Even before a pandemic made dining outside the thing to do, it's been one of my favorite things to do in Downtown Champaign. We have a few go-to spots for this, and one of them is Hamilton Walker's.

On a summer Friday night, now that Friday Night Live is back in action, it's a primo location to hear some music, people watch, and sip a cocktail or glass of wine. I went with a lovely Pinot this time instead of my usual selection from their stellar cocktail menu, but if you're looking for something new to try, Alyssa offered her review of their Champagne Cocktail in her Five Things article this month.

Reservations are recommended, and you can add a note saying you'd like an outdoor table. Keep an eye on the Friday Night Live Facebook page to see the music line up for this Friday.

Hamilton Walker's
201 North Neil Street
Champaign
W-Th 4 to 8 p.m.
Fr-Sa 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Su 4 to 8 p.m.

Top photo by Julie McClure.