5 Best Spots for Waterside Drinks in the Dunes

May 3, 2017

Feature photo by: Chad Ulam

Temperatures are slowly starting to rise and soon we will want to hang¬†outside as much as we can. What better place to have a cocktail than right along the water’s edge?¬† Here are our top five waterside spots for a drink in the dunes.

Bentwood Tavern

New Buffalo, Michigan

Address: 600 West Water Street, New Buffalo
What to Drink: Craft Beer, Martinis, Asian Inspired Cocktails

Bentwood Tavern, a top-rated New Buffalo restaurant, offers waterfront dining and drinks¬†on it’s patio and rooftop bar. Enjoy your cocktail while watching the boats come in and out of the New Buffalo Harbor. Great place to feel like you are on vacation! (Maybe you are!)

Huckleberry Infused Gin, taken from Bentwood Tavern's Facebook Page

Fire and Water

Michigan City, Indiana

Address: 6 on the Lake, Michigan City
What to Drink: Craft Beer, wine,¬†frozen margaritas, mixed drinks and their specialty, Cabo’s Champagne Coolers – – champagne with a locally made Cabo’s pop dunked in it.

Fire and Water is a one of a kind rooftop bar. Located right at the beach in Michigan City, it certainly has one of the best views in town. Watch the sun set over the lake, or view the beach-goers playing volleyball in the sand. Whatever you decide, this is the perfect spot to sit and sip.

Cabo's Champagne Coolers, photo by Chad Ulam

100 Washington

Michigan City, Indiana

Address: 100 Washington, Michigan City
What to Drink: Craft Beer,¬†Journeyman cocktails, martinis, bloody mary’s

100 Washington is the area’s newest waterside sipping spot. Here you can overlook the harbor and watch the boats go in and out. See Michigan City’s famous lighthouse as you enjoy patio seating that includes couches and a fire pit.

100 Washington will be having a rosé party on their patio overlooking the water's edge.

Bridges Waterside Grill

Michigan City, Indiana

Address: 508 E. 2nd Street, Michigan City
What to Drink: Large selection of beer, wine, fun cocktails

Bridges is located on trail creek alongside the historic Amtrak swing bridge. The deck is always lively and they have one of the largest selections of beer in the area. Sit on the picnic table, watch the ducks and enjoy a cold one!

Photo taken from Bridges Facebook page

Wells Street Beach

Gary, Indiana

Address: 9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary
What to Drink: beer, wine

Looking for a beer or wine¬†with a view of Lake Michigan? Head to Wells Street Beach. This spot is full of beach-goers, but there’s usually a spot to sit and relax. You can enjoy live music on Wednesday evenings when they have food and drink specials, entertainment and fun stuff for the kids.

Photo taken from Wells Street Beach Facebook page

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