As residents of Ottawa, any weather above 10 degrees is guaranteed to put a smile on our face and have us searching for the nearest patio to enjoy a cold one with friends. Maybe it’s the pitchers of sangria, the pints of our favourite brew, or the sunshine we were deprived of all winter that make patio season a guilty pleasure many of us just can’t say no to.
While searching for a patio in Ottawa is easy, searching for the right patio is where it gets tricky. Sometimes the drinks are warm and the draft list is limited, which can totally wreck your patio season vibes. To avoid disappointment, we’ve created an ultimate guide to navigating patios throughout Canada’s Capital, just in time for summer. Cheers!
Copper Spirits and Sights is one of Ottawa’s hottest patios. Located on the 16th floor of the Andaz hotel, this spot gives you panoramic, breathtaking views of the city. They even feature a live DJ from Thursday through Saturday, making it a great option for anything from after work cocktails, to a night out with friends.
This patio is tucked away in a secluded courtyard away from the business of the Byward Market. It’s the perfect spot to check out with your significant other, as the leafy trees that nestle the patio make it both romantic and picture perfect.
Cornerstone Bar and Grill
Cornerstone does not mess around when it comes to patio season. This bar and grill located on Clarence Street features a massive patio that nearly wraps around the entire restaurant. It’s classy yet comfortable and is a great spot for a girls night out. While you’re there, make sure to show your Canadian pride by snapping a pic in front of their “our home and native land” neon sign.
As a sibling restaurant to Riviera and Datsun, it is no surprise that their menu is both unique and delicious. While the original location is off of Elgin Street, the Byward location features a rooftop patio that makes it stand out (I mean, who doesn’t want to enjoy fresh tacos and hand crafted cocktails on a rooftop?). Make sure to check them out on Tuesdays for their Industry nights, featuring $4 tacos, $3.50 Jameson, and $6 Tallboys.
Tavern on the Hill
Located right in Major Hills Park, this patio provides a breathtaking view of the Parliamentary Library, the Ottawa River and the Notre-Dame Basilica. This is a great spot to try if you’re just looking for somewhere to enjoy drinks, as their menu features an impressive wine and beer list, among several signature cocktails. As for food, this Tavern offers a limited menu of gourmet hot dogs and various take-out foods.
Fox & Feather
Located on one of the liveliest streets in the city, Fox & Feather features two seperate patios, one on the first floor and a second, massive patio located on their second floor that includes seating for 100 people. The location makes it ideal to grab after-work beers with friends, and with 34 different craft, domestic and imported beers on tap, can you really go wrong?
If you’re in the mood for fajitas and margaritas, then Feleena’s is the spot for you. Located right in the heart of the Glebe, this funky cantina is a great spot for authentic mexican cuisine and of course, Bank Street people watching. Make sure to try their homemade guacamole when you’re there, you won’t regret it.
As the first JOEY location in the entire city, this patio is a great spot to enjoy the summer if you ever find yourself around Lansdowne Park. The patio is fully equipped with coaches, lounge chairs and even fireplaces, making it an ideal spot whether it’s day time or night. *happy hour deals*
CRAFT Beer Market
With over 100 beers on tap, CRAFT is the perfect spot for any beer lover out there. The draft list features a variety of ales, lagers, and anomalies as well as a list of rotating taps that change every so often. CRAFT is also a great spot for its’ selection of beers made at local breweries, such as Big Rig, Bicycle, and Broadhead.
As a unique pub located in the heart of Little Italy, Pub Italia earned a spot on this list for their Beer Bible, a massive beer menu featuring over 200 beers. Combining Italian comfort food with Irish pub fare, this is a great spot to check out this summer for an experience unlike any other pub in the entire city.
Cover photo by @social_ottawa
By Julia Solimine