Best Outdoor Seating: Blue Pit BBQ

1601 Union Ave., (443) 948-5590, bluepitbbq.com

Sure, there’s fancier outdoor seating around the city, most of which is much closer to the harbor, but when we wanna steer clear of the tourists and feel like we’re drinking in a neighbors back patio instead of a swank restaurant, we’ll take Blue Pit’s patio any day. Part DIY beer garden, part communal picnic, this outdoor space is simply made up of two long communal rows of picnic tables filled with friendly folks enjoying beer, barbecue, and bourbon under the soft glow of the bulbed strands of lights that crisscross overhead. Bonus: Dogs are welcome and only add to the neighborhood cookout vibe we love about the place.

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