Calgary Cheap Eats: Patios

Aug 8 2016, 12:30 am

Whether you’re after a quick snack or a full blown meal, make sure you check out our weekly Cheap Eats post dedicated to affordable and tasty food in Calgary aimed at satisfying your belly without breaking the bank.

Today we’re rounding up a list of the city’s best patios where you can grab a bite to eat for around $10.


What better way to enjoy an al fresco meal than with Italian favourites at Cibo on the eatery’s rustic patio. This 17th Avenue spot is known for its reliable and affordable menu. Drop by between 3 to 5 pm everyday and indulge in one of Cibo’s $5 happy hour pizzas.

Address: 1012 12th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-984-4755
Twitter: @CiboCalgary

Broken City

Photo courtesy Broken City

Photo courtesy Broken City

One of summer’s best kept secrets, Broken City’s patio is perched up on the rooftop overlooking 11th Avenue SW. Sip on a pint as you tuck into the tasty and affordable pub grub served up. You’ll find a wide selection of starters around $10 and main plates, which start at $13.

Address: 613 11th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-262-9976
Twitter: @TheBrokenCity

Ship and Anchor

This dive-bar-esque pub boasts one of the most sought-after patios in the city. It’s open year round and is a terrific place to enjoy a laid-back nosh, while you throw back a drink or two. Snack on a range of appetizers like chicken wings, poutine, and dumplings (which all hang around the $8 mark). Hungry for more? Grab a burger — they’re hearty and cost $12 or less.

Address: 534 17th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-245-3333
Twitter: @Ship_and_Anchor

Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery

Photo courtesy Trolley 5

Photo courtesy Trolley 5

This recently launched brew pub is quickly becoming a favourite with beer drinkers in the city. Unwind on Trolley 5’s sidestreet patio while digging into a range of brew snacks and “sharables,” which range in price from $4 to $14. If you’re with friends stop by at happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 pm daily and includes $4 house beers, house wines, and highballs, and all pitch in and grab a plate of nachos ($18).

Address: 728 17th Avenue SW
Phone: 403-809-8854
Twitter: @Trolley_5


If you’re after a light bite and some patio action be sure to hit up this 17th Avenue eatery. Focusing on modern Irish fare the Cleaver offers a range of delicious and well-priced bar snacks, like Piggy Puffs with malt vinegar mayo and Candied Bacon (both small plates priced at $5), as well as $7 sliders.

Address: 102 – 524 17 Avenue SW
Phone: 403-452-1211
Twitter: @CleaverCalgary