Posted April 30, 2013

8 Outdoor Patios to Soak Up

Destinations

What goes well with light bites and tall glass of wine? Spring breezes, of course. If you’ve been itching to get outside and enjoy a meal in the open air, now’s your chance. Kimpton restaurants from coast to coast are opening their outdoor patios and pool bars, and they just happen to be in the coolest parts of town.

Soak up the pulse of the city, do some people watching, toast to warm and sunny days, enjoy a great meal and get a breath of fresh air. You can do it all at these fun destinations.

The Rooftop Perch at Canary Hotel

Rooftop Perch
at Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara

You can enjoy the modern American comfort food and drinks from the onsite Finch & Fork restaurant on the rooftop of Canary Hotel — one of the best places to catch sun in Santa Barbara, if we don’t say so ourselves. We can’t wait for Sunday Sangria Sunsets. On Sundays from June through October, you can relish the falling horizon with pitchers of sangria ($15) on the pool deck from 4-7 pm. Raw oysters are available, too, for $2.
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39 Degrees Lounge
at Sky Hotel in Aspen

The ski slopes are thawing, and the lounge scene is heating up. Make a date with this patio/pool bar, which is undergoing a $225,000 renovation and will be finished and ready to enjoy around May 24. We already feel more relaxed just thinking about the poolside lounge chairs, sultry cabanas, smoldering fire pits and big umbrellas with bright pops of color.

Sidewalk seating at Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern
at Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

These are seats the Founding Fathers would’ve vied for. The restaurant’s new outdoor dining area is right on the corner of 5th and Chestnut in the heart of historic Philly, just feet from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. From your prime perch, enjoy Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez’s daily house-cured sausages or one of Bess Gulliver’s artisan cocktails.
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Atwood Café
at Hotel Burnham in Chicago

Snack in the middle of a shopping spree, drop by for bite before a show, or settle in for a multi-course feast. No matter your game plan, the best seats in this house are actually outside of it — on the sidewalk patio in the heart of downtown Chicago’s bustling State Street strip.  Executive Chef Derek Simcik will make sure you’re taken care of with creative comfort dishes, like roasted chicken and veggie pot pie.

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LUSTRE Bar

at Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Cruise up to the third-floor pool deck starting June 5. The hotel’s newest oasis quenches your spirits and is the only rooftop destination in downtown Phoenix, plus freshly squeezed juices and cocktails, and of course: stellar cityscape views. Grab a shady spot under a big umbrella and order off the menu of small bites, boards and bowls.
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South Water Kitchen
at Hotel Monaco Chicago

Go here for the expert cocktails and great views. The downtown favorite’s patio overlooks the Chicago River and is the best place in the city to to drink bottomless mimosas. Available for $20 per person, the mimosas are spiked with bubbly and special flavors, including peach, grapefruit, pear and apricot.

Downtown patio perches at 312 Chicago

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312 Chicago

at Hotel Allegro Chicago

Schedule that power lunch: The patio at this business-district charmer is located directly across from City Hall and is a popular spot for politicians and other heavy hitters. Must be the lure of Executive Chef Luca Corazzina’s regional Italian dishes, like Homemade Tortelloni Stuffed with Butternut Squash, Amaretto, Brown Butter Sage and Parmesan.

Sable Kitchen & Bar
at Hotel Palomar Chicago

There are two patios here for double the yum and fun. The garden patio, tucked at the back of the restaurant, has the feel of an outdoor cocktail bar. The front, sidewalk-style patio will have its grand opening in June. Executive Chef Heather Terhune rolls out seasonal delights (think duck-juniper pistachio sausage and wild mushroom veggie burgers), while Head Bartender Mike Ryan keeps thirst in check with tiki cocktails.
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Check out KimptonHotels.com for the scoop on all of our hotels from coast to coast. We hope to toast with you alfresco soon!

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