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100+ Top Bars: Outdoor Drinking

Air conditioning is nice, but a cool drink is another way to beat the heat while enjoying summer breezes in one of these bars' courtyards or patios


Balcony Bar and Cafe
The Balcony Bar is two bars in one. There's a large selection of beers on tap downstairs, and the second floor features another bar and table seating inside and on a long wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine and Harmony streets.  3201 Magazine St., (504) 894-8888

Blind Pelican
In the Lower Garden District, the Blind Pelican features seating in the patio on St. Charles Avenue and shaded side galleys. The bar features more than 30 draft beers, including Louisiana brews and imports. 1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9398;

The Bulldog
Both Bulldogs have a casual pub ambience and a wide selection of bottled and draft beer including Louisiana brews and beers from around the world. Both also have ample seating on fenced-in patios. 3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191;, @Bulldog_Uptown, @Bulldog_MidCity

Columns Hotel
The veranda at the Columns Hotel offers picturesque views of St. Charles Avenue and cool breezes. There's also plenty of space inside at the Victorian Lounge Bar.  3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308;, @TheColumnsHotel

Delachaise is known for its selection of wines, with many available by the glass, and its gourmet small plates, but there also is outdoor seating in a small fenced-in patio overlooking St. Charles Avenue.  3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858;

Jughead's Patio Bar & Grille
One might not guess there's a back patio when looking at the unassuming exterior of this Bywater cheese steak specialist, but there's a craft cocktail bar and seating in the partially covered courtyard.  801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411;, @JugheadNOLA

Mojito's Rum Bar
Mojito's mixes cocktails with roughly 40 rums from around the Caribbean and Latin America. Enjoy one in the lush and spacious brick courtyard behind the restaurant. 437 Esplanade Ave., (504) 252-4800;, @MojitosNOLA

Pat O'Brien's
There are several bars at Pat O's, but many patrons choose to drink at tables surrounding the flaming fountain in the large courtyard. Service staff in green jackets deftly maneuver the crowds with trays full of Hurricanes in signature hourglass-shaped glasses.  624 Bourbon St., 718 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4823;, @PatOBriensBar

The Velvet Cactus
There's plenty of seating on the spacious brick patio in front of this bar and cantina. There are cocktail and margarita menus and a deep list of tequilas and Mexican beers.  6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;

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