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Discover the Hidden Gems: The Ultimate Guide to Louisville's Best Patios for an Unforgettable Outdoor Experience

Discover the Hidden Gems: The Ultimate Guide to Louisville's Best Patios for an Unforgettable Outdoor Experience

Embark on a journey through Louisville's vibrant neighborhoods with J&D's guide to the city's best patios. Whether you're a local or a tourist, this blog post offers a curated selection of alfresco dining and drinking spots for a memorable experience. 

 At J&D we like to envision the perfect gift, and sometimes, the ideal present is a remarkable experience. What better gift could we extend than a delightful alfresco evening tailored to your inclinations for a memorable occasion? Our list of the best patios in Louisville is a comprehensive guide for locals and tourists alike, providing you with the knowledge to create your perfect outing. We may be biased, but we start our list in Nulu and take a tour of the greatest neighborhoods Louisville has to offer.  


Nouvelle- A wine bar with a wide selection of bottles, cocktails, and a small tasting menu.  Their meditative patio is like a little sanctuary that takes you away from the city streets and envelopes you in an intimate verdant setting.  214 South Clay Street Louisville, KY 40202

Garage Bar- A hustle and bustle bar with a social atmosphere. There are games and outdoor activities with small plates and bites that can be ordered at the bar.  The ideal spot if you want to party with a large group and maybe leave having met some new pals.  700 East Market Louisville, KY 40202

La Bodeguita- This restaurant patio has an enclosed and covered back deck to enjoy a tropical cocktail and delicious Cuban food.  A great spot if a good meal is your priority.  725 East Market Street Louisville, KY 40202

Guaca Mole Modern Mexican- Staff favorite of J&D, this restaurant’s rooftop patio has vibrant street art, eclectic seating, and amazing food to make you feel like you are in the middle of an energetic getaway. The spirited environment is sure to put you in a celebratory mood. Must have margaritas.  900 East Market Street Louisville, KY 40206

Nulu Marketplace- The courtyard in Nulu marketplace is a shared patio with the various businesses around the square.  This is the spot for you when you and your friends can’t agree, and need a little bit of everything.  823 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206

Hotel Genevieve- The rooftop bar at Hotel Genevieve serves bespoke cocktails in a seating area that is intimate for sipping in a chic, refined atmosphere.  Venture here if you want to feel like you are in an enclave all your own, surrounded by the city scape.  730 East Market Street Louisville, KY 40202

Quills- More than just a coffee shop, Quill’s patio has a casual and relaxed courtyard with caffeine in all its amalgams and breakfast staples like pastries and oatmeal. The perfect spot for a meeting, or a first date.  802 East Main Louisville, KY 40206

Lou Lou- A restaurant patio, and another one of J&D’s favorite places in Louisville for a quiet, green, immersed courtyard that is reminiscent of a dreamy secret garden-scape. Cruise over to this patio for an escape with close friends.  812 East Market Louisville, KY 40206

Gertie’s- Speakeasy swank and bespoke cocktails with a large selection of wines and drafts.  Head there if you are wanting a good stiff drink while being swept up in a bygone era.  821 East Market Street Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40206


TEN20 Craft Brewery- This Craft brewery offers a spacious patio with sports bar trappings and a seasonal beer list. In the exuberant Butchertown neighborhood, Ten20 sits within walking distance of several popular spots in town.  1020 E. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40206


Captains Quarters- A restaurant patio that sits on the Ohio for gorgeous river views, and a large patio to attract people who want to take in the scenery and lounge by the water.  5700 Captain's Quarters Rd Prospect, KY 40059

 The Pine Room- Two patios offer the best of both worlds at this quaint home converted into a restaurant.  The covered patio’s front porch style is reminiscent of Louisville’s Southern roots, complete with fans and outdoor heaters to extend the outdoor dining season.  A gravel patio presents a casual option with the full bar and dining menu available.  6325 River Rd, Harrods Creek, KY 40027

Oldham County

Third Turn Brewery- Want to feel like you are lounging on your patio, but better? Third Turn is a great place to meet a large group for ample seating and camaraderie. The beer selection and bourbon slushies are enough to keep you coming back for more.  6300 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, KY 40014

Bowman Field

Le Relais- A fine dining restaurant with an Art deco bar area, and a beautiful (more casual) patio with a view of the planes arriving and taking off from Bowman field. This is a unique patio with an original premise like very few experiences in Louisville.  2817 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Frankfort Ave.

Veranese- A restaurant with upscale dining and a breezy patio that opens to the indoor area. Jazz ensembles croon nightly layering the ambiance with mellow vibes.  2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Porcini’s- A taste of Italy in Louisville, this restaurant patio offers a sunkissed Tuscan feel complete with frescos and brick pavers.  Enjoy the weather while dining on upscale bites at a restaurant with a dreamy wine menu and plenty of digestifs.  2730 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Gallant Fox- This outdoor area is small but mighty, the patio sits on a cute side street and is first come first serve with local brews and tasty food truck eats.  2132 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 

Silver Dollar- Nothing pretentious here, the secluded brick patio has a juke joint attitude and an intimate vibe. The restaurant describes itself as honky tonk meets Southern California for some filling grub. Added bonus, dogs welcome!  1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

El Mundo- a cantina like outdoor space full of lush plants, and the vibe of being at a little island dive. The food is outstanding, and tequila flights compliment the Latin Island getaway energy.  Venture to El Mundo for early evening outings, as their hours are not conducive for late night hangs.  2345 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

St Matthews

Saints Pub & Sky Bar- Looking for the dive bar on the list?  Saints delivers with great pizza and bar food complete with tons of draft options. Saints provides a hub for night owls and a lively social scene.  131 Breckinridge Lane Saint Matthews, KY 40207

German Town

Monnik-  A microbrewery that serves german fare to go along with their rotating draft options. The modern patio is petite but well purposed. Great for a date night, or catching up with a few buddies.  1036 E Burnett Ave, Louisville, KY 40217


ROC- Feeling like dinner in the city? This covered patio gives you a taste of the Louisville city scene.  The authentic Italian menu offers fresh daily specials and a cocktail menu that will complete the alfresco ambiance.  1327 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204  

Nostalgic- A brand new establishment, serving dinner and imaginative cocktails with a classic french cafe feel to their patio. The stylish setting mixes the joy of the past with the best of what’s new.  1306 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204


Blind Squirrel- If you bring the party, then take yourself to the Blind Squirrel where the party mood is in full swing. Pick from their beach volleyball court, ample outdoor space, indoor golf, fire-pits, live music, or game day viewing areas. This bar patio defines lively.  592 N English Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40222     

Cheers to summer!