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Patio Season in Peoria: All Our Favorite Spots to Enjoy the Weather

Crafted DIY Studio and Bar (Did you know we have a Craftyard?)

You may have met us in the winter, as a warm, welcoming haven from the snow. Now that it's spring we'd like to re-introduce ourselves! Did you know that not only can you enjoy our fresh, made-from-scratch, cocktails outside - you can also craft in the back Caftyard!? Sip and take in the hubbub of the Warehouse District in front, or head to the back for a more relaxed atmosphere. You can also enjoy the natural light inside the studio if allergy season is hitting a little too hard for fresh air. Reserve now to save a spot!


This staff favorite has indoor and outdoor seating, with the wonderful fresh air vibe of the Riverfront. They offer artisanal pastries, coffee, and share our from-scratch values. Open every day 7am-2pm, Ardor makes for a great start to a day of exploring what Peoria has to offer! Get any of their fantastic food options to enjoy right away, like the griddled cheese or an avocado tartine. Before you leave grab a loaf to take home and enjoy, well, all day if you're anything like me.


You may have already enjoyed some Bearded Owl offerings at Crafted, we have a rotating selection of these delightful craft beers on tap. Did you know you can try their full selection just a hop skip and a jump away? They've even got outdoor seating to soak up the sun. Bearded Owl's beers are made in small batches, so if you haven't been in a while, there's always something new. If you're downtown on Sunday, stop by Bearded Owl for "Sunday Funday" to enjoy board games, food, and more!


Patio season, bonfire season, po-tay-to po-tah-to? If a cozy evening by the fire sounds like your cup of tea, check out Cyd's in Donovan Park. This modern café feels like an escape from city life, but it's conveniently close-by! Open Monday through Friday, Cyd's offers a variety of modern takes on café food. Enjoy their covered patio, or take respite inside after a day in the park. Reserve a table to save your spot at this busy local destination!


It's a rooftop, is that cheating? No evening in Peoria Heights is complete without a stop by The 12Bar and Lounge. Offering live music, rooftop views, and cocktails, this spot makes for the perfect date night. This bustling spot has a beautiful indoor bar that opens onto a rooftop patio. Fires and string lights make it sparkle at night, or enjoy the big blue skies during the day.

Need more recomendations?

Our Craftenders compiled this list, so stop in and chat to us for even more personal recommendations!

Crafted DIY Studio's friendly atmosphere is the perfect jumping-off point to discover all that Peoria has to offer.

With something for everyone from craft cocktails and mocktails, to DIYs and crafts for all skill levels, you'll surely enjoy spending a good weather day with us this spring!

Walk-ins are always welcome, but we recommend reserving a table as we have limited seating available for crafting.

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