Woman laughing while enjoying cocktails on the patio overlooking the waterfront at Real Seafood Company Bay City

📍Real Seafood Company 📷 @lasilverio

 


 

Sunny afternoons, sandals, and sangria. Cool evenings, sunsets, and nights spent underneath starry skies. It's summertime in Pure Michigan, and it's time to get outside and fully enjoy!

 

There's no better place than the Great Lakes Bay to take in this delicious season, al fresco. Our neighborhoods are pleasantly packed with outdoor patios where you can experience fresh flavors, cold brews, and even live music. Read on for a few favorite places to try:

 


 

Views of the sun setting over the waterfront through a gorgeous wall of windows at Real Seafood Company Bay City

📍Real Seafood Company 📷 @maditaylorphoto

 

Best Outdoor Dining Patios in the Great Lakes Bay

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) Delight in a local, seasonal menu — Tavern Favorites to Chef's Premium Selections — when you dine on this 40-seat outdoor patio within the lush, landscaped courtyard of the H Hotel. (And try one of their classic, handcrafted cocktails to top it off.)

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

 

A glass of wine by the outdoor firebar on the patio of Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie in Frankenmuth

📍Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie 📷 @ashhhleysmith

 

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!)

Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth) What's it like tasting seasonal flavors at the oldest microbrewery in America, 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!

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!

 

Picnic tables spread out on the gorgeous, outdoor Red Keg Beer Garden lawns behind Midland Brewing Company

📍Midland Brewing Company 📷 @midlandbrewingcompany

 

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!

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 craft brew and unwind at this tucked-away spot.

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.

 

Enjoying a glass of wine on the patio of Bavarian Inn Restaurant while watching a horse-drawn carriage go by in front of Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

📍Michigan On Main Bar & Grill 📷 @heathergingercooper

 

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 outdoor patio with comfortable lounge seating and bistro lights overhead.

Slo' Bones BBQ Smokehaus (Frankenmuth) Soulful (ribs, chicken, pork & more) cuisine every day and live blues music every Thursday - Saturday, this spot is not to be missed! Neither is their wide-open patio with a pergola lined in bistro lights, where the tunes and tastes spill over all summer long.

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 regular 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 Sports Grill! With more than 28 beers on tap, burgers and wings "flying", and live music on the patio, you won't miss any part of a good time, either.

More Outdoor Dining Options (Multiple Cities) Find even more small-but-special streetside patios all throughout the region at places like Tavern 101 in Bay City, Molasses Smokehouse + Bar and Cafe Zinc in Midland, or Jake's Old City Grill and Liquid Lounge in Saginaw.

 

Heaping Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich served up outside with a beautiful backdrop of fall trees at Molasses Smokehouse + Bar in Midland

📍Molasses Smokehouse + Bar 📷 @molassesmidland

 

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.

 

Hand holding up a cold beer in front of the outdoor Larkin Beer Garden in Midland

📍Larkin Beer Garden 📷 @k_jorg

 

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.

 

Painted Adirondack chairs, cozy heat lamps, and bistro lights at Drydock Beer Garden in Bay City

📍Drydock Beer Garden 📷 @zentxmediagroup

 


 

Whether you'll experience 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 restaurants with outdoor seating in the Great Lakes Bay, enjoy every last moment you'll savor outside this season!