Real Seafood Company

Real Seafood Company (Bay City) Dine on one of two levels of decks at Real Seafood Company in Uptown Bay City, and be ready for not only premium selections (even fresh-catch from the Great Lakes), but also sparkling views overlooking the Saginaw River.

ONe eighteen (Midland) Boasting outdoor seating for over 100 guests in a beautifully landscaped courtyard along Downtown Midland’s quaint Main Street, ONe eighteen offers an authentic food and beverage experience. Enjoy tavern favorites and classic cocktails while you relax and reconnect in the fresh, open air.

Prost | @prostwinebar

Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie (Frankenmuth) Cozy up on the intimate patio at Prost — savoring small plates and sipping handcrafted cocktails, brews, and wines on tap — in the warm glow of the fire bar, to appreciate the full experience.

Tiffany's Food & Spirits (Frankenmuth) Time it right for front-row seating to many Downtown Frankenmuth events on the sprawling patio at Tiffany's Food & Spirits! Dine and drink anytime, though, for good times and great food. (If their "PastaPitza" doesn't bring you back, Tiffany's Pale Ale will!)

Whine (Midland) Bocce ball, anyone? There's a custom-made court along with a comfortable patio for you to experience at Whine in Midland, a "stylish (but not stuffy)" place. Order small plates created to be paired with an extensive wine list from across the world, and craft brews, too.

Riverfront Grille & Lounge
(Bay City) Dine on this patio of the DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City - Riverfront and enjoy dreamy views of the Saginaw River (maybe even of BaySail's Appledore tall ships). Sink into comfortable lounge furniture with a nightcap and enjoy the outdoor fire bar!

Midland Brewing | @midlandbrewingcompany

Midland Brewing Company (Midland) Serving pub-style food and inventive craft beers that honor regional history (try Lumberjack Brawl and Jenny Series selections), Midland Brewing Company is home to the Red Keg Beer Garden, too. Consider this the place to be for yard games, live entertainment, and summer nights spent around the firepit!

Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) What's it like tasting seasonal flavors at the oldest microbrewery in Michigan, with spectacular views overlooking the Cass River? You'll have to venture to Frankenmuth to find out! Maybe order a Brewhouse Sandwich or Entree; definitely enjoy a flight and the scenery!

Michigan on Main

Michigan on Main Bar & Grill (Frankenmuth) Look out over Main Street while people-watching on this gorgeous Frankenmuth patio, part of Bavarian Inn Restaurant and in the center of it all! Sample 17 rotating Michigan craft brews on tap and locally sourced, seasonal fare.

Slo' Bones BBQ Smokehaus (Frankenmuth) With soulful, slow-smoked eats every day and live blues music every Thursday - Saturday, this spot is not to be missed! Neither is their patio with a pergola lined in bistro lights, where the tunes and tastes spill over all summer long.

The Maple Grille | @rachelwazhere

The Maple Grille Restaurant and Microbrewery (Hemlock) Choose something from the day's chalkboard menu, then grab a picnic table or a seat around the outdoor, wood-fired barrel grills to see your farm-to-table selections cooked up before your eyes! Wash it down with a wood-fired brew and unwind at this tucked-away spot.

Gratzi (Midland) Dine on chef-inspired dishes from the various regions of Italy (like Pappardelle Bolognese, Parmigiano di Coregone, or Neapolitan-style pizze) in the ambiance of this inviting Mezzanine balcony with comfortable lounge seating and string lights overhead.

WhichCraft Taproom (Midland) Experience intimate patios both in front and out back at this spot serving up only made-in-Michigan beer, wine, cider, and mead. Enjoy tap takeovers and picnic tables to sample at!

Big E's Sports Grill
(Midland) With more than 60 HDTVs, you won't miss the score at Big E's! With more than 28 beers on tap, great burgers and wings, and live music on the patio, you won't miss any part of a good time, either.

Find More Small-But-Special Patios They're peppered all throughout the region at places like Tavern 101 in Bay City, Molasses Smokehouse + Bar and Cafe Zinc in Midland, and Jake's Old City Grill in Saginaw. Learn More
Drydock Beer Garden | @zentxmediagroup

Outdoor Beer Gardens

Larkin Beer Garden (Midland) The "air is warm, the beer is cold, and the company is great" at Larkin Beer Garden, Midland's outdoor bar made from an old shipping container! Families (and pets) are welcome on Thursday and Friday nights through September to enjoy brews, life-sized board games, and summer fun.

Schnitzelbank Biergarten (Frankenmuth) Outdoor biergarten bringing live, nightly entertainment (plus delicious food and drinks) to the welcoming patio in front of Bavarian Inn Lodge, May to October, weather permitting.

Drydock Beer Garden (Bay City) Seasonal, outdoor beer garden benefiting local non-profits — and bringing delicious sips to a one-of-a-kind gathering space tucked inside Unity Park.

Enjoy every moment savored outside this season Get a taste of Italy while dining al fresco at Villa D'Alessandro's or DaVinci's, keep things casual at Timbers Bar & Grill or Castaways, or explore dozens of other spots for outdoor dining in the Great Lakes Bay! Learn More
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