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May 21, 2020
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Patios are Popping Up Across Downtown Edmonton

 

With the recent restrictions being lifted for Alberta’s Phase 1 and 2 of reopening, Edmontonians can start enjoying the sunshine at their favourite Downtown establishments. Here’s a rundown of what patios are open so far. *updated June 17

 

This bright, open patio is nestled within shiny city towers. Right next to Yellowhead Brewery, Campio Brewing Co. is Downtown’s newest brewery making 105 Street the real brewery district. Expect premium beers from the ownership group that brought you Jasper Brewing, Banff Avenue Brewing, Last Best Brewing and Wood Buffalo Brewing. Enjoy everything from crisp, refreshing lagers to mouth-puckering aged sours. Make sure to pair your pint with one of their incredible pizzas like the Big MacDavid or Cheese Monger. Campio Brewing Co, 10257 105 Street, 587-635-1953

If you’ve ever had the cheese bread at Pampa, you’ll want to head over to Bite of Brazil. If a Brazilian street vendor met with a cafe, this place is the result. Grab a spot on their patio with a Nutella latte and some chicken fritters and you’ll have the most satisfying afternoon. Bite of Brazil, 10114 104 Street, 825-461-1222

Nothing says summer like tacos and tequila on a patio and you can find that at El Beso. This patio is right next to Beaver Hills House Park which is perfect for catching both the sun and some shade. You’ll want to adventure through their unique drink menu which is full of classic cocktails with a Mexican twist, like their Old Fashioned made with coconut tequila, as well as their fresh take on authentic Mexican dishes, like their Queso Fundido, melted Monterey Jack, aged cheddar and salsa blanca. El Beso, 10432 Jasper Ave, 780-244-7799

Local beer, signature cocktails and scratch-made comfort food; this is the recipe for a perfect afternoon on a patio. Just minutes away from Beaver Hills House Park and Michael Phair Park, Say Uncle is the perfect stop along your day spent Downtown. Say Uncle is where you have a fried bologna sandwich and a Mai Tai cocktail all in one place. Say Uncle, 10184 104 Street, 780-540-5369

Transport yourself to Japan’s streets at Dorinku Osaka on Jasper Ave while enjoying the warm sun on their patio. This menu is completely different from Dorinku Izakaya Whyte Ave with a focus on street food, from sockeye salmon press sushi to chicken yakitori. Pair your meal with one of their infused shochu cocktails to have an authentic and delicious experience that will keep you going back.  Dorinku Osaka, 10328 Jasper Ave, 780-761-9990

If you’re looking for an upscale patio experience, check out Bottega Italian Kitchen and Bar on 104 Street where they offer contemporary Italian dishes such as truffle lobster mac and cheese, craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Make sure to hit up their Prohibition Hour from 2 pm - 5 pm. You can get classic and luxurious cocktails like a Manhattan or French 75 for only $7. Bottega Italian Kitchen & Bar, 10181 104 Street, 780-244-1290

Area residents regularly descend to Cask & Barrel, a pleasant little neighbourhood bar, for local pints and scotch. This quaint extended patio feels like a hidden gem since it’s tucked away just steps away from the busy Jasper Ave. They’ve recently released a new menu just in time for patio season. The quinoa wraps are tartar top of the list of must-eats. This sunny spot has plenty of umbrellas to keep you in the shade and the best part is that you can bring your furry friend since it’s dog friendly. Cask & Barrel, 10041 104 Street, 780-498-1224

Smack dab in the Warehouse District in one of Edmonton’s oldest buildings, Mercer Tavern is where Edmontonians flock to for a night out or a great afternoon hangout. They’ve got a brand new extended patio as well as a new menu with drink specials to match. Expect comforting bites like their Mercer sliders or fried mac and cheese bites. Of course, you’ll want to soak up some vitamin D during the day, but stay until dark and you’ll have a front-row seat to the Neon Sign Museum. Mercer Tavern, 10363 104 Street, 587-521-1911

 

The Sherlock Holmes patio is surrounded by a white picket fence and features an old red phone booth to give the feel of an English countryside pub. But with the pedestrian traffic of Rice Howard Way flowing right by, this is a great place to have a pint of your favourite English brew and watch the world go by. Sherlock Holmes Pub,10012 101A Avenue, 780-426-7784

Last summer we barely got a chance to enjoy the patio at Bianco when it opened on Rice Howard Way late summer. But this year, the owners wasted no time making sure the Italian restaurant was ready to go on day one of reopening. Enjoy refreshing Aperol-based cocktails, wines from around the world, house-made pasta dishes and pizza.  Bianco, 10020 101 A Avenue, 780-761-8838

Central Social Hall has a beautiful tiered patio sprinkled with bright pink umbrellas and feels like a hidden oasis, although not hidden at all. The large glass walls, plants and multi-levels really make you feel like you have the space to yourself. Make sure you order their signature frosé for a perfect summer pick me up.  Central Social Hall, 10909 Jasper Avenue, 780-705-1900

One of larger patios Downtown, the Canadian Brewhouse boasts lots of umbrellas, misting machines, TVs and daily specials. You’ll feel like you’re at a private summer party at this tucked-away patio. Their food menu is as Canadian as can be with dishes like the “Face Off Fried Pickles” or “Triple Eh! Steak Bites,” but their wings are a fan favourite. While you’re there, make sure you ask your server for a Dangle. Trust us on this one. The Canadian Brewhouse, 10338 109 Street, 780-426-5555

Rocky Mountain Icehouse is a Downtown favourite for plenty of reasons. This extended patio features comfy couches, umbrellas, heaters and a fireplace, making it a perfect hang out spot any time of the day. Best bets include the Icehouse burger, wings and blue buffalo chicken Caesar salad. With rotating local brews from across Alberta and BC, this bar effortlessly keeps up with craft beer drinkers. Kids are allowed. Rocky Mountain Icehouse, 10516 Jasper Ave, 780-424-3836

Head to Craft Beer Market on Rice Howard Way for Downtown’s only rooftop patio that affords a bird’s eye view of the surrounding towers. Craft boasts over 100 beers on tap at any one time; and you can either choose a favourite go-to brew or go in totally blind and try a brand or style you’ve never tried before. Craft Beer Market, 10013 101A Avenue, 780-424-2337

Greta Bar is another new player to the Downtown game. If you’re looking for a casual yet vibrant place to hang, this arcade bar is the place. (No playing of games allowed yet). They’ve got elevated street food and daily drink specials. We recommend the Saskatoonberry Sour as it’s the perfect summery drink.  Greta Bar, 10141 109 Street, 780-705-0572
 

At Tres Carnales, you’ll feel like your back in Mexico. Not only is the colourful patio one of the hottest spots on Rice Howard Way, but the food at this taqueria will take you back. Expect straightforward Mexican classics, such as al pastor, carne asada and pescado, in a casual atmosphere. Tres Carnales,10119 100a Street, 780-429-0911 

A few blocks away from Edmonton’s ICE District is  Kelly’s Pub, a small but mighty Irish spot. The food is comforting and delicious, and the fish and chips are sure to hit the spot. You won’t find a lot of craft beer here, but they do offer all the big brewery brands that you know and love. It’s a great place to catch a game on the big screen. Friendly regulars are what give this pub its charm. Kelly’s Pub, 10156 104 Street, 780-451-8825

It’s love at first whiff when you step inside quick-casual Tiffin Indian’s Fresh Kitchen. Queue up for five-lentil curry, palak paneer kofta, fenugreek chicken, garlic naan and about 12 other authentic Indian dishes. Then take a seat on the 104 Street-facing patio. It’s a prime location for people watching, especially on Saturdays when the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market sets up. Tiffin Indian’s Fresh Kitchen 10404 Jasper Avenue, 780-244-8433

 

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