Zero Chill: Heated Patios in Columbia SC
Monday, January 13, 2020 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 brand-new fire pits and stay a while.
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.
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.
Rooftop Lounge at Sheraton
On the 18th floor of the Sheraton Hotel on Main Street, soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of Columbia SC without freezing in the process. The biting winds are kept at bay with heaters so you can stay toasty and stay toasting all night long.
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 a cozy dining experience no matter how frightful the weather outside may be.
The newest rooftop in town knows the people want to see those river and city skyline views year-round, so Black Rooster recently 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, of course! Enjoy tender cuts and hearty sides (lobster mac and cheese and brussels, anyone?) for an elevated experience out in the evening air.
You can always count on Bone-In to bring the fun. Sure, their patio offers the practicality of heaters and a fire pit, but also the added delight of s’mores kits to make the most of the chilly nights and the roaring fire.
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.