The weather in Calgary may be wishy-washy, but it’s nothing we can’t handle – especially with a beer in hand. In Alberta, as long as the sky is blue, it’s still patio season…but a heater or two certainly wouldn’t hurt. The only thing that can hold us back from enjoying a cold one on any given day might be a few inches of snow, but that could change in an instant! This city really is that unpredictable, so just to prepare all of you for basically anything above 5°C, here are 10 heated outdoor patios that can still be enjoyed on those not too hot, but not too cold YYC days.
CEILI’S ON 17TH AVENUE
This inner-city bar’s new and improved patio now has a large canopy and several heaters strategically placed beside the tables. but that’s not all. Oh, no. They also have a few outdoor TVs, because you wouldn’t want to miss the game, now, would you?
Where: 933-A 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
LAST BEST BREWING
Last Best Brewing’s patio was practically built for the chilly-ish weather. With heaters and even a fire pit, you’re almost guaranteed to stay comfortable. Also, the ambiance here in the evening is a total 10 out of 10, and who doesn’t love a little mood lighting?
Where: 607 11 Ave SW, Calgary
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Ricardo’s Hideaway takes the concept of ‘cozy patio’ to a whole new level. From their fireplace and heaters to tropical plants and trees, they’ve got one of the most comfortable, aesthetically pleasant patios on 17th Avenue.
Where: 1530 5 St SW, Calgary, AB
THE LIVING ROOM
This 17th Ave hot spot is great for summer nights after the sun goes down, as well as those chillier fall days. Grab your coat, a drink and an appetizer or two, then sit next to their large outdoor fireplaces while you people watch. What could be better?
Where: 514 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Get your hair cut and then enjoy a cozy autumn night on Cannibale’s patio. This bar-bershop hybrid is heated overhead and has an outdoor fireplace – which if you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of a sucker for.
Where: 813 1 Ave NE, Calgary
CRAFT BEER MARKET DOWNTOWN
CRAFT’s 10th avenue heated rooftop patio gives us major ‘adult summer camp’ vibes. With games, fairy lights, and even a VW van parked table side – not only will you stay warm and cozy you’ll stay entertained.
Where: 345 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
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Bonterra’s patio is a hidden gem. Designed with Italy in mind, this outdoor haven is covered, heated, and has a working fireplace that guests are encouraged to snuggle up next to. Also, the food here is unreal. Pasta, wine, views? We couldn’t ask for more.
Where: 1016 8 Street SW
BLANCO CANTINA DOWNTOWN
People watching with a mouthful of tacos? That’s what we’d consider time well spent and man, do we know the perfect spot for exactly that! Order a margarita, stuff your face with a few tortillas and creep it real under the overhead heaters on an autumn afternoon at Blancos on 17th Avenue!
Where: 723 17 Ave SW, Calgary
NATIONAL 10TH AVENUE
National on 10th ave is the place you go for a cold beer and a different point of view. Do you get a perfect panorama of downtown? No, but that’s not to say it isn’t a beaut. What’s even better though, is the fact that this bad boy is heated – meaning you can enjoy it on chillier days as well as the smouldering ones.
Where: 341 10 Ave SW, Calgary
FREE HOUSE YYC
Free House Local Craft Beer and Food Hall has an unreal patio. It’s huge, it’s heated, it gets a ton of sun and it’s got a pretty cute view of the Kensington Neighbourhood. We would definitely recommend checking this place out!
Where: 1153 Kensington Cres NW
There you have it, friends. 10 heated outdoor patios that can still be enjoyed on the chillier days, As we said, just because it’s mentioned on this list, it does not mean that they are open for the winter season – double-check with the individual restos before checking them out!
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