Summer, Spirits and Scenery 11

This time of year it’s always fun to get outside to enjoy the weather, soak up some nature – and a favorite beverage or two. A great way to do that is to enjoy a cocktail on one of my favorite local restaurant patios! Franklin offers many treasures beyond this list, so no matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed some outdoor thrills!



9135 Carothers Parkway #100

The website boasts a ‘laid back, “come as you are” hangout’ and it’s the truth.  House rules call for patrons to ‘be nice’ and ‘walk out happy,’ and you certainly will after you enjoy some quick bites and a refreshing microbrew out on their welcoming patio.



553 Cool Springs Boulevard

I love this open-air patio, and being located in the heart of Cool Springs, it’s great for people watching! Legend has it, owner Bruce Drake couldn’t sleep one night, so he grabbed his keys and went out in search of a good burger, a decent beer and maybe even some good music all under one roof. To his surprise, that heavenly place did not exist. So he created it.



230 Franklin Road

The latest addition to the Franklin restaurant landscape, Mafiaoza’s features TWO outdoor areas – a rooftop patio and courtyard patio. Relax with a glass of wine from their award-winning list, or one of their 34 beers on tap. Or you can choose one of their specialty-handcrafted cocktails and toast to the delightful weather.



1143 Columbia Avenue

The Bunganut Pig is perhaps the oldest member of this list, having been born in 1986. Located off the beaten path, but just a half-mile from bustling downtown Franklin, “The Pig,” as it’s often called, has an impressive outdoor area. Shaded by a natural canopy of trees, patrons can enjoy a game of cornhole and listen to live music all while enjoying their favorite spirit.



101 Market Exchange Court

When you walk into Wild Ginger, you’ll immediately realize you want to be seated outside. While it deftly maintains a contemporary Cool Springs vibe, the outdoor patio is decidedly unique in that it overlooks a serene infinity pool! It’s a perfectly relaxing spot to choose from their trendy spirit menu and create an authentic experience.