10 Local Patios to Try This Summer


Biergarten at Salt Springs Brewery 

117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline
734-395-9191 | saltspringsbrewery.com

Hours: 11:30am-10pm/Tuesday-Thursday | 11:30am-11pm/
Friday and Saturday | 11:30am-9pm/Sunday.

Salt Springs Brewery’s patio features rows of authentic biergarten tables and benches. Outdoor heaters and a welcoming fire pit knock the chill off the night air while music and fresh craft beer flows. Live music and movies is featured on select nights. Visit the online calendar for more information at saltspringsbrewery.com. The biergarten is also available for private events!   

RoosRoast Coffee

1155 Rosewood St.
734-222-9202 | roosroast.com
Hours: 6:45am-6pm/Monday-Saturday | 7:45am-6pm/Sunday

If you’re looking for chill, don’t forget about the gigantic outdoor seating area at RoosRoast’s Rosewood location, dubbed Ann Arbor’s hardest-to-find cafe. It’s meetup central for the Southtown neighborhood, dogs and children can roam freely, the parking is easy and there’s even a mini orchard around the corner with kale growing in the garden.


1739 Plymouth Rd.
734-662-2877 | cardamoma2.com
Hours: Closed/Monday | 11am-3pm/Tuesday-Sunday
5-10pm/Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday | 5-10:30pm/Friday and Saturday

With a patio that only seats parties of two, Cardamom’s patio brings a level of intimacy to the dining experience, along with fresh Indian fare and an upbeat atmosphere. Experience a delicious blend of east and west with the diverse offerings of Cardamom all summer long.

Paesano Restaurant & Wine Bar

3411 Washtenaw Ave.
734-971-0484 | Paesanosannarbor.com
Hours: 11am-10pm/Monday-Thursday | 11am-Midnight/Friday 
Noon-Midnight/Saturday | Noon-10pm/Sunday

Paesano Restaurant’s Italian-garden inspired patio offers al fresco dining at its best. Great for hanging out with friends; hosting your own event; or simply enjoying lunch, dinner, or some late-night apps. They also host several events from spring through the fall on the patio, including wine-tastings and winemaker dinners.

In the summer months the patio is home to the annual Saturday night outdoor Italian Film Series. Enjoy a classic Italian film every Saturday while sipping a cool summer drink. The show starts at dusk and there is no charge. The popular summer series kicks off in mid-June and runs through the end of August. Paesano even provides fresh popped corn.

Revel and Roll

1950 S. Industrial Hwy.
734-665-4474 | revelandroll.com
Hours: 10am-12am/Sunday-Wednesday

With private rooms and a dedicated personal party planner, Revel and Roll has the ability to customize your child’s parties any way you want it. Private rooms, huge TV’s, an arcade and of course, bowling means that visitors can enjoy the sun of the patio and have plenty of options to fend off boredom. 

Bona Sera Cafe

200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
734-340-6335 | eatypsi.com
Hours: 11am-3pm and 5-9pm/Tuesday-Thursday,
11am-3pm and 5-10pm/Friday | 10am-3pm and 5-10pm/Saturday
10am-3pm/every second and fourth Sunday.

How does a business transition from underground supper club to one of the hippest and hottest spots in town? Bona Sera Cafe did it by putting on events to support the community, hosting live music and churning out great dishes. Come enjoy the sunshine and sample a unique and tasty fusion-style food.

Logan Restaurant

115 W. Washington St.
734-327-2312 | logan-restaurant.com
Hours: 5-10pm/Tuesday-Saturday

The patio is set at Logan Restaurant! Come enjoy the beautiful views of Washington St. while dining on the best food in town. Please remember that Logan Restaurant does not accept reservations for outdoor seating, but with six tables and 16 seats, there is always the opportunity to stop by and enjoy eating outside. Stop by on a moment’s notice and enjoy Logan al fresco! Logan’s full menu is available on the outside patio, in addition to full bar service.


3050 Washtenaw Ave Suite 112
734-971-2442 | bigalora.com
Hours: 11am-10pm/Sunday-Thursday
11am-11pm/Friday | 10am-11pm/Saturday | 10am-10pm/Sunday

Whether it’s a small lunch meeting, a wedding reception or a graduation party with every senior in school, look no further for pizza than Bigalora. Plenty of parking, a 64-seat pavillion and 50 additional seats outdoors means Bigalora’s patio is a slice of heaven.

Chelsea Alehouse

420 N. Main St., Chelsea
734-475-2337 | chelseaalehouse.com

Just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Alehouse’s patio is the premier destination to enjoy a craft beer in the sunshine while listening to live music – featuring bluegrass every Wednesday, live music every Friday, jazz on Sundays and plenty of free parking always!

Northside Grill

1015 Broadway St.
734-995-0965 | northsidegrill.com
Hours: 7am-3pm/Sunday-Saturday

Northside Grill features six tables surrounded by David Ruby’s hidden garden. Can accommodate larger parties. Enjoy jazz and blues and the scenery of outdoors with you enjoy the best breakfast in Ann Arbor.


A Guide to Beer on the Patio

From Dennis Smith, Craft Brands Manager O&W

Patio beers are easy to drink and loaded with flavor but still very refreshing; a beer that’s not going to fill you up, but leave you wanting more. If you are drinking on a patio you’re probably drinking all day! Luckily these types of beers can be found in an array of styles.

Kolsch styles are great because they go down extremely smooth and have a lot of flavor.  Alaskan Summer (5.3%ABV) from Alaskan brewing is a kolsch style ale that goes down smooth and gives you a full mouth flavor that leaves your palate asking for more.

Fruit ales are great warm weather beers because they have the flavor of fruit and the finish of a nice light beer. Heavy Melon (5%ABV) from New Belgium Brewing is a fruit ale made with a boatload of watermelon. It is fruity up front but finishes extremely clean giving you tons of flavor on the first sip and leaving an easy drinking finish.

Lastly, nothing say warm weather like a fruit IPA since, it’s the hottest selling category of beer during the summertime. Tangerine soul style (6.5%ABV) from Green Flash Brewing is a tropical explosion of hops and tangerine. The aroma is packed with big citrus notes, the taste of tangerine hits you up front but ends with a great clean hop finish.


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