Now that the weather is starting to warm up, that means Michiganders are going to be out and about a whole lot more. It stinks being cooped up all winter long, and now is the chance we can shake off the dust of winter and enjoy some time outside.

What better way to spend some time outside than sittin' and sippin' out on the patio?

And I'm not talking about your patio out on the back deck. No hate here, I'm sure it's a fun place to hang out and all. But I'm talking about heading out to your favorite local bar or restaurant and sitting back in the warmth and sunshine with a nice cold drink and a little bit of "people watching", too.

If spending some time in the sunshine and getting some food and drinks sounds like your kind of bag, we've got your back. We did the legwork on where to find the best local patios, whether they be at a restaurant or a bar. And we didn't limit it to just Lansing...we hit up Portland, Mason, Holt, and more places throughout the greater Lansing area.

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So before you and your buddies head out to enjoy the warmer, come up with a game plan on where you're going to go. Check out the list below to see which of your favorite local places made the list of best patios to enjoy in the warm weather. And as always, if there's a place you love that has a great patio, and it didn't make the list...let us know! Send us a message with the station app.

16 Lansing Area Eateries with the Best Outdoor Dining

Since the weather is getting warmer, we're ready for some patio sittin' and sippin'. With that in mind, we went in search of Lansing area bars and restaurants with the best patios for outdoor dining. Check out the list below and see all the options for sitting outside.

Bars and Restaurants Participating in Lansing's Social Districts

Have you ever heard of a "social district"? It's an area that allows you to enjoy booze while out in the great outdoors. And by great outdoors, I mean some city blocks downtown. Lansing has officially decided to make the once temporary social districts a permanent fixture. Now, you can enjoy your favorite beer, wine, or cocktails in certain public areas in Lansing. You can find Lansing's social districts in Downtown, REO Town, and Old Town. Check out the list below to see which bars and restaurants are participating.