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From sweet rooftop terraces to sunny sidewalk hangs, our annual patio guide susses out this summer's best seats for all your drinking, eating and people-watching needs.


44 North Seafood Co.1919 Upper Water Street, 428-7852 Watch the ships come in (you’ll be close enough to blow kisses!) and enjoy an amazing waterside view of the harbour while noshing on fresh seafood. Mon-Fri 6:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm, 60 seats, licensed, blender drinksAlexandra’s Pizza1263 Queen Street, Enjoy late-night pizza under the stars, or any other time, on this comfortable patio—complete with cushioned chairs, fairy lights and potted flowers. Sun-Wed 11am-3am, Thurs 11am-4am, Fri-Sat 11am-5am, 25 seats, not licensed * 900 cole harbour road, 435-2700, Sun-Wed 11am-3am, Thurs 11am-4am, Fri-Sat 11am-5am, 25 seats, not licensedAnatolia Turkish Cuisine1518 Dresden Row, A sidewalk oasis where you’ll snack on stuffed vine leaves, kebabs and other Mediterranean delicacies, while surrounded by greenery. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm, Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 3-9pm, 8 seats, licensedAnnie’s Place Cafe1513 Birmingham Street, 420-0098 Enjoy Fishcake Friday or All Day Breakfast at this cozy sidewalk spot just off Spring Garden Road, where Annie herself does all the cooking. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun closed, 8 seats, not licensedArgyle Bar & Grill1575 Argyle Street, The city’s biggest rooftop patio—ready for a party, rain or shine. Linger over brunch on the weekends or drinks with the pretty kids any night of the week. Daily 11am-2am, 150 seats, licensed, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

Baan Thai Restaurant1569 Dresden Row, Enjoy your Thai food out in the open on this quiet upper level deck. Daily 5-10pm, 20 seats, licensed

Bish World CuisineBishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, For after-work cocktails or impressing your out-of-town guests, savour world cuisine with a fabulous, waterside view. Mon-Sat 5-10pm, 40 seats, licensed

Bitter End1572 Argyle Street, 425-3039 Be one of/gape at the beautiful people drinking martinis, or enjoy weekend brunch at this patio hotspot. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am, 38 seats, licensed, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

Blue Moon Bistro2215 Gottingen Street, 446-3644 You’ll never stand alone on Gottingen Street’s largest patio, thanks to this alternative club’s popular dancefloor and late-night menus. Daily 11am-2am, 55 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Boondock’s Dining Room & Lounge6 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage, If you’re looking for an ocean view when you’re seafood-eating, this patio will do the trick. The fully enclosed windscreen ensures your food won’t get cold before you’ve finished. Daily 11am-11pm, licensed, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

Brazilia Cafe1526 Dresden Row, 423-9742 An informal, unpretentious patio for snacking on falafel, pizza and kebabs, served up by a family so loveable, the regulars call them Mamma and Poppa. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, 10 seats, not licensedBrewdebaker’s Tap & Grill612 Windmill Road, Large food portions and piped-in tunes make this a perfect spot for sun lovers. Mon-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun noon-10pm 32 seats, licensedCafe Chianti6165 South Street, After making your selection from the walk-in wine cellar, drink under the stars while savouring seafood and pasta on this quiet, street-level patio. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 5-10pm, 35 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Cellar Bar & Grill Bedford1516 Bedford Highway, Whether it’s brunch on the weekend or pasta dinner during the week, food always tastes better when you’re on a sun-drenched rooftop patio. A glass of great wine or a cool and tasty blender drink helps too! Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm, 32 seats, licensed, blender drinksCeltic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, Nosh on Celtic comfort food (curry and chips, anyone?) on a bright, sunny rooftop patio that boasts what may be the best view of the Halifax skyline. Daily 11am-midnight, 60 seats, licensedCheers Bar & Grill1743 Grafton Street, Like a backyard deck without the backyard, this relaxing, wrap-around patio, complete with flowers and umbrellas, gets busy on warm summer evenings. Daily 11:30am-3:30am, 56 seats, licensed

Chickenburger1531 Bedford Highway, Scarf down chicken burgers, thick milkshakes and onion rings. You’ll need a wet-nap to fully recover on this parkette-like patio. Pretend it’s 1950 while you’re at it. Daily 9am-midnight, 16 tables, not licensed

Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, A bit of a build-yer-own patio, this coffee hotspot has actually graduated to real plastic chairs, so you don’t have to feel like you’re camping out on the sidewalk. Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm, 8 seats, not licensed

Darrell’s5576 Fenwick Street, A popular front deck and a new south-facing patio out back means more sunny space for tucking into peanut butter burgers. Look out for the impromptu open-mic jams. Daily 11am-10pm, 35 seats, licensed, outdoor heatersDharma Sushi1576 Argyle Street, 425-7785 Eat Japanese cuisine outdoors while you watch the Argyle crowd swan by. You’ll laugh, ’cause you have sushi. And they don’t. Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:15pm and 5-10pm, Sat 5-10pm, Sun closed, 13 seats, licensed

Dr. Sharp’s Route 2 RoadhouseMill Cove Plaza, 961 Bedford Highway, This sheltered patio (you’ll forget you’re sitting on the edge of a parking lot) is popular with Bedford locals. Daily 11am-midnight, 20 seats, licensed

Economy Shoe Shop1663 Argyle Street, A popular, lively patio in the middle of a veritable patio row, where people come to live the cliche “see and be seen,” while noshing on nachos and scoping out famous people. Watch for Tom Selleck!Daily 11am-2am, 40 seats, licensed, outdoor heatersEpicurious Morsels5529 Young Street, This small sidewalk patio is the perfect place to watch the day, and the Hydrostone crowd, go by, while you enjoy French Mediterranean cuisine. Tues-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm, Sat 10:30am-2:30pm, 5-8pm, Sun 10:30am-2:30pm, closed Mon, 8 seats, licensed

Fiasco Restaurant1463 Brenton Street, Fine dining on a cozy little front patio—perfect for a summer date—and just steps from Spring Garden Road. Mon-Thu 5-10pm, Sat 5-11pm, 8 seats, licensed

Fife & Drum Pub & EateryHalifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, 428-7805 Enjoy a single-malt scotch with the after-work crowd while taking in a view of the Historic Properties on this comfortable, casual patio. Sun-Thu 4pm-Midnight, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am, 100 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Fireside1500 Brunswick Street, 423-5995 Relax with a glass of wine or a fancy martini on a shady patio that’s close enough to Spring Garden for quality people watching, with enough distance so they don’t catch you gawking. Mon-Wed 11:30am-midnight, Thu 11:30-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30-2am, Sun 4-11pm. 36 seats, licensed, blender drinksFreeman’s Little New York6092 Quinpool Road, A barrier of pretty flowerboxes keeps the bustle of Quinpool Road from interfering with your beer and pizza—and you can linger late! Daily 11am-5am, 12 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Fries & Co.2603 Connolly Street, 455-5250 This raised and sheltered deck area, separate from the restaurant, features mini-picnic tables perfect for perching with your fried fish. Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun noon-8pm, 16 seats, not licensed

Garden View Restaurant174 Main Street, You’ll cultivate inner-calm while chowing down on Chinese food. The paper lanterns at night enhance the atmosphere on this Zen-inspired, sheltered patio. Daily 11am-11pm, 24 seats, licensed

Gatsby’s Pub & Eatery5679 Spring Garden Road, 429-9999 Enjoy a pitcher of beer and watch the world go by at the only street-level licensed patio on Spring Garden Road. Mon-Fri 11am-2 am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am, 16 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Grad house6154 University Avenue, 494-3816 This well-worn patio embodies “cheap and cheerful.” Discuss your thesis over samosas and beer, or relax in the sun until you're so late, there's no point in going to class. Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, fri 9am-1am, closed weekends during summer, 55 seats, licensed

Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, 423-6113 Rumour has it that this is the longest patio in Atlantic Canada, stretching all the way to…the Palace. It also has a fine view of the town clock. Daily 11am-3am, licensedHamachi House5190 Morris Street, The best way to survive a steamy, summer night? Avoid eating hot, cooked things. Try sushi! This sidewalk front patio is a great place for indulging. Sun-Wed 11:30am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-midnight, 16 seats, licensed, outdoor heaters

Hamachi Steak HouseBishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, Munch on a Sumo Burger while enjoying a panoramic view of the Halifax harbour, George’s Island and sauntering tourists. Daily 11:30am-midnight, 50 seats, licensed, frozen drinks

Harbourside MarketHistoric Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, This packed, sunny patio on the water is a favourite with the cruiseship crowd and locals alike. Enjoy variety of self-serve food options and, new this year, a full bar. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, 200 seats, licensed

Hungry Jack’s725 Main Street, 434-5824 The kids can feed the ducks during dinner while you relax on the patio —you’ll feel like you’re at the cottage—at this unpretentious family favourite overlooking Lake Loon. Daily 8am-8pm, 16 seats, licensed

Italian Garden5688 spring garden road, 429-3551 Two patios on two levels (one sunny, one shady) with great views of Spring Garden Road. Look out for the roaming opera singer who will serenade you while you eat. sun-wed 11:30am-10pm, Thu-sat 11:30am-11pm, 90 seats, blender drinks

Italian Gourmet5431 Doyle Street, A good sidewalk-level spot to linger over yummy, Euro-inspired sandwiches and salads or a big bowl of gelato. Pick up a block of aged Asiago or bottle of fancy olive oil while you’re at it. Mon-Wed, Sat 9am-7pm, Thu-Fri 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm, 12 seats, not licensed

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill184 Chain Lake Drive, Enjoy dining in the middle of the BLIP on this lattice’n’vines covered patio, where piped-in music will keep you groovin’. Daily 11am-midnight, 56 seats, licensed

Jim’s Pizza House243 Bedford Highway, 443-6112 A family favourite offering up much more than just pizza—try clams or scallops while taking in a fine view of the Bedford Basin. Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm, 50 seats, licensed

Lion’s Head Tavern5833 Sullivan Street, This quiet, spacious patio has a big awning to keep you from getting sunburnt while you linger over frosty drinks and finger-licking-good appetizers. Hours vary, 70 seats, licensed

Lower Deck/The Beer MarketHistoric Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, The ultimate in summer atmosphere, this large patio is always packed. Enjoy outdoor live music and patio parties on the weekends, and regular old beverage drinking and sun soaking any day. Daily 11:30am-1am, 150 seats, licensed

McKelvie’s1680 Lower Water Street, This secluded inner courtyard—complete with umbrellas and fairy lights—is a romantic place to enjoy fresh lobster or the always-popular crunchy haddock. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 4-9pm (July/Aug SUN 11:30am-9pm), 40 seats, licensed

Mediterraneo1571 Barrington Street, 423-4403 Make the people trapped in buses on Barrington jealous (they’ll be close enough to see you licking your lips) when you kick back with a clubhouse sandwich on this little patio. Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 7am-8pm, 12 seats, licensed

Menz Bar2104 Gottingen Street, The back patio is a cozy place for a drink or a break from the dance floor, and the new rooftop patio will open up all sorts of other fresh air possibilities. Daily noon-2am, 16 seats, licensed, outdoor heaters

Mercury Lounge5221 Sackville Street, A restaurant-cum-nightclub patio in the middle of the Argyle street action, fashioned with awnings and hanging baskets. Mon-Wed 11:30am-9pm Thu-Sat 11:30-2am, Sunday closed, 22 seats, licensed

Mexicali Rosa’s5680 Spring Garden Road, You can’t beat this view of Spring Garden Road—or the deep-fried ice cream. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays—now available on Thursdays too! Sun-Thurs 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight, 20 seats, licensed, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

Milano’s Ristorante6430 Chebucto Road, This atmospheric covered deck is the only one that will let you bring your own wine—or, if it’s that kind of night, your own champagne. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat- Sun 5-10pm, 28 seats

Murphy’s RestaurantCable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water Street, They aren’t lying—this one really is right on the water. This busy patio also has transparent curtains to keep the wind out and umbrellas to keep the sun off. Daily 11am-2am, 120 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Nail & Kneecap Pub Style Restaurant6194 Quinpool Road, 404-3377 Classic pub fare always tastes better when you’re in the sun on a small, streetside patio. A pint of microbrew helps too. Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-9pm, 12 seats, licensed

New Palace Cabaret1721 Brunswick Street, Not so much a patio as a concrete smoking room, with a view of the town clock and, if you hang over the edge, the lineup to get into the club. But dude, don’t hang over the edge. It’s late, and you’ve been drinking. Daily 10am-3am, licensed, blender drinks, outdoor heatersNicheMaritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Framed by a church on either side, this upper-end casual garden-patio has huge trees, containers full of plants and live music on the weekends. Sun-Wed 6:30am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 6:30-midnight, 120 seats, licensed

Old Port Pub & Grill900 Windmill Road, Enjoy beer and ribs on this large, sunny ground-level patio—with the lattice and lights, it’s an oasis on the edge of an industrial park. Daily 11am-close, 52 seats, licensed

Old Triangle Irish Ale House5136 Prince Street, Enjoy a pint of Guinness on this multi-tiered, wrap-around patio that almost guarantees you can find a spot in the sun any time of day. Daily 11am-close, 75 seats, licensed

One World Cafe2412 Agricola Street, Take your caffeine outside! The full coffee bar means you’ll be totally wired; although the Internet is wireless, so don’t forget your computer. The books and vegetarian food may entice you to stay all day. Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm, 6 seats, not licensed

Opa! Greek Taverna1565 Argyle Street, Impress the passers-by with flaming cheese, or try the <@Body italic>kataifi, when you linger on this Mediterranean-inspired patio. Mon-Wed 11-10pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm, 25 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Parkside Pub & Grill14 Highfield Park Drive, The ground-level patio is popular at this friendly neighbourhood bar. Celebrating the warm weather with the famous Parkside Platter while the windscreens keep the breezes at bay. Daily 10am-2am, 50 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Peddler’s PUB1890 granville mall, New picnic tables make this patio a great place to get together with friends over a pitcher and a plate of wings, and they have three happy hours to keep you smiling! sun-thu 11am-12:30am fri-Sat 11am-2am, 120 seats, licensed

Perks Coffee1781 Lower Water Street, Is there anything better than drinking coffee in the morning sun? Only if it has a great view of the harbour...or a great view of the Quinpool Road bustle! Daily 24 hours, 28 seats, not licensed * 6100 Quinpool, 429-1856, daily 6am-midnight, 16 seats, not licensed

Piccolo Mondo1580 Argyle Street, 429-0080 Relax with a glass of wine and a tasty plate of pasta on this comfortable patio that features a late-night menu. Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun 5-10pm, 35 seats, licensed

Pita Pit1586 Argyle Street, 429-8080 Grab a pita and hang out with the post-bar crowd at plastic tables right on the sidewalk—the tunes on the overhead speakers will keep the party hopping. Sun-Wed 10:30am-3am, Thu-Sat 10:30am-4am, 10 seats, not licensed

Pogue Fado/The Frigate1581 Barrington Street, Get close to the action, but avoid the temptation to touch passers-by-while you bask in the sun at this cozy street-side patio. Daily 11am-2am, 10 seats, licensed

Press Gang5218 Prince Street, A secluded, intimate sidewalk patio that’s perfect for indulging in oysters or sharing a bottle of wine. Or both. We’re not going to make you choose. Daily 5:30pm-11pm, 12 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Red Pepper RestaurantPurdy’s Wharf pedway, 1949 Upper Water Street, 421-1248 Dine with the office crowd at this popular upper-level patio with its fine view of the Pedway. The fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls taste great in the sun. Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, 60 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Riverside Pub1552 Bedford Highway, 835-1648 The name says it all: This elevated deck offers a lush, relaxing view of the Sackville River—especially nice when accompanied by a pint and a plate of wings. Mon-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10-1am, Sun noon-10pm, 30 seats, licensed, blender drinksSalty’s1869 Upper Water Street, Word is that this is the busiest restaurant in Nova Scotia, which means the patio is almost guaranteed to be packed, but with a fabulous waterside view, you can understand why. Daily 11:30am-10pm, 200 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Satisfaction Feast1581 Grafton Street, Enjoy tasty homemade soup or the curry of the day on this minimalist sidewalk patio. Daily 11:30am-8pm, 8 seats, not licensed

Seven Winebar & Restaurant1579 Grafton Street, Lounge on leather couches with the chic after-work crowd on this secluded, cozy front patio. Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thurs-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 5pm-midnight, 30 seats, licensed

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville st, The crowd on this recently enlarged patio can get rowdy, but with 20 beers on tap and a live music spilling out the windows, why shouldn’t they? Daily 11am-1am, 55 seats, licensed

Stag’s Head TavernBrewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, Put on some sunblock to enjoy this new Brewery Market neighbourhood pub’s rooftop patio with a glorious view of the waterfront below. Sun-Fri 11:30am-midnight, Sat 10am-midnight, 75 seats, licensed

Stage Nine1567 Grafton Street, This second-floor patio—which is pretty much a whole bar unto itself —offers a fabulous view of Pizza Corner. Enjoy drink specials through the week and a new menu. Tues-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 9pm-2am, Mon closed, 100 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Starlite Cuisine5467 Cornwallis Street, 425-8051 The homemade Caribbean food—try the chicken roti—and daily lunch-hour barbeque keeps this sweet little storefront patio jammin’. Mon-Sat 11:30am-8pm, Sun closed, 8 seats, not licensed

Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill5075 George St, 492-1800 From tourists rolling off cruise ships to the motorcycles parked out front, there’s never a dull moment on this big front patio. If you’re looking for something quieter, try the sunlit, inner courtyard where you can savour “chachos” in peace. Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-1am, 140 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Stories Fine Dining5184 Morris Street, Take a mini-vacation without leaving town! Pretend you’re from away while you dine on this quiet, inner courtyard, shared with the Haliburton House Inn. Oh, the stories you’ll be able to tell when you get back home...Daily 5:30-10pm, 24 seats, licensed

Sweet Basil Bistro1866 Upper Water Street, Savour delicious organic and gluten-free cooking on this ground-level, wrap-around patio, where the food is so fresh, you might spot the chef puttering around in his herb garden. Now that’s a tasty way to spend a summer’s evening, don’t you agree? Daily 11:30am-10pm, 30 seats, licensed

Taj Mahal/Thai Chin5175 South Street, Try pad Thai from Thai Chin on this newly re-done, relaxing rooftop patio where you can sip on a mango margarita while gazing out over the treetops. If you’re tired of Thai, why not get your Indian food and people-watching fix while seated on Taj Mahal’s street-level patio? Hours vary, 25 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Thirsty Duck5472 Spring Garden Road, 422-1548 The Duck recently reopened under new management. Don’t worry, the glorious rooftop patio hasn’t disappeared, but the restaurant has added 20 wines by the glass and 18 draught beer on tap, ideal for curing those summertime blues. Daily 11am-close, licensed, 140 seats, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

Tomasino’s Cellar Ristorante5173 South Street, 422-9757 Great for dates, you can share a pizza and linger over a bottle of wine, or sip a summer cocktail on this quiet front patio. Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30-11pm, 30 seats, licensed

Tribeca Bistro & Bar1588 Granville Street, 492-4036 Whether you’re in the mood for burgers or martinis, this quiet street-level patio is off the beaten track and has a nice view of the harbour. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat-Sun 5pm-2am, 20 seats, licensed

Trinity RestaurantPark Victoria, 1333 South Park Street, 423-8428 Step away from the bustle and relax with a glass of wine on this quiet, cozy patio with a garden view. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-11pm, 16 seats, licensed

Tug’s Pub/waterfront warehouse1549 Lower Water Street, A patio for every mood: enjoy the Warehouse’s lively back patio with its waterfront view, or the secluded side patio.Daily 11Am-2am, 80 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Uncommon Grounds1801 hollis street, Indulge in great people-watching over a mug of Fog Burner blend and a famous oatcake. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-close, 24 seats, not licensed * 1594 Argyle, 446-9115, Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm, 16 seats, not licensed

Victory Arms PubLord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street, Nothing says summer like a pint and a big plate of nachos—especially if it comes with a fabulous view of the Public Gardens. Which these do. Sun-Wed 6:30am-midnight, Thurs-Sat 6:30am-1am, 25 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Vivo Bistro2795 Windsor Street, 431-9477 This pretty, flagstoned patio is tucked behind a small row of trees in planters, which not only offers some greenery, but helps to shield away the traffic. Tues-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm, 25 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Whet Cafe2606 Agricola Street, 455-9438 Have a fancy coffee in a shiny cup or a bottle of beer at a shiny table—there aren’t many of them—perched street-side at this north-end style-spot. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday closed, 10 seats, licensed

Wooden Monkey1685 Argyle Street, Plans for a new patio (something intimate and secluded from the steady stream of pedestrians) will mean more room for al fresco indulging in tasty fare. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri -Sat 11:30-11pm, 30 seats, licensed, blender drinks

Your Father’s Moustache5686 Spring Garden Road, Between the umbrellas and squirtable sunblock dispensers, this huge rooftop patio has a positively tropical feel. Daily 10am-1am, 120 seats, blender drinks, outdoor heaters

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