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Michelle and Chris Gerard

9 Cozy Metro Detroit Patios for All Seasons

Where to dine and drink al fresco year-round

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Townhouse in Detroit has an glassed-in patio dining room.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

It doesn’t seem to matter what season it is, Michigan’s weather is utterly unpredictable. One day it might be sunny and 75 degrees and the next there’s a blanket of snow on the ground. And let’s not even start with the freezing rain and freak thunderstorms that inevitably cause flooding. Fortunately for those who’d rather stay in denial about the seasons, metro Detroit offers plenty of year-round patios where patrons can dine, drink, and give the proverbial middle finger to the weather. Here are nine spots that are perfect for chilling (or staying warm) on the patio all year long.

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Green Dot Stables

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The wait can sometimes feel daunting at Corktown’s favorite horse racing-themed slider spot. However, Green Dot Stables offers a large enclosed and heated patio complete with a bar where customers can grab a drink and pass the time until a table is ready.

Corktown’s Asian-influenced noodle bar Ima packs a lot of seating into a small space, but the restaurant also features a brightly lit all-season patio. Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables and sip sake while tucking in to jicama shell tacos and curry.

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Townhouse Detroit

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This splashy downtown restaurant sports a massive outdoor patio constructed almost entirely out of convertible glass panels. Soak up some sunshine even in the chilliest weather while sipping bourbon and devouring the restaurant’s popular Townhouse Burger.

Central Kitchen + Bar

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Downtown’s bustling gastropub sports big retractable windows and a patio that converts into an enclosed, heated space when the temperature drops. Feast on buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches and catfish tacos while looking out over Cadillac Square.

The Skip

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The Skip’s drinks were too good for the Belt Alley cocktail spot to go dormant in the winter, so the owners invested in garage doors. Now the bar slings frozen irish coffee and boilermakers year-round, extending farther into the art-adorned alley in warm weather.

Lumen Detroit

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Beacon Park’s bold restaurant and beer hall Lumen is known, in part, for its expansive patio space that wraps around the exterior and up onto the roof. That makes it attractive real estate for diners in the summer, but less so in the winter. Fortunately, the owners have found a remedy for cold weather that extends the al fresco dining season: Customers can gather around the restaurant’s many outdoor fire pits or cozy up inside one of several plastic igloos that now encase sets of patio furniture. Think of it as a life-sized snow globe.

Founders Brewing Co. Detroit

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Even the chilliest patio can be improved by a nice fire pit and Founders Brewing Company’s Midtown patio offers several to gather around with a glass of beer. There’s also plenty of heaters on hand to help keep patrons cozy outside.

Anita's Kitchen

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Not only is Ferndale’s casual Lebanese eatery a great spot to indulge in a hummus plate and shawarma, but Anita’s Kitchen also doesn’t allow the elements to interfere with it’s patio. The outdoor seating area converts into an open air space in the warmer months and a heated, enclosed patio in the winter with added evening ambiance from string lights and lush potted plants.

Public House

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Ferndale’s hip destination for sliders and soft serve can get packed in the evenings, but the roomy, heated patio is a slightly more laid back spot to grab a drink and some food. The space is filled with string lights and picnic tables and comes outfitted with a vintage Shasta trailer that’s been converted into a beer-dispensing outdoor bar.

Green Dot Stables

The wait can sometimes feel daunting at Corktown’s favorite horse racing-themed slider spot. However, Green Dot Stables offers a large enclosed and heated patio complete with a bar where customers can grab a drink and pass the time until a table is ready.

Ima

Ima [Official photo]

Corktown’s Asian-influenced noodle bar Ima packs a lot of seating into a small space, but the restaurant also features a brightly lit all-season patio. Grab a seat at one of the picnic tables and sip sake while tucking in to jicama shell tacos and curry.

Ima [Official photo]

Townhouse Detroit

This splashy downtown restaurant sports a massive outdoor patio constructed almost entirely out of convertible glass panels. Soak up some sunshine even in the chilliest weather while sipping bourbon and devouring the restaurant’s popular Townhouse Burger.

Central Kitchen + Bar

Downtown’s bustling gastropub sports big retractable windows and a patio that converts into an enclosed, heated space when the temperature drops. Feast on buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches and catfish tacos while looking out over Cadillac Square.

The Skip

The Skip’s drinks were too good for the Belt Alley cocktail spot to go dormant in the winter, so the owners invested in garage doors. Now the bar slings frozen irish coffee and boilermakers year-round, extending farther into the art-adorned alley in warm weather.

Lumen Detroit

Beacon Park’s bold restaurant and beer hall Lumen is known, in part, for its expansive patio space that wraps around the exterior and up onto the roof. That makes it attractive real estate for diners in the summer, but less so in the winter. Fortunately, the owners have found a remedy for cold weather that extends the al fresco dining season: Customers can gather around the restaurant’s many outdoor fire pits or cozy up inside one of several plastic igloos that now encase sets of patio furniture. Think of it as a life-sized snow globe.

Founders Brewing Co. Detroit

Even the chilliest patio can be improved by a nice fire pit and Founders Brewing Company’s Midtown patio offers several to gather around with a glass of beer. There’s also plenty of heaters on hand to help keep patrons cozy outside.

Anita's Kitchen

Not only is Ferndale’s casual Lebanese eatery a great spot to indulge in a hummus plate and shawarma, but Anita’s Kitchen also doesn’t allow the elements to interfere with it’s patio. The outdoor seating area converts into an open air space in the warmer months and a heated, enclosed patio in the winter with added evening ambiance from string lights and lush potted plants.

Public House

Ferndale’s hip destination for sliders and soft serve can get packed in the evenings, but the roomy, heated patio is a slightly more laid back spot to grab a drink and some food. The space is filled with string lights and picnic tables and comes outfitted with a vintage Shasta trailer that’s been converted into a beer-dispensing outdoor bar.

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