By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Oct 09, 2020 at 9:01 AM

In our climate, we always devour whatever outdoor drinking time we can get in Milwaukee.

But, this year, sitting outside has been a real godsend for restaurateurs and tavernkeepers fighting to stay alive during the pandemic. It's also given the rest of us a much needed place to go enjoy ourselves (safely, please!) during so many months otherwise stuck at home.

As fall brings cooler temperatures and the promise of the annual frigidity, there's nothing like a fireplace, a fire pit or a fire table to not only extend the season, but provide the kind of ambience a big gas heater just doesn't offer. Here is a list of area venues with patio fire features where you can go, enjoy a drink and carve a little happiness out of our long, dark winter.

Looking for a cozy spot to enjoy dinnner?  Check out our patio dining guide, which features a comprehensive list of restaurants, including those with heated outdoor patios.

We will continually update this guide, so be sure to check back often. And, remember, as always – but especially in these times – call ahead to make sure your favorite places are open and to make a reservation, if necessary.

Please wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and let's all get through this together.

Please read before using this guide: Due to the statewide mandate passed in Wisconsin, masks are required to be worn by diners at all venues statewide (except when eating and drinking), including local patios. Need a mask? Here is where to get one locally. Please educate yourself on the mandates before venturing out.

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Bay View & St. Francis
East Side
North Shore & Northern Suburbs
South Side
Third Ward
Walker's Point & Menomonee Valley
West Allis
West Side

Bay View & St. Francis

PufferFish at Lost Whale
2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 249-3188

South Shore Terrace Beer Garden
2900 S. Shore Dr., (414) 257-5616

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


Captain Pabst Pilot House
1037 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 908-0025

425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586

Glass + Griddle
1130 N. 9th St.,  (414) 988-1551

The Explorium Brewpub
143 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365

1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888


East Side

Champions Pub
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440

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

Von Trier
2235 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 272-1775

North Shore & Northern Suburbs

The baaree at the cheel
105 S. Main St., Thiensville, (262) 236-9463
Reservations highly recommended for patio seating.

Cafe Hollander
5900 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 236-0107

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

Harry's on Oakland
3549 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-6800


Lakefront Brewery & Beer Hall
1872 N Commerce St., (414) 372-8800

1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020

View MKE
1818 N. Hubbard St., (414) 763.0003

South Side & Suburbs

Blum Coffee Garden
4930 W. Loomis Rd., Greenfield, (414) 282-4220

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S 76th St., Greendale, (414) 423-1365

Third Ward

Café Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500

The Outsider at the Kimpton Journeyman
310 E. Chicago Ave., (414) 291-3970

Tied House
124 N. Water St.

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

Walker's Point & Menomonee Valley

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

City Lights Brewing
2200 W. Mount Vernon Ave., (414) 436-1011

Hotel Madrid /  MOVIDA
600 S. Sixth St., (414) 488-9146

Stone Creek Coffee
158 S. Barclay St., (414) 270-0028

The Yard at The Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., (414) 831-4677


6745 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-4800

2300 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 867-9200

Ferch's Crafthouse Grille
418 N. Mayfair Rd., (262) 770-3902

West Allis

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

Station No. 6
6800 W. Becher St., West Allis

West Side & Suburbs

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

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.