• Camille Renner

Gaston Outdoor Dining—27 Warm and Spacious Patios to Enjoy this Winter

Although we are in the throes of the winter months, there are still plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and play outdoors in Gaston County—and stay warm doing it.

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

This is your guide to social-distanced and heated patios thanks to our county's creative local bars and restaurants. Whether you want to go out for the first date night you've had in months, take the whole family out to eat or meet a friend for drinks, these businesses have got you covered.


Barrister's at the Esquire Hotel

Photo Courtesy of The Esquire Hotel

168 W. Main Ave., Gastonia

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

(Patio heated)


Looking for a perfect date night spot? Barrister's features delicious cocktails and locally sourced menu items. Their patio, with its beautiful iron gate and climbing vines on the exterior walls, is a romantic spot to impress your date, too.


Belmont Specialty Foods

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

35 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

(Patio heated)


Need a new lunch spot? Enjoy a deli sandwich, fresh-sliced meat and cheese and bottled soda on the Belmont Specialty Food's patio. Try their famous Rueben and finish with some soft serve ice cream.


The Bottle Tree

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

102 Davis St., Belmont

Wednesday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday Brunch 11 a.m–3 p.m., Saturday Dinner 5 p.m. –10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

(Patio heated)


Rain or shine, The Bottle Tree has a beautiful, vibrant outdoor space equipped with multiple bonfire-pits, fireplaces, and heaters. This restaurant features seasonal Southern fare and unique cocktails which make for a special dining experience.


Cavendish Brewing Company

DeLauren Everett, Gaston Outside

207 N. Chester St., Gastonia

Monday-Tuesday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

(Patio heated by request)


Whether you're hot off the trails or heading in for beer, wine or pizza, Cavendish Brewing Company's large outdoor space is perfect for those looking to play games, be outdoors and social distance. An added plus? Their award-winning beer selection.


Cherub’s Cafe

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

23 N. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


Cherub’s Cafe has taken its mission of providing employment opportunities for the differently-abled outdoors. Now you can enjoy one of their signature breakfast sandwiches, chicken salad croissant or a scoop of Tony’s ice cream on the green space adjacent to The Cotton Candy Factory (another business-for-good managed by Holy Angels).


Doffer’s Canteen

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

119 Center St., Cramerton

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Doffers spacious patio is the perfect place to relax and grab some tacos, sandwiches and beer—all while social distancing. A nice bonus to the scenery? A huge mural depicting the history of Cramerton.


Estia’s Kouzina

Photo Courtesy of Estia's Kouzina

609 N. Main St., Belmont

Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.


When Estia’s Kouzina opened in May of 2018, it brought both family-style Greek cuisine and the Greek tradition of outdoor dining to Gaston County. Their spacious patio is an excellent place to sample vibrant saganaki (flaming Greek cheese!), a hearty gyro plate or a delicious brunch.


The Everyday Market

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

7 S. Main St., Belmont

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Inspired by European cafes, The Everyday Market places an emphasis on community, with plenty of room to gather. They have fresh coffee, pastries, smoothies and wine to enjoy on their street-facing patio.


Floyd & Blackie's

Photo Courtesy of Chris Jolly

137 8th Ave., Cramerton

Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.


Floyd & Blackie's is the perfect place to start for a day of outdoor activities. Grab a coffee and one of their delicious pastry offerings to enjoy out on their patio. The shop is also right on the Goat Island Greenway if you wanna take a stroll on Gaston County's growing greenway system with your coffee.


Fryeday Coffee Roasters

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

106 E. 1st St. Unit B, Lowell

Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.- 7p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Patio heated)


This coffee shop features small batch specialty roasts along side decadent desserts and pastries and even bottles of wine to enjoy in store or at home. Their eclectic patio is the perfect spot to grab coffee with a friend.


Glenway Premium Pub

Camille Renner, Gaston Outside