Since summer is in full-swing, it’s time to get out there and enjoy Minnesota’s beautiful, albeit short, hot weather. And since Minnesotans endured one of the most brutal winters in a long time, there’s no better way to soak up the sun than to gather some friends and hit up some of the Twin Cities’ best rooftops and patios. So without further ado, here is a list of a few of the coolest outdoor dining/drinking hot spots in Minneapolis.
Union Restaurant & Bar
Located on busy Hennepin Avenue, this local haunt boasts a rooftop patio, awesome views of downtown and great food. Since the roof is retractable, the patio can be enjoyed year-round but summer is, by far, the best time to check it out. 731 Hennepin Ave.,Minneapolis; 612-455-6690; unionmpls.com
Another Hennepin Avenue favorite, this hot spot makes the list because of its awesome tapas selection (over 40!), extensive Spanish wine menu and its beautiful rooftop views. It also doesn’t hurt to mention that every Tuesday and Sunday night throughout the summer, Solera hosts its Rooftop Movie Night in which you can enjoy a popular movie and some awesome food and drinks all under a blanket of stars. 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-0062; solera-restaurant.com
Stella’s Fish Café
With Stella’s popularity and busyness, it’s not uncommon for this Uptown hangout to have wait times for the roof that exceed an hour. But once you get up to the two-tiered rooftop deck, you won’t be angry that you had to wait. Besides the amazing views, Stella’s offers delicious seafood and some of the best margaritas money can buy. 1400 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-824-8862; stellasfishcafe.com
You can’t come to the city and not check out this local favorite because to do so would be an atrocity. Brit’s Pub not only has a multi-tiered rooftop patio, but they also offer a lawn-bowling green for all their patrons to enjoy. If you’re not quite feeling the rooftop experience, the sidewalk patio out front set along lively Nicollet Mall is also a worthy option. 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-3908; britspub.com
With its setting in quaint Northeast Minneapolis and the Polynesian-themed deck that overlooks the Mississippi, it’s not hard to understand why Psycho Suzi’s is a Minneapolis must. In addition to the amazing deck, the huge, flaming cocktails and giant pizzas keep people coming back to this Northeast institution. 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-788-9069; psychosuzis.com