Top 5 patio bars: Minneapolis and St. Paul

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Crazy for Psycho Suzi's patio
Once again it's the season when Minnesotans flock to restaurant patios and rooftops to enjoy the weather. And while food is critical in patio dining, at this time of year a refreshing drink and relaxed conversation can assume just as much importance. We took a look at the best spots in both Minneapolis and St. Paul that combined a great patio with a vibrant bar scene. The attributes that landed a restaurant on this list included the view, the vibe, and a restaurant's happy hour food and drink specials. Here's our list of the top 5 patio and rooftops bars on both sides of the river.


ST. PAUL'S TOP 5

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W.A. Frost & Company's Patio Bar and Dining

1. W.A. Frost & Company
The restaurant's patio is breathtaking, however happy hour is only available in the main bar and the garden bar area, as the majority of the patio is considered part of its dining area. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., with discounts on featured cocktails and selected wine, beer, and appetizers.







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The Liffey's Rooftop

2.The Liffey
The Irish pub has a great centralized location in downtown St. Paul with a patio bar and separate seating for the patio, which is great for groups. Happy hour drink specials run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on event nights, with $1.50 off all pints and house rails, $1 off bottle beers, $3 to $5 for wines by the glass and cocktails, $10 on selected bottles of wines, and selected appetizers served from 2 to 6 p.m. daily.


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Moscow on the Hill patio during the fall season

3. Moscow on the Hill
The restaurant's patio is small but cozy, with vine trellis plants that change colors with the seasons. The restaurant even provides blankets on chilly or rainy nights. The happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. (excluding holidays, holiday weekends, and special events) and includes selected appetizers, house wines, tap beers, and featured cocktails.




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Salut Bar Americain's patio has ample sunlight


4. Salut Bar Americain
The restaurant has a large patio that gets lots of sunlight during the summer months. Their happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and late night from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. It includes $4 tap beers, well drinks, and house wines, selected small plates, and $1.95 oysters. 






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Sweeney's Saloon and Cafe offers overhead heaters to keep patrons warm

Location Info

W.A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN

Category: Restaurant

The Liffey

175 W. 7th St., St. Paul, MN

Category: Music

Moscow On the Hill Restaurant

371 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN

Category: Music


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22 comments
loserdroid
loserdroid

Lol... this is a really lazy list.   I mean... has this reviewer ever been to Minneapolis?  How about Britt's Pub for some rooftop lawn bowling on its absolutely massive breezy deck?  What if you want to be in the presence of, you know, "people".   Not a lot of them partying in St. Paul.

Bubba Silva
Bubba Silva

U say potato, I say I'm getting fuckin hammered but NOT in Murderapolis!! Kevin

Steve Rood
Steve Rood

Calhoun Lake? Who writes this stuff?

Nina Carroll
Nina Carroll

Ah, Minneapolis - memories of some interesting wine shops.

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

try Rojo / Crave at West End-St Louis Park !:D

Sheriff41
Sheriff41

As a new resident of St. Paul, I can't wait to try these out!

AG
AG

No mention of Republic?  C'mon CP.

John Taylor
John Taylor

This just makes me miss the Bedlam Theater.  Best deck ever.  R.I.P.

Erin's Voice
Erin's Voice

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Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith

The St. Paul list is strong and what I would have selected for the most part, but this Minneapolis list is shockingly unresearched!

Urban Eatery is a piece of concrete sidewalk with uncomfortable seating and a view of the TRAFFIC along the lake. Even Tryg's is better.

Stella's is so packed with people that can't walk straight. While across the street the Cafeteria has much better use of its outdoor space, plus it evening sun and less wind gusts! 

What about Brits? Or Jax Cafe? Heidi's on Hennepin in Northeast? Along St. Anthony Main, like Aster Cafe or Wilde Roast? Or venture into South Minneapolis for a neighborhood joint and find what the locals dig.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

No Brit's Pub? Stella's? come on now it's tiny and full of wannabe thugs.

mrblaq
mrblaq

@Bubba Silva How old and stale is your brain? It's not the 90s anymore, dude.

Greg G
Greg G

I'd completely agree, Maureen.  I'd rather go to any of the Minneapolis places you mention than the ones in the article.  Although, is Jax's patio part of the bar, or is it considered dining room?

mrblaq
mrblaq

@JonnyBeGood Yeah, what other patio has freakin' GRASS to sit in and watch movies? Huh? YEAH!  And yeah, I agree about Stella's, thankfully it exists as a decoy to keep the uptown condo dbags away from finer establishments.

Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith

I know you can eat out on the patio, but I'm not certain if it's limited to the bar menu or if you can get the full menu. However, according to their website, happy hour specials are available in both the bar AND patio, which is not always the norm for patios. I think that's a nice perk.

johnny
johnny

the Nomad on cedar has an awesome atmosphere and patio

mrblaq
mrblaq

@Erin's Voice So, you're basically saying that this article is moot and we can get better results by crowd-sourcing your work for you?

Erin's Voice
Erin's Voice

Hey Maureen! All this info would be really helpful as reviews on Voice Places, where City Pages readers can see your opinions better than in the comments. Check it out at voiceplaces.com or tweet me at @Erins_Voice:twitter for more info!

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