Brilliant Stories

On the Patio

February 17, 2021

There’s something special about dining al fresco with the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambience. Our downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy with social distancing, but these iconic patios provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.

Esquire Lounge

The original outdoor patio in downtown Champaign, Esquire Lounge’s outdoor dining is highly sought after in the summer as the work day ends and the happy hour begins. We suggest their housemade pineapple margaritas on a warm summer day.

Blind Pig Brewery

One of the most photographed spots in the community, the Blind Pig beer garden is the place to be during the evening. Grab food from any one of the surrounding restaurants and enjoy a cold, local brew with friends under the patio lights.

Crane Alley

This gastropub in downtown Urbana has a charming alley filled with outdoor seats, perfect to enjoy their many craft brews alongside their elevated pub food.

Big Grove Tavern

Off One Main Plaza in downtown Champaign, Big Grove Tavern is the perfect spot to catch live music during Friday Night Live in the summer, or for a casual date night.


A truly outside of ordinary spot, the Sipyard is located in an alleyway in downtown Urbana, decked out in graffiti with local beers served from shipping crates. Catch live music in this location, or just catch-up with friends in this photo-friendly spot.


Ready to dine out?

As the weather warms, start planning your night out on the patio. Check out our Experience Guide for all there is to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, then plan your visit!

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