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June 17, 2020

Restaurants bring back music to their patios

Live performances are beginning again

The Artisan’s Palate is one of the restaurants that has expanded its patio due to Covid-19. Photo courtesy

Patio season is busier than ever this year, as most diners look to sit outside due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Restaurants are operating at 50 percent capacity inside, but recent legislation allows for expanded seating areas outside. As a result, patios are taking over parking spaces and sidewalks. Even with tightened budgets, restaurants are bringing back live music this summer for their outdoor diners to enjoy. Some restaurants popular for music on their patios — including Poplar, Pizza Peel, and Inizio — say they hope to bring back music this year, but don’t have a set timeline yet. Here’s where you can find performances already. —Kristen Wile

The Artisan’s Palate
Nearly each weekend brings live music to this new small plates restaurant between NoDa and Plaza Midwood. They’ve expanded their patio to the front of the restaurant, with live music on Friday or Saturday nights or Sunday brunch. Follow the restaurant on Facebook for the schedule.

Big Ben Pub
In the mornings, this South End mainstay gathers a bar crowd for soccer games. On Saturday evenings from 7 to 11 p.m., weather permitting, folks make their way to the patio for live music and fish and chips.

The Goodyear House
Enjoy live music under the shade of a 100-year-old tree on Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Goodyear House or the backyard Drunken Handyman bar. Follow The Goodyear House on Instagram to see who is playing each week.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
One of the most popular patios in town is back with live music, weather permitting, each Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Grab the whole family, order a beer and a brat, and settle in for the evening.

Plaza Midwood tap house and duckpin bowling spot hosts an outdoor party each Saturday, with live music on the patio and a food truck on premise. The celebrations begin at 7 p.m.

The Porter’s House
Waverly, the mixed-use development that includes The Porter’s House, has winding roads weaving through the property. The Porter’s House has taken advantage of all that extra pavement to expand their patio, with live music taking place on Wednesdays, weather permitting. 

Reid’s Fine Foods
The South Park location of Reid’s has a large patio with string lights and a stone fireplace, surrounded by greenery that hides the surrounding SouthPark Mall. Grab a table for live music on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

The space in between SouthBound and sister concept Mac’s Speed Shop, The Music Yard, will switch from standing-room-only to a drive-in music experience. Music begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays, and the stage is loud enough to be heard from the SouthBound patio.

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