Do you love a good rooftop patio night to enjoy drinks or an afternoon treat? It’s fun to be out in the sun with great food and drinks and Calgary has some excellent options for you to enjoy. Here is a look at the best patios and what you can enjoy while sitting there.
This patio is one of the favourites of Calgarians and provides a great place to dine. They are celebrating their 25th year and you can enjoy the secluded courtyard patio here. The lights wrap around large tree trunks and provide a beautiful, warm ambiance.
Sho Sushi is features a small, intimate patio that can seat 14. It’s a quiet area elevated outside with a glass enclosure. Relax on the patio with your favourite sushi.
If you want to enjoy a Caesar on the patio, you can do so at Bar C. They have two patios and they provide plenty of cocktails including the Celery Caesar. This may be one of the best in the city. Bar C uses celery juice, clamato, marsala and other ingredients to make this a delicious drink.
Oak Tree Tavern
A second-floor pub with a very laid-back vibe, Oak Tree Tavern provides a south-facing deck. This deck has twinkly lights to provide a unique atmosphere. Along with the lights, you can enjoy a great view of downtown Calgary from the deck here.
Probably one of the best places to drink wine on a patio is Vin Room. It’s a wine and tapas spot featuring one of the best menus of wine sold by the glass. You’ll get to sit up above 4th street SW and enjoy that red wine with the view.
This patio is a great choice and the black sesame punch provides something you won't find anywhere else. It's a twist on milk and cookies made with Hennessey VS, Lemon Hart spiced from, bitters, black bean soy milk and black sesame syrup. They serve it with gochujang chocolate cookies and it's a great patio choice.
National Beer Garden
Located on top of the Scotia Centre downtown is the National Beer Garden. Check it out because it’s huge, fun and features a game area. Bring kids up there until 9pm and play ping pong as long as you’d like. Enjoy brunch until 3pm on Saturdays too.
Brewsters in McKenzie Towne
Those that live near McKenzie Towne spend a great deal of time at Brewsters. The amazing rooftop patio feels like your living room with televisions, couches, heaters and easy access parking. Make a reservation for a party too.
A fine-dining restaurant with a beautiful patio, you can enjoy the lights here any day of the week. The patio is found in a Japanese garden, which adds to the beauty.
The Coup is a great Calgary patio with drinks that sound exactly like they belong. The Ruby Crush even sounds like it belongs on a patio. It's made with B.C. cherry juice and bourbon. The drink is served over crushed ice with fennel soaked in vermouth. If you enjoy something refreshing, this is a good cocktail for you.
This bar provides an L-shaped patio with beautiful large-bulb string lights. It has a rock 'n' roll type of feel and when the sun goes down, the party starts.
If you enjoy the taste of taber corn for the summer, the Cannibale is a great restaurant to stop for a drink. Their Taber Fresh drink is made with sweet corn juice, lemon and Ketel One vodka. You will also get a salt and pepper rim to garnish the drink.
Earls Tin Palace
A Calgary hot spot with plenty to offer, the patio at Earls Tin Palace is one of the most popular in the city. It has sparkly lights throughout and a fireplace for when it's a bit chilly.
A mojito is always a refreshing choice for the summer, and Boxwood has a great blueberry mojito for visitors to sample. This one is made with wild blueberries and provides something a bit different than what you will find at most restaurants with patios. Boxwood uses the Chic Chock spiced rum from Quebec and provides a unique twist on the traditional mojito.
The Bonterra courtyard patio is a great place to enjoy plenty of flowering plants and soft lights. It's full of ambiance and provides a feel similar to a Tuscan Plaza.
All of these drinks and spots are perfect for patio fun. Enjoy each cocktail and you may just discover your new favourite spot in Calgary.
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