Open Season

In the sultry season, nothing quite compares to savoring a bit of café society with fellow citizens who’ve suddenly spilled onto the streets. It’s time to grab a seat in the shade or the sun or under the stars, grip a cool glass with pleasantly clinking cubes, and take in a view of city skyline, suburban passersby, or blue horizon. Here’s a sampling of metro Detroit decks, patios, and sidewalk cafés to quench your thirst for summer


Amici’s Pizza and the Living Room
3249 Twelve Mile Rd.,
Berkley; 248-544-4100
Seating: Patio

Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
400 Renaissance Center,
Detroit; 313-567-6700
Seating: Sidewalk overlooking the river

Andiamo Sterling Heights
14425 Lakeside Circle,
Sterling Heights;
Seating: Patio with awning
Favorite drinks: Summer martinis

Bacco Ristorante

29410 Northwestern Hwy.,
Southfield; 248-356-6600
Seating: Patio with canopy

Beach Grill
24420 Jefferson
St. Clair Shores;
Seating: Deck

Big Rock Chophouse
245 South Eton St.,
Seating: Covered terrace

22930 Woodward,
Ferndale; 248-541-8818
Seating: Courtyard and deck

17460 Hall Rd., Clinton
Township (The Mall at Partridge Creek);
Seating: Terrace, awnings
Favorite drinks: Bellinis and summer martinis

Cheli’s Chili
47 E. Adams, Detroit;
313-961-1700 and
21918 Michigan Ave.,
Dearborn; 313-274-9700
Seating: Rooftop

Clarkston Union
54 S. Main St., Clarkston;
Seating: Patio

Elwood Bar & Grill
300 Adams, Detroit;
Seating: Patio

Ernie’s Club

6655 19 Mile Rd.,
Clinton Township;
Seating: Deck
Favorite drinks: Raspberry, blueberry, and peach mojitos

Fifth Avenue
215 W. Fifth St., Royal
Oak; 248-542-9922
Seating: Patio

23722 Jefferson, St Clair
Shores; 586-498-300
Seating: Patio

Hayloft Saloon
8070 Greenfield Rd.,
Detroit; 313-581-8913
Seating: Patio

Honest John’s
488 Selden, Detroit;
Seating: Patio
Favorite drink: Cass Tea

Hockeytown Café
2301 Woodward,
Detroit; 313-965-9500
Seating: Rooftop

La Dolce Vita
17546 Woodward,
Detroit; 313-865-0331
Seating: Ivy-covered patio/courtyard
Favorite drinks: Cosmo and specialty martinis

Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave.,
Detroit; 313-961-4668
Seating: Patio

Los Galanes
3362 Bagley, Detroit;
Seating: Patio
Favorite drinks: Signature margaritas

Main Street Billiards
215 S. Main St.,
Seating: Patio

The Majestic Café
4120-4140 Woodward,
Detroit; 313- 833-9700, ext. 213
Seating: Rooftop

Memphis Smoke
100 South Main St., Royal
Oak; 248-543-4300
Seating: Rooftop

Mr. B’s Pub
423 Main St.,
Rochester; 248-651-6534
Seating: Rooftop
215 S. Main St.,
Royal Oak; 248-399-0017
Seating: Sidewalk café

Motor City Brewing Works
470 W. Canfield, Detroit;
Seating: Rooftop

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
17390 Hall Rd.,
Clinton Township (The Mall at Partridge Creek);
Seating: Patio

Pulse Lounge
156 Monroe, Detroit;
Seating: Patio

The Royal Oak Brewery
215 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak;
Seating: Beer garden

Seldom Blues
400 Renaissance Center,
Detroit; 313-567-7301
Seating: Balcony

Tin Fish Resort
10069 Dixie Hwy.,
Fair Haven;
Seating: Three-tier deck

220 Merrill
220 E. Merrill St.,
Seating: Sidewalk café

24 Seconds
3071 Twelve Mile
Rd., Berkley;
Seating: Rooftop

The Whitney

4421 Woodward, Detroit;
Seating: Garden

Woodward Avenue Brewery
22646 Woodward,
Ferndale; 248-546-3696
Seating: Sidewalk café

The Woodward Restaurant
1040 Woodward, Detroit;
Seating: Patio

Woody’s Diner
208 Fifth Ave., Royal Oak;
Seating: Rooftop
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