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Picnics and Patios

Sure, we’re in the middle of what meteorologists like to call “summer.” But to us, that’s just a technical term for “patio season.” We asked our friends on the socials to recommend their favorite places to while away a warm day with a cool breeze and a cold drink.

The Des Moines Biergarten. I especially love biking there and then sitting under the grove of trees. –Jenn Riggs

Eatery A. Their happy hour on the patio is THE BEST! Excellent pizza, too. – Jeri Forret Baysinger

Big Grove is great. Fleetwood at Saylorville is right on the water. – Lyndsey Hamill

The Garden patio is excellent! – Aria Huizenga

No patio compares to the Pelican Post Bar & Grille in West Des Moines. – Alison Cate

Bike ride to the Cumming Tap, Jethro’s (on Park Avenue) or The Chicken in Orilla. – Beth Selzer Ohringer

Photo: Duane Tinkey

From the dsm office:

We love walking our dogs around Gray’s Lake and stopping at Confluence for a drink on their deck! – Sarah Gotto, creative team lead

Take me out to the left-field picnic area at Principal Park. It’s the perfect spot to munch on some peanuts and Cracker Jack while watching a ball game. The foul balls keep you on your toes. – Kyle Heim, staff writer and copy editor

The patio at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (pictured) is beautiful, especially on Thursday nights when there’s live music. (Try to count the frogs in the pond.) – Michael Morain, editor

The rooftop patio at the Republic on Grand is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the city with a charcuterie board and happy hour wine. – Hailey Evans, associate editor

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