The Twin Cities’ best patio dining

A&E helps locals enjoy urban views while sipping local brews

Just one of many gorgeous patios. PHOTO COURTESY KOZLAKS ROYAL RESTAURANT

Ashley Goetz

Just one of many gorgeous patios. PHOTO COURTESY KOZLAK’S ROYAL RESTAURANT

Even with March coming in like a lion only to go out like a âĦ still pretty cold lion, the euphoria associated with the prospect of warm weather is upon us. For many, that means outdoor drinking and eating season is open. Here are a handful of the best spots for fresh air gastro-mania with an emphasis on the happiest of hours. Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave. Website The tapas-slinginâÄô, double-happy-hour-havinâÄô, Minneapolis mainstay Solera may be respected for its second floor outdoor patio, but itâÄôs the rooftop a few more flights up thatâÄôs the real hot spot. Come summertime, Solera further accommodates by projecting films from its roof onto a neighboring brick wall. The minibar even follows suit with movie-themed drink specials. Result: viewers can recite their favorite lines from âÄúThe Big LebowskiâÄù while sipping a discounted Caucasian âÄî the dude abides. Red Stag Supper Club 509 First Ave. N.E . Website Style-savvy Minneapolis restaurant mogul Kim BartmannâÄôs newest venture, the vaguely bohemian Red Stag Supper Club, boasts a drinking hall that would put BeowulfâÄôs âÄúHeorotâÄú to shame âÄî and has a patio to boot. The slightly Eastern-European baby sister to uptownâÄôs Café Barbette and the Bryant Lake Bowl, Red StagâÄôs menu includes innovative dishes varying from the lighter curried carrot soup or pear chop salad to the more decadent goat cheese ravioli and pan-roasted duck breast. ItâÄôs also the first LEED-CI certified restaurant in Minnesota, which means itâÄôs registered as a leader in energy and environmental design. Brasa Premium Rotisserie 600 E. Hennepin Ave Minneapolis