When it comes to patio drinking and dining, these places have the patio game on lock. Whether in the mood for a quiet night under the stars or a full-on garden to run through while drinking mojitos, check out these popular spots with the best outdoor patios.
Ottava Via
1400 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-5500
www.facebook.com/Ottavaviadetroit

This sensational spot serves up wood-fired pizza, an antipasti plate and other Italian goodies. While the interior is pretty excellent, head outside, because it gets even better. If you’re into flowers spilling out everywhere you look, in technicolor, this is the place for you. The brickwork is solid, twinkling lights, strung overhead. Try a refreshing Ginger Pesca or order the sangria and order a pitcher.

Woodbridge Pub
5169 Trumbull Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 833-2701
www.woodbridgepub.com

Woodbridge Pub is known for its chill atmosphere and friendly staff. It caters to a ton of regulars and a good mix of newcomers, which has led to its classification as one of Detroit’s favorite watering holes. The enclosed patio outside is just one more reason to frequent this neighborhood pub. The drinks are another. Order a microbrew made by a local brewery or a hand-crafted drink, mixed up by one of the skilled bartenders on the scene.

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Mercury Burger Bar
2163 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 964-5000
www.mercuryburgerbar.com

Sit under the stars and strings of twinkling lights at Mercury Burger Bar. This swank greasy spoon has all the style of a retro diner, with a contemporary menu that make this a hit with locals and visitors alike. Chill with friends while enjoying the great outdoors during those coveted months when the weather report is glorious. The patio at Mercury features murals and graffiti and tons of tables where you can spend your time soaking in the sun and gazing at the night sky. This spot features the best boozy shakes and a list of beer that’ll keep you busy for a while.

Toast
23144 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 398-0444
www.metroalive.com

Toast reigns supreme for a boozy breakfast and lunch, and has a splendid outdoor patio perfect for throwing back those refreshing morning drinks. Toast is an awesome experience all around, but the outdoor area pushes it over the edge. The outdoor area is reminiscent of a narrow alley, but much better. The atmosphere is chill and the perfect remedy after a long night. When you’re sitting in a garden oasis, you’ll need a tropical-tasting drink to go with that. Try the Champagne Sunrise for a light drink, Lindsey’s Lucky Lemons made with fresh-squeezed lemons and ginger simple syrup or the Jen N’ Juice which has citrus and other fruits.

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Seva
66 E. Forest Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-6661
www.sevarestaurant.com

Seva is a vegetarian spot that features the ultimate in outdoor dining and drinking. The patio is expansive and the wine list extensive. Seva also has a great selection of beer. Order up a frosty beverage then snag a spot under one of the umbrellas set up to shield patrons from the shining sun. Must try drinks include the Ginger Julep, Lavender Lemon Drop or a classic Moscow Mule. Swing by for Happy Hour, which means half off wine and draft beer, plus $1 off cocktails Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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