The next time there’s a cloudy or rainy day in Calgary, you can head to one of these patios. Please note that these photos were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and that many patios may look different now due to new social distancing and safety measures.
Hayden Block has two patios: the front strip on Kensington Road that’s prime for sunning and people watching, and a backyard “whiskey garden.” The latter is fully enclosed, covered with a skylight and heated, making it more of a sun porch than a patio, so it provides an authentic Texas atmosphere for most of the year.
1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3021, haydenblockyyc.com
There’s no reason to get chilly while cupping your hands around a pint of one of Last Best’s signature brews. The brewpub’s courtyard patio is fully surrounded, blocking out any cool breezes. Patrons can snuggle up to the fire pit or under the heaters on chilly days.
607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com
The Living Room’s glamorous front terrace balances a sense of enclosure with still being part of the 17th Avenue action just outside its gates. Heaters and an outdoor gas fireplace keep discerning diners toasty warm.
514 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.ca
The menu of house-made nachos and salads at Madison’s 1212 is best enjoyed outdoors at this restaurant/co-working space. The patio looks out on Inglewood’s busiest strip and is surrounded by buildings on three sides. It’s overhead heaters add some extra warmth.
1212 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-4970, madisons1212.com
The front patio at Hotel Arts Kensington, just off of Memorial Drive, features the full menu from the in-house Oxbow restaurant. It’s glassed-in to cut the sound of traffic and fitted with heaters and a roll-out awning. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to pop in for a meal or a glass of wine.
1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-670-7387, hotelartskensington.com
Tucked around the corner from the ultra-busy patio strip along 17th Avenue S.W., Ricardo’s outdoor space actually offers more seating than its interior. Bright colours and lush greenery create a tropical-chic atmosphere, while three fireplaces and plenty of heaters keep you warm as you sip daiquiris and other rum-based drinks.
1530 5 St. S.W., 587-349-2585, ricardoshideaway.ca