Dining Along the QLINE: Alfresco Dining in the D
It’s officially summer and outdoor dining season is in full effect along the QLINE Detroit route. During our 100 days of summer there are many options for you to get your alfresco dining fix throughout the city. However, we think the best options are along the QLINE Detroit route. From PBR’s and jukeboxes to coy pond’s and backyards, we have curated your perfect summer outdoor dining locales.
1. Northern Lights Lounge, 660 W Baltimore St, Detroit, MI 48202
This unique New Center watering hole is unassuming from the outside, but once you step inside its doors, you’re welcome by art work by Detroit artists, Slaw and music wafting in from their garden oasis patio. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., they offer happy hour specials from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and weekend brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Each week they feature live music from artists spanning the soundscape of Jazz to House and among this week’s feature, patrons can catch Rouge Detroit, a neo-vintage dance party and the Life Party with guests DJ’s DJ. Minx, Eric Johnson and more…
2. The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Canfield South Station
The Whiney is one of the top rated restaurants in the state. Part of what makes this location so special is its rich history and beautiful garden patio. Located at the bustling Canfield and Woodward intersection, once you step into the garden the stress of your day melts away with the sounds of local bands playing in the background as you settle in for an award winning meal and vintage glass of vino. The Whitney Gardens are open every day starting at 4 p.m. with Oyster Hour until 6:30 p.m. If you’re looking to splurge for that special night out, on Friday and Saturday’s the Whitney serve a special menu featuring Grilled Ribeye and Lobster Tail for 2, complete with a bottle of Verve Clicquot for just $100.
3. Calexico Detroit
1040 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Campus Martius North Station
Looking for Tex-Mex done right in the heart of Downtown? Look no further than Calexico Detroit. Celebrating their first year anniversary of making the former Olga’s restaurant in the ground floor of the One Campus Martius building, this Woodward jewel has become one of the top go to for patio dining destinations. Where else can you relax with the perfect margarita, salsa and chips after work, before the game or the free concert at Campus Martius. Calexico is open seven days a week. Monday – Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
4. The Ally Deck
4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Canfield North Station
Located inside of the historic Majestic Theater complex, the Alley Deck is now open for the season seven days a week, the Midtown oasis is fully equipped with a spacious bar, BBQ grill, outdoor seating, state of the art sound system, and big screen TV for Detroit Tigers game day viewing. They are open Monday – Friday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 .m.
5. Hop Cat Brewery
4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Canfield South Station
Hop Cat Detroit ushered in the era of craft brewery’s seeking to make Detroit home in 2014. Since then others such as the Jolly Pumpkin set down roots but no one has enjoyed the level of success as Hop Cat. From their top notch customer service to wide ranging been selection and one of the best views in the city, their rooftop has quickly become a staple of summer in Detroit. Hop Cat is open seven days a week Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m, – Midnight, 11 AM-2 AM Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m, – 2 a.m, and Sundays 10 a.m. – Midnight.