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 and watch the hustle and bustle of West 7th Street below.
Ox Cart Ale House
If you’ve heard anything about the Twin Cities’ stellar dining scene, you’ve heard about the outstanding food in Lowertown. Ox Cart Ale House is one of the area’s newer standouts and its rooftop bar, right across the street from CHS Field, offers one of the best views of city. Bring your friends for a game of shuffleboard, a housemade sausage and a cold beer on top of Saint Paul.
Flat Earth Brewing
The Flat Earth Brewing Company’s taproom opened in Saint Paul’s oldest building last year, and the beer brewers opened up the courtyard to create a one-of-a-kind patio that gives you a reason to check out more of the East Side.
One of the best patios in town for a casual night out is this charming courtyard that’s snuggled in on Dale. 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 CraftBeer.com’s 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 West 7th taproom opened in the fall of 2015, and it's patio quickly became one of the best. 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 that you’ll ever encounter—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 bustle 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, then 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 the 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.
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.
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.