field

“Where the burgers are hot and the beer is cold,” is our new saying for this patio spot. Grab a bucket of beers and watch the baseball games on their outdoor screens. It's also a prime Springfield Cardinals pre–or post–game option. Beer and baseball, is there a more perfect combo?


Cherry Picker Package x Fare

Just when you think the Pickwick and Cherry intersection can’t get any cooler, Cherry Picker Package x Fare shows up with a patio, wine, beer and spirits. We feel ten times cooler sitting outside with a wine glass in our hands than we have ever felt anywhere before in our life.

Photo by Kevin O'RileyCatch up with friends on the patio at Touch Restaurant & Oyster House.

Touch Restaurant & Oyster House

“But it’s too hot to drink outside.” Save that excuse for another day because reason #43 why we are obsessed with Touch is the fans they have in their patio area. While you're sippin' on your drinks you can pretend you are somewhere tropical with Touch’s breeze blowing through your locks.


Mother's Brewing Company

Nothing sounds more ideal to us than hangin' out in a backyard with our family and friends while drinking delicious craft beer. Mother's creates the ultimate comfort and chill vibe with backyard movies, events like the Mother’s Day Festival and the fact that dogs are welcomed with open arms.


White River Brewing Company

Commercial Street is already known for its history, and of course, beer. Spend the day sitting outside with a nice brew in hand, then check out some cute antique stores and C-Street’s Farmers Market. That’s the best time to shop right? 


Houlihan's

They have a fire pit surrounded by chairs that makes us feel like we are bronzing our bods at the lake. A FIRE PIT. We don’t care if it’s hot out—we want that fire pit blazing and a drink in our hand.


Lindberg's Tavern

We agree that there is no place quite like Lindberg’s Tavern when you add up it's history, atmosphere, food and bar. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself. You’ll thank us later. The added bonus of a patio, live music and killer brunch menu will only make you love it more.


Uncle Bentlys

No kitchen, no problem. Where else can you order from neighboring restaurants and have food delivered to you at a bar? A bar that feels like home, a patio that can be enclosed if needed, pool tables inside and free popcorn.


417 Taphouse

Nestled in the middle of Wilhoit Plaza is the most decorated patio and beer selection in Springfield. There are bags to throw, fries to eat, a keg fountain to watch (yes, a keg fountain), strands of lights and brewery labels pressed into the brick. We’ll be hanging out ‘til they kick us out.


Photo courtesy Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Café

Spend an afternoon relaxing on the Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Café patio.

Photo courtesy Civil Kitchen

Hit up Civl Kitchen's patio for some Park Central Square views.

Civil Kitchen

Three bars, two patios and one impressive drink list. It's one–of–a–kind drinkin’ spot with a one–of–a–kind scratch menu. Did we mention that they throw events that are pretty dang unique, like their Kentucky Derby Classic? Say no more—we're already on our way.


Harbell's Grill and Sports Bar

Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar downtown has all you need for a little Sunday funday. Enjoy the big game on one of the many TVs, feast on the smoked chicken wings and satisfy your tastebuds with a cold brewski on the outdoor patio.


Great American Taco Company

Drive-thru tacos and the sangarita aren’t the only things that keep us coming back to Great American Taco Company. The patio is a great place to get your creative taco fix, like the Hawaiian Chicken Taco, while you watch the hustle and bustle of Battlefield Road.


Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Café

Springfield’s most charming patio just has to be Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Café. This quaint patio includes a fountain, shade for those extra sunny days and a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and sip on a Georgia peach tea with your pals.


Bambino's Cafe

With hefty plates of pasta and warm delicious bread, your carb intake just might go into overdrive at this Italian cafe. Pick between the cozy location closer to Missouri State University, or the one on Battlefield Road after hitting the Galloway Creek Greenway. While you’re there, try the bruschetta. There’s tomatoes in it so that makes it healthy, right?


Maso Pizza Bar

Pizza, pasta, paninis, salads and pet-friendly outdoor seating? Maso Pizza Bar has it all. It's also just steps away from Nicola's if you're in the mood for a fancy Italian dinner. 

Photo by Dayle DugginsEnjoy live music under the patio lights at Tie & Timber Beer Co.

Tie & Timber Beer Co.

There’s no shortage of craft beer in 417-land, and there’s a new contestant in the game. Tie & Timber Beer Co. serves up premium, fresh craft brewskies like Wellerweizen Hefe, Kölsch and Bob Ross. Grab a brew, head to the patio and listen to some live tunes.


The Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse

Not only does Alamo Drafthouse serve up delicious food and deliver it to you while being mesmerized by a movie, but they also have The Backlot, a place to stop for a drink (or a meal) before or after your movie that also includes an outdoor patio.


Queen City Wine Dive

Queen City Wine Dive, Springfield’s newest wine bar and Spanish inspired tapas restaurant resides in the former downtown location of Blue Bull Bar and Grill. Feast on new brunch plates and enjoy wine by the glass on Park Central Square's largest patio.


Schultz & Dooley's Pub

Located in Chesterfield Village, this hotspot pub has daily food and drink deals and karaoke battles. Hungry patrons can feast on tasty burgers and cold brews while relaxin' on the patio. Fun fact: Schultz & Dooley’s won the 417 Magazine Food Wars burger battle.


Hotel Vandivort

This luxurious hotel in the heart of downtown Springfield is accompanied with a swanky patio located in the back that gives off a private, cozy feeling. Relax in the cool chairs or take a pic with the big V for that perfect Instagram post. Plus, Hotel Vandivort's new expansion will feature a rooftop patio.


Do you have a favorite patio? Email digital@417mag.com and we’ll get it added!