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10 Cozy Outdoor Winter Dining Options Around Columbus

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but it’s getting kind of cold outside.

I’m sure we’ve still got some random warmish days ahead, but for the most part, we’re well on our way to winter. If you’re not ready to give up restaurant life, but you’re hoping to stay outside, you are in luck.

Columbus has some unique outdoor dining options that will take the edge off that winter weather and give you a chance for a date night or dinner out with the family.

VASO Dublin

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VASO, the stunning rooftop lounge in Dublin, has been using igloos in the winter for a few years now, so you can bet that you’ll have incredible service if you schedule some time in these cozy, photo-worthy bubbles. Prices vary depending on what day of the week you’re visiting, and you should always check VASO’s social media, since they occasionally run discounts.
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Lumin Skybar

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With sweeping views of downtown Columbus, the Igloo Experience at Lumin Skybar is truly next level. This is certainly one of the pricier options, but it also feels extra glamorous. Igloo Reservations can hold up to six guests maximum and require a food and beverage minimum.
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Land-Grant’s Winter Garden

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There’s nowhere doing winter quite like Land-Grant. From cozy igloos to curling lanes to ice bumper cars, a winter evening at Land-Grant is the way to go if you’re looking for a little fun. The Igloos can be rented separately from the curling and bumper cars if you’d like, but you might was well go all in if you’re heading out anyway!
More info: Land-Grant’s Winter Garden

READ MORE: Land-Grant’s Wintergarden Offers Ice Bumper Cars, Igloos, And Brewery Curling ❄️


patio at understory in winter
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At Understory, you can drink and dine from the comfort of your very own greenhouse. For groups that are 6 or fewer, you can reserve a festively decorated greenhouse for a flat fee of $40, which also includes a dedicated server for two hours. The greenhouses are all furnished with an electric heater, seating for 6, blankets and pillows, and music.
More info: Understory Heated Greenhouses


igloo on patio
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Step into a winter wonderland with the Snow Globe Experience at HillGarten. The globes are $79 for two hours and they seat up to 8, so get the whole squad together. Cozy vibes, heaters, and a friendly server included. No smoking; just good times.
More info: HillGarten Snow Globes

Emmett’s Cafe

Emmett’s Cafe may not have a fancy tent, but they do have a ton of heaters. The patio stays decently warm and it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat if you’re looking for a more outdoor “outdoor dining experience” than a tent or dome can offer.
More info: Emmett’s Cafe

READ MORE: Emmett’s Cafe Has Chill Vibes, Delicious Eats, And A Heated Patio

Gemüt Biergarten

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The delicious beer at Gemüt Biergarten will certainly warm you up, but the incredible covered patio will leave you positively toasty. The food at Gemüt is so good that I’d probably volunteer to eat it in the middle of a blizzard, but luckily, I don’t have to.
More info: Gemüt Biergarten


BrewDog’s Polar Patios are a pretty fantastic way to enjoy a beer this winter. Your reservation includes a toasty igloo plus deals on food and drinks. You can make a reservation at the DogTap, Franklinton, and New Albany locations and prices start at $20.
More info: BrewDog Polar Patios

Budd Dairy Food Hall

budd dairy food hall heated patio
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Budd Dairy’s rooftop patio is a giant tent and it’s awesome, so it’s definitely making this list. It’s toasty and warm and the perfect place for a large group, since there are so many options to choose from in the Food Hall itself.
More info: Budd Dairy Food Hall

Jackie O’s

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Jackie O’s on 4th is my favorite addition to this city’s beer scene in a very long time. The drinks are amazing, the location is superb, and now they’ve added cozy little igloos into the mix?! Guests can reserve the garden igloos on the mezzanine level. Each one can seat up to 6 guests and they come with blankets, a space heater, a bluetooth speaker, and seating in front of the large outdoor televisions. Reservations can be made either in person or by emailing
More info: Jackie O’s

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