Get Cozy on These Wichita Heated Patios
It’s starting to feel more like spring in Wichita. The temperature is steadily climbing, but there’s still a bite to the air in the evening. Thankfully, some local bar and restaurant owners took the quirky Kansas weather to heart when they were designing their spaces. Get ready to kick your pent up cabin fever and relax on one of Wichita’s toasty heated patios.
Heaters and a giant selection of whiskey—it’s almost impossible to imagine that anyone could be chilly on Whiskey Dicks’ patio. The patio has a heated and non-heated section, so expect it to get a little cramped when it’s cool. Huddling together like a group of penguins will keep you warmer though, right?
Situated just south of Kellogg on Seneca, Whiskey Dicks offers one of the best weeknight happy hours in Wichita. What’s the best way to top of any happy hour? A fat, juicy burger. Whiskey Dicks has more than a handful to choose from and they’re all reasonably priced.
If downtown Wichita has a designated hole-in-the-wall local’s only joint, it’s Lucky’s Everyday. Located few steps east of Old Town, Lucky’s is a bit more laidback than most in Wichita’s bustling nightlife area.
Laidback definitely doesn’t mean quiet or boring though. Live music is a staple here and it fills up fast. Thankfully, Lucky’s has a large heated outdoor patio for patrons to spill out onto. The patio is definitely roomy and comfortable enough to spend hours arguing about who brews the best beer or who makes the best pizza in Wichita.
The Hill Bar and Grill
The Hill’s patio is one of the warmest you’ll find in the College Hill area of Wichita, as long as it’s not too windy. The Hill features an adequate beer and cocktail list and an expansive menu ranging from salads to pasta and pizzas.
If the thermometer looks like it’s going to be on the lower side and you want to sit outside, be sure to grab a seat as close to the heaters as you can. With nothing blocking the Douglas-facing windows, your comfort is at the mercy of the persistent Kansas winds.
Public at the Brickyard
Ah Public, the golden child of Wichita’s foodie scene. If you ever do a quick Google search for “Best Restaurants in Wichita,” this one is bound to be near, if not at the top of the list. It’s worth the hype too. Public showcases local brewers and farmers on their menu, so you know you’re getting some of the freshest Wichita has to offer.
Relaxing on Public’s patio is worth the trip itself. The cool thing is, you get to basically tour the whole restaurant on your way out there. Honestly, what’s more cozy than relaxing by a fire on the patio and receiving your check in an old book filled with notes from past patrons?
Mort's Cigar and Martini Bar
Mort’s might possibly be the king of Wichita’s patio scene. If you’ve been to Mort’s there’s a good chance you’ve never made it past the patio and into the actual establishment. The patio might be the warmest in Wichita too. Since Mort’s is pretty much all patio, they make sure it’s comfortable all year round.
Mort’s serves up over 160 different martinis, so you’ll probably need to take more than a few trips to find your favorite. Mort’s also features a decent selection of cigars and live music almost every night
As you head farther east through the mural-tastic Douglas Design District, you’ll eventually make your way to Harry’s Uptown. The bar has the reputation for pouring some of the stiffest drinks in the city and offers a menu with typical bar bites, like burgers, nachos and waffle fries.
Another party patio on this list, you’ll be lucky to grab a seat, even when it’s freezing outside. With the help of windscreens enclosing the patio on the exposed sides, the ceiling heaters keep it toasty, especially if you snag a spot right below them.
Dempsey's Burger Pub East
Easily the newest bar and restaurant on this list, the patio at Dempsey’s Burger Pub East is the bigger, brawnier brother of the College Hill location. Whereas you feel like you’re hanging out on your best friend’s porch at the College Hill location, Dempsey’s East features a fully enclosed, climate-controlled patio.
Like the patio, the menu here is bigger too, adding unique items like kettle corn, brussel sprouts, and fire fries.
This one is a bit difficult to find. If you’ve ever been wrapped around the block, waiting in line at the Central and Rock Chik-Fil-A, you may have noticed this tucked away neighborhood hangout.
Walt’s has a long, mostly enclosed outdoor patio with TVs on both ends, so you can watch your favorite teams play. Heaters on the wall run the length of the entire patio, so you don’t have to worry about the cold ruining your outing. Walt’s menu features typical American bar fare with daily food and drink specials.