We don’t want to jinx anything, but after a grueling winter, patio season is totally kind of pretty much here. Being outside no longer requires a balaclava and soon the outdoor areas at Twin Cities bars and restaurants will be teeming with hordes of thirsty sun-cravers.
From lakeside rooftops to taprooms with potential, here are six of the summer’s most anticipated new patios.
Coup d’état — now open
The Sunday funday crowd seems to have found its summer home with Boneyard’s brunch rager (as Vegas-day-party as biscuits and gravy get). But if eggs and EDM aren’t your speed, try Coup d’état’s balcony for brunch, dinner or late night. With its wraparound mezzanine plus a swath of sidewalk, the Borough boys’ Uptown incarnation doubles up on patio space in the middle of the bustling nightlife district. The second-level perch, with its prime view of the barhopping milieu, should be in-demand real estate on weekend nights. It doesn’t hurt that they make the best whiskey sour in town.
2923 Girard Av. S., Mpls. 612-354-3575 www.coupdetatmpls.com
Hola Arepa — now open
Patios don’t always need a dazzling view or a see-and-be-seen swagger to be one of the hottest. Sometimes a comfy deck and stellar food, drink and service are enough (go figure). This food truck’s brick-and-mortar spot is poised to take Kingfield by storm this summer with delectable Latin street food and care-shedding cocktails that beg to be sipped under the sun. The handful of outdoor bar stools underneath the bar’s pop-up window (sort of a tribute to its mobile roots) should be some of this summer’s most sought-after seats.
3501 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. 612-345-5583 www.holaarepa.com
Bauhaus Brew Labs — July
Taproom tours have become a favorite beer-geek pastime in northeast Minneapolis. Once Bauhaus opens a stone’s throw from 612Brew, wayfaring ale buffs will be able to map a decent brewery crawl without ever drinking inside. At press time, this family-run brewery-to-be was approaching $32,000 in Kickstarter cash it plans to use to trick out its taproom and a 2,000-square-foot patio. If the Bauhaus crew spends your money wisely, you could be drinking one of their Americanized German beers on a cool new patio in the middle of an industrial park.
1315 Tyler St. NE, Mpls. www.bauhausbrewlabs.com
6 Smith — late June
Parasole vet Randy Stanley and chef J.P. Samuelson are looking to make a splash on Lake Minnetonka’s boat-slip dining scene. They aim to bring a little city style to the western suburbs with their meat and seafood restaurant taking over the NorthCoast space. 6 Smith will feature dual patios — a ground-level 70-seater, plus a rooftop burger and lobster shack with 143 seats and a separate menu. Bradstreet Craftshouse and Icehouse alum Jon Olson has created a cocktail list broken out by spirit, and old- and new-school drinks. We’d totally yacht there.
294 Grove Lane E., Wayzata
LynLake Brewery — August
We won’t call Lyn-Lake the new Nordeast just yet, but the south Minneapolis neighborhood will soon have its third brewhouse. This taproom-only brewery is moving into the long-vacant Theatre Antiques space on the same block as the Herkimer brewpub and the sake-making Moto-i. We’re told plans call for a rooftop bar with a “back-yard feel” and a big ol’ steel fireball sculpture, while head brewer Joel Carlson (ex-Town Hall and Great Waters) oversees LynLake Brewery’s small-batch beers. The Twin Cities’ first taproom with a rooftop will have a handful of mainstay brews, plus rotating firkins and barrel-aged beers.
2934 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.
Betty Danger’s Country Club — late summer/early fall
It sounds like an opening date is still up in the air, but with any luck we’ll get a glimpse of Leslie Bock’s new playland before patio season ends. The tiki-fueled Tim Burton of local restaurateurs is planning a new bar and restaurant at Psycho Suzi’s original location, replete with mini golf and a Ferris wheel. Whenever the amusement park of a restaurant opens, it’s a safe bet Betty Danger’s will lure its share of curious customers.
2519 Marshall St. NE, Mpls.
nightlife news and notes
Last year, organizers of late ’90s/early aughts dance night Forever Young billed their annual First Avenue prom party as the end of an era. But nostalgia apparently got the better of the Britney-bumping party throwers and the popular events resumed at their Uptown VFW home base after a hiatus. With graduation season upon us, Forever Young again hosts its faux prom night at First Ave with DJ Foolproof, MC Cloud, Eighth Grade Dance, Playatta visuals and other special guests.
9 p.m., Fri., 701 1st Av. N., Mpls., 612-338-8388, www.first-avenue.com
Cider up to the bar
Starting Monday, Town Hall Brewery celebrates Minneapolis Cider Week at its three locations with a series of cider-centric events. Cider heads from Aspall, Crispin and northeast Minneapolis’ Sociable Cider Werks kick things off at the Seven Corners location with a seminar and cider dinner (7 p.m., Mon., $50), while Saturday’s bike pub crawl (11 a.m.) starting at Sociable Cider Werks or any Town Hall location caps the weeklong party. Check Town Hall’s website for more midweek happenings.
1430 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-339-8696, www.townhallbrewery.com