There are so many incredible patios around Calgary to chose from.
Whether it's a spot to soak up the sun, people watch, or enjoy a breathtaking views, there's something for everyone.
Here are some choice places around the city to enjoy a refreshing cocktail while the weather's good.
1. Ricardo's Hideaway
Ricardo's has brought some serious island vibes to Calgary's beltline. The oasis serves dozens of rum cocktails with homemade tropical fruit syrups that somehow never taste too sweet. The fragrant wall of greenery is actually all mint just waiting to be plucked and added to a mojito. Plus, the plantain chips are to die for.
Try: The Bad Mind. It's a refreshing shrub made with rum, strawberries and jerk vinegar.
2. Azuridge Estate Hotel
Just a 40 minute drive from downtown Calgary, Azuridge actually has three stunning patios including a gazebo overlooking the estate. The Priddis destination has the perfect view of southern Alberta's rolling foothills.
Pro tip: The luxury hotel is sometimes entirely booked for special events, so it's important to call ahead and make a reservation.
Try: The Dangerous Diamond. Elderflower and prosecco is mixed with tiny pearls of Curacao — if a lava lamp could somehow look classy, it would look like this.
Cannibale is a full-service barbershop and cocktail bar. Don't worry — the name is not in reference to some sort of Sweeney Todd-inspired menu, but is actually inspired by the building's history. The Bridgeland eatery had a simple inscription on the old building that read "C. Annibale" for the former owner, so when the new speakeasy opened the name stuck.
Try: The Horsewhip Flip. Made with Alberta rye, bitters, lemon and a whole egg, a portion of the proceeds from this cocktail go to the local community association.
4. The Lake House
There aren't many better views than this. The Lake House overlooks Lake Bonavista in south Calgary, and features a local menu that spotlights Canadian cuisine.
Try: The Bison Caesar. Not only were Caesars invented in Calgary, but this one has a local twist with the addition of bison jerky.
5. Ikemen Ramen Bar
Our patio is open today! Perfect weather for perfect ramen. Calgarian, where are you! We need you guys in Kensington pic.twitter.com/OUAiKhUSoT
— Ikemen Ramen Bar (@CalgaryIkemen) June 18, 2016
If you're looking for a spot to people watch, look no further. This streetside Kensington spot serves up cold ramen and saké while you soak in the sun's rays.
Try: The Handsome Gentleman. "Ikemen" means "cool guy" in Japanese, so this gin cocktail keeps it on-theme.
6. Vin Room
— Vin Room (@VinRoom) April 18, 2016
The Vin Room's Mission location has a cozy patio upstairs most passersby wouldn't even notice from the street. The Elbow River is just steps away from this tapas spot, making for the perfect after dinner stroll.
Try: French 75. This white wine cocktail is made a bit brighter with the addition of gin and lemon.
7. Raw Bar
Raw Bar is located within Hotel Arts. The best part of ordering here — apart from the amazing vietnamese cuisine — is that purchasing a cocktail or dish gives you access to the pool.
Try: Raw Bar Bubble Tea. Popping lychee pearls paired with prosecco and a matcha elderflower foam is basically the perfect summer drink.
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The Ship, as it's known to locals, is hands-down one of the most popular patios in the city. It's known to open year-round, always taking advantage of the Chinooks that occasionally roll in. Lots of beer on tap and the food is always tasty and affordable. Location: 534 17 Ave. S.W. Website
This prime patio location sits one storey above 17th Ave., and is prime for people-watching and catching the afternoon's best rays. Location: 1410 17th Ave. S.W. Website
Alloy's patio is the perfect romantic oasis and features a stunning water feature and rock garden. It's tucked in behind the building and you would never guess its close proximity to nearby railways and warehouses. Location: 220 42 Ave. S.E. Website
Another romantic getaway in the heart of the city. Bonterra's closed-in patio feels as close to authentic Italy as you can find in Calgary. It's always busy, so make sure you have a reservation! Location: 1016 8 St. S.W. Website
Broken City's patio is unassuming but a sure bet for cheap drinks and food. Come early on a weekend evening to enjoy some day's end sun, before checking out the band or DJ du jour downstairs. Location: 613 11 Ave. S.W. Website
National on 17th, located right next to The Ship, is a people-watching dream come true. The patio boasts prime real estate on 17th Ave. and the cocktail and beer list is to die for. Location: 550 17 Ave. S.W. Website
One of downtown's best kept secrets, the Palomino Smokehouse patio is perfect for apres-work cocktails or some Sunday Funday drinks with friends. Pair up a few beers with some ribs and bacon-wrapped corn and you have one of the best meals in the Stampede City. Location: 109 7th Ave. S.W. Website
Fergus & Bix's Marda Look location is perfectly situated so it gets a lot of sun almost all day long. They always have a featured beer on tap and the menu offers something tasty for everyone. Location: 2018 33 Ave. S.W. Website
There are several Original Joe's around the city, and almost every one has an awesome patio. The one pictured here is in Kensington, but there are plenty of locations to choose from. Website
Cibo is another adorable Italian eatery in the heart of the city that boasts a rustic and simple patio. It's a great place to share a family-style meal and a bottle of wine. The perfect summer date-night spot! Location: 1012 17 Ave. S.W. Website
One of Calgary's best-kept-secrets, the Oak Tree Tavern Patio is set back from 10th Street, but still just steps away from the awesome vendors and vibes of Kensington. There's always something fun going on at Oak Tree Tavern, as well, from live music to punk rock bingo. Location: 124 10th St.N.W. Website
River Cafe has long held a top patio pick in the hearts of many Calgarians. It's a lovely walk from Eau Clair to Prince's Island, making you feel very removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Plus, River Cafe offers one of the best menus in the city, so your patio date is sure to be enjoyable! Location: 25 Prince's Island Park Website
Teatro Restaurant is the perfect spot to check out on a warm Calgary summer night. The patio is perfectly suited to the restaurant's up-scale dinner and drinks menu and its location at Olympic Plaza means you're close to Stephen Ave. or the Riverwalk, for a lovely after-dinner stroll. Location: 200 8 Ave. S.E. Website
The Wild Rose Brewery patio is far away from the crowds of 17th Ave. or Kensington, in the peace and quiet of the suburbs, and it's a popular destination. They always have something delicious on tap, making it a perfect weekend afternoon destination with friends. Location: #2, 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive S.W. Website
80th & Ivy offers a spacious patio that's perfect for sitting out in the afternoon sun. Heaters offer some extra warmth for suppertime diners, after the sun disappears behind the restaurant. Location: 1127 17th Ave. S.W. Website
The Barley Mill patio is a popular staple on Calgary's patio scene. It's got plenty of room upstairs and down, and it's close location to the Bow River and Prince's Island Park makes it a natural choice for diners in the area looking for some comfort food and a pint. Location: 201 Barclay Parade S.W. Website
What Ox and Angela's sidewalk patio lacks in size, it makes up for in people watching opportunities. It's the perfect place to grab a few small plates of food and a glass of wine and watch the afternoon or evening go by. Location: 528 17 Ave. S.W. Website
On a sweltering day, there's nothing like a cold margarita, a Corona, and a basket of chips and guacamole. Los Chilitos offers it all, plus a perfect spot on 17th Ave. to watch the crowds go by. Location: 1309 17 Ave. S.W. Website
Loco Lous is popular with the SAIT kids, and for a good reason. There's always food and drink specials, the menu is affordable but delicious, and the servers are super friendly. Lous is a great spot to find afternoon sun and the party is sure to continue into the night. Location: 1324 16 Ave. N.W. Website
Those looking to be pampered, and possibly enticed by a swim, need to check out the pool bar at Hotel Arts. This stylish hotel opens their pool to guests and local patrons, alike, but seating is one a first-come, first-serve basis. Location: 119 12 Ave. S.W. Website
Molly Malone's huge patio has long been a popular patio with Kensington and downtown dwellers. There's plenty of room for big parties and the bartenders and servers are fun and friendly and always know how to keep the party going. Location: 1153 Kensington Crescent N.W. Website