This summer, up your food and drink game—literally—by trying these Northern Michigan rooftop restaurants and bars with a patio view. Here are five we like in Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey:

The Shed

423 S. Union St., Traverse City | 231.922.9515

Gourmet burgers and brick- oven pizzas are among the specialties, but the big draw is the beer garden featuring brews from dozens of Michigan microbreweries.

Hotel Indigo

263 W. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City | 231.932.0500

The boutique hotel chain’s brand new Traverse City location sports a rooftop bar with a menu full of locally sourced foods and on-high view of West Bay.

The Franklin

160 E. Front St., Traverse City | 231.943.2727

This newish addition to TC’s downtown food scene has a menu high on creativity but still manages a reasonable price point. Walk-ins welcome, as the patio seats 100.

Duffy’s Garage

317 E. Lake St., Petoskey | 231.348.3663

A two-story modern pub with industrial decor, serving up classics like gourmet burgers, pizza and oven-baked grinders. The upper deck delivers views of Little Traverse Bay.


106 Pine River Ln., Charlevoix | 231.547.4311

Pick from a menu rich in local foods at this renovated gristmill turned restaurant on Charlevoix’s busy Pine River Channel.

Check out MyNorth’s restaurant directory for more foodie favorites!

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Photo(s) by Jill Hayes