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Best York area bars for outdoor seating

After a long day in the office, not much sounds more refreshing than a cool beverage on an outdoor patio. Loosen that tie and lose the cardigan — it's time to hit up the best sunset bars that York County has to offer.

Bogey Macaws in York Township has offered sunset views to diners since the deck opened in 2012. The deck is a great destination for parents who want their kids to be entertained in the family event center, or couples looking for a nice view and a meal, said Joey McWilliams, restaurant manager.

The bar features 16 rotating beers on tap as well as a soon-to-be updated happy hour menu. The patio also will feature Thursday open mic night — a first step in offering entertainment, McWilliams said.

While the deck is weather permitting, the bar is open rain or shine and offers wide open views of the golf course below.

York County diners who work and live downtown can make their way to several bars that offer open air dining, including the Waterway Bar and Grill, 220 W. Philadelphia St.

"I love just walking here and knowing I can find a table outside," said Patty Nelson, a nearby resident who frequents the bar.

Waterway features daily food and drink specials, First Friday events and live music numerous times a week. Try one of the bar's famous pitchers and enjoy the views of the Codorus Creek on the outdoor patio.

If you'd rather get lost in nature, The Cove in Spring Garden Township offers outdoor seating on its back deck. A small bridge connecting the parking lot and restaurant hovers over a flowing creek. The view of the woods behind the bar also helps patrons feel secluded.

"I like going for a hike and hitting up the bar for a drink and burger afterward," said Jim Jessup of Spring Garden Township. "It's nice on the weekends because we might even ride the motorcycles out to see a band."

No matter where you are in York County, there are outdoor seating options to help diners unwind and enjoy the view.

Check out this list of other outdoor bar options:

Bogey Macaws: 601 Chestnut Hill Road, York Township, 747-9663, Sixteen draft beers and Thursday open mic nights.

Boomerang Bar and Grill: 110 Limekiln Road, Fairview Township, 920-3627, Deck specials and live music featured just about every night.

Brickyard Tavern: 748 S. Albemarle St., Spring Garden Township, 854-8739, Live music on the deck from 4-8 p.m. Sundays.

The Cove: 1500 S. George St., Spring Garden Township, 793-3771, Deck seats 80. Live entertainment Thursdays.

Corner Stables: 2575 S. Queen St., York, 741-4320,

Crimson American Grill: 1839 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township, 793-3605, Partially covered patio seats 85.

Eagle's Nest: 2519 Mt. Rose Ave., Springettsbury Township, 755-8095, Deck gives beautiful views of the valley below. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fat Daddy's: 2510 E. Market St., Springettsbury Township, 755-8843, Patio open year-round. DJs Fridays and Sundays. Acoustic acts 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays for "Fun in the Sundays."

Mountainview Food and Spirits at Roundtop Mountain Resort: 925 Roundtop Road, Warrington Township, 432-9631, Deck seats 100 and is open May through September. Live entertainment occasionally on Fridays and Saturdays.

Glen Rock Mill Inn: 50 Water St., Glen Rock, 235-5918, Deck seats 80.

Goofy's Eatery and Spirits: 5965 York Road, North Codorus Township, 225-9909. Covered deck open year-round plus a new pavilion. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of September.

Granfalloon's Tavern: 41 E. Princess St., York, 843-5450, Uncovered deck open year-round. Bartender available outside beginning at the end of May.

Knickers Pub: 2700 Mount Rose Ave., Springettsbury Township, 755-0123, Partially covered patio seats 175 and features a fire pit, TVs, a stage and an outdoor bar.

Mudhook Brewing Company: 34 N. Cherry Lane, York, 747-3605, Covered deck seats up to 40.

Stone Grill & Tap House: 204 St. Charles Way, York Township, 741-1159, Outdoor patio is open year-round and features the bar's 30 rotating taps and wood-fired pizzas.

The Hop: 333 Arsenal Road, Manchester Township, 854-2028, Partially covered deck seats 125 and features a gazebo and a restored '50s gas pump that serves beer.

Victor's Italian Restaurant: 554 S. Ogontz St., Spring Garden Township, 854-7958, Patio seats 20.

Waterway Bar and Grill: 220 W. Philadelphia St., York, 848-8898, Partially covered deck seats 100.

White Rose Bar & Grill: 48 N. Beaver St., York, 848-5369, Philadelphia Street bar offers open air seating and glass atrium offers open air dining when weather is permitting.

Wyndridge Farm: 885 S. Pleasant Ave., Dallastown,

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