7 perfect spots for outdoor drinking in Loudoun County

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest,” Ernest Hemingway wrote in “A Moveable Feast.”

Spring, indeed, is here. And as we all know, Papa fancied a drink now and again. To Hem, the outdoors paired majestically with a frosty Cuba Libre or a bottle of Champagne.

Us Loudouners, we enjoy a drink, too. And with the turn of the season, and our county’s nightlife steadily coming on line, we take a look at the best spots to savor a beverage in the fresh air.

(Note: This list excludes wineries and breweries. We don’t have all week.)

Bungalow Lakehouse

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A sprawling and casual American eatery off Route 7 in Sterling, Bungalow offers a spacious patio and open “cigar bar.” Snag a shandy and daydream as you gaze off into the lake. http://www.bungalow4u.com/

Salamander Resort

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Whether it’s on the back patio couches or by the circular firepits on the grand lawn, a glass of Virginia wine at Middleburg’s Salamander is where you go to escape the daily grind. http://www.salamanderresort.com/

Vino 9 Market

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Truly a western Loudoun gem, located on Route 9, just north of Route 7 in Paeonian Springs, Vino 9 Market offers impressive wines by the bottle, craft beers and delicious meats, cheese and sandwiches. The outdoor courtyard is the perfect touch of country living in Loudoun. http://www.vino9market.com/

Smokehouse Live

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Country music aside, some barbecue washed down with the scary-good Redneck Grape Juice (sangria) on Smokehouse’s patio or wide open bar is one of the best ways to happy hour in Leesburg. http://smokehouse-live.com/

MacDowell Brew Kitchen

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Macdowell’s is downtown Leesburg’s go-to spot for a cold beer on a sun-splashed spring day. “The beach” or “Beermuda,” as it’s often referenced, is the closest thing Loudoun has to the Florida Keys. Belly up to the outdoor bar and savor small-town living. http://www.http://macdowellbrewkitchen.com

Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar

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The opened-up half of the bar and cushioned seating at Travinia provides for a comfortable, lounge setting at the Village at Leesburg. Make it a one-two stop at the Village with drinks at both Travinia and Smokehouse. http://www.traviniaitaliankitchen.com/travinia-leesburg-va.php

Parallel Wine and Whiskey Bar

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With heaps of outdoor seating, the revamped Parallel Wine and Whiskey Bar in Ashburn offers a seemingly endless list of wine and whiskey to go along with frequent live music and special events. http://www.parallelwinebistro.com/

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