Summer in Calgary is like no other season!
As Calgarians like to joke, there are only a limited number of ‘days’ to capture those blue-skies and partake in summer activities. And of course, of the many activities to do in the city this season, having cool drinks and soaking in the warm sunshine on Calgary patios is at the top of the list. Looking for a place to unwind for an afternoon or evening? Here are some of the best Calgary patios that will give you the vitamin D you need and allow you to relax all day long!
National on 8th
Of all the Calgary patios situated on rooftops, the most popular would be National on 8th. National on 8th is actually known as western Canada’s largest rooftop patio and is beloved by those who live for the Calgary night life. This wood and brick styled pub is always bustling with energy and has a great selection of pub food favourites as well as select craft beers among many other signature drinks. Happy Hour takes place every day from 3-6pm and don’t forget to ask for some of their delicious free popcorn!
Oak Tree Tavern & Lounge
Situated along the community of Kensington’s main strip, Oak Tree Tavern & Lounge is a cozy Calgary patio for the whole family. Bring your friends and family and even your dogs! Yes, this local rooftop patio is kid and pet friendly, and is the perfect excuse to get out of the house to sip on a cool beverage. Come down to enjoy live music, comedy and bingo nights, and of course, pub-styled food and drinks. Be sure to check out their website for other upcoming events.
The Rec Room
For a good time for all ages, The Rec Room at Deerfoot City has quickly become one of the favored indoor entertainment locations in the Northwest of Calgary. Complete with climbing wall, video games, VR arcade opportunities, The Rec Room is also home to a two-story patio. On this patio you can sit under umbrellas, enjoy the warm weather, and fill up on food and drinks. The two dining options available at The Rec Room are The Shed and the Three10 restaurant. Be sure to call ahead and book a reservation.
Of the many Calgary patios that offer a distinctive experience, there is none quite as unique as Container Bar! Why? This dog-friendly patio found in Kensington is literally a storage container that has been transformed into a hip and trendy place to dine. Eat funky snacks such as spiced popcorn, salted chicken skin, duck mac and cheese, and other mouth-watering items. Drinks are also on the menu – everything from their 4-person ‘Punch Bowls’ to a selection of favourite house wines. Happy Hour takes place every Monday to Friday, from 3-6pm.
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey
If you would prefer a strong drink such as whiskey instead of beer, then the Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey patio is where you should be headed. This barbeque restaurant located along Kensington Road offers Texas-styled food and drink, and an enormous selection of over 100 different whiskeys. For food, you can fill up a customized tray full of smoked brisket, fresh cornbread, pulled pork, baked beans, or fried pork belly to name a few. There are daily specials that begin at 3pm each day – head to their website for more information and to view their complete menu! Minors are welcome daily to Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey until 8pm.
Unlike your typical bar patio, River Café located in Prince’s Island Park is an escape from the city scene. The café is surrounded by lush trees and green parks that radiate a calming environment to guests. In addition to the magical views, the gourmet food served by the restaurant is top-quality and is raved about by foodies across the city. If you are unlucky to miss out on an outdoor patio spot, not to worry! The views from inside this chic restaurant are just as beautiful as sitting outdoors. Open the large rustic windows and let in a satisfying breeze from outside to cool you down on a hot summer’s day!
Rooftop Bar @ Simmons
Known as the ‘rooftop taqueria,’ Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is one of the other few rooftop patios available in Calgary. This rooftop restaurant offers Latin vibes and flavors and is right above the well-renowned (indoor) restaurant, Charbar. Experience this casual dining location at great heights and dive into sharing plates of tacos, salsa tastings, seafood ceviche, burgers, and nachos as well as a wide selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. Don’t forget to end the evening with warmed churros served with sweet dulce de leche!
Lulu Bar is “a chef-driven bar in the heart of 17th avenue” and is one of the many Calgary patios you will not want to miss out on this summer. The Lulu Bar patio is open 7-days a week, and is prepared to cool you down with some of the most refreshing custom drinks. These include beverages such as their Lulu’s Slurpee (pisco, watermelon, lemon, and sugar) or their unique Milk and Honey cocktail. The food served at Lulu Bar displays their chefs’ creativity with dishes like their hot dog bao, fried coconut squid, and steamed lobster dumplings. If you seek a change up from the typical pub food, you will not be disappointed with Lulu Bar!
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.