As we all start poking our heads out of our pandemic hidey holes, I’ll be on the lookout for fun ways to gather with friends at local bars, restaurants and other venues. Drake’s: The Barn in West Sac is a great choice because it offers a ton of outdoor seating at picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and old-timey lawn chairs that you can pick up and move if you want a bit of social distance from other groups. The fire pits are always a hot commodity at The Barn, and now you can claim one before you go. All you have to do is reserve a table on Yelp and request a fire pit in the “notes” box on the online reservation form. You’ll get a minimum two-hour reservation for eight people max at $15 per hour. Drake’s serves pizza, ribs and more, along with more than 25 beers on tap, plus wine and cocktails. For more information, go to https://drinkdrakes.com/places/the-barn/reservations/.