Even though we’re a few weeks away from the summer solstice, temperatures are beginning to heat up. Here are seven places in the metro area to grab a drink or a bite to eat under the sun.
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610 NE 50th St.
bedlambarbq.com | 405-528-7427
If you only imagine barbecue as being served on paper plates surrounded by wood paneling, then get a change of pace by going to Bedlam, where the outdoor patio is surrounded by a robust garden filled with blooming flowers and plants. Enjoy live music by the outdoor fire pit on the weekends in addition to some high-quality smoked meats.
The Jones Assembly
901 W. Sheridan Ave.
thejonesassembly.com | 405-212-2378
Whether you’re grabbing a drink from one of the well-trained mixologists at The Jones Assembly or getting a bite to eat from the kitchen, the best choice to enjoy either is under the open-air patio. Lounge on wooden benches complete with pillows or get a competitive game of cornhole going between friends to fully embrace the patio’s offerings.
Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen
9219 Lake Hefner Drive
mamaroja.com | 405-302-6262
Watching the sun set over Lake Hefner is one of the best views in the city. Why not get a great view while enjoying some delicious brisket enchiladas or a plate of Pescado Vera Cruz, two of the dishes that separate this Hal Smith Restaurant property from other Mexican restaurants in the city? Mama Roja also has a large selection of margaritas and tequilas during its large weekend brunch service.
Sauced on Paseo
2912 Paseo St.
saucedonpaseo.com | 405-521-9800
As you’re touring the Paseo’s art galleries, there is no better spot for an outdoor meal than Sauced. Its patio hosts open mics most Thursdays and live music on Fridays. Sauced’s menu is based around specialty and build-your-own pizzas, but don’t forget about its appetizer of Italian nachos: wonton chips with Italian sausage, chicken, black olives, roma tomatoes, banana peppers, Alfredo sauce and mozzarella.
730 NW 23rd St.
guyutes.com | 405-702-6960
Guyutes is reigning winner of best patio in Oklahoma Gazette’s Best of OKC reader poll, and the rooftop seating allows guests to bask in the progress of every new building project along the Uptown 23rd District corridor. Guyutes serves bar food with a healthy and crunchy twist (like the jam music playlist that can often be heard).
Pearl’s Oyster Bar
5641 N. Classen Blvd.
pearlsokc.com | 405-848-8008
Fresh oysters on the half shell taste better when eaten in conjunction with getting doses of Vitamin D; it’s (near) scientific fact. Enjoy Pearl’s selection of Gulf oysters from its large wraparound patio or indulge in one of its new dishes like ahi poke or Costa Rican swordfish topped with fresh crab, avocado and a red chili vinaigrette.
Café do Brasil
440 NW 10th St.
cafedobrazilokc.com | 405-525-9779
It’s hard to beat the view of Midtown and the overlying downtown skyline from Café do Brasil’s Bossa Nova Caipirinha Lounge. Catch happy hour 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and live music 8 p.m. every Friday. The Caipirinha is the national drink of Brasil, and the Caip-beer-inha pairs the traditional drink made with lime, sugar and cachaça with Oklahoma City’s own COOP Ale Works’ F5 IPA.