Patio with the best view
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
Best sunny patio
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
Best pet-friendly patio
You can bring your dog to both Vin Room locations in Mission (street side only) and West Springs. Any day of the week you can treat yourself to a glass of wine while your pooch munches on an item off of the dog-friendly tasting menu.
2310 4 St. S.W., 403-457-5522 and 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 587-353-8812, vinroom.com
Best date-night patio
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
Best patio for brunch
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