In the last few days the weather here in Calgary has started to take a turn for the warmer. Which, basically means it’s more often above 0 than it is under it. As frigid and unexciting as this temperature change might seem to someone from a place where the weather isn’t a hazard to human life, for us here in our little boutique hotel in Calgary, it’s practically a national holiday.
The best part of warm weather, the thing that we Calgarians love to do when it’s temperate, and quite possibly the longest standing tradition in the region, is to drink to the point of inebriation while sitting somewhere outside. It’s a big deal for us. We only get to do it for a few months every year, so just, just let us have this one, okay?
If you find yourself in downtown Calgary looking for a nice watering hole to enjoy the sun at, here’s a list of the best Patios in downtown Calgary.
Best Overall Patio: Moxie’s on 14th
The patio in downtown Calgary that’s sort of a Jack-of-All-Trades. It consistently scores well and you can always count on it to be a good place to have a few drinks in the glorious, glorious sunshine.
Patio With the Best View: Ed’s Restaurant
Ed’s restaurant is located on the south eastern fringe of downtown, right next to the river. Taking advantage of this, their patio is located on the roof, affording it an excellent view. And, due to it’s location, it doesn’t the “can’t see the forest for the trees” problem that most other downtown pubs have.
Most Romantic Patio: Cilantro
Sometimes sharing a romantic dinner outside is great way to go. Of course, that’s only an option in Calgary for about two months, but still.
Best Party Atmosphere On a Patio: Metropolitan Grill
A young crowd, good people watching, and a vibrant atmosphere make this the best patio in downtown Calgary to hit up on a weekend afternoon.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing, Social Media Coordinator, and Outdoor Drinking Technician for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta. When he’s not using his Telemarking skills to rip up the backcountry and call people at dinnertime, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.