Three of our favorite bar and restaurant rooftop decks to visit in Northern Michigan. Plus, explore even more Traverse City rooftop decks in our video below.

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HI Bar at Hotel Earl

120 Michigan Ave., Charlevoix

Charlevoix’s newest rooftop bar debuted in July at Hotel Earl. Open to both guests and the public, HI Bar has views of Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake and downtown. The seasonal menu offers light bites, including charcuterie boards and whitefish dip. Live music is scheduled for most summer Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m., but call the hotel to ask about additional dates.

Rooftop deck at Hotel Earl

Photo by Tia Young

North Bar

160 E. Front St., Traverse City

It’s rooftop season all year long at North Bar, where a greenhouse roof and re- mote-controlled panels allow the team to adjust to the weather. In addition to the patio area that overlooks downtown (and if you sit at the corner of Cass and Front you’ll see the bay), North Bar has two additional rooms: The “Bat Cave” is a relaxed lounge space with tufted couches and bamboo furniture, and the “Dune Room,” which is available for private events. Bar Manager Tommy Nakhovanh dishes on the menu: “I’m most excited about some items I wouldn’t typically order while dining out. Our panko fried green tomatoes served with pimento cheese and tomato jam is the perfect blend of savory and sweet.” Other highlights include the beer-braised short rib sandwich and drunken peach cobbler.

Dos Árboles

735 Main St., Frankfort

The location alone makes this new Frankfort restaurant worth the visit. (The tacos and tequila are a welcome bonus.) Set across the street from Betsie Lake, Dos Árboles has stellar water views from its patio and rooftop deck, which seats 40 and offers live music and sunset happy hours. The Mexican-inspired menu features shareable plates like chilaquiles divorciados (tortilla chips topped with salsa verde, salsa roja, black beans, queso fresco, aioli and a fried egg), but tacos take center stage here. Filled with everything from shaved ribeye to roasted squash, individual tacos range from $3.50 to $4.75, so try a few. “It’s upscale yet inviting to everybody,” says Nick Crawford, who owns the restaurant with Chef Natalie Crawford. The couple also owns Birch & Maple, located next door.

Dos Arboles Sign

Photo by Allison Jarrell

More Northern Michigan Rooftop Decks to Explore

If you’ve already visited HI Bar in Charlevoix, Dos Arboles in Frankfort or North Bar in Traverse City, here are 3 more rooftops to visit. Head to  Traverse City Whiskey Co., Pangea’s Pizza and H&L Social at Hotel Indigo in Traverse City with these tips.

Photo(s) by Allison Jarrell