6 Best Beer Gardens in North Dakota

Tired of the same old stuffy bars? Instead, drink in style and comfort at a North Dakota beer garden! Beer gardens are outdoor areas where beer and other drinks are served. Typically, there is also outdoor seating, entertainment, music, and a lively atmosphere. The beer garden tradition originated in Munich, German, but you don’t have to hop on a plane to enjoy a great night at a beer garden. Head to one of the best beer gardens in North Dakota for a unique and refreshing drinking experience. 

Luft Rooftop Beer Garden, Bismarck, ND

Luft Rooftop Beer Garden is a cornerstone of the Bismarck foodie scene. This innovative bar is situated on a rooftop, giving bar flies a great view of the hustle and bustle of Bismarck, as well as fresh air. Their drink menu includes a rotating selection of seasonal drafts and if beer isn’t your drink of choice, try one of their creative cocktails like Pickle Rick (Dickel whiskey, pickle juice, lime sour) or Mexicali Blue (pineapple-infused tequila, triple sec, lime, blueberry). The food menu also offers plenty of classic bar food and American cuisine. 

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

Bismarck Brewing turns brewing into an art form. By utilizing traditions while adding their own unique spins, they have become a household name in Bismarck. Not only that, their relaxing taproom is the perfect spot to sip on a beer! Special events, like Oktoberfest are held outside in a beer garden atmosphere, with live music and a friendly but lively atmosphere. The drink menu includes lagers, pilsners, cold fermentation brews, wheat beers, hefeweizens, witbiers, pale ales, India pale ales, stouts, porters, bottled beer, ciders, and other delicious assortments. 

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Bird Dog Brewing, Mandan, ND

Bird Dog Brewing is the big dog in Mandan’s brewing scene. They offer a variety of seasonal brews including amber hybrid, Belgian ale, bottled beer, English brown, IPA, Irish ale, porters, stout, and more. Their brews are on tap at restaurants across Bismarck, Mandan, and Jamestown. A full list of restaurants with their beers can be found on the Bird Dog Brewing website. While they don’t have a stationary beer garden, this brewing company hosts events with beer gardens like Patio Olympics or Brewer’s Nights. 

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Drekker Brewing Company, Fargo, ND

Handcrafted beers in a lively environment is what Fargo’s Drekker Brewing Company is all about! Their available beers are constantly changing and adapting so you’ll always find something new at this brewery. If just drinking the beer isn’t enough, take a glimpse behind the curtain on their free guided tour that goes through the entire brewing process. While their inviting tap room isn’t a beer garden, they often host events that incorporate a beer garden atmosphere. Or join their “Bags & Brews League” to play cornhole while drinking beer and listening to music every Monday and Tuesday night!

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Granite City Food & Brewery, Fargo, ND

Granite City Food & Brewing is known for their ice-cold drinks and mouthwatering cuisine. Their signature brews are handcrafted inhouse and include The Duke pale ale, The Bennie bock, Batch 1000 double IPA, The Northern American lager, Prairie Vixen hefeweizen, and the Broad Axe oatmeal stout, with seasonal brews being offered throughout the year. Some of their special events utilize a beer garden. 

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Ice Box, Minot, ND

Ice Box is the most friendly neighborhood bar in Minot, with patrons stopping in to grab a refreshing drink and play darts or horseshoes. Since 1996, this bar has been an essential community gathering place and has steadily grown since opening. Now, the bar has lively dart tournaments as well as other game tournaments. Some events even incorporate a beer garden atmosphere! 

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