10. El Camino
Arguably the coolest outdoor patio on Bardstown Road. El Camino keeps the surf-rock records always spinning to complement the outdoor Tiki-bar ambiance of their patio, which is hard to miss with all of the fire pits. The delicious, authentic Mexican Street food doesn’t hurt, either. Experience a little bit of the beach in the heart of the Highlands. Gather ’round a table with a fire pit as its centerpiece with ten of your closest friends. As you sip on some sweet classic Tiki cocktails, and you’ll almost forget you’re on Bardstown Road, until a truckload of drunk teenagers with an airhorn drive past.
9. The Silver Dollar
The Silver Dollar is In the heart of the action on Frankfort Avenue. This widely-renowned whiskey bar is modeled after a Bakersfield honky-tonk. The building is an old firehouse , which creates a unique ambiance. On a nice evening you can expect the garage door to be open so you can people watch as you sample fine bourbons. Around back, there is a covered patio illuminated by string lights that line the tin roof. Merle Haggard and old country singers are played over the speakers. It’s a neighborhood honky-tonk right off of Frankfort Avenue, complete with the swinging saloon doors. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by moseying on down to the Silver Dollar to enjoy some bourbon cocktails in the open air.
8. Holy Grale
The Holy Grale is an old church converted into one of the most-raved about restaurants and beer halls in the city. The outdoor biergarten, or “Gralegarten,” is no less charming than the interior and is certainly more spacious. Have a seat at one of the picnic tables out back and enjoy a beer from one of the 26 ever-changing taps. There’s even hops growing out on the patio! This is a stop you must make if you’re in the Highlands.
7. Village Anchor
The Village Anchor describes itself as a “traditional European roost where a lively Parisian Bistro greets the more traditional English Pub.” Come have a seat on the Village Anchor’s beautiful patio to be transported to a European village in the heart of Anchorage. The Village Anchor offers an impressive selection of bourbon and wine and an innovative new-American menu. Class and sophistication meet Southern hospitality here, under the stars.
Enjoy an elegant evening of candlelit, white tablecloth dining at a place that’s up-scale and sophisticated, yet still hip enough to be a staple of the Bardstown Road scene. The service is impeccable, the wine list is impressive and most importantly – the outdoor dining experience is unforgettable. The decor is simple yet effective, and the outdoor dining area is adorned with those fancy glass-enclosed towers of fire.
5. Garage Bar
Wood-fired pizza, craft beer, and ping pong! The Garage opens its garage door to the night air of NuLu. Enjoy the nightlife of Louisville’s hippest arts and entertainment district out on the patio of one of the original NuLu attractions, right in the center of the action. It’s casual, it’s centrally located, it’s hip and happening, it’s outdoors.
This quiet, urban courtyard out back of a the restaurant, which is located inside of a renovated nineteenth-century building. It’s the perfect place to unwind for some drinks with friends or have a romantic evening for two. Some nights will feature live music to enhance the dining experience. There’s a small fountain for warm nights and a little fireplace if it’s cool.
3. La Coop Bistro A Vins
Enjoy some Parisian charm in NuLu as you dine out front of La Coop Bistro A Vins, located in the Green Building, an eco-friendly art gallery. La Coop serves French cuisine with a Southern twist – if you think a French bistro can’t serve the best fried chicken you’ve ever had, prepare to have your mind blown. A formidable wine list is, of course, available.
2. El Mundo
The patio tucked away out back of this charming, Louisville original is an outdoor fiesta. Indulge in some of the best Mexican food in Louisville (perhaps the world) under the stars. You MUST try a margarita while you’re here – what else would be perfect for a hot summer night?
The outdoor seating at Ramsi’s provides the ambiance of a secret garden. The stone walls, cast iron gate and rafters are covered in vines. The courtyard features a fountain in the center. The entire restaurant creates an old-world charm. Like any respectable Louisville restaurant, there is a respectable bourbon selection.