Mill Street Brewpub
Even though Mill Street’s swanky backyard patio was completed a few summers ago, many patrons are still unaware of this urban oasis. Enjoy one of Mill Street’s signature brewskis under patio heaters while playing some yard games with friends.
219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-6871, millstreetbrewery.com
Whether it’s the National on 10th, 8th, 17th or in Westhills, you’re going to find a patio and it’s going to be hopping. Each National patio has its own vibe (10th and 8th are rooftop; Westhills is more family-friendly and 17th boasts prime people-watching), along with plenty of beer and salty bar snacks.
Four locations, ntnl.ca
The Ship and Anchor Pub
It’s the first place Calgarians run to when the sun starts shining and the patio where it really feels like everyone knows your name. The sprawling sidewalk-facing space, fitted with picnic tables, has the aura of a never-ending beer garden.
534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com
Tropical Latin Street Food
Even though this south-facing patio may be small, it becomes quite lively in the evening. Enjoy some of Tropical’s fish tacos and empanadas while taking in the sounds of reggaeton music and laughter roaring from the dance floor inside.
1424 17 Ave S.W., 403-453-1214, tropicalon17.com
Complete with a fireplace and big communal tables, Wurst’s roomy patio is primed for a summertime party. It doesn’t hurt that the menu boasts a huge selection of domestic and imported beer, served (if you’re game) by the two-litre boot.
2437 4 St. S.W., 403-245-2345, wurst.ca