Patios for Every Romantic Stage
No matter where you are in the relationship lifecycle, there’s a patio for that.
Azuridge is a secluded boutique hotel with a restaurant that has a patio. It's perfect for a romantic getaway or a fancy bachelorette party.
Of all the places to dine, the patio is the one most associated with fun and romance. There’s just something carefree about literally tearing the roof off. But like patios, romances are subject to seasons. Whether you’re seeking love or fleeing love — or anything in between — there’s a patio to suit your relationship status.
Meeting promising people — National on 10
Rightly popular with the Tinder set, this big rooftop patio has a full bar stocked with 24 taps of craft beer and bar food like duck nuggets and tater tots. It’s open late and equipped with heaters and strings of lights. Assuming you’re not “over the bar scene,” this is a top spot to have fun with friends and find romantic prospects.
Going on a date — Boxwood
This intimate patio in Memorial Park is shaded by crabapple trees and surrounded by edible gardens. It’s private but not so private you can’t people watch, and the menu includes sharable options like an Alberta artisanal cheese selection and conversation-sparking drinks like kale-aid. Boxwood, brought to you by the team that runs the River Cafe, is an oasis in a busy world — you know, just like your burgeoning love.
Throwing a stag or stagette (fancy) – Azuridge
If you want something more luxurious, take your wedding party to the Azuridge Estate Hotel, a secluded boutique hotel 30 minutes southwest of Calgary. The patio faces the mountains, the estate is luxurious and the food is excellent. If your group is staying for a night or two, you’ll enjoy butler service.
Throwing a stag or stagette (rowdy) — Wildrose Brewery & Tap Room
You need a memorable venue to celebrate your last days of singledom. If you want to be loud, head to the massive patio outside the Wild Rose Brewery’s Tap Room, where you stay up late drinking locally brewed beer without disturbing the neighbours. The space takes group bookings and will let you bring your own band, if you like.
Wrangling kids, babies and strollers – Angel’s Cappuccino and Ice Cream Cafe
With coffee for the adults, ice cream for the kids and a playground only a bridge away, this garden-style patio on the Bow River pathway near Edworthy Park should keep everyone happy regardless of age, Apgar score and teething status. The Cafe serves plenty of soups, wraps and salads, there’s plenty of room to park a stroller, bike, bike trailer or trail-a-bike, and the river is romantic. Really.
Angel’s Cappuccino and Ice Cream Cafe, 4105 Montgomery Way N.W., 403-288-8612, pathwayangels.ca
Breaking up – Moxie’s Westhills
This is the time to choose a chain destination where the service is professional, the atmosphere neutral and the exits handy. Bonus? This patio has plenty of parking, which means after The Talk, you can go your separate ways without the awkwardness of having to lurch into downtown traffic while your new ex watches. Double bonus? If you’re the one left sitting, you can order the white chocolate brownie.
Sitting in companionable silence reading the newspaper – Dairy Lane
This mellow sidewalk spot, the summer extension of a charming diner that dates back to the 1950s, is a great place to spend the morning with the love of your life and some good reading material. One of you should order the breakfast tostadas with black bean and corn salsa, and the other can have the stuffed French toast with cinnamon cream cheese. That way, you can lean over from time to time and steal bits off each other’s plates.