If you’re like me, you love coming home after a night on the town soaked in cigarette smoke, with a cough reminiscent of a barking seal’s mating call. In case your sarcasm meter is turned off, coming home after sitting in a smoky bar all night can be a drag. (See what I did there?) I somewhat recently quit smoking, but still enjoy hanging out with friends at local watering holes. (Converts are the most zealous, right?) As a man about town, I’ve noticed a surprising and cool trend recently: more bars are going non-smoking.
As a public service to other non-smokers who also like to enjoy adult beverages at local taverns, I thought I’d compile a short list of non-smoking bars. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but just the places I find myself visiting on an occasional (every) weekend night. All of these places allow smoking on the patio.
Malone’s Pub (1303 Calhoun St.)
It’s a dying breed: a laid back bar-bar full of grown ups. The drinks are cheap, the service is fantastic, the jukebox is second to none, and there’s even a decent bar food menu.
The Usual (1408 W. Magnolia Ave.)
The prohibition-era cocktail lounge is swanky and pricey, but there’s nothing else like it in town. Also, the taco truck parked behind the place (Holy Frijoles! Food Truck) serves until 2 a.m.
Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub (1001 W. Magnolia Ave.)
For you craft beer nerds, this place has a great selection. The menu of mostly pizza is fantastic, and the kitchen stays open until 1 a.m.
Barcadia (816 Matisse Dr.)
Do you ever wish that bars were more like your middle school sleepovers, with non-stop video game playing and junk food? Then Barcadia is your place. The walls are lined with ‘80s-era video games, the kitchen serves outstanding bar/comfort food, and the drinks are priced fairly.
The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (1311 Lipscomb St.)
Unless you’re going to see a band, the patio is the main attraction of this place. But if you’re in the mood to curl up by a fire and enjoy one of the many craft beers the bar offers, there’s no smoking in the lounge.
I know I’ve missed a few, so feel free to comment below and add to the list.