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