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10 great Hamilton patios to check out on your next day trip

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TasteOfHamilton May 18, 2017 6:10 am 1,159

In fall and winter, indoor dining (and drinking) is a cozy necessity. In summer—that brief, life-affirming intermission between spring and fall—it’s mandatory to take in the city’s best food and drink al fresco. Don’t waste another minute of your life indoors.

Here are best outdoor dining and drinking spaces in Hamilton and the surrounding areas for your next summer adventure:

Aberdeen Tavern

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Aberdeen Tavern

The clubby, well-appointed tavern features a similarly welcoming outdoor dining space. The building’s vine-covered brick exterior gives the patio a cozy outdoor garden feel—no small feat along bustling Aberdeen Avenue—and makes for a zen lunch, weekend brunch or dinner spot.

Address: 432 Aberdeen Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 905-523-7707

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Barangas on the Beach

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Barangra’s

Nothing says summer like sand and surf, and Baranga’s, which is situated on picturesque Van Wagner’s Beach, has both. Aside from Insta-worthy views, the Mediterranean restaurant’s large patio also provides an excellent perch from which to enjoy the parade of locals as they soak up the beach atmos.

Address: 380 Van Wagner Beach Road, Hamilton
Phone: 905-544-7122

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Coach and Lantern

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The patio of the historic British pub—the building dates back to the early 1800s—maintains the watering hole’s English country atmosphere with greenery and stonework. It’s tucked well behind the street, which means you can focus on your companions. The pub is a popular live music venue too.

Address: 375 Wilson Street East, Ancaster
Phone: 905-648- 8863

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Detour Café

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Detour

On hot days the leafy side courtyard of this quaint Dundas eatery feels almost tropical, with lush leafy greenery and a few choice spots offering necessary shade. The cafe’s coffee—they source and roast their own beans—and upmarket breakfast and lunch options make it a popular brunch destination.

Address: 41 King Street West, Dundas
Phone: 289-238 8360

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Gown and Gavel

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Gown & Gavel

The Hess Village mainstay offers the quintessential summer patio experience: wings, burgers, beer and a good view of the street. Enjoy modern pub fare, classic summer cocktails, and shade on the patio, which is just big enough to make outdoor dining seem like a buzzy public event.  

Address: 24 Hess Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-523-8881

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Jack and Lois

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Jack & Lois

The bijou but beloved James Street diner’s back patio is a colourful little oasis in the centre of the busy downtown strip. Tuck into decadent all-day breakfast items or hearty classic diner lunch fare (poutine!), as well as craft beer and cocktails.

Address: 301 James St. North, Hamilton
Phone: 289-389-5647

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Radius

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Radius

One of the largest two-level patios in Hamilton also happens to be one of the loveliest, complete with outdoor bar, twinkling lights and waterfall. Radius is a stone’s throw from boisterous Augusta Street, but you’d never know it from the lounge-y atmosphere which makes it the ideal locale for date night or girls’ night.

Address: 151 James Street South, Hamilton
Phone: 905-393-1658

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Rousseau House

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Rousseau House

The outdoor space of this elegant Victorian stone manor is pretty special, particularly at night when the vintage lamps are lit and the overhead lights are shining like little stars above your head. A plummy vineyard-esque spot perfect for leisurely lunch, or special evening out with friends or a plus-one.

Address: 375 Wilson Street East, Ancaster
Phone: 905-648- 8863

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The Ship

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The Ship

In the centre of the bustling Augusta strip, find a surprisingly homey backyard patio outfitted with cozy wood-carved booths and long tables. If you’re looking to beat the heat with a gourmet burger and craft beer then drop anchor, the cool gastro pub is your preferred port of call.

Address: 23 Augusta Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-526-0792

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Sarcoa

Sarcoa

Sarcoa’s large patio, overlooking the Lake and harbour, gets a solid “A” for aesthetic appeal. From swans and seagulls to sailboats to sunsets—the restaurant and lounge’s postcard-like scenery and fresh market menu can be enjoyed, drink in hand, from Monday to Thursday.  

Address: 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 905-523-1214

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Jenn is a long-time Hamiltonian and Brit is a former Toronto city-girl turned Hamiltonian, and together, with the help of the community, they are uncovering the most delicious culinary dishes the city has to offer. Follow them on Instagram

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