As the weather cool, thoughts and plans take a turn for the outdoors — and nothing says autumn like drinking and dining outside. Plenty of Reno-area restaurants, pubs and bars are ready to take advantage of crisp fall nights with patios and decks prepped for an al fresco meal or evening drinks with friends. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere for a good old-fashioned barbecue, or a fancy evening under the stars, we’ve uncovered five local spots perfect for outdoor drinking and dining.

Brewer’s Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave.

This nano-brewery on the corner of Arlington and California has a large, uncovered patio, perfect for people-watching while you enjoy a menu of locally sourced dishes and brews. Brewer's Cabinet features house-brewed beers, as well as offerings from the local brewing community and pub fare like loaded tater tots (topped with a fried egg, bacon and tons of cheese), plus burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Campo, 50 N. Sierra St.

Campo’s locally-focused menu and location along the Truckee help it maintain its position as one of the most popular spots in town to dine al fresco. From brunch through dinner, Campo’s menu features items like crispy pig parts and offal offal for the more adventurous in your bunch, and easier bets like pizza, burgers and pasta. Campo aims to be a beautiful, comfortable gathering place for friends and family to dine, a goal made evident by a well-appointed outdoor patio. The restaurant also offers full wine, libations and spirits menus.

Pignic Pub & Patio, 235 Flint St.

BYOBBQ (bring your own barbecue) is the name of the game at Pignic, where you’re welcomed to bring your own food and grill on their large outdoor deck and community gathering area. Pignic offers a full mixed drink menu, and has meats, marinades and sides for purchase on premise for those who might fancy a spur-of-the-moment barbecue party. Be sure to check their events calendar, as Pignic has near-weekly parties, dinners and live music on the calendar.

SoDo, 275 Hill St.

Restaurant and bar SoDo, in the heart of the southern downtown district (hence their name), features a large, wraparound patio area, twinkle-lit and ready for dining outdoors on cool fall nights. Their proximity to theaters and museums makes SoDo a great stop before a night out. SoDo offers wine, beer, spirits, bar bites and a full menu with entrees like salmon, pasta and steak – and even a full wild boar rack.

Wild River Grille, 17 S. Virginia St.

Wild River Grille in the historic Riverside Hotel is known for its expansive patio overlooking the Truckee River. Locally-sourced ingredients help make up the restaurant's classic American menu, from appetizers like seared pork belly to filet mignon and seared duck breast. Wild River Grille takes full advantage of its location on the river and takes part in the Riverwalk District’s monthly wine walk, in addition to hosting musical events, dinners and more. Its location downtown makes it an easy walk to theaters and nightlife.

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