The weather has taken a turn for the gorgeous, and as much as we love a dark, wood-paneled, old-man bar when the time calls for it, spring and summer are for patio drinking. These spots are a few of our favorite places to imbibe outside.
Always attracting a bustling crowd, the large backyard of E.R.B. boasts tons of spots to sit while enjoying your wine and cocktails—and, of course, that famous burger. If you get restless, try your hand on the bocce court. 1936 E. 7th St., Arts District
This 1941 example of the vintage programmatic architecture movement is a bar inside a giant booze-aging barrel. Totally revamped in 2015, it now features a large, Southern-accented patio. (Oh, and not to brag, but L.A. Mag‘s own house historian Chris Nichols was instrumental in preserving Idle Hour’s historic structure.) 4824 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
One of the best new drinking (and brunching, but aren’t they kind of related?) spots on the Westside, Neighbor is all about that pretty patio life. Order a cocktail or glass of rosé and lean back into a lounge chair for a spell. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
One cannot even have a conversation about L.A. patios without acknowledging Big Bar and Alcove. The wrap-around garden-patio is beautiful, and Cari Hah oversees a bar program that is among the most creative and fun in the city. 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Salazar might have the most famous patio in Frogtown, but you’ll often find us grabbing a drink just around the corner at this (not so) hidden gem. The low-key patio is a favorite spot for catching up with friends. 2478 Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
Chris Burden’s Urban Light, weekly jazz concerts, great bar food, and a whole museum to explore (if you get there before 5 p.m.). Stark Bar is a perfect spot for wrapping up a LACMA visit, but can also be enjoyed by just walking up to the plaza, no admission required. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The Rose attempts to do a lot of things, but somehow pulls them all off well. Find a spot on the large, covered back patio to enjoy a drink, a meal, or an all-day lounge. 220 Rose Ave., Venice
With drinks served from converted vintage Airstream-style trailers, long beer garden tables, and planters full of cacti, many say Resident’s welcoming patio reminds them of Austin, Texas, but we say it’s perfectly L.A. 428 S. Hewitt St., Arts District
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