It’s been a long winter, but the summer is finally here – and that means patio season! Whether you’re looking for a cool breeze during dinner, or the hottest outdoor party, we have your top Detroit destinations for enjoying your food and drinks al fresco.

The Skip
It’s not only the newest addition to the bar scene, it’s also the coolest patio in Detroit…partly because it’s all one big patio. Enjoy the outdoor feel, while being covered, in the event of rain. They have community seating for sharing drinks or individual tables for a nice date night. Beware of the frozen drinks, they are dangerously good and refreshing on these hot summer nights!
Located in The Belt Alleyway, @theskipdetroit

Gold Cash Gold
This place has taken Corktown by storm and it only gets better when the patio is open for business. Try a carefully concocted cocktail and their seasonal veggies and inspired dishes.
2100 Michigan Ave., 313-242-0770, goldcashgolddetroit.com

Detroit Beer Company
They’ve got tasty summer brews on tap and they’re within walking distance to Comerica Park. Try their Baseball Beer or go straight for their Peach Pit Wheat.
1529 Broadway St., 313-962-1529, detroitbeerco.com

Small Plates
They do dinner, dessert, brunch and drinks. Grab some Crab Cakes Benedict or try their house Bloody Mary mix before or after a game (or really any time they’re open).
1521 Broadway St., 313-963-0702, smallplates.com

The Fountain Detroit
They’re fresh on the scene and part of Detroit’s urban beach! They give Campus Martius grab-and-go options in addition to sandwiches, snacks and burgers. Did we mention the bubbly cocktails they keep on tap so they don’t keep you waiting?
800 Woodward Ave., 313-237-7778, fountaindetroit.com

Green Dot Stables
Sliders! Friends! Mystery meat! This Detroit classic features fast service and food options for carnivores and veggie lovers.
2200 W. Lafayette Boulevard, 313-962-5588, greendotstables.com

Slows Bar BQ
They’ve got original sauces and barbecue that is not to be taken lightly. Get yourself on the waiting list and enjoy a Detroit staple.
2138 Michigan Ave., 313-962-9828, slowsbarbq.com

La Feria Detroit
It may be Detroit’s smallest patio, but it certainly is the cutest! Enjoy cold tapas, hot tapas, tasty wines and more at Detroit’s little slice of Spain. They’ve got hearty meat dishes, vegetarian options, vegan options and gluten free options.
4130 Cass Ave., 313-285-9081, laferiadetroit.com

Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine
They’ve got tapas perfect for trying something new, pork sandwiches, pear salads, soups and culture. They’ll help you relieve that sweet tooth with their Tres Leches Cake, a traditional Latin American sponge cake soaked in three types of milk with vanilla Meringue topping.
1250 Library St., 313-962-8800, vincentesdetroit.com

The Whitney
Their garden parties take patio dining to another level and this year marks their 30th round of entertaining in the garden. Get yourself on the list for a themed night where the menu’s focus is on something simple that turns into art that you eat.
4421 Woodward Ave., 313-832-5700, thewhitney.com

Traffic Jam & Snug
Fish and chips, baked brie, fried pickles and more of your favorites are available at one of Midtown’s treasures so why not amp up your experience and take it to their patio?
511 W. Canfield St., 313-831-970, trafficjamdetroit.com

Motor City Brewing Works
Pizza! Beer! Ghettoblaster! The delicacies that have kept you full and warm all winter can now be enjoyed on their patio.
470 W. Canfield St., 313-832-2700, motorcitybeer.com

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery
Whether you’re in the mood for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, a North Peak beer or a Michigan wine or cocktail, they’ve got you covered. Order a pizza to share or a salad for yourself and people watch on the Canfield strip.
441 W. Canfield St., 313-262-6115, jollypumpkin.com

Motor City Wine
Live music and a true appreciation for wine come together here. Whether you’re into sweeter Michigan wines or earthier international ones, their bar is stocked for your enjoyment.
1949 Michigan Ave., 313-483-7283, motorcitywine.com

Mercury Burger Bar
Boozy milkshakes on the patio? Add a burger (ground beef, turkey or Portobello) and some loaded tots to share and we’ll meet you there.
2163 Michigan Ave., 313-964-5000, mercuryburgerbar.com

Ottava Via
You don’t get more Corktown than this place and you can even enjoy Bocce ball out back by the fireplace. Pizza, pasta and cocktails galore!
1400 Michigan Ave., 313-962-5500, facebook.com/ottava.via

Huron Room
This Michigan inspired spot gives you honest to goodness fish options straight from our lakes. You choose the fish and how you want it cooked and then served to you. Add a Michigan cocktail or beer to your order and enjoy.
2547 Bagley St., 313-265-3325, huronroom.com

HopCat Detroit
They’ve got 150+ beers on tap AND Crack Fries? There’s not much more to say except now you can be gluttonous in the open air.
4265 Woodward Ave., 313-769-8828, hopcat.com/Detroit

Volt Restaurant and Lounge @ Detroit Marriott
Right on the riverfront, Volt Restaurant and Lounge offers Happy/Hungry Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with summer drinks, like Strawberries & Cream, made table side with white balsamic and strawberry shrub and Faygo Cream Soda. Volt also serves a new Saugatuck Brewery treasure, made specially for the Detroit Marriott, called Chef’s Cherry Wheat…and it’s on draft. Baked Pretzel Sticks, burgers, sandwiches, Blackened Shrimp Tacos and more are on the restaurant’s menu.
400 Renaissance Center, 3rd Floor, 313-568-8000, detroitmarriott.com

24 Grille
The Jumbo Shrimp Avocado dish, Mahi Tacos, salad and sandwich options make the menu full of choices. The Michigan Avenue view downtown adds to the appeal here and the patio adds extra.
204 Michigan Ave., 313-964-3821, 24grille.com

Grand Trunk Pub
This place is historic and it’s in the heart of everything. They’ve got cocktails, Oberon on tap and a menu that you’ll be licking your lips over.
612 Woodward Ave., 313-961-3043, grandtrunkpub.com

Exodus Rooftop Lounge
It’s Greektown’s party destination! Enjoy green tea shots or your favorite late night staple on the rooftop! They’ve amped up their style in the last few years and between the music and the drinks pouring, you’ll come back time and time again.
529 Monroe St., 313-962-1300, exodusrooftop.com

Santorini Estiatorio
Opa! This Greektown favorite installed a beautiful street-side patio as part of Greektown at Sundown and there’s nothing more infectious than enjoying a glass of chilled wine outside under the street lights and in the middle of the bustle.
201 Monroe St., 313-962-9366, santorinidetroit.com

Mudgie’s Deli
Their patio is almost as enticing as their menu so when you put them both together you can call it magic. Try a mimosa, a Bloody Mary or a glass of wine with your tasty pasta salad or entrée.
1300 Porter St., 313-961-2000, mudgiesdeli.com

Le Petit Zinc
C’est la vie here with crepes and croissants paired with Mighty Good coffee. Dine on their patio for breakfast or lunch and feel like you’ve popped over to Paris for a meal.
1055 Trumbull St., 313-963-2805, lepetitzincdetroit.com

Batch Brewing Company
As Detroit’s first nano brewery, they do beer right. Take one of their stouts or a hoppy IPA outside with a big bar pretzel or a kielbasa and sauerkraut pasty and enjoy Corktown!
1400 Porter St., 313-338-8008, batchbrewingcompany.com

Armando’s Mexican Restaurant
Taco salads, margaritas and enchiladas sound like a perfect way to indulge in Mexicantown’s offerings. Take it to the patio and order another margarita.
4242 W. Vernor Highway, 313-554-0666, armandosmexicantown.com

Central Kitchen + Bar
This gastropub brings affordable and interesting dining to Campus Martius. Try one of their tacos, pork nachos or a flatbread with a side of house made fries. Add a cocktail, wine or beer and downtown views and you’re set for summer.
660 Woodward Ave., 313-963-9000, centraldetroit.com

Townhouse Detroit
They’ve got a tucked away sushi bar, a varied menu (burgers, salads, dim sum) and an unbelievable outdoor patio with lights strung and greenery all around. The comfy seating adds a little extra, too.
500 Woodward Ave., 313-723-1000, eatattownhouse.com

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

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