Patio dining is the perfect way to support many of Bowling Green's unique, local restaurants and have more room to spread out. From fine dining and brunch to pizza and hot dogs, you'll find the perfect patio to fuel up during your BGKY adventure. Check out our list of 13 of our favorites restaurant patios and get some ideas for good eats when you get there. We even have a few honorable mentions. 

440 Main/Micki's on Main  

Enjoy Happy Hour with a cocktail and appetizer in this classic BGKY restaurant overlooking historic Fountain Square Park. What to try: Cajun spring rolls. 440 has a great wine menu to pair with your appetizer or meal. 

6.4.3

This popular sports bar has a huge patio and large beer selection — perfect for game night. What to try: The Dude Burger and sidewinder fries. Start with some pretzel bites, served with 6.4.3's house made beer cheese. 

The Bistro

This popular eatery, nestled in a historic, downtown home on College Street, features the perfect patio for Sunday brunch. What to try: Artesian Hot Brown. The Bistro has a large selection of mimosas and Bloody Marys, as well. Visit its sister restaurant, Pub by Novo, for another eclectic and delicious menu. 

Boyce General Store

This family-owned favorite has an extensive patio and is open Friday evenings and Saturdays for breakfast and lunch. What to try: Catfish, fries and hushpuppies (Fridays only). Don't forget a mini-pie or two from the Pie Queen of Bowling Green while you're there. 

Double Dogs (pictured above) 

This popular sports bar is one where you can also bring your favorite four-legged friend to the patio. But don't be intimidated by the barks from the doghouse near the entrance! What to try: Bo's Dog Bowl Nachos. You'll also find an extensive hot dog menu, of course. Check out its sister restaurant, Corner Bakery, for some lighter fare. 

Hickory & Oak

One of BG's newest restaurants, cozy up on Hickory & Oak's patio, featuring fire pits that are perfect for fall, outdoor dining. What to try: Prime NY Strip (from local butcher Rian's Fatted Calf) with Brussels sprouts. Pair it with one of the bourbons from their extensive selection.

Lost River Pizza 

Enjoy Lost River Pizza's expanded patio — and expanded offerings, which now include barbecue. What to try: The Big Grizzly (supreme pizza). You'll find the perfect beer to go with your pizza or barbecue, if you choose. 

Mariah's 

This Bowling Green original's patio overlooks the Bowling Green Ballpark and SOKY Marketplace. What to try: Bourbon-glazed salmon with a house salad featuring Mariah's signature fried, black-eyed peas. But leave room for dessert — Galaxy Pie. 

 Mellow Mushroom 

Have a slice or two on Mellow Mushroom's patio complete with fire pits that overlooks Chestnut Street. What to try: Kosmic Karma pizza. Start your meal with the spinach artichoke dip, and if you're so inclined, something off the extensive craft beer menu.

Rafferty's

Experience a favorite of Bowling Green's residents with a meal on the patio complete with large sun shades. What to try: Kona chicken paired with broccoli and a baked sweet potato. Still hungry? Try the Apple Walnut Crunch for dessert. 

Roosters 

This family-friendly sports bar's patio is the perfect place to spread out and catch your favorite sporting event. What to try: Warm up with Roosters' homemade chili or Rooster Noodle Soup with a fresh-baked sub. Start with some fried pickles or mac 'n cheese bites. 

Spillway Bar & Grill

Known for having the best wings in town, Spillway has a large patio overlooking its corn hole boards. What to try: The wings, of course! Pair it with a brew or cocktail, and hopefully you can enjoy some live music while there. 

Wild Eggs

Get brunch any day of the week and enjoy it in Wild Eggs' outdoor seating area. What to try: Surfer Girl Omelette with potatoes and a blueberry muffin. Make sure to try the Coffee of the Day — a recent feature was Pumpkin Hazelnut. 

Honorable mentions: Blue Holler Brew Supplies (food trucks often available), El Mazatlan, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, Chuy's, Burger+Bowl, Funky Bean BG

After all this eating, you may need to book a night or two at one of our clean hotels so that you have more time to explore our great city. Be sure to stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter, and you can also request a FREE visitors guide to help plan your trip.