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The patio at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor.
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13 Excellent Ann Arbor Patios

Sunny and secluded spots to dine and drink al fresco

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The patio at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor.
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The phrase “dining out” takes on special meaning when people flock to patios, rooftops, and beer gardens in the summer months. Here in Ann Arbor there is no shortage of outdoor options with tables lining the sidewalks outside of many of the town’s restaurants. While these street side patios definitely have their charms, pedestrian and vehicle traffic (with an occasional horn) can quickly disrupt the al fresco experience. Below find 13 of the finest spots to dine outdoors in The Deuce.

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The Session Room

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The Session Room serves 70 different brews in its large, loft-like indoor space. When weather permits, patrons can take their beer outside to the large beer garden where there’s live music every weekend. 

a beer on a wood table looking out on a slightly out of focus patio with string lights and tables with beige and black umbrellas.

Townies Brewery

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This westside brewery is easy to miss, but those who do find it are rewarded with a quiet and cozy atmosphere with modern furniture and tabletop fireplaces. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy one of the rotating taps with a friend — whether that’s another beer drinker or a furry four-legged one. 

The Circ Bar

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This historic downtown building started as a brewery in 1853 and has been remodeled with a beautiful combination of modern and rustic touches. The karaoke nights and themed parties are popular draws for the venue, but the real show is on the rooftop patio tucked away from the street. The full views of the sunset and night sky are breathtaking.

a wooden outdoor patio next to a class windowed building with a metal roof at sunset The Circ Bar [Official image]

Bill's Beer Garden

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On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer and wine. The food options at Bill’s Beer Garden are more limited to soft pretzels since the food cart courtyard closed, but Bill’s is still a great place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day.

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

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The upstairs patio at Southeast Michigan sour beer purveyor Jolly Pumpkin is one of the smaller outdoor dining areas in Ann Arbor, but those lucky enough to score a table are treated to a quiet, secluded hideaway. The menu features options like shoestring truffle fries, sourdough crust pizzas, and burgers.

Palio del Sole

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This rooftop destination is one of the largest outdoor dining spots in Ann Arbor. The menu at Palio del Sole features options like flatbread and pasta that pair well with a glasses of sangria.  

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The Lunch Room

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Kerrytown restaurant the Lunch Room serves up vegan food that takes cues from international cuisines and boasts two patios — a tranquil courtyard and a secluded outdoor seating area shielded by tall grass.

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Aventura

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Ann Arbor’s popular Spanish tapas destination Aventura is a good spot to sample a wide range of dishes with friends or split a large-format dish of paella. The meal is best savored with a cocktail on the restaurant’s quiet back patio.

a group of three women and two men raise glasses on Aventura’s outdoor patio. One of the glasses has a bright green liquid in it. Aventura [Official photo]

The outdoor patio at Sava’s stretches away from the crowds on State Street, creating a serene dining experience. Customers can choose from options like pork-kimchi nachos, salads, and sandwiches alongside wine and cocktails.

Dominick's

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An Ann Arbor favorite dating back to the 1960s, both townies and college students alike flock to Dominick’s patio in the summer months. Porches, balconies, and a large back patio are often filled to capacity with revelers enjoying the restaurant’s famous sangria served in mason jars. In keeping with the festive, social atmosphere, the food menu features shareable appetizers, snacks, and pizza. 

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York Ann Arbor

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York’s wine garden is secluded and spacious spot to enjoy the fresh air. Choose from an eclectic selection of drinks and then pick up a charcuterie plate or Ricewood barbecue before heading out to enjoy the laid-back, outdoor atmosphere. 

Cultivate Coffee And Tap House

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Cultivate is a coffee shop, taphouse, and community gathering spot in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town and its large outdoor beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and listen to live music. All profits and tips from beer and coffee sales are donated to food banks, gardening programs, and other hunger-relief organizations.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

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Brightly-colored umbrellas and ivy-covered walls make for an enticing al fresco dining space. It’s an ideal spot to sample from Sidetrack’s extensive menu filled with pub favorites like burgers. The patio is adjacent the train tracks that give the restaurant its name.

The Session Room

a beer on a wood table looking out on a slightly out of focus patio with string lights and tables with beige and black umbrellas.

The Session Room serves 70 different brews in its large, loft-like indoor space. When weather permits, patrons can take their beer outside to the large beer garden where there’s live music every weekend. 

a beer on a wood table looking out on a slightly out of focus patio with string lights and tables with beige and black umbrellas.

Townies Brewery

This westside brewery is easy to miss, but those who do find it are rewarded with a quiet and cozy atmosphere with modern furniture and tabletop fireplaces. It’s a great place to chill and enjoy one of the rotating taps with a friend — whether that’s another beer drinker or a furry four-legged one. 

The Circ Bar

a wooden outdoor patio next to a class windowed building with a metal roof at sunset The Circ Bar [Official image]

This historic downtown building started as a brewery in 1853 and has been remodeled with a beautiful combination of modern and rustic touches. The karaoke nights and themed parties are popular draws for the venue, but the real show is on the rooftop patio tucked away from the street. The full views of the sunset and night sky are breathtaking.

a wooden outdoor patio next to a class windowed building with a metal roof at sunset The Circ Bar [Official image]

Bill's Beer Garden

On summer evenings the parking lot of a home and garden store transforms into arguably one of the most popular gathering spots in town for beer and wine. The food options at Bill’s Beer Garden are more limited to soft pretzels since the food cart courtyard closed, but Bill’s is still a great place to enjoy a cold beverage on a hot day.

Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery

The upstairs patio at Southeast Michigan sour beer purveyor Jolly Pumpkin is one of the smaller outdoor dining areas in Ann Arbor, but those lucky enough to score a table are treated to a quiet, secluded hideaway. The menu features options like shoestring truffle fries, sourdough crust pizzas, and burgers.

Palio del Sole

Palio del Sole [Official photo]

This rooftop destination is one of the largest outdoor dining spots in Ann Arbor. The menu at Palio del Sole features options like flatbread and pasta that pair well with a glasses of sangria.  

Palio del Sole [Official photo]

The Lunch Room

Kerrytown restaurant the Lunch Room serves up vegan food that takes cues from international cuisines and boasts two patios — a tranquil courtyard and a secluded outdoor seating area shielded by tall grass.

View this post on Instagram

Love this courtyard. #AnnArbor

A post shared by Megan H. (@meggoesnomnom) on

Aventura

a group of three women and two men raise glasses on Aventura’s outdoor patio. One of the glasses has a bright green liquid in it. Aventura [Official photo]

Ann Arbor’s popular Spanish tapas destination Aventura is a good spot to sample a wide range of dishes with friends or split a large-format dish of paella. The meal is best savored with a cocktail on the restaurant’s quiet back patio.

a group of three women and two men raise glasses on Aventura’s outdoor patio. One of the glasses has a bright green liquid in it. Aventura [Official photo]

Sava's

The outdoor patio at Sava’s stretches away from the crowds on State Street, creating a serene dining experience. Customers can choose from options like pork-kimchi nachos, salads, and sandwiches alongside wine and cocktails.

Dominick's

people sit at wooden communal tables on Dominick’s patio John Reyes

An Ann Arbor favorite dating back to the 1960s, both townies and college students alike flock to Dominick’s patio in the summer months. Porches, balconies, and a large back patio are often filled to capacity with revelers enjoying the restaurant’s famous sangria served in mason jars. In keeping with the festive, social atmosphere, the food menu features shareable appetizers, snacks, and pizza. 

people sit at wooden communal tables on Dominick’s patio John Reyes

York Ann Arbor

York’s wine garden is secluded and spacious spot to enjoy the fresh air. Choose from an eclectic selection of drinks and then pick up a charcuterie plate or Ricewood barbecue before heading out to enjoy the laid-back, outdoor atmosphere. 

Cultivate Coffee And Tap House

Cultivate is a coffee shop, taphouse, and community gathering spot in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town and its large outdoor beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and listen to live music. All profits and tips from beer and coffee sales are donated to food banks, gardening programs, and other hunger-relief organizations.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill

Brightly-colored umbrellas and ivy-covered walls make for an enticing al fresco dining space. It’s an ideal spot to sample from Sidetrack’s extensive menu filled with pub favorites like burgers. The patio is adjacent the train tracks that give the restaurant its name.

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