Best Patios For People Watching

Watch the world go by from the shade of one of these patios, with a drink in hand.

National on 17

photograph by Julya Hajnoczky


Hotel Arts

You don’t need to be a hotel guest (or even a swimmer) to enjoy lounging around Hotel Arts’ ultra-chic pool. Open daily from 11 a.m. onward, local socialites and out-of-towners alike can be found hanging out, ordering handcrafted cocktails and food from the custom poolside menu. As the pool is located in the hotel’s centre courtyard, you can also discreetly eye up who is coming in and out of the lobby, as well as those splashing around in the pool.

119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-266-4611,


Joey Eau Claire

Big, busy and bustling, the patio at the Joey location in Eau Claire is a favourite of downtown office tower types who may or may not be knocking off early from work on a particularly gorgeous summer day. There are all manner of drinks on the cocktail menu, though there’s nothing quite like the signature Super Sonic Gin and Tonic or Super Nova Vodka Soda slushies to keep you cool. 

208 Barclay Parade S.W., 403-263-6336,


National on 17th

The large communal tables on National’s patio mean you don’t just get to watch people of all walks of life rambling down the busiest stretch of 17th Avenue S.W., you also get to eye up the people sitting beside you on the usually packed sidewalk patio. It’s more than enough to keep you entertained while sipping on a pint from National’s extensive beer menu or snacking on a plate of red-hot wings or two-bite corn dogs.

550 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-0226,


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