As long as the summer lasts, we sing the praises of the patio. Since
its pleasures are all too fleeting in this northern climate, we sing
until the very last note of the season gets blown away by winter’s
early chill. Here are some tune-worthy outdoor spaces, paired with
appropriate melodies, that will have you crooning in no time.
The most coveted outdoor space at the Kimpton
Journeyman Hotel in the Historic Third Ward is not on the ground ...
it’s on the roof. With rooftop firepits, cabana-style seating and
shuffleboard games, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy here. And
its sunset views are only rivaled by Chef Heather Terhune’s culinary
creations and lead bartender Gen Longoria’s inventive cocktails.
As lines even to the elevator can get long during
warm weather, another rootless wonder is the roof of the Camp Bar in
Wauwatosa, where you feel like you’re in the northwoods, sipping
old-fashioneds under the stars.
“Who Let the Dogs
Call the Baha Men and tell them we finally know who
let the dogs out: Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood let the dogs out
a long time ago with South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden, but
the unparalleled views of Lake Michigan make this the best
pet-friendly place to sip a brewski with your furry friend.
Another good pet-friendly patio in Bay View is the
nearby Palomino. The brew list and the beer are worth a visit, and
you can order your best bud a Pabst, and they’ll pour it in a bowl
for him or her.
“What a Wonderful
While we can’t promise you that the skies will be
blue when you visit, there is definitely a gorgeous tree of green at
this newer spot at Kindred on KK – a lovely, light-laced Hawthorne
tree, to be exact. There’s also a stunning fire pit. No matter which
side of the patio you sit on as you sip a summer rosé, you’ll be
thinking to yourself that it’s a wonderful world.
The intimate patio tucked behind Crazy Water will
also get you thinking wonderful thoughts, especially if you’re
trying out the new brunch menu.
“Sitting on the
Dock of the Bay”
You won’t be wasting your time if you’re sitting on
the patio at the deck at the Edgewater Supper Club, enjoying a
cocktail or a beer and some delicious bites as you watch the sunset
over the lake, with colors streaking across the sky and rippling
over the water.
Another accessible patio with lake views is at
Artisan 179, where the food and beverage menu will exceed your
“Into the Woods”
The veranda at I.D. in Delafield – and it’s a veranda
here, not a patio – will definitely make you feel like you’ve
stepped into a Broadway play about fairy tales come to life. Not
only are the wooded views enchanting, so are the food and drinks
But if you want to enjoy the woods – or an outdoors
environment without having to put on bug spray – head to Harvey’s
Central Grille in Mequon because you’ll be singing the praises of
the screened in patio here. This delightful patio also boasts an
outdoor fireplace pit to take an edge off of chilly nights.