Yes, we know we’re still in for some vicious cold snaps—the types that turn apricot blossoms into shriveled husks— but winter is in the rearview mirror and one’s mind naturally wanders to short skirts, T-shirts, and eating and drinking outside.
In advance of the impending workavoidance weather, here’s a roundup of the best patios for partying, posing, pastries and passing the time.
Euro patios with street-side élan: Anasazi Restaurant 113 Washington Ave., 988-3236 Have a margarita and watch the world go by.
Ecco Espresso and Gelato 105 E. Marcy St., 986-9778 A mishmash of hipsters and downtown professionals.
Café Paris 31 Burro Alley, 986-9162 Tables in the street and Parisian snacks.
Ze French Bistro 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 984-8500 Spy on good-looking tourists from behind your copy of SFR.
Urban patios with gourmet grit: Corazón 401 S. Guadalupe St., 983-4559 Grass-fed beef burgers in the Railyard District.
El Farol Restaurant 808 Canyon Road, 983-9912 Porch stoopin’ old-school style.
Mu Du Noodles 1494 Cerrillos Road, 983-1411 And you thought there were Dumpsters out back!
Santa Fe Capitol Grill 3462 Zafarano Drive, 471-6800 The bar windows open to the outdoors. Convenient.
Tune-Up Café 1115 Hickox St., 983-7060 See everyone and then some.
Patios with a view: The Bell Tower at La Fonda 100 E. San Francisco St., 982-5511 Pure bliss with the best vantage point in town.
Coyote Café/La Cantina 132 W. Water St., 983-1615 Do not throw limes at tourists. Seriously.
Marble Tap Room 60 E. San Francisco St., 989-3565 The Plaza almost looks real from here.
The Ore House on the Plaza 50 Lincoln Ave., 983-8687 The original Plaza overlook.
Chill patios for kicking it hard:
Aztec Café 317 Aztec St., 820-0025 Source of the term “patio daddio.”
Counter Culture Café 930 Baca St., 995-1105 Yeah, I was here for breakfast, too—what of it?
Cowgirl BBQ 319 S. Guadalupe St., 982-2565 Yes, I want a pitcher. No, I’m not meeting anyone.
Second Street Brewery 1814 Second St., 982-3030 Local brew flavor, triangle district cred.
Secret paradise patios for lying low: Aqua Santa 451 W. Alameda St., 982-6297 The perfect spot for a private party.
La Casa Sena 125 E. Palace Ave., 988-9232 No other courtyard comes close.
Los Mayas 409 W. Water St., 986-9930 Look, there’s Eve! And there’s a chile-smothered apple!
Ristra 548 Agua Fria St., 982-8608 Like eating in an orchard.
Santacafé 231 Washington Ave., 984-1788 Watch the ladies who lunch…lunch.
Sun-drenched patios for basking in your own glory: Guadalupe Café 422 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-9762 Chile in the sun? Hell yes!
Louie’s Corner Café 229 Galisteo St., 820-2253 A downtown time sink.
Restaurant Martín 526 Galisteo St., 820-0919 Um, wow. Any chance of hammocks?
A couple patios to dream about: The rooftop café at the New Mexico History Museum and the interior courtyard at Joel Coleman’s new project at the former Palace Restaurant.
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Anasazi chef Oliver Ridgeway is serving rose-poached-pear crme brlée and a “rose spike” Silver Coin margarita on the Euro patio in honor of Rosewood Resort’s 30 th Birthday.