Axle Brewing's Livernois Tap. Photo credit: Roche Photo Collective.

Sunshine, Food & Drinks: Patio Dining in the D

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and there’s nothing like enjoying a few drinks or a meal outdoors with those you love. To help you make the most of the season, we’ve listed a few great bars and restaurants with patio dining in Metro Detroit that will make you long for cold, tall drinks on warm, breezy nights.

Axle Brewing Livernois Tap


A flight of beer from Axle Brewing’s Livernois Tap. Photo credit: Roche Photo Collective.

The Livernois Tap in Ferndale from Axle Brewing Co. has only been around for a few years, but it quickly became a favorite spot to sit outside and enjoy a cold drink with a few appetizers to share with friends.

Northern Lights Lounge

A great spot in Detroit for live music with a quaint outdoor patio; Northern Lights Lounge hosts live music almost daily, weekend brunches and more. Their mixologists are also top notch and regularly have a new special drink on the menu.

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Jolly Pumpkin

While there are several Jolly Pumpkin locations in Michigan, I want to focus on its Detroit pizzeria & brewery. Located on Canfield St., this spot is situated in a great area that is within walking distance of shops like Third Man Records and Shinola. So, do a little shopping for Detroit-made gear and then make a stop at Jolly for some amazing pizza and craft beer, which you can enjoy as you people watch from the Canfield patio.

Garage Grill & Fuel Bar


Garage Grill and Fuel Bar in downtown Northville. Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

If you’re looking for a little outdoor patio dining in a small downtown setting, Garage Grill & Fuel Bar in Northville is perfect. Whether you’re there for a weekend brunch or just spending a quiet evening outside, this historic spot features a meticulously created menu of flavorful food and drinks.

El Club

Located in Southwest Detroit, El Club is both a chic bar and music venue. Check out their calendar to find a show you might like. Get there a tad early to order a drink and hang out on the intimate patio while conversing with other music-lovers.

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