Each of the four National locations has a patio with its own unique attributes, but they all share the commonality of a wide selection of great beer and a full menu of souped-up bar fare. Share platters include the addictive beer cheese spread with pretzel bread, a deluxe cheese board and a charcuterie platter that comes with pickles, egg and crostini. Order all three and munch away with friends for maximum patio enjoyment.
550 17 Ave. S.W., 341 10 Ave. S.W., 240 8 Ave. S.W., and 180 Stewart Green S.W., ntnl.ca
Located off the back of one of the city’s most authentic Southern barbecue spots (which doubles as a live-music venue), the Palomino’s patio is surprisingly serene, considering the restaurant is located on a particularly busy stretch of the C-Train line. While away a weekend afternoon with friends, sharing a platter of barbecue nachos, chicken wings or the Pal’s Fat Ass Platter, a medley of every barbecued meat and Southern-style side dish imaginable.
109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911, thepalomino.ca
The full Wurst menu is available on the restaurant’s roomy 60-seat patio (complete with a firepit), but communing with friends outside is the perfect excuse to order one of the German-inspired restaurant’s popular platters. The bratwurst platters come with three kinds of sausage, sauerkraut, German fried potatoes and a trio of mustards. More serious eaters can opt for Franzels Mixed Grill, which is a spectacular assortment of German delicacies, big enough to serve up to four people.
2437 4 St. S.W., 403-245-2345, wurst.ca