A seasonal climate is one of Flagstaff’s most endearing qualities. Especially right now. Fall is that sweet spot, when days are just warm enough and evenings are just chilly enough. It’s the time of year when patio dining takes center stage. And, lucky for us, Flagstaff is crawling with fun, charming, rustic and Fido-friendly patios. Whether you’re looking for a beer, a burger or a good spot to people-watch, the diversity of Flagstaff’s patio scene serves just about every craving.
Beyond our own decks and walkout patios, and the relaxing patio at Pine Canyon’s clubhouse, here are a few of our favorites around town.
Root Public House takes patrons to a new elevation with its rooftop bar. The hip little joint is good for sips, small plates and brunch, whipped up using local, cage-free eggs.
The Toasted Owl is known for its crave-worthy breakfast options, which are served all day. Its eclectic décor and seating choices are an added bonus, as is the dog-friendly patio. The café’s menu is updated every three months and includes veggie, vegan and gluten-free selections.
Lumberyard Brewing Co., while close to the train tracks, is a no-brainer destination for outdoor dining. With a range of comfort food, burgers and seasonal brews, Lumberyard does not disappoint. And, as founders of Beaver Street Brewery, these guys know beer.
Late for the Train Coffee has curated a slew of certified addicts. Coffee fans are certifiably obsessed with Late for the Train, which was voted Best of Flagstaff in 2016. Beyond coffee and a cute patio, Late for the Train also serves sweet snacks and muffins.
MIX on the square is in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, attached to a collection of cool and quirky indoor shops and offers a great spot for people watching. It’s a fan favorite for sandwiches, salads and coffee.
Annex Cocktail Lounge believes every cocktail is a story, so be prepared for hand-crafted spirits. Go for the Churchill or the Shandy, and stay for the infectious outdoor vibe on the patio.
Mother Road Brewery is an old favorite of Pine Canyon residents, in part because the friendly brewers often take their show on the road to bring their suds to our community events. And, everyone likes the taste of that. Their patio, and their drafts, can’t be missed.