Up on the Rooftop!

By: Toni Cunningham | September 10, 2012

Before the warm months become a distant memory, get the most out of the dog days of summer by ditching the AC and dining al fresco. Several restaurants, bars and diners in the Metro Detroit area feature rooftop patios that allow for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Take in some of the best sights the city has to offer while noshing on a delicious meal from any (or all) of the following:

Woody’s Diner, 208 W. 5th St., Royal Oak: If you’re 21 and up, the rooftop at Woody’s is the place to be on a Friday night. A $5 cover charge will get you on the top-most level, where reasonably priced drinks, snacks and music are aplenty.

The Alley Deck, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit: Coined “Detroit’s roof-top oasis in the city,” The Alley Deck is situated next to the Magic Stick and oversees the Woodward Avenue corridor. Open daily through September, it’s ideal for grabbing a drink before a show.

The Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit: This Irish pub isn’t your average fish-and-chips-with-a-pint kind of bar. The Shillelagh Deck is a great place to kick back and relax with friends. With a live DJ, you can dance the night away and still grab a snack from the kitchen before it closes at 1:30 a.m.

Hockeytown Café, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit: Through the end of summer, take in the view from Detroit’s largest rooftop deck while enjoying live music on weekends. Hockeytown Café is prime eating real estate for sports fans, as the rooftop provides a magnificent view of Detroit’s best stadiums.

Cheli’s Chili Bar, 47 E Adams Ave., Detroit: If you’re looking to take in a bird’s eye view of Comerica Park, head over to Cheli’s. From there, you can see the big screen during the action, watch the post-game fireworks, or just hang out and have a beer before the festivities begin.

Red Fox English Pub, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak: Atop Cantina Diablo’s sits the Red Fox English Pub, a rooftop restaurant that serves up authentic British pub fare. Enjoy the view of downtown Royal Oak while your palate travels to jolly old England as you feast on fish and chips, coleslaw and mashed peas. With an expansive beer selection, it’s the perfect getaway.

Bookie’s Bar & Grille, 2208 Cass Ave., Detroit: Bookie’s rooftop patio area is the perfect place to unwind. Take advantage of one of the live entertainment events the bar has to offer each week, and you’ll be partying in no time.  Every Sunday from 4-7 p.m., the Tea Dance offers a live DJ, $5 Long Islands, $10 buckets of Corona and $5 frozen Daiquiris.

24 Seconds, 3071 12 Mile Rd., Berkley: While on the vast rooftop, grab a drink from the bar and plant yourself in front of one of the many TVs broadcasting the Tigers game. If you’re lucky enough to actually be going to the game, you can ride the party bus down to Comerica Park for $10.