5 Wisconsin Rooftops & Patios to Visit This Summer

By Cherita Booker

June 27, 2023

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to soak up the sun— From upscale restaurants to trendy cocktail bars, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re a local, or just passing through, here are some must-visit spots to elevate your outdoor dining experience. 

Photo credit: PufferFish



Located on the 6th floor of Hotel Metro, Pufferfish is a tiki bar with two indoor spaces and two outdoor decks that overlook the city. Drinks range from classic cocktails to cleverly-named tiki drinks like the “Pain Killer” or “Jenny From The Block.” 

Photo Credit: Settle Down Tavern

Settle Down Tavern


Settle Down Tavern serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on an outdoor patio in the shadow of the State Capitol Building. On humid days, escape the heat and sit inside the tavern’s atrium! And catch the Happy Hour specials weekdays from 2 to 6pm. 

Photo Credit: Dive



Eau Claire

Perched on the second floor of The Lismore Hotel, Dive’s rooftop lounge serves incredible craft cocktails with an impeccable view of the city’s downtown. Fun Fact: In the 1970s, Dive was the hotel’s swimming pool!

Photo Credit: The Waterfront

The Waterfront 

Sister Bay

The Waterfront is a fine dining restaurant that offers sunset views on its outdoor patio in Door County. Its menu changes seasonally, and often nightly, based on what ingredients are in-season.

Photo Credit: The Spirit Room

Spirit Room


Inside the old City Hall, Spirit Room is a cozy cocktail lounge that serves tapas, craft cocktails, and mocktails. You can choose between sitting in its front or back outdoor patio spaces, or in a private cubby.




  • Cherita Booker

    Milwaukee native Cherita Booker attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has worked in various roles as a multimedia journalist since 2017. She enjoys photography, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

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