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15 Fresh Metro Detroit Patios to Check Out This Summer

New and updated al fresco spots

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| Michelle and Chris Gerard

It’s been a big year for Detroit restaurant openings and a boon for the city’s al fresco dining options. With summer finally here and the mercury in thermometers climbing, it’s high time to start exploring the newest entrants to the Motor City patio compendium. From biergartens to rooftop bars and park side grills, here are 16 new and updated outdoor spots from the past year.

Seeking out a more established outdoor dining destination? Consult the comprehensive Detroit patio map. Locations are arranged geographically from west to east.

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Michigan beer bar chain HopCat recently expanded to a three-floored complex in Royal Oak, improving on its former occupant Woody’s rooftop patio. The three-season deck overlooks the downtown district and has its own dedicated bar tucked underneath an awning.

Livernois Tap

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Located in a quieter section of Ferndale, this new beer hall from Axle Brewing Co. features a sprawling outdoor biergarten with long picnic tables and a fireplace. The bar food here is a few steps above average with dishes like spicy chicken paprikash and mussels. Save room for an ice cream beer float.

The Conserva

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Chef Matt Baldridge took over this notoriously small Nine Mile restaurant space last fall serving a limited, seasonal menu with dishes like za’atar grilled octopus and confit fried chicken wings. In warm weather, service expands outdoors to the roadside patio, perfect for sipping a chilled cocktail.

Otus Supply

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Restaurant, bar, and music venue Otus Supply made a big entrance in Ferndale last winter. Now that summer has arrived the dizzying, art-filled interior has been married with a patio via garage doors. Chef Myles McVay’s rustic menu features a variety of thin-crust pizzas and shared dishes like wild boar rigatoni.

The 23-seat patio at Hazel Park hotspot Joebar is situated along the busy John R Road and tucked beneath an awning for indirect sun exposure. The full menu filled with dipped sandwiches, frozen cocktails, and pie is available outside.

Pepe Z Pizza

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Southwest Detroit music venue El Club features a comfortable patio complete with a fireplace, grassy lawns, and an outdoor airstream trailer bar. Pick up a slice or a full pie from in-house pizza slinger Pepe Z and dine al fresco.

Gold Cash Gold

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Another recent revamp, Gold Cash Gold’s 28-seat backyard patio now features its own dedicated bar and al fresco menu. Sip bottled cocktails like the Ultra Light Beam with sake, aloe vera, green grape, and absinthe while slurping oysters on the half shell.

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Red Dunn Kitchen

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While service is still ramping up, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel’s restaurant Red Dunn is angling to be one of the hotter outdoor dining spots in Corktown. The courtyard patio features a stage area for live music, a fireplace, and its own dedicated bar serving cocktails and beer. Chef Jay Gundy’s full menu is also available outside.

Oloman Café

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This Hamtramck coffee newcomer offers an underrated patio experience. Grab a coffee and a macron, before ducking out to the backdoor to the small outdoor seating area draped in fabric and surrounded by greenery.

Grey Ghost Detroit

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A set of retractable windows opens off the entryway to this Brush Park eatery and out to the small Watson Street patio area. Patio heaters allow the space to stay open on chilly days well into the fall.

Pie Sci

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Almost a year into business at their brick-and-motar shop, pizza alchemists Pie-Sci are adding amenities like a secluded backyard patio with picnic tables and umbrellas for plenty of shade.

Queen's

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New to Detroit last summer, casual watering hole Queens Bar boasts a mid-sized patio on a shady corner of downtown. Queens serves a selection of affordable mixed drinks and beers alongside simple bar snacks. Pick up a board game and play outside.

The Skip

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Belt Alley bar The Skip was by far one of the hottest spots to drink outdoors last summer. The outdoor cocktail lounge returned this spring with some upgrades including garage doors for all-season service. On the menu find a selection of progressive, inexpensive cocktails such as frozen Irish coffee alongside boilermakers and tiki-style mixed drinks.

garage doors Courtesy of The Skip

The Fountain Detroit

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It’s tough to beat The Fountain Detroit’s location. New last summer, this seasonal shipping container bar and grill in Campus Martius Park features a mixture of colorful metal chairs and wood tables, cushioned patio furniture, and big orange umbrellas for shade. Choose from affordable frozen drinks, beers, and cocktails as well as items like reuben french fries, and cheeseburgers. For something a little more up market, check out sister restaurant Parc.

Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Brewery’s tap house in the Riverfront Warehouse District added a lively 65-seat rooftop biergarten this spring. The al fresco bar is located above the company’s brew house and features communal seating and a menu focused on lighter summer beers like the Dirty Blonde Ale and Whango Mango Wheat.

Several long wooden picnic tables accompanied by benches atop a rooftop that has a bar with chairs in the background. Two midrise buildings are in view. Courtesy of Atwater

Hopcat

Michigan beer bar chain HopCat recently expanded to a three-floored complex in Royal Oak, improving on its former occupant Woody’s rooftop patio. The three-season deck overlooks the downtown district and has its own dedicated bar tucked underneath an awning.

Livernois Tap

Located in a quieter section of Ferndale, this new beer hall from Axle Brewing Co. features a sprawling outdoor biergarten with long picnic tables and a fireplace. The bar food here is a few steps above average with dishes like spicy chicken paprikash and mussels. Save room for an ice cream beer float.

The Conserva

Chef Matt Baldridge took over this notoriously small Nine Mile restaurant space last fall serving a limited, seasonal menu with dishes like za’atar grilled octopus and confit fried chicken wings. In warm weather, service expands outdoors to the roadside patio, perfect for sipping a chilled cocktail.

Otus Supply

Restaurant, bar, and music venue Otus Supply made a big entrance in Ferndale last winter. Now that summer has arrived the dizzying, art-filled interior has been married with a patio via garage doors. Chef Myles McVay’s rustic menu features a variety of thin-crust pizzas and shared dishes like wild boar rigatoni.

Joebar

The 23-seat patio at Hazel Park hotspot Joebar is situated along the busy John R Road and tucked beneath an awning for indirect sun exposure. The full menu filled with dipped sandwiches, frozen cocktails, and pie is available outside.

Pepe Z Pizza

Southwest Detroit music venue El Club features a comfortable patio complete with a fireplace, grassy lawns, and an outdoor airstream trailer bar. Pick up a slice or a full pie from in-house pizza slinger Pepe Z and dine al fresco.

Gold Cash Gold

Another recent revamp, Gold Cash Gold’s 28-seat backyard patio now features its own dedicated bar and al fresco menu. Sip bottled cocktails like the Ultra Light Beam with sake, aloe vera, green grape, and absinthe while slurping oysters on the half shell.

Courtesy of Gold Cash Gold

Red Dunn Kitchen

While service is still ramping up, the Trumbull & Porter Hotel’s restaurant Red Dunn is angling to be one of the hotter outdoor dining spots in Corktown. The courtyard patio features a stage area for live music, a fireplace, and its own dedicated bar serving cocktails and beer. Chef Jay Gundy’s full menu is also available outside.

Oloman Café

This Hamtramck coffee newcomer offers an underrated patio experience. Grab a coffee and a macron, before ducking out to the backdoor to the small outdoor seating area draped in fabric and surrounded by greenery.

Grey Ghost Detroit

A set of retractable windows opens off the entryway to this Brush Park eatery and out to the small Watson Street patio area. Patio heaters allow the space to stay open on chilly days well into the fall.

Pie Sci

Almost a year into business at their brick-and-motar shop, pizza alchemists Pie-Sci are adding amenities like a secluded backyard patio with picnic tables and umbrellas for plenty of shade.

Queen's

New to Detroit last summer, casual watering hole Queens Bar boasts a mid-sized patio on a shady corner of downtown. Queens serves a selection of affordable mixed drinks and beers alongside simple bar snacks. Pick up a board game and play outside.

The Skip

Belt Alley bar The Skip was by far one of the hottest spots to drink outdoors last summer. The outdoor cocktail lounge returned this spring with some upgrades including garage doors for all-season service. On the menu find a selection of progressive, inexpensive cocktails such as frozen Irish coffee alongside boilermakers and tiki-style mixed drinks.

garage doors Courtesy of The Skip

The Fountain Detroit

It’s tough to beat The Fountain Detroit’s location. New last summer, this seasonal shipping container bar and grill in Campus Martius Park features a mixture of colorful metal chairs and wood tables, cushioned patio furniture, and big orange umbrellas for shade. Choose from affordable frozen drinks, beers, and cocktails as well as items like reuben french fries, and cheeseburgers. For something a little more up market, check out sister restaurant Parc.

Atwater Brewery

Atwater Brewery’s tap house in the Riverfront Warehouse District added a lively 65-seat rooftop biergarten this spring. The al fresco bar is located above the company’s brew house and features communal seating and a menu focused on lighter summer beers like the Dirty Blonde Ale and Whango Mango Wheat.

Several long wooden picnic tables accompanied by benches atop a rooftop that has a bar with chairs in the background. Two midrise buildings are in view. Courtesy of Atwater

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