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Your Guide to Patios on Stephen Avenue

by Calgary Downtown Association


When it’s a warm sunny day in Calgary, there’s only one thing to do: find a patio. And with COVID restrictions being lifted, your perfect patio awaits. Along the five blocks of Stephen Avenue’s pedestrian-only walkway and beyond, patio goers will have no problem finding a sunny patio in Calgary’s original entertainment and commercial district. Whether you’re looking to head out with friends for a casual afternoon pint, or choosing a sophisticated wine bar as the sun sets, downtown Calgary is full of great picks for whatever your patio preference may be.

Teatro

Tucked just off of Stephen Avenue and within walking distance of Arts Commons, Teatro is the perfect patio for an al fresco glass of wine and upscale dinner. The giant orb-like light casts a beautiful glow over the patio which overlooks a lovely green space.

200 - 8th Avenue SE, teatro.ca

Rosso Coffee Roasters

Rosso’s Stephen Avenue location is a neighbourhood staple that serves up some of the best coffee in the city. Grab a fresh pastry and a delicious cup of ethically sourced coffee and take a seat on their patio, set to reopen July 1, 2020.

140 8 Ave SE, rossocoffeeroasters.com

Thomsons Kitchen and Bar

You won’t find a standard bar menu at the patio of the Hyatt Regency’s hotel bar. Try the seasonal cocktail menu for one-of-a-kind beverages that pair perfectly with the delicious, upscale food offerings. Reopens July 24, 2020.

700 Centre Street SE, calgary.regency.hyatt.com

One18 Empire

With over 300 whiskeys, ryes, bourbons and scotches, this whiskey-inspired bar and restaurant places a strong focus on sharable, locally-inspired cuisine paired with their extensive onsite reserve. The OneUP rooftop patio is a trendy and unique space offering a modified menu and drink specials.

820 Centre Street S, one18empire.com

Centini Restaurant & Lounge

With a brand new patio overlooking the Glenbow Museum, and a reputation for corporate dining and special events, this is the place for gourmet Italian and European cuisine, an award-winning wine selection and attentive service.

160 8 Ave SE, centini.com

Modern Steak 

This rooftop outdoor patio is where you want to be. Check out the best views of the avenue from this modern and minimalist white patio, and try any of their amazing offerings, including the cult-favourite M Burger. Reservations for the patio are highly recommended.

100 8 Ave SE, modernsteak.ca

Milestones 

Offering up craveable favourites and one of the biggest patios on Stephen Avenue, Milestones is a crowd pleaser. It also may have something to do with Milestones’ bellini bowls. Enough said.

107 8 Ave SE, milestonesrestaurants.com

Saltlik 

At Saltlik, every hour is happy hour. Enjoy daily drink features all summer long on their sunny patio. Take in the views and pair your favourite beverage with a dish from a menu that will please not only true steak lovers, but has enough variety to satisfy any appetite.

101 8 Ave SW, saltlik.com

El Furniture Warehouse

Tasty food, refreshing drinks and an eclectic atmosphere are waiting for you on the patio at El Furniture Warehouse. With every food item priced at $5.95, get ready to really indulge without making a dent in your wallet.

107 Stephen Ave SW, warehousegroup.ca

Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters

The coffee here is some of the best in the city and one of the two local brewers on Stephen Avenue. It hasn’t yet reopened, but when it does, be sure to grab a cold brew to enjoy on the patio - it’s only available in the summer.

102 8 Ave SW, philsebastian.com

Blue Vinny Diner

Who says patios are just for evenings? While it’s only open for the first half of the day, enjoy classic breakfast and lunch dishes on the small sunny patio.

105 9 Ave SW

Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar

Located in the heart of the action on Stephen Avenue, a seat on OJ’s patio is waiting for you. Expect the same consistent quality food and service that you receive at any location, with a refreshingly fun and casual patio experience.

109 8 Ave SW, originaljoes.ca

Bear & Kilt Freehouse

While the inside of the pub is a cozy basement space, outside the patio is in full sunshine, though it’s not yet open.

110 8 Ave SW

Klein / Harris

Enjoy a cocktail list featuring a combination of classics and Canadian inspired drinks. Pair your drink with a “true north” menu item, which takes its inspiration from across Canada. A second location will open in early August.

113 8 Ave SW, kleinharris.com

Annabelle’s Kitchen Downtown

The sister of the beloved Bar Annabelle and Blink, this former Blink space has been revamped into a modern Italian fare, set to open in summer 2020. Look for the iconic mint-green exterior and get ready to make a toast to summer with a Spritz.

111 8 Avenue SW, annabelleskitchen.ca

James Joyce 

It may be the Irish roots, but James Joyce always offers up a lively pub atmosphere. Whether you’re inside the pub or outdoors underneath the signature Guiness umbrellas, come for a pint, and stay for another.

114 8 Ave SW, jamesjoycepub.com

The Wednesday Room

Enjoy the chef driven lounge inside and out with the ultimate mid-century vibe. While the indoor floors have a dark and moody retro vibe, the outdoor patio is full sun and fun. Happy hour runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, featuring new specials every week.

118 8 Ave SW, wednesdayroom.com

The Bank & Baron P.U.B.

Situated in one of the most beautiful historic buildings on Stephen Avenue, the Bank & Baron P.U.B. is something to look at. This downtown landmark has been reclaimed within The Bank of Nova Scotia building, and is where a Traditional Public Urban Bar taps into a historical avenue destination.

125 8 Ave SW, bankandbaronpub.com

Murrieta’s West Coast Bar + Grill

The historic Alberta Hotel Building hosts a second-floor balcony patio overlooking Stephen Avenue with side-by-side seating. It’s the perfect people watching spot, all while enjoying the live music that spills out from the lounge.

200, 808 1 St SW, www.murrietas.ca

The Guild

Tucked amongst the pillars and checked floors of the iconic Hudson Bay Building, the Guild is the perfect backdrop for an expansive dog-friendly patio. Enjoy their live DJ spinning records all summer long.

 200 8 Ave SW, theguildrestaurant.com

Social Beer Haus 

Get your whiskey, caesar or local beer fix with a side of Texas-Style BBQ at Social Beer Haus. With a sunny patio in the  heart of the action, this is the perfect place to get social with friends.

 220 8 Ave SW, socialbeerhaus.com

The Unicorn

With three bars in one building, the Unicorn is a superpub with 20 beers on tap and classic happy hour specials. Grab a spot in the sun on their sunny outdoor patio and make happy hour count.

223 8 Ave SW, superpub.ca

National on 8th

Come on up and explore this rooftop bar that is more like a social beer garden oasis. Grab a seat and enjoy a pint of one of their extensive beer on tap options, delicious bites, and games. That’s right, they’ve got games up there.

360 - 225 8 Ave SW, ntnl.ca

Local on 8th 

Enjoy quality food, drinks and atmosphere at this gathering spot underneath twinkling lights. This casual restaurant feels like a home away from home.

310 8 Ave SW, localpubliceatery.com

The Metropolitan

The Met has been on Stephen Avenue since 2000 and does upscale casual right. Enjoy the classy atmosphere of their beautiful patio lounge with half-priced bottles of wine every Wednesday.

 150, 317 7th Avenue SW, themet.ca

Earls Bankers Hall

Nestled beside the Galleria Trees, find your Earls fan favourites or try something new, like a coconut mint margarita. Also known as the secret to a perfect weekend.

315 8 Ave SW, earls.ca

Wise and Wright

Open for breakfast and lunch, the casual counter service restaurant takes toast to a whole new level, one that will demand you sitting in a sunny spot and enjoying it with your coffee once the patio reopens.

163, 317 7 Ave SW, wiseandwright.com

Cactus Club Cafe 

You can’t miss the signature bright yellow umbrellas. Whether you grab a seat at the newly expanded street-side patio, or sit indoors with the walls open to the outdoors, there are no bad seats here. Try a slushy drink like the frozen sangria or a bellini frose - there are also no bad drinks here.

178, 317 7 Ave SW, cactusclubcafe.com

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

This upscale outdoor patio is sure to take your dining experience to the next level. Enjoy the everyday pleasures of great food and drink in timeless, elegant surroundings. Along with the very best beef and freshest seafood, Hy’s is known and beloved for the theatre of tableside service.

8 Ave & 3rd St SW, hyssteakhouse.com

Cucina

Cucina’s food is based on the philosophy of “less is more” which allows for amazing ingredients to shine through in dishes that are designed to be shared. Make their beautiful patio your destination for carefree happy hour hangs or hot summer night dates.

515 8th Avenue SW, eatcucina.com

Barcelona Tavern

It doesn’t matter where you’re going or where you’ve been – the tavern is a place where all are welcome. And did someone say patio tapas? They’ll pair perfectly with a crafted cocktail from their signature gin and tonic menu.

501 8 Ave SW, barcelonatavern.com

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