Writing by Paige Wollan
Looking for the perfect summer patio to continue social distancing? Here are some of the best local patios around Helena:
Wassweiler Dinner House & Pub
Located in a historic inn built in 1883, Wassweiler Dinner House & Pub is currently serving up their full menu on the patio open Tuesday-Saturday starting at 5 pm. You can enjoy high quality steaks, surf and turf options and even a slice of pie, that is if you are able to save room for dessert! But the Wassweiler doesn't stop at preparing amazing food, they also grow fresh herbs and vegetables in their greenhouse just for their guests. The patio is open to first come first serve and is an excellent choice for this summer of social distancing.
Wassweiler is operating at 50% capacity with their tables being six feet apart and a limit to six guests a table. Even though there are some changes in order to comply with regulations, you can still enjoy some fine dining in true Montana style.
The Hawthorne Bottle Shop & Tasting Room
The Hawthorne Bottle Shop and Tasting Room boasts a great patio in the heart of downtown Helena. This is a great place to gather with friends or coworkers and taste some wine from all around the world. Along with a broad selection of wine, you can also find small batch beer and specialty meats and cheeses. All wines are available to sample and can be enjoyed at the bar or various tables on the patio while listening to the various sounds of downtown. We recommended while tasting flights choose to pair with their selection of cheeses and charcuterie including house made crackers, dips, and spiced nuts.
The Hawthorn Bottle Shop & Tasting Room is a comfortable, and inviting venue for guests to relax, sip on some specialty wine, and celebrate what downtown has to offer! The Hawthorne's hours are Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 9 pm.
The Rialto, also located along the walking mall in downtown Helena, has TWO patios! The front patio, that was recently added, is open until 10 pm with great views and great drinks. What a beautiful space to enjoy your drinks on the walking mall! Additionally, the back patio is equipped with a tiki bar to create your craft cocktails. The Rialto is in full swing for happy hour Monday-Friday from 5 pm- 8pm while still following proper social distancing guidelines.
Blackfoot River Brewing
Blackfoot River Brewing has a patio that stands above downtown Helena where you can enjoy a lineup of craft beer made with only the finest ingredients. Imagine, you are enjoying your tasty beer while being on an rooftop patio looking over beautiful, sunny Helena. Blackfoot's taproom is the place to go to enjoy good friends a good atmosphere and even better beer. Things will definitely look and feel different as they follow special protocol to keep their patrons and staff safe. Tables are spaced 6 ft apart and a staff member will seat you at a table once your entire party has arrived. Not wanting to go in quite yet? Blackfoot is now filling any personal growlers, bring em in! You can also order online for a quick pick-up or call before 6:00pm for delivery!