This is Minnesota, and warm weather doesn't last forever. With that said, we're leaving the office early for these patios.
If you've never experienced the double-decker patio at Cossetta's/Louis, the time is now. The top shelf is the Louis rooftop patio with a full bar and fantastic views of the city, and a level down is the Cossetta patio where you can enjoy a slice of pizza or some pasta while watching the hustle and bustle of West 7th Street.
Patio dining at the Como Lakeside Pavillion is back and better than ever with the addition of Spring Cafe. Tasty eats, lakeside views and occasional live music make this patio hard to beat.
Ox Cart Ale House & Rooftop
If you’ve heard anything about the Twin Cities’ stellar dining scene, you’ve heard about the outstanding food in Lowertown. Right across the street from CHS Field, Ox Cart's Rooftop offers one of the best views of the city. Bring your friends for a game of shuffleboard, tasty sandwiches and a cold beer on top of Saint Paul.
Saint Paul's Flat Earth Brewing
One of the best patios in town for a casual night out is this charming spot snuggled in on Dale Street. If you’re looking for entertaining animal murals, enchanting fireplaces, amusing patrons and great drink specials, let us know and we’ll meet you at Sweeney’s.
The Happy Gnome
As if we needed a second reason to visit one of the best beer bars in America, The Happy Gnome hosts a legendary Cathedral Hill patio that goes perfectly with its 89 taps. Spend the evening fenced away from Selby in front of the fireplace, chatting about who’s cabin will be the most fun this year.
Bad Weather Brewing
This popular West 7th taproom is one of our favorite brewery-patio pairings. We’ll challenge you to a game of bags—loser buys the next flight.
Any “best patios” list that doesn’t have W.A. Frost on it is wasting your time. Not only is this one of the most romantic restaurants you’ll come across—it’s also the best place to settle into a garden with a cocktail and enjoy Minnesota’s prime patio weather.
We’re all Irish at The Liffey on West 7th, especially when you order a Big Ginger (the specialty house drink made with 2 Gingers whiskey). The Cathedral is your backdrop, you’re above the buzz of West 7th and you’re sure to meet some friendly patrons.
If you prefer to indulge in fine Italian cuisine while enjoying the best of a Minnesota summer, La Grolla is your jam. The intimate restaurant on Cathedral Hill features a cozy patio where you can enjoy views of the city beyond its beautiful vine-covered walls.
You've likely been to Burger Moe's in the dead of winter before heading to a Minnesota Wild game at the X but, when the temps rise and we swap hockey for baseball, you really need to pay a visit to their patio. Burger Moe's is a guaranteed hit for a delicious burger and a brew in the company of good friends —there may even be live music (if you're lucky).
Billy's On Grand
There's nothing like Grand Avenue in the summertime, and there's no better place to enjoy those iconic sites and sounds than at Billy's. The spacious patio is a perfect hang-out spot before cooling off with some ice cream at Grand Ole Creamery.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
Enjoy a lazy weekend brunch nestled in on the patio at French Meadow—their outdoor dining area is just as charming as you'd imagine.
Red River Kitchen at City House
We wait all winter to enjoy a Cubano and a brew while overlooking the Mississippi at Red River Kitchen at City House, and boy is it worth the wait. The only true riverside patio in Saint Paul, you'll definitely want to add this one to your regular rotation of patio spots.
Moscow on the Hill
If you like your patio relaxation with a side of authentic Russian eats, this Cathedral Hill staple is the best place to be.
Your new favorite pizza patio is in Como Park. Enjoy a lazy afternoon with a delicious slice of 'za and a refreshing pitcher at Delicata.
At Great Waters' year-round patio, nestled into Saint Paul's only pedestrian mall, you'll get downtown views without the disturbing whiz of traffic.
Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub
A popular pre-Wild game spot in the winter, Tom Reid's stepped up their patio game this past year with a completely renovated space featuring a fireplace for those who brave all the conditions.
Want to bring your pooch along? Check out our dog-friendly blog for a list of patios that allow your four-legged friends.
Of course, there are so many more patios in the city, and we want to know which is your favorite. Shout it out to us on Twitter or Facebook, and share your favorite patio photos on Instagram with the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL.