SKIP THE STEAK­HOUSE

The bad news: You’re en­ter­tain­ing clients. The good news: You’ve picked one of these five alfresco spots for wheel­ing and deal­ing, so the night will feel a bit less work­like. ——Evan S. Benn

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WASH­ING­TON, D.C. The Dab­ney

The 12-seat pa­tio is the best perch from which to en­joy chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s mid-Atlantic-minded dishes, such as smoked cat­fish dip ($10) spiked with ched­dar from a Mary­land cream­ery. thed­ab­ney.com

MI­AMI Pawn Bro­ker

Go to the roof of down­town Mi­ami’s busi­ness-friendly Lang­ford ho­tel to find the Pawn Bro­ker, a speakeasy from lo­cal restau­ra­teurs the Pubbelly Boys. Toast clients with the Rin­con ($14), a po­tent ode to Puerto Rico, made with Don Q Cristal rum, house­made co­conut liqueur, lime, mint, and bit­ters. pawn­bro­ker mi­ami.com

SAN FRAN­CISCO El Te­cho

The rooftop restau­rant is a Mis­sion Dis­trict des­ti­na­tion for hack­ers, hip­sters, and ex­ec­u­tives alike. Get your net­work­ing in over happy hour spe­cials such as beef em­panadas and pollo

frito ($5), flights of rosé or white wine ($11), and mar­gar­i­tas ($7). el­te­chosf.com

NASHVILLE The Band Box

Need to im­press sports fans? Treat them to nine in­nings with the mi­nor league Nashville Sounds, then head to this gourmet sports bar for postgame re­fresh­ments—say, a whiskey and Coke icee ($10) and a Korean fried-chicken sand­wich with sorghum-Tabasco glaze and dill-but­ter­milk sauce ($9). the­band­box­nashville.com

NEW OR­LEANS Shaya

Alon Shaya’s mod­ern Is­raeli eatery isn’t a se­cret: It won the 2016 James Beard Award for best new restau­rant. Less known: It’s one of the city’s top spots for up­scale pa­tio din­ing. Try the pick­led ramps while they’re in sea­son, with tabouleh and any num­ber of other tra­di­tional Is­raeli sal­ads and spreads (three for $15). sha­yarestau­rant.com

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