Eat, drink and enjoy the music

The 2018 concert season kicks off May 30 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater with a spectacular singer-songwriter showcase featuring Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case.

While nothing beats seeing live music in person, catching the energy and sounds of the show while enjoying a meal and a drink along the Deschutes River isn’t a bad second option.

Here’s some recommendations for patio dining on Les Schwab Amphitheater concert nights:

At Anthony’s, you’ll enjoy riverfront dining and not one but three firepits to keep you warm and toasty as the sun sets. This is really important for early and late season shows when evening temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s.  Located near the pedestrian footbridge, Anthony’s patio offers spectacular views of the Deschutes and the Cascades.

Looking to take in the sunset with a great Northwest cab or red blend? Cozy up on Va Piano’s back patio which looks out over the river almost directly across from the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Call ahead on concert night as their wine club – which is phenomenal, by the way – usually has events centered around shows .

Now, if you’re thinking about a more elevated view, check out Level 2’s outdoor seating area above Saxon’s Fine Jewelers. You’ll enjoy some of the best drinks in town on their outdoor patio.

At Greg’s, fancy hot chocolates along the largest fire pit in the Old Mill District make for a great way to wind down with the family. Pastini and its two outdoor fireplace along the Deschutes also makes for a nice gathering spot with a crowd. In the same neighborhood, Flatbread offers outdoor seating and an indoor-outdoor fireplace that provides plenty of ambiance.

Farthest up river, south of the footbridge, is Red Robin and its wraparound deck. Diners can take in all the activity at the Old Mill District from Red Robin’s outdoor seating, including joggers and walkers on both sides of the river trail and the constant flow of kayakers and canoers during the warmer months. The perfect option for parents wanting to catch a little bit of music while the little ones have unlimited fries and milkshakes to keep them busy.

Finally, if you’re looking to be in the heart of the action on a concert night, grab your favorite espresso drink or even a craft beer from Strictly Organic and revel in the Old Mill District’s most active intersection.