Hall of Fame Patios in Calgary

The great views, romantic vibes, delicious brunch fare and other endearing qualities make these patios well-worth revisiting.


 Patio with the best view

Rooftop Bar @ Simmons

photograph courtesy of charbar

Located above Charbar on top of the Simmons Building in the East Village, the adults-only Rooftop Bar @ Simmons offers sweeping views of the Bow River and the RiverWalk from every seat. Between that sightline and patio features like heaters, umbrellas and a rooftop bar and open grill, you’ll never want to leave.

618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115, rtbsimmons.ca, @rtbsimmons


 Best sunny patio

The Ship & Anchor

photograph by jared sych

On a sunny day, the unfussy yet comfortable patio at The Ship & Anchor is usually one of the first to fill up. Casual picnic tables and benches make it easy for groups of friends to congregate over pints of beer, while a few tall trees occasionally provide a bit of shade.

534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com@ship_and_anchor


 Best pet-friendly patio

Vin Room

photograph by jared sych

This is the first year that dogs will be allowed on patios at Vin Room — both the Mission (front patio only) and West Springs locations. Sunday through Wednesday treat yourself to a glass of wine while your pooch munches complimentary house-made treats and drinks from the restaurant’s water stations.

2310 4 St. S.W., 403-457-5522 and 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 587-353-8812, vinroom.com, @vinroom


 Best date-night patio

River Café

photograph by jared sych

Surrounded by leafy trees along the lagoon in Prince’s Island Park, River Café’s patio is an idyllic spot for a date night. Large umbrellas provide shade during the day, while heaters, lanterns and little lights in the trees keep the space cozy and romantic during the evening.

25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com, @rivercafeyyc


 Best family-friendly patio

Pips Board Game Cafe

photograph courtesy of pips board game cafe

The whole family will love playing games outdoors on the front patio of this Marda Loop board-game café. There's even a “Pipsqueaks” kids’ menu of $6 to $7 items such as cheeseburgers or pancakes.

2015 33 Ave. S.W., 587-349-0047, pipscafe.com, @pipsbgc


 Best patio for brunch

Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge

photograph courtesy of starbelly

On Sundays, make the drive to Seton for the market-style brunch at Starbelly. Visit the indoor buffet to order eggs or build your own waffle, then take your meal outside to the patio. Bright red chairs add a pop of colour to the space, which also features potted plants, heaters and strings of overhead lights.

220, 19489 Seton Cres. S.E., 403-570-0133, starbelly.ca@starbellyyyc 


Editor's note: This article originally stated that Vin Room's patios are dog-friendly on Sundays and Mondays. It is actually dog-friendly Sundays through Wednesdays. 


This article appears in the June 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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