By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 29, 2022 at 4:31 PM

Cocktailing and beer drinking are year-round sports in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our beautiful but all-too-brief flirtations with warm weather. Plus, with the outdoors serving as a far safer space than inside during the pandemic, patios are bound to be hopping as soon as the infamous Wisconsin winter thaws away. 

So, to help you take the party outdoors, we're listing a good number of our favorites. (And for more outside options, check out our beer garden guide and fireside drinking guide!)

Important to note: Some patios listed here may not be in full operation. Since hours at many bars and restaurants are still in flux, be sure to verify them before heading out. Also, please take note of COVID protocols that may still be in place at individual establishments and respectfully follow them.

Be safe, be considerate – and cheers to enjoying a good drink with some rare good Wisconsin weather. And don't forget to tip!

311 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-4400
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Found in the recently renovated Pritzlaff Complex, this cozy and classy patio is an ideal escape from the city hustle and bustle, featuring classic cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere and a tasty menu of smart small plates, sandwiches, pizzas and more.

At Random
2501 S. Delaware Ave., (414) 481-8030
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Don't miss the chance to take in the throw-back ambiance at the Ice Cream Social, At Random's well-appointed mid-century modern patio serving up refreshing seasonal cocktails, floats and ice cream drinks. Read more about it.

The Backyard
2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 751-4087
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Patio space at The Backyard is dog-friendly and offers space for yard games and social distancing. It even got a bit of a facelift during the quarantine!

1716 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099
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Want a bit of an upscale feeling, just off Brady Street? Order a wine and a cheese plate to enjoy at either their streetside seating or quaint back patio. 

Barnacle Bud's
1955 S. Hilbert St., (414) 481-9974

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This place is great for so many reasons, with perhaps number one being that so few know where it is. That's because it's nestled behind Skipper Bud's on the north side of Bay View, and you have to drive through a few parking lots to find it. Once you do, though, you'll see a totally unique view of the city, with converging rivers and a backdrop that feels more Key West than Milwaukee. The bar is far from fancy, but it's good for greasy bar food, Coronas and margaritas. In terms of vibe, it's filled with people who've docked their boats, as well as landlubbers who just came to adjust their latitude.

Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr, Muskego, (414) 377-9449
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If your ideal hangout is a patio with a lake view, look no further than Bass Bay Brewhouse. Just a short drive from Milwaukee, this destination patio offers both a beautiful view of Bass Bay plus a menu of tasty craft cocktails, wines and whiskeys as well as an extensive list of Wisconsin craft brews. Had a couple of rounds, but not ready to head home? Stick around and enjoy a dish or two off of their well-executed comfort food-filled menu.

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., (414) 236-7000
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The remodeled Bierhaus is sure to have a spot perfectly suited for your drinking desires. Let's not forget Heidelberg Park biergarten just outside the historical building, which serves as a lovely spot to sip one of the numerous taps available behind the bar. 

The Beer Garden
1133 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr.
(414) 908-0401

It's a shame this Deer District hangout isn't called the Deer Garden (come on; there's still time!) but that's the only minor flaw in this otherwise outstanding space, featuring copious seating; a bar serving up tasty beers, seltzers and more; a clear roof in case the forecast turns; and a giant screen perfect for watching the biggest games. 

Bert’s Bar
3907 S. Lake Dr., (414) 744-3722
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A beer garden with a lakefront view – need we say more? Bert’s Bar has a great Friday fish fry, a jukebox and welcomes live music performances. 

Best Place
901 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 847-1330
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What's not to love about a beer garden on the site of the historic Pabst brewery? Get your PBR on tap, take in the old world charm and hang around for one of the regular weekend music acts. You can even take your picture with Captain Pabst himself (or a statue of him, anyway).

Bilda's Friess Lake Pub
4493 Highway 167, (262) 628-3454

Holy cow! This Holy Hill hub has a really stupendous patio situation to enjoy your tasty bar food as well as your fantastic brews, which Bilda's Friess Lake Pub serves up an impressive beer list, including some really unique and special offerings. 

Biloba Brewing
2970 N. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield, (262) 309-5820
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Biloba Brewing is an oasis of quality craft beer in the western suburbs. Late in summer 2017, it installed a new patio out in front of the brewery, located in the intimate setting of the old Brookfield village.

Black Husky
909 E. Locust St., (414) 763-4141

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Who's a good brewery?! Yes, it's Black Husky, a Riverwest craft brewery that concocts some tasty local suds complete with a small patio space perfect for chilling out with friends, both two legged and four. Come on, you had to know a place named after dogs would be pupper-friendly.

Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria
249 N. Water St., (414) 431-1133
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This Riverwalk patio in the heart of the Historic Third Ward is sure to delight with its waterfront views. But its menu is also perfect for noshing alongside a cool, citrusy beverage. Plus, did we mention tequila? 

Boone & Crockett
818 S. Water St., (414) 212-8115

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The warm and woodsy interior of this Milwaukee favorite may get all the attention, but the patio is awfully outstanding at Boone & Crockett as well, featuring a separate outside bar, waterfront views and food trucks providing delicious soaker pads. It's a lot to drink in – and that's before we get to the terrific drinks!

Bottle House 42
1130 N. 9th St., (414) 988-1550
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You're going to want to get a piece of this amazing patio and beer garden, which seats a crowd in front of the building, as well as on the rooftop.

304 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
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Take me out to the ballgame – and take me out to the patio at this West Side bar favorite featuring ample tucked-away seating along with tasty brews and eats. Plus you can hitch a ride to the Brewers game thanks to its ballpark shuttle!

The Brick
6343 N. Green Bay Ave., (414) 797-0710

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What's better than an outdoor patio during the lovely Wisconsin spring and summer? TWO patios during the lovely Wisconsin spring and summer – which you'll find at this popular Glendale hangout, where you can watch the big game and savor some big beer gulps while enjoying a beautiful day.

Brothers Bar & Grill
1213 N. Water St., (414) 224-1690 
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This Water Street got a fancy new look during the pandemic – including a brand new all-seasons patio complete with a high-tech retractable roof, making it perfect patio conditions no matter the weather forecast.

Cactus Club
2496 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 897-0663

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Bay View's Cactus Club expanded its outdoor seating options and now has sidewalk tables, backyard picnic tables, booths and fire pits. Frida’s Cocina taco truck is on site Thursdays-Saturdays and will eventually add Tuesday and Wednesday service when the weather warms.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
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A Third Ward rooftop bar with views of Downtown. Need we say more? Probably not, but their great collection of Belgian brews is an added bonus. There is also sidewalk seating.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa (414) 475-6771
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If you like Belgian beer, pommes frites and a cool vibe, you'll be happy to while away an afternoon at either of these venues. The Tosa location is especially ripe for people watching (and trainspotting, too).

434 S 2nd St., (414) 800-5641

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The word "camino" translates out to path – and you should follow this Camino into its fenced-in beer garden. It's the perfect place to soak in some sun while soaking up Camino's wide selection of tasty American craft brews. 

Camp Bar Tosa
6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 763-3793
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As soon as it opened, Camp Bar became the coolest place for a cocktail in East Tosa. Now, there's a patio out back and a deck above, as well, making it the coolest place in East Tosa for an outdoor cocktail.

728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
17800 W. Blue Mound Rd., (262) 261-6000
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Major renovations transformed one of the city's best Middle Eastern restaurants – and one of the Milwaukee's best buffets – into a destination. It's a hot spot for the late-night crowd too, thanks to a second floor deck that juts out over the sidewalk to offer views along Brady Street. On the west side? Check out their Brookfield location - similar vibes and same great goodies. 

The Cellar
812 W. Oakwood Rd., (414) 762-9844

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The Cellar in Oak Creek is a top-shelf outdoor drinking establishment. With roots going deep into the village's past, The Cellar has tons of history inside and even more gorgeous drinking space outside, with multiple outdoor options, regular live music, an airy yet covered all-seasons room and even a Jack Daniel's statue looking on in approval.

Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen
320 E. Clybourn St., (414) 455-8870

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The entire space at the new Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen is gorgeous, renovating a classic Cream City brick building into a beautiful hangout. But the star of the show – besides the drinks and locally made boozes, of course – might just be the top-floor patio space, featuring glowing lights and an outstanding view overlooking the freeway, Third Ward and Lake Michigan. 

City Lights Brewing
2210 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., (414) 436-1011
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Located in the heart of the Menomonee Valley, City Lights has a rockin' riverside patio that's perfect for a pint on a warm summer's day or night.

Cloud Red
4488 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 231-9660

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This Shorewood spot's cozy patio space will have you seeing ... well, the opposite of red, with plenty of comfortable seating, two firepits and a privacy wall to make it an ideal escape.

Crossroads Collective
2238 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 763-9081

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The restaurants deservedly get most of the attention at this East Side food hall, but don't overlook the Pharmacy Bar, which offers extended patio seating for distancing and, of course, delicious brews and cocktails for drinking.

Draft & Vessel
4417 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 533-5599

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Beer fans unite at this hop-happy Shorewood locale – complete with a cute little parklet perfect for enjoying your new favorite beverage on a brew-tiful Wisconsin day.

1307 E. Brady St., (414) 539-6826
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Sometimes a nice little sidewalk patio is all you need to make the day better. Use this opportunity to enjoy some Italian food and a wide-ranging cocktail list. 

Eagle Park Brewing Company
823 E. Hamilton St., (414) 585-0123
S64 W15640 Commerce Center Pkwy. Muskego
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This East Side brewery has a sunny patio located just to the west of the taproom and adjacent to the brewery's substantial fenced-in parking lot, which serves as a site for pig roasts, concerts and beer release parties. A second location is now open in Muskego – and well worth the trip! 

Elwood's Liquor & Tap
1111 N. Water St., (414) 810-1436

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No need to feel the blues at this "Blues Brothers"-named Water Street hangout – especially if you're soaking up some suds while soaking in some summer vibes on Elwood's nice little alcove, providing a little peaceful escape from the usually bustling Water Street traffic. 

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S. 76th St. and 143 W. St Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365
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The patio space out front of Southridge Mall features an outdoor bar and fire-pit along with a dining area. Brews and sun await you. The newer Explorium location in the Pritzlaff also has both a sheltered patio space (in the Tunnel) as well as a more traditional sun-drenched space.

1875 N. Humboldt Ave., (414) 226-5882
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Hello Milwaukee! Everybody's going to "everyman's cocktail bar" – and everyone knows it. And that includes its cozy patio, featuring plentiful seating and a few bar games to keep the energy and fun going even away from the pinball machines and arcade games inside.

Fuel Café 5th Street
630 S. 5th St., (414) 847-9580
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Fuel Café on 5th Street is a popular coffee shop, eatery and hangout, offering another place for bikers (and other chill folks) to relax, enjoy a cocktail or grab a cup of coffee or beer.

Good City Brewing
2108 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 539-4343
Fiserv Forum, 333 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 539-4343
11200 W. Burleigh St., (414) 539-4343
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Thanks to Good City's rooftop patio on the East Side, it's a great place to grab one of the city's best craft beers and breathe in the lake air. Head to their Deer District location and you'll find tables overlooking the Fiserv plaza. In Tosa, guests can enjoy a spacious beer garden-esque patio space that's perfect for both dining and imbibing.

Great Lakes Distillery
616 W. Virginia St., (414) 431-8683

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Great Lakes has a spacious, nicely landscaped patio with an action-packed view of the cars going round and round and round on the 6th Street roundabout. 

Harbor House 
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900
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One of the city's top seafood restaurants boasts a fine view of Lake Michigan, literally right outside the windows. But it also has an outdoor patio with a range of seating offering views of the lake, of Milwaukee Art Museum and of the changing Downtown skyline. 

The Harp Irish Pub
113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700
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Perfect for outdoor drinks and tomfoolery from spring to fall, The Harp is located half a block off Water Street. Nothing beats sitting on the patio overlooking the water on a hot summer night.

Hooligan's Super Bar 
2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230

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Back in action after a fire, Hooligan's is right in the thick of things on the East Side – and during the summer, the outdoor patio is a fun place to dine and casually take in the view of the bustling neighborhood.

The Hot House
N88W16631 Appleton Ave., (262) 812-2005

The hottest spot in Menomonee Falls is fittingly The Hot House, a former fire station that now houses this trendy bar and restaurant, featuring tasty chicken, burgers, other elevated pub grub and – in the interest of this guide – plentiful patio space with both a main front outdoor space and a back porch perfect for chilling out and cooling off. 

Hotel Madrid
600 S. 6th St., (414) 488-9146
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Among the city's collection of well-appointed patios is the gem at Hotel Madrid. In fact, there's no better place for dinner, brunch or happy hour than their beautifully landscaped, secluded yard. So grab a sangria. We'll meet you there. 
Be sure to call ahead on chilly early spring days and late fall days to make sure the outdoor seating is open!

Indeed Brewing Company
530 S. 2nd St., (414)
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Freshly opened in Milwaukee in 2019, this Minneapolis import just built a lovely little outdoor parklet out front of its Walker's Point taproom – perfect for soaking in the gorgeous Midwest weather and soaking in some delicious craft brews, including its hit pistachio cream ale.

Kegel's Beer Garden
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999

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A collaboration between this iconic West Allis restaurant staple and new favorite Public Table, this comfortable beer garden – filled with tables and firepits – is the perfect place to take in some company, some Milwaukee history and some tasty eats.

Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall
1920 S. 37th St., (414) 837-6552

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Beer goes great with just about everything – but few things compliment a tasty brew better than a patio on a beautiful Milwaukee day and live music. And if you're looking for that holy trinity, check out Kochanski's, an iconic local venue featuring a lovely open air beer garden space perfect for soaking in some sun, some suds and some great music – particularly polka. 

354 E. National Ave., (414) 272-5789
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One of the "secret gems" in the Milwaukee patio scene. The owner has tremendous style and a very green thumb, and it shows in this bar's beautiful patio. 

Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886

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What used to be a tiny gas station and parking lot is now a comfortable drinking and dining spot that has made Leff's even more popular with the Tosa crowd.

Lost Whale 
2152 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 249-3188
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Escape the world in the middle of Bay View with the outdoor PufferFish tiki bar pop-up. Plan ahead because reservations are highly recommended (with sunny drinks and even sunnier vibes, seats go fast!).

1041 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 271-3377

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The inside of this Milwaukee institution may get all the attention – and deservedly so considering the historic legacy all over its walls – but don't overlook the outside beer garden area, filled with comfortable tables and some patio games that bring a little chill, natural beer garden atmosphere to the bustling, building-filled Downtown energy. 

14460 W. College Ave., (414) 427-3838

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This New Berlin hotspot is always bumping no matter the forecast – but definitely be sure to spin by when the weather's nice with its sprawling patio set-up complete with tasty brews, delicious food and plenty of entertainment live and on screen.

1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888

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This Water Street favorite offers two floors of fun inside – but the real star is the fenced-in outdoor beer garden space in the back, featuring loads of tables, seating space and a whole bonus bar complete with several TVs keeping you up to date on the big game in between big swigs. It's a little haven by the busy Water Street drag.

The MECCA Sports Bar and Grill
1134 Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 908-0401

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It may be named after the old Downtown arena, but it's a whole new game at The MECCA. The plentiful screens inside – including the monolith centerpiece – may catch your attention, but don't forget about the patio space on both floors of this high-energy sports bar, featuring plenty of screens and a great view of Fiserv Forum right next door.

Milwaukee Ale House 
233 N. Water St., (414) 226-2337

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The Ale House, with its picturesque location on the Milwaukee River, gives diners and drinkers a spectacular backdrop to conduct the pursuit of merriment. (The craft beer selection doesn't hurt, either). It's a great place to soak up the sun or watch it set.

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-0100
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Our own Bobby Tanzilo has raved about the patio behind Sail Loft, where the Milwaukee River meets the waters of Lake Michigan in the shadow of the Hoan Bridge. With – or despite – the plaints of the seagulls, this deck (which welcomes boaters) offers urban views but the serenity of the seaside.

Mojo MKE
134 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 488-2023

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Recently moved into the former Rogues Gallery space just off the Water Street drag, the new Mojo MKE makes new visitors welcome with its nifty patio, featuring its own outside bar along with plenty of seating and space.

The Mothership
2301 S. Logan Ave., (414) 366-8525
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Nestled in a Bay View residential area, the Mothership patio is perfect for chilling and feeling the friendly neighborhood BV love. 

Motor Bar & Restaurant
401 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2778
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Enjoy a moment in the sun, plus beer, wine or cocktails on one of two of Motor's well-appointed riverfront patios. These amazing outdoor spaces are truly hidden gems. (Psst! Don't tell!)

Natty Oaks
11505 W. National Ave., (414) 543-2255

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This Stallis gameday favorite features patios for both humans and dogs, with a heated patio and plenty of tables and TVs for the two-legged visitors as well as an open green "pawtio" space for the beloved four-legged ones. 

The Newport
939 E. Conway St., (414) 486-1768
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This Bay View neighborhood icon built out its smoking deck into a full-on patio nook with tables, seating and even a TV nook for watching the big game outdoors. 

Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111

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Why do we all love The Nomad? Maybe because we can sit outside on their patio during the summer and watch the hustle and bustle of Brady Street while we sip a microbrew. Maybe it's their dangerously delicious Bloody Marys. Or their happy hour specials. Or the shade and ample seating in the back. Or the Burger Shack? Whatever. We like it.

338 S. 1st St., (414)271-7546
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The enclosed patio bar at O’Lydia’s is great for a rainy day or night – but there is also an expansive outside seating area for when the weather is right. Don't miss the reuben rolls: They will go great with your drink. 

The Outsider
310 E. Chicago St., (414) 291-3980
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Enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from The Outsider's ninth-floor rooftop patio, complete with cool seating, cozy modern fire pits and delicious cocktails.

Paddy's Pub 
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496

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This is undoubtedly one of the city's finest outdoor drinking experiences. The beautiful – not to mention large – patio is adorned with natural foliage, small white lights and ornate stonework. The music is lively and authentically Irish, and the snacks are, of course, free and plentiful. 

People's Park
337 W. Main St., (262) 522-6868

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People's Park has three tremendous floors of fun and food, but the top floor is the top spot thanks to its nice, cozy and often quirky outdoor rooftop set-up, perfect for catching up with people or simply people watching on the street below.

The Pivot Room
185 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, (262) 317-3400
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The Pivot Room (located inside WhirlyBall at Brookfield Square) offers an expansive outdoor patio and rooftop terrace, plus daily happy hour specials and monthly featured beers.

Public Table
5835 W. National Ave., (414) 488-2948

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Teaming up with local Stallis landmark Kegel's Inn, Public Table complements its stellar indoor restaurant space with a cozy beer garden patio, featuring firepits and plenty of tables (fittingly, considering "table" is right there in the name). 

Punch Bowl Social
1122 Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 204-7544

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After a long delay, Punch Bowl Social in Deer District finally reopened this past March, complete with its patio areas offering the perfect view overlooking all the Bucks fans, March Madness fans and more heading in for their Fiserv Forum games. And speaking of games, you can play plenty of your own at this interactive energetic hot spot.

Raised Grain Brewing Co.
1725 Dolphin Dr Ste B, (262) 505-5942

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Raised Grain is raising the bar when it comes to ourdoor drinking and summer suds fun. In addition to its regular pop-up beer gardens in parks around the area, the brewery hub also features an outdoor deck space perfect for enjoying some local brews in the summer sun. 

Red Lion Pub on Tannery Row
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-9009
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Take in rooftop vibes at the patio at Red Lion Pub. Games, food and more await you on this perch above Water Street. And if it's a little too chilly up there, check out the heated patio off to Red Lion's side.

Rock Bottom Brewery 
740 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 276-3030

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With good bar food and an awesome setting on the Milwaukee River, Rock Bottom is a great Downtown place to turn happy hour into dinner into an evening of fun. Note: The outdoor patio seating is currently closed but stay tuned for its return come warmer climes!

Santino's Little Italy
352 E. Stewart St., (414) 897-7367

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The pizza may be the star at this Bay View restaurant, but it's even better when it comes with a side of a sunny patio. Santino's definitely serves that up with its outdoor seating space – complete with some lawn games to help work off the several scrumptuous slices you've just gobbled down. 

606 S. 5th S., (414) 635-0882
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Snifter's cozy patio seating in the rear of the building will feel like you are in another world. Enjoy a cold one and chill out – or get moving to the music! 

Sprecher Brewery beer garden aka "Outdoor Oasis"
2200 W. Bender Rd, (414) 964-7837
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Enjoy a cold Sprecher while taking in this oasis. In addition to serving beer and soda the oasis will also offer hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ice cream and other snacks. The park also has indoor restrooms – including a family bathroom – a large accessible playground, access to the Oak Leaf Trail and free parking. 

Station No. 6
6800 W. Becher St.

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This Stallis hangout may be called Station No. 6, but when it comes to living that patio life, it's number one in our hearts thanks to its lovely outdoor beer garden space – complete with cozy fireside seating.

800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139

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One of the most beloved sports bars in Brew City, Steny's patio is ready for just about anything – quite literally, thanks to its handy covering making sure you've got a great outdoor hangout practically rain or shine. Add in the great bar grub and no wonder it's an icon.

Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324
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Comfort food and more than 50 beers on tap combine with a great riverside patio to create an inviting vibe that's walkable from the bar zones on North Avenue and Brady Street.

Sugar Maple
441 E. Lincoln Ave., (414) 509-6035

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This Bay View favorite has earned plenty of plaudits over the years thanks to its routinely spectacular beer list, always rotating in unique craft brews as well as bringing in brewers and special tastings to impress your palate. And while the inside is sleek and warm, don't miss out on the patio space as well, offering a comfy escape from the busy center of Bay View and decorated with all sorts of swag from breweries that have graced their terrific taps. 

Third Space Brewing
1505 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 909-2337
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One of the top craft brewers in town has a happening beer garden at its seemingly ever-growing Menomonee Valley brewery. The tap room and patio truly are a Happy Place. 

Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 763-6992

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Three Lions Pub brings a cozy blast of Britain into Brew City, from the many televisions blasting the day's biggest matches from across the pond to its beer list of craft brews from here and elsewhere. And for a bonus friendly pub vibe, there's a pleasant little porch in front that's jolly good. (British people still say that, right?)

Tied House
124 N. Water St.
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This patio tucked in off Water Street is already beautiful, typically strewn with lights and tables – but during the pandemic, Tied House has pivoted with gorgeous themed patio concepts, including one coming this summer season called "Resort Life." Definitely stay tuned for that!

Tin Widow
703 S. 2nd St., (414) 412-6131
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Outdoor seating in front of the vintage-style lounge allows for excellent scene-watching on Second Street. Grab a kit to go and enjoy! 

Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 278-7033

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When things get crowded inside, it's nice to have a patio to escape to and get some fresh air. But Trinity's is so nice that it's worth a stop all on its own. With stone accents and scores of nooks and crannies for you and your friends to sit and relax, Trinity's patio is practically a separate bar. 

Twisted Fisherman
1200 W. Canal St., (414) 384-2722
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Picnic tables, umbrellas, cold drinks and a handful of crab legs sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Twisted Fisherman’s outdoor seating area is big enough to enjoy a seafood with friends, yet cozy enough to share drinks with a special someone.

Umbrella Bar
7005 S. Ballpark Dr., (414) 529-7676

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Get some fresh air and a fresh pint at this tip-top Franklin outdoor space – quite literally, as the hilltop Umbrella Bar overlooks the impressive suburban sporting complex and all the baseball fields below, giving you the best view in the house. Not a sports fan? The Umbrella Bar also hosts regular live music nights. Whether you want to dance, drink or see some dingers, The Umbrella Bar is the perfect place.

Uncle Buck's
1125 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 988-0355

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Located right next to Deer District on Old World Third Street, Uncle Buck's features several floors of fun – most notably on the top level, which features an great rooftop bar area with drinks to stay lively, fireside seating to stay warm when the temperature drops and a view down the main drag to stay entertained watching all the activity. 

Up-Down MKE
615 E. Brady St., (414) 585-0880

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Games are all over the place at this Brady Street arcade bar – and that includes outside, where gamers can find some awesome game console action as well as classic old-school entertainment like giant Connect Four and more.

The Vanguard
2659 S. Kinickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593
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The patio in back of Milwaukee's "go to" sausage joint is a winning proposition. It comes complete with shade, string lights, picnic tables and tables for smaller groups of two to four.

View MKE (temporarily closed but stay tuned)
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763-0003
You would hope a restaurant called View MKE would have quite the view for outdoor dining and drinking – and you would be right, as the Brewers Hill spot offers a pretty tremendous view of the city to drink in while you're drinking your beverage of choice.

Von Trier 
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775
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The small, triangular beer garden at Von Trier is cozy and enclosed, making you feel like part of an exclusive beer-swilling club on a warm summer evening.

Walker's Pint
818 S. 2nd St., (414) 643-7468
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Walker's Pint offers a partially-covered patio that still feels connected to the action inside the bar. 

The Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway St., (414) 223-0345

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In the warm months, there's plenty of outdoor seating under the huge metal awning on Broadway. Thanks to its proximity to the Milwaukee Public Market, there's plenty of people-watching to enjoy as well. 

The Yard
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4615

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More than one guest has soaked up the atmosphere outside the Iron Horse Hotel and exclaimed "I feel like I'm in another city!" With nearly 5,000 square feet of space featuring upholstered sectionals and a comfortable upscale vibe, this is a place to sip tasty, creative (and fancy) cocktails and watch the beautiful people.