Peruse the menu of over 300 beers from around the world on one of the winterized patio areas at Bottlescrew Bill’s. While the pub typically has three unconnected patios open in the summer months, you’ll still be able to enjoy the two patios that have been winterized. The back patio (accessible from inside the pub) is now fully enclosed with full-length doors and has gas heaters above the seats. Right beside the enclosed section is a second covered patio (sans the full-length doors) with gas heaters as well. Note that while the outdoor seating area facing 10th Avenue is covered, it does not have gas heaters and is therefore not open for the winter.
140 10 Ave. S.W., 403-263-7900, bottlescrewbill.com
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant’s wraparound veranda is now ready for winter. You can comfortably enjoy some house made game meat pate or roasted Alberta beef tenderloin while staying warm underneath heaters and behind plexiglass in the heart of Fish Creek Provincial Park. Bow Valley Ranche is open for brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea service.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Cactus Club regulars will know that both the Stephen Avenue and Barlow Trail locations have patios that are open year-round underneath fixed glass roofs. Guests stay extra warm thanks to ceiling heaters and stand-up heat lamps as well.
178, 317 7 Ave. S.W., 403-454-9399 and 2612 39 Ave. N.E., 403-250-1120, cactusclubcafe.com
Craft Beer Market’s rooftop patio on 10 Avenue S.W. will be open any day when temperatures are five degrees Celsius or above. The retractable roof and walls, gas heaters and heat lamps mean you can enjoy food, drinks and dessert (not to mention the all-day happy hour on Sundays) while staying toasty warm. Seating for the patio is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337, craftbeermarket.ca
If you like feeling the crisp winter air on your face and the smell of a campfire, be sure to visit Dandy Brewing Company’s outdoor patio space. Staff have placed four wood-burning fire pits on its outdoor patio for the winter season, in addition to multiple propane heaters dispersed near tables that are furthest away from a fire pit. Reservations to enjoy one of their popular seasonal beers on the outdoor patio can be made here.
2003 11 St. S.E., 587-956-8836, thedandybrewingcompany.com
You’ve probably seen Hayden Block’s front patio (which is closed for winter) that extends from the front of the restaurant onto Kensington Road. But did you know that this establishment also has an enclosed backyard patio, which has been dubbed “the whiskey garden,” that’s open year-round? Snag a seat here and enjoy a tray of meats like brisket and pulled pork with sides of green beans and bacon wrapped corn on the cob.
1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-302, haydenblockyyc.com
Lulu Bar has quickly adapted to accommodate patrons on its patio this winter. The restaurant’s patio is now fully enclosed from the elements and features heaters, making it easier than ever to enjoy the fried coconut squid or steamed lobster dumplings with signature cocktails like the Lulubear.
510 17 Ave. S.W., 403-519-0444, lulubar.ca
Calgary’s vegan community can still enjoy a night out on a patio at this full-service vegan spot. Vegan Street has added a cozy gas fireplace to its fully enclosed glass solarium for winter and has decorated it with twinkling string lights for added ambiance at night. Fluffy blankets are also available from the staff upon request. On the days we are lucky to receive some Chinook winds, staff will also open up the uncovered patio.
1111 7 St. S.W., 403-454-3287, veganstreeteats.ca