The Best Sunny Patios in Minneapolis


Every summer, my friends and I  make it our mission to find the best sunny patios in the city. Now days, it seems like every restaurant has a patio. But does it have charm? Atmosphere? And most importantly, Sun??? Those special patios are a little harder to come by! Now that the sun is finally out and summer is here to stay, we have to maximize our exposure to it as much as possible. 

So here they are, the best sunny patios in Minneapolis with that little something extra!

Aster Cafe

Located at historic Saint Anthony Main, not much tops the Aster Cafe! Overlooking the Mississippi river and the skyline of the city, the Aster Cafe's patio also has live acoustic music some nights adding just the right amount of romance and charm. The best part of all...happy hour starts at 3pm!

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Lola's on the lake

This may just be the new hot spot on Lake Bde Make Ska (Lake Calhoun). It's grand opening is this (Memorial Day) weekend and you can expect "low and slow" smoked wings and 10 tap beers! Hopefully, you can also expect shorter lines. A speedy, second line will serve grab-and-go kids’ meals, salads, pulled pork sandwiches, and mac and cheese, ideally cutting down waits for the smoky stuff.

The Freehouse

One of the hippest Breweries in town; we love everything about The Freehouse. Whether your wanting an easy lunch  or a drink at quittin' time (4-6pm), they've got you covered. There beer is on point, and their patio is delightful. Located in the heart of the north loop, the Freehouse is the place to be.

Psycho Suzie's

An afternoon Psycho Suzie's feels like you're on vacation. This teeki themed bar/restaurant has just the right mix of tropical and kitch to make you think you've been transported to a remote island in the Carribean. Located right on the Mississippi River it's always a good time. Plan on a wait if you go at peek times on the weekends. It's definitely worth it though! 

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Betty Dangers Country Club

Ok, come on! There's a Ferris Wheel in the middle of the patio here at Betty Dangers! That's right, I said Ferris Wheel! Oh, and did I mention a revolving outdoor patio and mini golf? Need I say more? There's nothing like a trip to Betty Dangers. 

Stellas Fish Cafe

One of the highest rooftops the city has to offer, Stellas Fish Cafe is located right in the heart of the Minneapolis Uptown Neighborhood. With an historic building and a rooftop patio unlike any other, the Stella's experience is one to remember. Their happy hour (which happens every day, sometimes twice a day) is not to be missed!

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Wise Acre

This is one of the loveliest patios in Minneapolis. It's owned by Tangle Town Gardens and as you might expect, the greenery and decor is superb! It's my go to spot for sunsets and has amazing food and wine. If you're looking for a relaxing summer evening dinner, this place is perfect.


There you have it! Some of our favorite sunny patio spots in the city. Now throw on that sundress, call a couple friends,  and grab yourself a table!


Meghan Doll