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Patio season is upon us

It’s summertime, or as we like to call it: patio season. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to sip and sit outside in Ames.   

Start your day at Stomping Grounds with a latte in the early hours or close out the work week with a mojito at Bar La Tosca. Enjoy people-watching under a shaded canopy at the best patio in Campustown.

Wallaby’s Bar and Grille takes dinner to new heights with their rooftop patio. Enjoy their street tacos with a pineapple jalapeño mule and top it off with beautiful views of North Ames. Friends and family will love this Cyclone-enthusiast eatery.   

Refresh in the outdoors at Little Woods: Herbs and Teas downtown. Their adorable seating out front is perfect for taking in the day. Pro-tip: in the hot summer months, try their teas over ice!  

A long-time favorite, Dublin Bay has recently doubled its patio size (Double the Dublin; we’re in!) to fit more outdoor patrons. Enjoy their selection of Irish whiskeys that somehow taste even better outside.  

For a quick, fresh bite head over to West Street Deli near Campustown. Made from scratch sandwiches on a relaxing patio serve as a great way to discover new things in Ames.   

There’s something in Ames for all outdoor lovers. If your idea of enjoying nature is on a patio, then there’s something for you in North Ames, whether that be a glass of wine or a unique brew. Prairie Moon Winery offers a beautiful patio amidst a growing vineyard. Nearby, Alluvial Brewing Company provides a top spot for sunset watching and ale sipping.   

Love the view but don’t trust the Iowa weather? Head to Sweet Caroline’s in Downtown Ames for a unique patio, protected from the elements, yet still outdoors. Fried chicken and craft cocktails? Say no more, we’ll be there! Sweet Caroline’s; so good, so good. 


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