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It's Time: Bars and Restaurants in Shelby and Utica Open Summer Patios

Looking for somewhere to sit outside and enjoy the weather, a burger and a beer? We've got just the places for you.

With sunny days and temperatures in the low 70s, bars and restaurants in Shelby and Utica are dusting off their patio furniture pulling out up the umbrellas for patrons to enjoy the mild afternoons and evenings.

These restaurants and bars have already opened their outdoor patios for the season. On any given warm and sunny day, from now through the summer, you can visit one of these local watering holes for an outdoor experience.

in Utica: Watch as traffic swings by on Hall Road and people shopping stroll through downtown Utica from the outdoor patio. Cass Bar and Grill's patio seats about 30 people. Open Monday 4 pm - Midnight; Tuesday- Thursday Noon- Midnight; Friday - Saturday Noon- 2am and Sunday Noon -10pm.

Ristorante Piccirilli in Shelby Township: The cozy corner patio takes you out of the every day chaos. The patio is small and intimate, with rod iron tables and chairs, and will make you feel like you're dining in an Italian courtyard. Open Tues - Sat, 4:30pm - 10pm; Sun, 2pm - 8:30pm. Call 586-731-0610 for more information.

in Shelby Township: McClenaghan's Pub's patio is perfect for spending time with friends and soaking up a little sun. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-2am; Sun, noon-2am; Karaoke: Fri-Sat, 9pm-2am. Call 586-739-2913 for more information.

River's Edge Bar and Grill in Shelby Township: River's Edge offers an enclosed outdoor seating area with umbrellas. River's Edge is part of The River, Michigan's premiere charity poker venue. Open Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m-2am. Call  586-737-7611 or 586-495-0055 for more information.

Red Ox Tavern in Utica: Red Ox Tavern features a large outdoor seating area. The Rochester Hills location was voted favorite sports bar in Oakland County last year. Open Daily 11am-2am. Call 586-726-7070 for more information.

in Utica:  Shamrock Irish Pub offers a great outdoor seating area that overlooks Utica's downtown. Open since 1935. Open Weekdays 10:30am-12am. Call 586-731-6886 for more information.

in Shelby Township: The brick-paved patio is shared with Empire Lounge. There, you can enjoy upscale food in a relaxed athmosphere. Open Mon - Fri, 11am - 2pm; Sat, 4pm - 2am; Sun, 4pm - midnight. Call 586-991-6104 for more information.

in Shelby Township: Shares the brick-paved patio with Metropolitan Cafe. The outdoor patio is decorated with white plush couches and covered tables. On a warm evening, it's the perfect way to enjoy a little music and a cocktail in a lounge atmosphere.

in Shelby Township: The patio is a great place to have a romantic steak dinner with your sweetheart, or to enjoy any one of Nick's lunch specials. The partially enclosed area makes for a cozy atmosphere.Ask about their daily specials. Open Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, noon-9pm. Call 586-731-3900 for more information.

in Utica: Champps outdoor patio features brick pavers and even a fireplace for when the evening turns chilly. From the patio, you can enjoy a romantic evening while listening to the evening DJs beats. Open Mon-Weds 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thurs - Sat 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call 586-803-0033.

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Happy eating and drinking!

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