5 Great Banff Patios to Check Out Before Summer Ends

Head to one of these spots for gorgeous views, great drinks and warm, fresh mountain air before the summer is over.

The Bison

The Bison already creates some of the most stunning, locally sourced food in Banff, so why not pair it with an equally stunning, locally sourced view? The covered rooftop patio here has heaters in case it gets chilly (which can happen quickly in the mountains), as well as intimate lighting for a perfect night of dining out under the stars.

213, 211 Bear St., 403-762-5550, thebison.ca

 

Magpie & Stump’s El Patio

This Mexican-themed restaurant is a great spot to soak up the rest of summer — tacos, nachos and margaritas are perfect patio fare, so it should come as no surprise that the patio here meets the same standards. At El Patio, as it’s known, you can try any of the restaurant’s six taco varieties or the build-your-own nachos, all while sipping on one of the many types of margaritas or other tequila-based cocktails on offer.

203 Caribou St., 403-762-4067, magpieandstump.ca

 

Peak Patio

This patio is located at the top of Sulphur Mountain, which means you’ll have to ride the gondola (or brave the winding hike up) to get here, but you’ll be greeted with some of the best mountain views in Banff. Dining options are limited to a few types of donair, but the food is not the draw, anyway. Grab a glass of wine, a local beer or an Eau Claire Distillery cocktail and take in the breathtaking vistas at the top. Peak Patio is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Located in Banff Gondola Upper Terminal, Mountain Ave., banffjaspercollection.com

 

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown opened in 1985, making it one of the oldest pubs in Banff, and it has lasted that long for a reason. This friendly spot has both a rooftop and streetside patio, meaning you can choose to be in the hustle and bustle of downtown Banff, or rise above it all and enjoy the scenery. With food and drink specials available every day of the week, it’s a great casual place to hang with friends at the end of a day exploring the Bow Valley.

202 Banff Ave., 403-762-2121, roseandcrown.ca

 

Three Bears Brewery and Restaurant

 

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This brewery and restaurant has three options for all your outdoor dining needs — an open-air dining room, a second-floor space with a retractable roof, and a streetside patio. As a brewery, Three Bears serves all its own beers, made in-house, plus a food menu featuring eclectic pub fare. Each dish is made to pair well with the beers — try one of the pizzas (the dough takes three days to make) or the fun shareables like crab and shrimp doughnuts or lamb ribs.

205 Bear St., 403-985-8038, threebearsbanff.com

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