While technically not on the roof, Graze’s second-level walk-out patio is pretty close—and close to Target Field so it’s perfect for pre- or post-gaming. Sip a handcrafted cocktail like the Overnight Celebrity (Hennessy, raspberry lemonade, tea) or the North Loop Negroni (gin, campari, vermouth) while you enjoy city views. The food hall also has about a half-dozen vendors, so you’ve got lots of options when hunger hits. Think empanadas, churros, wings, and tacos.
The hottest spot in town this summer is definitely gonna be the new, aptly named Rooftop Bar atop NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar in the Maytag building. Open Thursdays - Sundays, The Rooftop has a surf-inspired vibe and live music. Drinks are spiked versions of kid favorites. Patron is served in Capri-sun-like pouches, slushie machines churn out colorful coladas, and the Pink Flamingo is basically lemonade with vodka and a crazy straw. It’s been open less than a month and is already one of the most buzzed-about spots on Instagram.
The popular Uptown patio-in-the-sky has been around since the early 00’s, and for good reason. In addition to flown-in-fresh seafood, Stella’s four-story-high patio serves beautiful views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline. (You can even go higher and rent the private five-story SkyDeck for special events.) Try one of the many mojito flavors, a Moscow Mule, or the Fish Punch with rum, pineapple, and cranberry juice. Snacks like calamari, mussels, oysters, crab cakes, and sushi specials will also keep your crowd satisfied.
This is just the second summer the roof of the hip Hewing has been open to the public, and, six stories above the North Loop, it’s easy to understand the appeal. In addition to providing a great vantage point from which to see Minneapolis, the Hewing rooftop also has a pool for the summer and a sauna for the winter. While only registered hotel guests can use the pool, anyone can stop up for a highball or cocktail Thursday - Saturday. If you want a bite after a few old fashioneds the hotel’s first-floor restaurant, Tullibee, has bar snacks and sandwiches.
The popular American restaurant has a lotta locations, but LaSalle Plaza’s 6,500 square foot rooftop is decidedly the trendiest. In summers past, CRAVE has had live DJ’s, bottle service ,and movie nights so we’ll see what 2021 brings, but strong cocktails and shareable apps are definitely on the menu. Sip house sangria, a blackberry mule, or a blood orange margarita while splitting flatbreads and sliders with your group.
Spend Saturday or Sunday furniture shopping (or browsing) at the massive, three-story Restoration Hardware and cap it off with brunch at the ritzy RH Rooftop. Opened in Fall 2019, the restaurant was designed for year-round use, with a retractable roof and glass walls. The space itself is an architectural stunner, featuring grand staircases, chandeliers, water fountains, and lots of indoor greenery. Morning and lunch menus include egg dishes, avocado toast and salads while evening offers an extensive wine list as well as ribeye, lobster, and salmon.