Bow Valley Ranche patrons can dine and relax on the historic home’s restored veranda, which wraps around the front and sides of the restaurant. The veranda offers a full view of Fish Creek Park and a uniquely old-timey feeling.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Tucked into an alley next to the restaurant and enclosed behind a set of cast-iron boiler doors, Calcutta Cricket Club’s awning-covered patio is decorated in the restaurant’s signature retro-Indian-kitsch style. It may not feel exactly like being in India, but the space does set the scene for knocking back a few of the restaurant’s thirst-quenching cocktails.
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
The sister bar to both Brasserie Kensington and Winebar Kensington serves slushy summer drinks and creative bar bites from a shipping container in the alley.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, containerbaryyc.com
Sitting at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Deane House’s terrace is not fenced in, so diners can fully enjoy one of Calgary’s most photogenic scenes. The kitchen’s herb garden frames the eating area, while bamboo umbrellas provide shade.
806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com
Vin Room not only offers an enormous selection of wines served by the glass or sample, it also welcomes dogs on patios at all three of its locations seven days a week (the rooftop patio at the Mission location is, however, for humans only and the airport location features what it calls an “indoor patio”). Doggies can also enjoy complimentary three-course tasting menus, dog beds and other amenities.
Three locations, vinroom.com