Over 20+ amazing Calgary patios you need to visit this spring

Apr 5 2023, 3:00 pm

Looking for the very best Calgary patios?

With warm weather finally hitting Calgary there’s no better time than the present to enjoy a meal, cold drinks, and good company in the great outdoors.

Lucky for urban dwellers and visitors alike, Calgary offers a never-ending list of fabulous patios, providing city views, people-watching opportunities, endless sunshine, and solid menu choices. Many of these patios are attached to the best bars in the city as well.

Here are some Calgary patios you need to visit this summer.

High Line Brewing


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This Inglewood brewery has a killer outdoor patio tucked out of sight from the busy street. Enjoy a beer and soak up the sun at this spot.

Address: 1318 9th Avenue SE #113, Calgary

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The Rec Room Deerfoot

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The Rec Room’s two-level patio has got to be one of the best places to soak in the rays or play outdoor games in Calgary.

Address: 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 587-535-6077

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National on 8th


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This National location boasts western Canada’s largest rooftop patio, so you know it’s epic. Take a seat at the picnic tables at this open-air patio and enjoy National’s menu of food and drinks.

Address: 225 8th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-237-5556

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Sunterra Keynote


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This Sunterra location has a seriously epic rooftop patio located on top of the Keynote. We’d say this is a pretty shiny hidden gem and one of the best Calgary patios.

 200 12th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-261-6772

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The Ship & Anchor


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If you haven’t hung out on this sunny spot during a warm day, have you ever truly enjoyed summer? This much-loved pub boasts a killer outdoor space.

Address: 534 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-245-3333

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Bonterra Trattoria


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Patrons can head to Bonterra’s stunning Tuscan garden terrace on a sunny day. Enjoy authentic Italian eats while surrounded by a green and romantic atmosphere.

Address: 1016 8th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-262-8480

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Blanco Cantina


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What could be better than eating Blanco’s delicious nachos in the sun? This spot has a prime patio location with tons of sunlight for everyone to bask in.

Address: 723 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-228-1854

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Vin Room – Mission


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Enjoy the sun and a glass of wine elevated above 4th Avenue on Vin Room West’s awesome upper patio.

Address: 2310-4th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-457-5522

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National on 17th


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Another sunny day, another National. We couldn’t leave this bustling 17th Avenue spot off our list, as it’s definitely one of the best patios on the main strip of this YYC street.

Address: 550 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-229-0226

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Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co.

This popular brewery has an open concept blending the lines between what feels like outside and inside. Not only are the beers great with a Mexican food truck serving tacos and burritos but dogs are allowed here, too.

Address: 1103 12th Street SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-2739


Free House


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This local beer and food hall serves up traditional Canadian comfort foods with a sophisticated twist, has 24 beers on tap, and offers an ideal spot for people-watching in Kensington.

Address: 1153 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary
Phone: 403-452-1339

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Modern Steak (Stephen Avenue)


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Modern Steak has two Calgary locations, but you’re going to want to choose the one on Stephen Avenue if you’re looking for views. The rooftop patio is one of the best Calgary patios you can find, offering perfect sightlines to the Calgary Tower, Telus Sky building, and down the historic street.

Address: 100 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-244-3600

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Rooftop Bar @Simmons


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Rooftop Bar @Simmons has literally been named Calgary’s best rooftop patio (at least, according to its website), and it offers panoramic views of the Bow River, St. Patrick’s Island, and the downtown skyline from the top of the Simmons Building.

Address: 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-452-3115

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The Rooftop YYC


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The Rooftop YYC opened earlier this summer and is Calgary’s largest outdoor “weather-managed” patio. The venue offers a forno pizza oven, creative cocktails, and a sound system and stage that make for some fun nightlife and music events, all while nestled above Barclay Mall.

Address: 414 3rd Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-262-0080

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Craft Beer Market (downtown)

With over 100 beers on tap, Craft doesn’t need much more of a draw to bring the crowds, but their rooftop makes the location an even bigger 10th Avenue hotspot. Craft’s patio offers lawn games, an adorable VW bus, and its own bar.

Address: 345 10th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-514-2337

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Brewsters Brewing Company (McKenzie Towne)

If you’re looking to venture out of the city centre, Brewsters in McKenzie Towne boasts one of the best Calgary patios in the south. The local brewery serves up specialty craft beer and expertly created food with a side of suburban rooftop views.

Address: 11 McKenzie Towne Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-243-2739

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River Cafe


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The setting and food here make for an extraordinary dining experience unlike anything else you’ll find in Calgary. The patio is large and decorated with sprawling white umbrellas and bright green foliage, a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city with peeking views at the park and river.

Address: 25 Prince’s Island Park, SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-261-7670


Lulu Bar


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This chef-driven bar has food and drinks created with influences that include Asia, Hawaii, California, and British Columbia. It only makes sense that they would have amazing patio seating to match the rest of the fun and light vibe. Lulu Bar on 17th Avenue has an open concept layout, with a street patio that’s covered by a roof as well as umbrellas, and a cozy side patio that is completely covered.

Address: 510 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-930-5707


Comery Block Barbecue


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This West Tennessee-inspired BBQ and Bourbon joint on 17th Avenue has a covered patio that can’t be missed out front. In the back, there’s another covered and intimate patio with a mix of tables and comfortable booths. Either one is the perfect place to try its meats that are smoked for 10 to 14 hours every morning.

Address: 638 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-7636


Bottlescrew Bills

With such a devoted fan base and the same iconic space the city knows and loves, the patio here can’t be missed at the busy intersection. Plus… it’s dog-friendly!

Address: 140 10th Avenue SW, Calgary


Central Taps


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The space is impressive, with a wrap-around bar in the middle of the room, tons of TVs at every angle, an open kitchen, and a massive outdoor patio space.

Address: 211 – 11th Avenue SW, Calgary


33 Acres Brewing Company


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Known for its bold black and white designed product, this brewery features a decor of simple aesthetics, as if you’re just steps away from the forests and beaches of the Pacific.

What also adds to the vibe is the large patio with cozy seating, a window into the space, and a large wood-burning fireplace.

Address: 215 11th Avenue SW, Calgary


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