After a long and chilly winter, the much-awaited spring has finally arrived in Columbia, Missouri. It's time to shed those heavy jackets and head outdoors to enjoy the warmth of the sun before the school year ends! And what better way to do that than to savor some delicious food or drinks on a beautiful patio? Whether you're looking for a cozy spot to catch up with friends or a lively atmosphere to celebrate the season, Columbia has plenty of options. So, let's explore some of the six best patios in town and get ready to soak up the sun! 

1. Harpo's Skyy Bar

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Harpo’s Skyy Bar is the perfect spot to grab food and drinks with friends. Sit at the bar, at one of their tables, or grab a booth and fire pit spot with a larger party. Harpo’s Bar and Grill serves typical bar food such as burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and appetizers like nachos, cheese curds, and fried pickles. Make sure to grab a spot early because the seats fill up quickly when the sun is out!

2. Uprise Bakery

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If you’re looking for a brunch or lunch spot to sit outside and chat with friends or do some homework, look no further! Uprise’s patio has plenty of sunlight and lots of seating options to enjoy their sandwiches, salads, soups, or shared plates. And when Uprise turns into a bar at night, their patio is the perfect place to drink a glass of wine!

3. The Heidelberg

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The Heidelberg is a classic CoMo spot with great outdoor space on their roof and plenty of drink deals. This would be a great place to grab a drink and snack with friends after class. Check out their happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 pm with BOGO appetizers, $1 off pints, $2 off pitchers, and $4.75 Long Island Teas, Long Beach Teas, and Sweet Tarts. 

4. Gunter Hans

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This European Pub & Cafe has all of the spring vibes on their patio. With plenty of seating, an outdoor bar, and an enclosed patio, you’ll feel like you’re enjoying a meal in Europe. Nothing beats a cold beer or craft cocktail and their signature Bretzel on a nice day, and don’t forget to get the signature dip flight which includes Boursin cheese, cinnamon butter, grainy mustard, and jam. 

5. Cherry Street Cellar

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If you’re looking for a nice dinner outdoors, this is the perfect place to check out! Cherry Street Cellar has full-service outdoor seating where you can enjoy their fine dining atmosphere and the great weather simultaneously. Whether you’re enjoying their happy hour with cocktails and a few apps, or a full-on wine, appetizers, dinner, and dessert, Cherry Street Cellar will not disappoint. Make sure to call ahead and get a reservation. 

6. El Oso

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El Oso is known for their Mexican food and margaritas, which always taste better outdoors. Their outdoor patio is a great spot to sip a marg and eat some chips and queso on a hot day. They even have fun umbrellas to complete the vibe! Their menu includes all of the go-to Mexican food items such as nachos, tortas, tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, and more.