The scene: B&B Restaurant and Bar is the kind of restaurant and bar where you're likely to run into a friend, a neighbor, or your college roommate, who now has a spouse and a baby. The ground-level patio was always a great spot to enjoy the restaurant's legendary fish tacos and a margarita (especially on Wednesdays, when they're $3.50), but when owner Brian Hobbs added a rooftop patio with its own bar, B&B became THE place to meet up with friends on a sunny day in Beaverdale. The patio has its own servers and a slightly smaller food menu than the restaurant.
The drinks: The martini list includes typical selections like appletini and lemon drop, plus a few tongue-in-cheek offerings like the "mantini" (beer and blue cheese-stuffed olives) and Love Potion (raspberry vodka, amaretto, peach Schnapps, cranberry and lime juices and a splash of Sprite). Beer and wine are also available, along with a full bar. I opted for the bar's specialty drink, the DeCarlo, a peachy-pink combination of Malibu Rum and fruit juices. Served in a pint glass, one DeCarlo should set you up for the night.
What we saw: A friend and I stopped by around 6 p.m. on a weekday, just after a few rain clouds had cleared. To get to the rooftop we walked through the restaurant and up a long flight of stairs. We had the patio to ourselves, except for two middle-aged women and their portable Scrabble board. However, on a recent evening the patio was packed with young professionals at a YPC networking event.
With its above-groud view and private bar, B&B's patio is like a little bit of Margaritaville in the middle of the city. Meet friends here to catch up over drinks and fillling food (like the B&B fries topped with gravy), but save the tequila shots for a party bar that's open later.