As the weather gets warmer and the sun starts shining, we're eager to fill patio seats and take over rooftops. Our thirst for adventure has us always on the hunt for something a little outside of the box. Enter the Minneapolis outdoor dining scene. From Ferris wheels to rooftop lawn bowling, there's not an experience we won't try. Check out the most unique outdoor dining experiences the city has to offer.
Cocktails on a Ferris wheel? Yep, that’s right. Betty Danger’s is best known for their giant “Mechanical Tree” as they call it, where you can get an amazing view of the downtown skyline while sipping on a margarita or chowing down on some tacos. Where else can you do that?
In Minneapolis, we like outdoor dining so much that we do it year-round! Union has a retractable glass-enclosed rooftop so you can soak up the rays in the summer or stay nice and cozy in the colder months.
The 10,000 square foot lawn bowling green, authentic bangers and mash and popular spot for watching soccer and rugby games have made Brit’s Pub a true Minneapolis destination. Yoga classes and unique sporting events often find their way to Brit's. Grab a pint and a bite and get ready to take a trip to England.
A meat-lovers paradise, Butcher & The Boar specializes in smoked meats with an outstanding beer and bourbon list. Head out to their year-round beer garden complete with fire pits and take advantage of their Beer + Brat + Shot deal for only $12. Patio dining doesn’t get much better than that
Don’t let the line scare you. Sea Salt has some of the best seafood in Minneapolis. Only open April – October, the seasonal restaurant is a well-known summer hangout. Walk a few feet off of the patio and stand right above the incredible Minnehaha Falls. You can even feel the splash of the cool water against your skin.
It’s the back yard of your dreams. Fire pits, games, picnic tables, tons of green space. Oh, and 24 Surly beers on tap plus a full menu that goes way beyond “bar food.” It’s almost like a campus for beer. Did we mention they’ve got a pizzeria upstairs too? You’re welcome.
Looking for a fun time? Psycho Suzi’s will show you one. Tiki drinks, gooey pizza, and a perfect view of the river make this deck a summertime hot spot.
Walk along the cobblestone road and step into what feels like a completely different place. Aster Café has a beautiful outdoor patio located just across from the river. Sit under the shade of the trees, enjoy a glass of wine and some apps and embrace that perfect summer breeze.
Dine outside of the Walker Art Center and enjoy a front row seat to the famous Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! Top your meal off with a walk through the park to complete your experience.