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Ideal Metro Detroit Rooftops for Dinner, Drinks, and Sun

Enjoy a meal and a beverage on these decks while you watch the world go by

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Detroit winters can be excruciatingly long and gray, which is why the arrival of spring and summer is a cause for celebration.

There’s no better way to mark the longer, warmer days than with a cold drink on a patio — and all the better if it happens to be on a rooftop with views. These options are worthy of a visit for various reasons: great views of the skyline or river, a cool breeze, a lively atmosphere, and good food and drinks. Not to mention, in a pandemic, rooftop dining can give you a little more space and perhaps a lot more peace of mind.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Joe Muer Seafood

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400 Renaissance Center #1404
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 567-6837
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In this modern white-tablecloth dining room in the Renaissance Center, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a sweeping view of Windsor and the Detroit River. Diners also can sit on the patio, which is heated on cooler days. The menu centers on seafood, with classics such as Dover sole, whitefish, and surf and turf. and sushi and raw oyster bars. There’s also poultry, beef, and lamb.

2. Lumen

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1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 626-5005
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With 360-degree rooftop views of downtown Detroit and Beacon Park, Lumen’s 45 rooftop seats are prime spots for kicking back with a Belgian beer. Take a peek over the park or the neighboring Grand Army of the Republic castle while sipping Delirium Tremens over a bowl of pei mussels or new American bites. Lumen also offers seating in its bright indoor dining room, and outdoor seating on street level.

Tables and chairs on the rooftop of a building overlook a skyscraper
The rooftop deck at Lumen sits above Beacon Park.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

3. The Monarch Club

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33 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 306-2400
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One of the highest rooftop patios in the city, The Monarch Club is perched atop the Metropolitan Building. It’s a chill and elegant place to sip classic cocktails and enjoy small plates while taking in sweeping views of downtown Detroit from three terraces. Make a reservation for seating with a firepit. Masks are required, but cutoff shorts are banned.

A few chairs sit on a rooftop patio with a tall skyscraper in the near background
The Monarch Club sits atop the penthouse at the Metropolitan Building
Michelle Gerard

4. Atwater Brewery and Taphouse

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237 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 877-9205
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Atwater Brewery has a rooftop biergarten, with seating for 65, that affords views of the Detroit River and the historic Rivertown district. The bar is perched above the company’s brewhouse (accessed via an outdoor stairway) and has a rotating menu of taps, with a menu centered on the lighter summer beers like the signature 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.
Atwater Brewery’s rooftop affords views of Rivertown and the Detroit River.
Atwater [Official photo]

5. Cøllect

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1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(586) 850-0205
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Cøllect has a laid-back rooftop patio above the Chinese restaurant Bunny Bunny on Gratiot. The deck is filled with picnic tables, making it a nice, casual spot to watch the sunset while sipping one of the beer bar’s nine rotating drafts or enjoying a glass of wine.

The brick building that houses Bunny Bunny and Collect is shown from the street on a cloudy day in Detroit.
Collect sits above Bunny Bunny, on Gratiot in Eastern Market.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

6. Motor City Brewing Works

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470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-2700
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One of Detroit’s original craft breweries, Motor City Brewing Works is a favorite for its creative brick-oven pizzas and beers. The bar also is a destination for summer rooftop patio seekers. The small deck overlooks the brewery’s Canfield Street entrance and features a handful of top tables shaded by umbrellas. There’s additional patio seating on the ground level.

A view from above of the Motor City Brewing Works building on a sunny day.
A view from above of the Motor City Brewing Works building on a sunny day.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

7. Good Times On The Ave

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19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 739-6601
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This full-service bar and restaurant serves traditional American comfort food in a lively spot above Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Signature dishes include creole shrimp and cheese grits, shrimp cake benedict, chicken and waffles, and grouper po’ boy, all of which can be paired with a premium spirit, cold beer, or house cocktail. Make a reservation by telephone for a 2-hour slot.

8. Mike's on the Water

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24600 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 872-2630
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With its spot on the marina and its nautical decor, Mike’s on the Water is popular with boaters seeking a comfortable spot to stop for a cocktail and a lobster roll. The restaurant currently is open for waterfront dining on its lower-level patio; the 50-seat rooftop bar is reopening soon. In addition to Michigan wines, beer, and cocktails, the deck also has a food truck kitchen.

9. Pinky's Rooftop

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Alley Entrance, 100 S Main St Rear
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 291-6506
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At Pinky’s Rooftop, the walls are pink, the marble bar is pink, even the fire pit coals are pink. Overlooking downtown Royal Oak’s Main Street, the lush rooftop garden is surrounded with palm trees. The menu was revamped in spring 2021 and includes boozy Pinky’s Ice Pops popsicles, Nashville chicken sliders, and short rib wonton tacos.

Two plates of food sit on a table as a woman’s hand pour a pink drink into a glass that appears to have pink cotton candy. Courtesy photo

10. 24 Seconds

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3071 Twelve Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 336-0024
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This suburban bar is the perfect place for cheering on your favorite sports team outdoors as they play on the screen. Perfect for sports fans, 24 Seconds has a full-service bar and a menu inspired by tailgating favorites: chicken tenders, potato skins, nachos, pizza, calzones, and fried oreos to finish.

11. Social Kitchen and Bar

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225 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 594-4200
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Social Kitchen and Bar’s open-air rooftop patio is one of Birmingham’s best spots to dine al fresco on greens, grains, or a grilled meal and a cocktail. The space seats 40, with a mix of high-top and communal tables shaded by retractable awnings; there’s also more informal lounge furniture and a dedicated bar. Make a reservation for a 90-minute slot.

1. Joe Muer Seafood

400 Renaissance Center #1404, Detroit, MI 48243

In this modern white-tablecloth dining room in the Renaissance Center, floor-to-ceiling windows offer a sweeping view of Windsor and the Detroit River. Diners also can sit on the patio, which is heated on cooler days. The menu centers on seafood, with classics such as Dover sole, whitefish, and surf and turf. and sushi and raw oyster bars. There’s also poultry, beef, and lamb.

400 Renaissance Center #1404
Detroit, MI 48243

2. Lumen

1903 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Tables and chairs on the rooftop of a building overlook a skyscraper
The rooftop deck at Lumen sits above Beacon Park.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

With 360-degree rooftop views of downtown Detroit and Beacon Park, Lumen’s 45 rooftop seats are prime spots for kicking back with a Belgian beer. Take a peek over the park or the neighboring Grand Army of the Republic castle while sipping Delirium Tremens over a bowl of pei mussels or new American bites. Lumen also offers seating in its bright indoor dining room, and outdoor seating on street level.

1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Monarch Club

33 John R St, Detroit, MI 48226
A few chairs sit on a rooftop patio with a tall skyscraper in the near background
The Monarch Club sits atop the penthouse at the Metropolitan Building
Michelle Gerard

One of the highest rooftop patios in the city, The Monarch Club is perched atop the Metropolitan Building. It’s a chill and elegant place to sip classic cocktails and enjoy small plates while taking in sweeping views of downtown Detroit from three terraces. Make a reservation for seating with a firepit. Masks are required, but cutoff shorts are banned.

33 John R St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Atwater Brewery and Taphouse

237 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 48207
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.
Atwater Brewery’s rooftop affords views of Rivertown and the Detroit River.
Atwater [Official photo]

Atwater Brewery has a rooftop biergarten, with seating for 65, that affords views of the Detroit River and the historic Rivertown district. The bar is perched above the company’s brewhouse (accessed via an outdoor stairway) and has a rotating menu of taps, with a menu centered on the lighter summer beers like the signature Dirty Blonde Ale and Whango Mango Wheat.

237 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207

5. Cøllect

1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
The brick building that houses Bunny Bunny and Collect is shown from the street on a cloudy day in Detroit.
Collect sits above Bunny Bunny, on Gratiot in Eastern Market.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Cøllect has a laid-back rooftop patio above the Chinese restaurant Bunny Bunny on Gratiot. The deck is filled with picnic tables, making it a nice, casual spot to watch the sunset while sipping one of the beer bar’s nine rotating drafts or enjoying a glass of wine.

1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

6. Motor City Brewing Works

470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
A view from above of the Motor City Brewing Works building on a sunny day.
A view from above of the Motor City Brewing Works building on a sunny day.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

One of Detroit’s original craft breweries, Motor City Brewing Works is a favorite for its creative brick-oven pizzas and beers. The bar also is a destination for summer rooftop patio seekers. The small deck overlooks the brewery’s Canfield Street entrance and features a handful of top tables shaded by umbrellas. There’s additional patio seating on the ground level.

470 W Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

7. Good Times On The Ave

19416 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

This full-service bar and restaurant serves traditional American comfort food in a lively spot above Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Signature dishes include creole shrimp and cheese grits, shrimp cake benedict, chicken and waffles, and grouper po’ boy, all of which can be paired with a premium spirit, cold beer, or house cocktail. Make a reservation by telephone for a 2-hour slot.

19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

8. Mike's on the Water

24600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080

With its spot on the marina and its nautical decor, Mike’s on the Water is popular with boaters seeking a comfortable spot to stop for a cocktail and a lobster roll. The restaurant currently is open for waterfront dining on its lower-level patio; the 50-seat rooftop bar is reopening soon. In addition to Michigan wines, beer, and cocktails, the deck also has a food truck kitchen.

24600 Jefferson Ave
St Clair Shores, MI 48080

9. Pinky's Rooftop

Alley Entrance, 100 S Main St Rear, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Two plates of food sit on a table as a woman’s hand pour a pink drink into a glass that appears to have pink cotton candy. Courtesy photo

At Pinky’s Rooftop, the walls are pink, the marble bar is pink, even the fire pit coals are pink. Overlooking downtown Royal Oak’s Main Street, the lush rooftop garden is surrounded with palm trees. The menu was revamped in spring 2021 and includes boozy Pinky’s Ice Pops popsicles, Nashville chicken sliders, and short rib wonton tacos.

Alley Entrance, 100 S Main St Rear
Royal Oak, MI 48067

10. 24 Seconds

3071 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072

This suburban bar is the perfect place for cheering on your favorite sports team outdoors as they play on the screen. Perfect for sports fans, 24 Seconds has a full-service bar and a menu inspired by tailgating favorites: chicken tenders, potato skins, nachos, pizza, calzones, and fried oreos to finish.

3071 Twelve Mile Rd
Berkley, MI 48072

11. Social Kitchen and Bar

225 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

Social Kitchen and Bar’s open-air rooftop patio is one of Birmingham’s best spots to dine al fresco on greens, grains, or a grilled meal and a cocktail. The space seats 40, with a mix of high-top and communal tables shaded by retractable awnings; there’s also more informal lounge furniture and a dedicated bar. Make a reservation for a 90-minute slot.

225 E Maple Rd
Birmingham, MI 48009

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