Zero Chill: Heated Patios in Columbia SC
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
For all of you out there who are outdoorsy in that you like eating and drinking on patios, winter may not be your strongest season. But not to worry, because in Columbia SC, it’s always patio season. We have the rundown on some heated patios around town where you can stay warm and still get in that quality time with “nature.”
High atop Main Street, where the air is certainly brisk, snuggle up on the rooftop bar at Hendrix. Wrap yourself up in one of the handy blankets laying around, snag a seat either near a heater or surrounding one of their fire pits and stay a while.
Cozy up inside an igloo on Publico's lawn for a unique and secluded experience. From spicy margaritas to a s'mores cold brew to a "pineapple pitcher" there's no shortage of libations here to satisfy anyone in your crew.
Steel Hands Brewing
At Steel Hands in Cayce, the beer is nice and cold, but you don’t have to be. A few well-placed fire pits in the outdoor area make it so you and your pups can come enjoy some fresh air and craft beer in comfort.
Thirsty Fellow’s porch is a beloved gathering place in town, any time of year. During the colder months, clear roll-down panels enclose the space and heaters keep things plenty warm while you fill up on stone-fired pizza, duck wings and gorgonzola potato chips.
Market on Main
At the corner of Main and Lady Streets it is hard to miss the big screen playing the big game or a movie favorite. Huddle into one of their igloos, or sit by a heater while devouring their truffle frites and sipping on a specialty cocktail (or mocktail). Bonus: You'll often find live music or karaoke on the stage here.
You had us at queso and margs, but the promise of an outdoor fireplace doesn’t hurt, either. The sizable patio at Cantina 76 on Devine Street keeps you out of the elements and in heated bliss as you eat Tres Hombres samplers ‘til your heart’s content.
Motor Supply Co. Bistro
If you worry about catching a wintry draft on Motor Supply’s enclosed patio, fear not. The entire space is temperature-controlled, making for the perfect date night and a cozy dining experience no matter how frightful the weather outside may be.
This "French-ish" restaurant knows the people want to see those river and city skyline views year-round, so Black Rooster has added heaters so guests can keep sipping through the seasons. Merci.
River Rat Brewery
River Rat’s outdoor spaces are equipped with fans and misters for when it’s hot out for the better part of the year, but they’re also prepared with heaters for when the temps do drop. How fitting that one of their beers is named the Winter Warmer!
Kao Thai Cuisine
Order up some tasty Thai eats and select your preferred level of spice that’s sure to keep you warm on the inside while the heaters on Kao Thai’s patio do their job to keep you warm on the outside. Now that’s what we call a win-win.
How do you prefer to have your steak? Why, out on the Halls Chophouse patio with views of the SC State House, of course! Enjoy tender cuts and hearty sides (lobster mac and cheese and brussels, anyone?) for an elevated experience out in the evening air.
Za’s on Devine
The only thing warmer than the cheesy, crispy, brick oven pizza being served up at Za’s on Devine is their patio. Roll-up enclosures keep the cold weather out and a heater maintains a perfectly pleasant pizza-eating atmosphere.