The winter patio outside Waldmann Brewery in Saint Paul

Where to Find Heated Patios in Minnesota This Winter

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The winter patio outside Waldmann Brewery in Saint Paul  / Paul Vincent
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Where to Find Heated Patios in Minnesota This Winter

By Caitlin Hannah

In Minnesota, we pride ourselves on bundling up and finding creative ways to stay active all year round. That mentality is especially true in our hospitality industry, whether you're dining inside of a snow globe or sipping hot toddies on a heated patio. Here's where you can drink craft beer, cocktails and wine alongside fire pits and warm lamps this winter.

Minneapolis-St. Paul

Although it's barely two miles outside of downtown Minneapolis, the massive winter beer garden at Utepils Brewing feels like another world altogether. It's nestled on the banks of Basset Creek and it's not uncommon to see deer grazing in the adjacent field while you enjoy one of the brewery's fabulous Bavarian-style beers. Come dressed in layers and prepare to get cozy with live music, a large fire pit, semi-covered tents and food trucks.

Housed in the oldest surviving commercial building in St. Paul, Waldmann Brewing goes above and beyond to honor its historic digs: The beer is rooted in classic styles that were common during the building's 1857 run as a German lager saloon, and the interior is filled with all manner of pre-Civil War memorabilia and engravings. The only thing that doesn't feel like it was pulled from a history book is the heated outdoor Biergarten, which uses an array of 10 highly efficient, clean-burning natural gas heaters to keep you warm all winter long. 

Located in hip Northeast Minneapolis, Sociable Cider Werks is staying outside this season with a dreamy winter patio area with more than eight firepits, smores kits and food trucks serving up soups and other hot items. Venturing further out into Fridley is Forgotten Star Brewing, which adds a curling league (!) into the mix every winter. 

Southern Minnesota

Bundle up and enjoy a beer at the outdoor patio of Chapel Brewing in Dundas, where the taproom building dates to 1880 and — true to its title — was originally one of the town's churches. If you're more into craft spirits and cocktails, 10,000 Drops is also nearby and known for its Lokal Vodka that's available either straight-up or distilled with blood orange, key lime pie or Meyer lemon flavors.

Central Minnesota

Milk & Honey Ciders in St. Joseph will have the campfires hot this winter in their expansive outdoor area. Warm up by one of their campfires or stand near one of the heaters in their open-air tent. 

Crow River Winery in Hutchinson has added several outdoor heaters to their patio space to warm up diners as they sip glasses of wine or enjoy a tasting plate. Reservations are required. 

Fergus Brewing Company, one of the newest breweries in Fergus Falls, has installed several new fire pits for you to enjoy as you sip one of their seasonal brews this winter. While you're there, check out more things to do in Otter Tail County

Northeast Minnesota

Up in Duluth, Vikre Distillery offers several fire pits, heated benches and an innovative cocktail menu to visitors in search of unique Minnesota experiences. 

Find more things to do this winter, and delve into the world of igloo dining.

Caitlin Hannah

Caitlin Hannah is Explore Minnesota's senior digital social strategist. When traveling around the state, she likes spending time near the water, hiking, antique shopping, trying new restaurants, and watching hockey.