Enjoy Outdoor Dining in Boulder Junction

June 13, 2022

It’s the perfect time to enjoy the tastes of the Northwoods of Wisconsin on an outdoor deck or patio. Here’s a look at some of Boulder Junction’s best outdoor dining options.

Aqualand Ale House

Enjoy a cold craft beer—there are 20 on tap—and a stone-fired pizza, tasty sandwich, or refreshing salad in the Beer Garden at Aqualand Ale House, which takes its name from a popular wildlife park that operated in Boulder Junction for 35 years.

Boulder Beer Bar

This popular downtown destination located on the corner of Main Street and County M North. The Boulder Beer Bar features great food including homemade pizzas, specialty sandwiches and entrees (consider trying one of Chef Jesse’s pulled pork or brisket sandwiches), as well as a full bar, self-serve outdoor picnic tables, and a game room which includes a pool table & kids’ games.

Boulder Junction Coffee Company

Kickstart your day with a cup of coffee or tea, made-from-scratch baked goods, breakfast burritos and more. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables along Main Street and enjoy the weather—leashed pets are even allowed outside, so you can bring your four-legged friends, too.

Bushwood Tavern

Located near Upper Gresham Lake, Bushwood Tavern has an outdoor deck that’s perfect for enjoying a summer day in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Be sure to try their homemade pizza, burgers and weekend specials like Friday fish fry and fish tacos on Saturdays.

Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern

Enjoy steaks, seafood (including a Friday night fish fry), burgers, and more at this restaurant and tavern on Highway M north of downtown Boulder Junction. Headwaters, a rustic tavern built in the 1930s, sits on a hill overlooking the Manitowish River and has deck seating available for refreshments or take-out orders, so there are always good views to be had.

The Ice Shanty

Located just outside of town, on Highway M North, The Ice Shanty offers everything from gyros to soft-serve. Stop by for delicious mozzarella sticks, or one of their weekly special flurries. There are plenty of tables outside, as well as a recently-updated mini golf course!

Mad Dog Jake’s

This summer favorite serves up more than 30 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream, smoothies, Chicago-style hot dogs, burgers and other treats. Grab a seat outside in the shade and enjoy the summer weather.

McGann’s Pub & Wine Bar

Looking for some Irish pub ambiance and a great selection of beer and wine? Head to McGann’s Pub & Wine Bar on Park Street just south of Main Street to grab a seat on their outdoor patio and enjoy a homemade pizza after a day of exploring Vilas County.