The 11 Best Patios in the Twin Cities
"One of the best ways to enjoy summer in the Twin Cities is to sit out on a patio with your favorite beverage. Over the last few years, patios and rooftop decks have proliferated in the Twin Cities, which can make it tough to choose.
There are always perennial favorites like the Black Forest Inn and any of the Uptown rooftops like Stella's or Libertine (formerly Cafeteria). But, it's hard to go wrong with any of the patios listed here."
6 Smith, Wayzata
"There are certainly other rooftop options in Downtown Minneapolis, including Union and the ever-popular Brit's. But for sheer size, views and people watching, it's tough competing with Seven's Skybar."
W.A. Frost, St. Paul
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Minneapolis
"Psycho Suzi's patio is riverfront, beautiful and fun. But damn does it get crowded. Once you're in, it often seems worth the wait, but it does challenge your patience. Of course, there's a reason Psycho Suzi's patio is so popular: It's riverfront, beautiful and fun. Hopefully, the patio and ferris wheel at the new sister restaurant, Betty Danger's Country Club -- just a few blocks up Marshall -- will absorb some of the Psycho Suzi's crowd; or at least give you some place to go if you don't feel like waiting."
Dock Cafe, Stillwater
"In town full of patios, Stillwater's Dock Cafe is the only one that combines a full dinner menu with full a bar and direct river front location."
Eat Street Social, Minneapolis
"Located a block away from the Black Forest Inn's fabled patio, Eat Street Social's patio is an open-air extension of its regular dining room. This season, however, the Social is upping its patio cred by offering its dangerous Torpedo Room tiki drinks outside."
Pat McGovern's, St. Paul
"Those looking to enjoy some fresh air with their drinks have several options to choose from within two short blocks on West 7th St. in St. Paul."
Tin Fish, Minneapolis
"Beer, wine, snacks and food. Right on Lake Calhoun. That is all."
Acqua, White Bear Lake
"A small outpost of its flagship Forest Lake location, Acqua in White Bear Lake offers initmate porch, deck and patio dining with beautiful lake views. The patio is actually across a narrow street from the restaurant. The servers run food and drinks back and forth, while you relax and breathe in the lake air."
Aster Cafe, Minneapolis
"If you're looking for the illusion of Left Bank Parisian cafe -- but with views of the Minneapolis skyline and Stone Arch Bridge -- Aster Cafe is your bet. A decent happy hour and regular live music will keep you coming back."
Pier 500, Hudson
"San Pedro Cafe's patio may be a little more initimate and private, but Pier 500's sweeping views of the St. Croix River and the riverfront park make this the best patio in Hudson."