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Heated and covered patios for outdoor dining in the Indianapolis-area

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:15:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Eating out will look a little different during these colder months as restaurants and bars get creative while everyone continues to social distance.

From heaters and firepits to igloos and greenhouses, there are several outdoor dining options that are keeping central Indiana restaurant-goers warm, safe, and properly distanced.

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Here’s an ongoing list of restaurants in the Indianapolis-area with patios suited for cold weather dining:

1718 Bates-Hendricks: A house-bar on the south side of Indianapolis has heaters on its patio. Check it out: 1718 S East St

Barringer's Tavern: On South Meridian, Barringer's Tavern has covered and heated patio seating. Check it out: 2535 S Meridian St

Baby's: This trendy burger joint on the near north side of Indy has a heated and covered patio with free-flowing air. Check it out: 2147 N Talbott St

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The patio at Baby's on Talbott Street.

Blind Owl Brewery: On the northeast side of the city this brewpub has a spacious, fenced-in patio with several heaters. Check it out: 5014 E 62nd St

Canal Bistro: Right off the canal in Broad Ripple this Mediterranean restaurant has blocked off all but one wall on its patio and heaters evenly spaced apart for patrons. Check it out: 6349 Guilford Ave

Chilly Water Brewing Company: The chic brewpub in Fountain Square is another joint with heaters right outside of its unit with patio seating. Check it out: 719 Virginia Ave

The Eagle: Mass Ave's chicken joint of choice has an enclosed patio bar that's typically first-come-first-serve. Check it out: 310 Massachusetts Ave

Festiva: Situated on East 16th Street, this Mexican-fare restaurant has been serving food on its heated patio for years. Check it out: 1217 E 16th St

Foundation Coffee Company: The coffee shop just celebrated its one-year anniversary and has "greenhouses" ready for two. Check it out: 4565 Marcy Ln

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The second-floor outdoor space at HC Tavern overlooking Fishers District with a three-seasons patio.

Harry & Izzy's: Both establishments on Indy's north side and downtown have heaters at the ready for outdoor seating. The north side location, however, also has a mostly-enclosed patio to block off wind and unwanted weather that features a bar. Check it out: 4050 E 82nd St or 153 Illinois St

HC Tavern: One of the latest additions to the Huse Culinary family was built with an enclosed patio that allows for air-circulation. Check it out: 9709 E 116th St

Juniper on Main: In Carmel, you'll find this bungalow serving southern coastal fare. Their pergola area has heaters, a fire pit, hot cocoa, and welcomes bring-your-own-blankets and your pups. Check it out: 110 E Main St

Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar: Plastic enclosures are now surrounding the entire patio at this French bistro spot in Broad Ripple. Check it out: 823 E Westfield Blvd

Public Greens: Monon Trail travelers have been passing the recently-installed "greenhouses" on the patio of this Patachou favorite. Each situated for a party of three (if you include your dog). Check it out: 900 E 64th St

The Tap: The downtown Indy craft beer joint has fireplaces outside for patrons. Check it out: 306 N Delaware St

Union Jack: Plastic bubbles fit for two can be found on the patio of this Broad Ripple pub. Check it out: 924 Broad Ripple Ave

Public Greens heated greenhouses right by the Monon Trail.

Urban Vines Winery: This Westfield hotspot has been winterizing its outdoor seating selection for years. Patrons of the winery and brewery can reserve igloos and firepits long into the snowy months. Check it out: 303 E 161st St

Just Wingin' It: Plastic enclosures have gone up at this family-friendly wing spot on the northwest side of Indy. Check it out: 7834 Michigan Rd

Woodys Library Restaurant: A classic dining spot in Carmel has recently installed coverage and heaters for its patio. Check it out: 40 E Main St

Urban Vines Winery & Brewery in Westfield has heated igloos and firepits patrons can reserve online for cold weather hangouts.

Please email Real-Time Digital Content Editor Shakkira Harris if you would like to have your business added to the list.