The weekend weather is looking quite fetching and because bars and restaurants beyond Milwaukee proper can now legally open, some folks are ready to toast a less-challenging new season.
Of course, the pandemic is still out there, so picking a patio versus sitting inside a bar or restaurant might be less of a health risk. Thus, there are many spots with outdoor drinking and eating areas that are ready to finally put the "social" in social distancing.
We are all feeling we deserve some fresh air, literally and figuratively, but let's be smart, careful and kind as we navigate back into this new wacky world.
Here are 13 spots with patios that are practicing health and safety reopening guidelines as recommended by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Some have limited hours and / or limited patio hours.
179 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee
Artisan is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego
BBB is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Camp Bar – Tosa
6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
This Camp Bar location is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to close; Fridays from 3 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from noon to close. The patio, however, closes every night at 11 p.m.
Casablanca – Brookfield
17800 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield
As of Friday, May 28 the Casablanca in Brookfield's upstairs patio will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and from 4 p.m. to close on weekends.
3455 E. Layton Ave, Cudahy
City Lounge and its patio is open from 3 p.m. to close, nightly. The pop-up "Seinfeld" themed pop-up bar is open inside the bar / restaurant through the end of June.
5300 S. 76th St., Greendale
Explorium Brewpub, inside the Southridge Mall, is open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends.
Leff’s Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., Wauwatosa
Leff's dining room is not open, but the socially-distanced patio is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Matty’s Bar & Grille
14460 W. College Ave, New Berlin
Matty's patio – "Rustic Bar" is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, weather dependent.
11505 W. National Ave., West Allis
The "patio" and pawtio are now open for humans and their pups from 11 a.m. to bar time.
Paulie’s Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis
Paulie's and its patio are open until bar time, but stops serving food around 9 or 10 p.m. nightly.
2245 E. St. Francis Ave, St. Francis
Redbar has a spanking new backyard patio (not in photo), and it's open from 2 p.m. until close during the week and 11 a.m. until close on the weekend. Saucy Swine food is also available.
W278 N2315 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee
Sports Dock in Pewaukee – and its beach – open daily at 11 a.m.
6502 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa
Wauwatiki and its patio is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 to 10 p.m.
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