Patio Drinks, Anyone?

There's something about spring weather that screams, "Go have a drink on a patio!" 

Who am I do argue with that?

We've spent many-a-weekend afternoon sitting on local patios recently, sipping craft beers or cocktails and soaking up the Oklahoma sunshine. Below are a few of my favorite spots and a good go-to drink at each.

Power House
This place. I loooooove it. A part of the Historic Farmer's Market District, it is almost hidden and rarely crowded. It has a New Mexico feel to it; pueblo-ish decor with lights strung each and every way, succulents and cactuses planted all around and the occasional acoustic band playing in the corner. They are one of the few places in town that serves Casper White Stout, my all-time favorite beer. I've heard they have great margaritas and craft cocktails, but I wouldn't know.....I mean, I can't not order Casper.

The tiniest of bars right off Automobile Alley, Sidecar Barley + Wine Bar is open the street-side patio to give it an open air vibe. It has a more upscale feel to it, but shorts and flip flops are welcome. They serve delicious hor d'oeuvres along with upscale beverages (the smoked salmon is great). If you're in a wine mood, Love Drunk Rosé is the way to go (so classy). You also can't go wrong with the Cucumber Cutie cocktail, it is very refreshing, goes down way too smooth, and even uses frozen cucumber pieces as ice! For a desert drink, try the Toasted Marshmallow. It doesn't disappoint.

Pizzeria Gusto
Behind the restaurant you'll find a little courtyard complete with a fireplace and a vine-covered fence. It feels so private and hidden! The prices are stern but the cocktails are strong. If you like fresh-tasting drinks, order the Italia Mia - gin, lemon, mint, blackberries & simple syrup. Yes, please.

Sauced on Paseo
If you want to bring your dog / pet other people's dogs, this is the place to do it. It is super chill - cut offs and tanks are a-ok. FYI, some people here might not wear deodorant or wash their hair on a regular basis, but hey, to each his own. I always order the Woodchuck Pear Cider (on tap) which seems to go down way too easily on sunny afternoons. Also of note, their pizza by the slice makes for a tasty snack.

Other places of note:
Guyute's - full blog post here
Pump Bar - hipster heaven, dogs welcome, order the Milk Money or Black Betty
Oak & Ore - the best beer selection this side of the Red River (but very limited outdoor seating)
Pink Parrot Quail Creek - $3 Margaritas, FTW (but no patio)

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