What are your favourite Alberta patios? Here are some of our favourite hotspots around town
During summer, we all want to eat and drink outdoors, but some well-known patios seem to get all the love. Here are four patios you may not have discovered (yet)!
The rooms inside Little Brick are welcoming and tastefully appointed, but during these warm-weather months, it’s the backyard where you’ll want to pull up a chair and sit a spell.
Long wooden benches snake around a large patio set with weathered furniture, and on sunny days bring a picnic blanket because the only available spot might be the grassy expanse between the picnic tables and the fire pits.
Come for an ice coffee, a cold beer or a crisp cider. The backyard breeze carries the sounds of birds chirping and dinnerware clinking in the kitchen sink. Dogs on leashes patiently wait for wayward crumbs to fall their way. The only thing missing is a posse of kids running through the sprinkler. No matter where you take a seat – on the grass, the patio or at a picnic table – at Little Brick, you always feel like you’re right at home.
10004 90th Street, Edmonton
Not many people realize that the deck with two picnic tables in front of El Cortez is a decoy patio. That’s right, the real thing is in the back. You need to go inside, past the bar and out the back door. That’s where you’ll find the newly expanded, freshly astro-turfed party patio.
Weary shoppers, nearby workers and neighbourhood residents filter in looking for a place in the sun or a spot under an umbrella where they can rest and recharge with a cerveza. The habanero mojito is the perfect date for a plate of tuna tostados or bulgogi steak tacos.
El Cortez abides by the ‘go big, or go home’ mantra. Proof is in their jawdropping interior featuring edgy murals and gang-inspired maxims scrawled on walls. The patio’s décor is all sunshine and serapes though, and more akin to a secret garden – one where Johnny Cash ballads intermingle with traditional Mexican music and where the tequila flows in place of water.
8230 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton
On a hot summer day, there’s no doubt by 5:00 p.m. the patio at Cannibale in Bridgeland will be completely full – no matter what day of the week.
With handcrafted (and half-price) happy hour cocktails, bumpin’ tunes and a roaring fireplace, this outdoor space is a little private paradise. Even during late nights in February, it was not uncommon to see the more determined patrons brave the patio.
Sometimes you might see Mike Hope, owner of Murdoch’s Bar & Grill, and co-owner of the Cannibale space with Shayne Perrin (also owner of Dairy Lane and Bluestar Diner), dropping off cocktails, shades on, Frank Sinatra likely blasting from the speakers.
Formerly known as dog-spa Muttley Crue, Cannibale has one of the best patios in town. Oh, and we can’t forget about the menu. With an award-winning kitchen team, just the duck Rueben sandwich is worth coming over the bridge for.
813 1st Avenue NE, Calgary
Renowned around town as the best dive-bar in Calgary, Broken City Social Club has another little secret: a killer rooftop patio.
As co-owner Andrew Brassard can attest to, there truly is no better way to spend a Sunday than lounging in the sun with a Caesar, or enjoying breakfast under the shade of an umbrella atop Broken City.
The Broken City patio is a little world of its own with washrooms, an outdoor bar, and some great aerial opportunities to people watch (they also have an amazing breakfast sandwich – add toast with homemade cashew butter).
Whether you’re wearing a tie, a swimsuit, are a brunch-fanatic, or are just looking to rock out to some live music, Broken City covers all bases.
613 11th Ave SW, Calgary