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The Coast’s annual guide susses out over 120 of the best outdoor hangs, from the poshest patios to the sunniest seats in metro Halifax.

BARRINGTON

Mediterraneo1571 Barrington Street, 423-440312 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

NicheMaritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, 423-6632, www.nichelounge.com120 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Umbrellas

Pogue Fado/The Frigate1581 Barrington Street, 429-6222www.poguefado.com10 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

Tribeca Bistro & Bar1588 Granville Street, 492-403620 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk,Water View

BEDFORD / LOWER SACKVILLE

Cellar Bar & Grill Bedford1516 Bedford Highway, 835-1592www.decorestaurant.ca32 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

Chickenburger1531 Bedford Highway, 835-6565www.thechickenburger.com16 seats, Full Sun, Umbrellas

China Town Restaurant381 Bedford Highway, 443-2444www.chinatownrestaurant.ca24 seats, Water View

Dr. Sharp's Route 2 RoadhouseMill Cove Plaza, 961 Bedford Highway, 835-3336, www.drsharps.com20 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Finbar's Irish PubSunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway, 832-9170, www.finbars.ca35 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Jim's Pizza House243 Bedford Highway, 443-611250 seats, Water View, Licensed, Umbrellas

Key Largo's Margaritaville Dining Room & Lounge70 First Lake Drive, Sackville, 864-5126www.keylargos.ca20 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Riverside Pub1552 Bedford Highway (above Smitty's), 835-164830 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

DARTMOUTH

Big Leagues Dining Room & Lounge4 Forest Hills Parkway, 462-2721www.bigleagues.ca24 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

Boomerang's Steakhouse/Ned Kelly's Pub590 Portland Street, 457-8325www.boomerangs.ca30 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Umbrellas

Boondock's Dining Room & Lounge6 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage, 465-3474www.boondocksDining.ca200 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters

Brewdebaker's Tap & Grill612 Windmill Road, 468-1059www.sasrestaurants.com32 seats, Water View, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Cafe Michele972 Cole Harbour Road, 434-2585www.cafemichele.ca8 seats, Dining, Licensed

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Celtic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, 464-0764www.celticcorner.caA perfect Dartmouth Saturday? A ferry ride or a short car trip will take you to the farmers' market in Alderney Landing. Stop for a couple of Mrs. Ali's samosas and a conversation. Then stuff your bags full of hipster threads at Value Village (42 Canal) before heading over to Celtic Corner for a few pints, pub grub and if you're lucky, maritime music—perfect for satisfying your out-of-town visitors' requests for a traditional Nova Scotian experience. If it's a nice day, don't forgo the chance to sit on the Corner's rooftop patio and take in its view of the harbour. 60 seats, Water View, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Rooftop, Umbrellas

Ducky's on the WaterfrontAlderney Landing, 464-382540 seats, Water View, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed

Favorites20 Highfield Park Drive, 466-4001www.favoritescuisine.com40 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Garden View Restaurant174 Main Street, 435-7777www.gardenviewrestaurant.com24 seats, Dining, Licensed

Hamachi Grill & Sushi House644 Portland Street, 444-4688www.hamachihouse.com110 seats, Dining, Licensed

Hungry Jack's725 Main Street, 434-582416 seats, Water View, Dining, Licensed

John's Lunch352 Pleasant Street, 469-3074www.johnslunch.com10 SEATS

MacAskill's88 Alderney Drive, 466-3100www.macaskills.ns.ca16-20 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

Old Port Pub & Grill900 Windmill Road, 404-7678www.oldportpub.ca52 seats, Full Sun, Dining, Licensed

Plaza Nightclub120 Main Street, 462-6111www.plazawebsite.com20 seats, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Queen of Cups Teahouse & Restaurant44 Ochterloney Street, 463-1983www.queenofcups.ca13 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Rodeo Lounge121 Ilsley Avenue, 468-6666www.rodeolounge.comDining, Licensed

Sandtrap Bar & Grill613 Main Street, 434-4653Dining, Licensed

Smokey's Restaurant81 Wright Avenue, 468-5505Dining, Licensed

Starr's Bakery and Dessert Cafe55 Portland Street, 461-45356 seats, Sidewalk

Whiskey's Lounge27 Portland Street, 469-774316 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

DOWNTOWN

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Argyle Bar & Grill1575 Argyle Street, 492-8844www.theargyle.caIf there's one vote we can count on, it's Argyle Bar & Grill winning Best Patio in our annual readers' survey. The coiffed mobs line up every weekend to secure their place on the Sidewalk patio, for pizza, martinis and a street-side view of Argyle's party life. Upstairs, the old-school large rooftop patio becomes a sandless Kokomo, thanks to beer-sponsored umbrellas, a beach-hut bar and hot-tub nights. And if clamouring crowds on hot Sidewalks make you queasy, Argyle's rooftop is the perfect sunny weekend afternoon escape. 150 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Rooftop, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Bitter End1572 Argyle Street, 425-303955 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters

Bubbles mansion5287 Prince Street, 405-4505100 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Rooftop, umbrellas, Outdoor Heaters

Cheers Bar & Grill1743 Grafton Street, 421-1655www.thedome.ca/cheers56 seats, Licensed, Umbrellas

Coconut Grove1567 Grafton Street, 444-0887130 seats, Dining, Licensed, Rooftop, umbrellas, Outdoor Heaters

Dharma Sushi1576 Argyle Street, 425-778513 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

The Dome1726 Argyle Street, 422-6907www.thedome.ca40 seats, Licensed, Sidewalk

Economy Shoe Shop1663 Argyle Street, 423-7463www.economyshoeshop.ca40 seats, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Sidewalk

French Quarter171 Market Street, 425-2988www.frenchquarternightclub.comBlender Drinks, Dining, Licensed

Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, 423-611390 seats, Licensed, Rooftop, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Little Fish Restaurant & Oyster Bar1740 Argyle Street, 425-4025www.littlefishrestaurant.ca45 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

Mercury Lounge5221 Sackville Street, 425-7673www.themercuryclub.net22 seats, Licensed

Mosaic Social Dining Lounge1584 Argyle Street, 405-4700www.mosaicsocialDining.com40 seats, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Sidewalk, Outdoor Heaters

New Palace Cabaret1721 Brunswick Street, 420-0015www.thenewpalace.com100 seats. Blender Drinks, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Rooftop

Opa! Greek Taverna1565 Argyle Street, 492-7999www.opataverna.com25 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed

Piccolo Mondo1580 Argyle Street, 429-008035 seats, Licensed, Dining, Sidewalk

Pita Pit1586 Argyle Street, 429-808010 seats, Dining, Sidewalk

Press Gang5218 Prince Street, 423-8816www.thepressgang.ca12 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Satisfaction Feast1581 Grafton Street, 422-3540www.satisfactionfeast.com8 seats, Dining, Sidewalk

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Seven Wine Bar & Restaurant1579 Grafton Street, 444-4777www.sevenwinebar.comGuaranteed to make anyone look hot, this upscale beautiful-people hang offers one of the prettiest and most sophisticated patios around. This Grafton Street location is a welcome diversion from Argyle's madness and shields you from some of the passerby gawking as you enjoy Seven's small plates—for a twist on the ordinary, try the foie gras poutine or tamarind-braised duck wings. But the real star here is the robust sommelier-picked wine list and premium cocktail menu.30 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Outdoor Heaters

Soho Bar & Grill1667 Argyle Street, 423-3049www.c-level.com/soho25 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Uncommon GroundsCorner of Sackville and Argyle Street, 446-9115, www.coffeesoldhere.com16 seats, Sidewalk, Full Sun

Wooden Monkey1685 Argyle Street, 444-3844www.thewoodenmonkey.ca30 seats, Blender Drinks, Licensed

FAIRVIEW / CLAYTON PARK

Issa's Saj House Lebanese Restaurant19 Alma Crescent, 446-3646Dining

Nenagh Bar & Grill30 Farnham Gate Road, 446-305020 SEATS, Dining, Licensed

NORTH END

Alteregos Coffee House2193 Gottingen Street, 431-317016 seats, Full Sun, Licensed, Sidewalk

Bach's Cafe2622 Agricola Street, 455-40994 seats

Epicurious Morsels5529 Young Street, 455-0955www.epicuriousmorsels.com8 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

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Julien's Pastry Shop5517 Young Street, 455-9717www.juliens.caIf you're a sucker for those home design shows where they create impossibly chic gardens with the flick of a zen-inspired wrist, or if your own patch of greenery consists of fuzz growing inside the vegetable keeper, try Julien's for a croissant and a quiet backyard respite. The Hydrostone cafe's side patio opens into the outdoor shop area for the gardening boutique Topiary, where you can enjoy plants, birds and burbling fountains in peace, without lifting a finger. Don't forget to take home a loaf of Julien's sourdough bread.18 seats, Full Sun, Sidewalk

Lion's Head Tavern5833 Sullivan Street, 455-0181www.lionsheadtavern.com70 seats, Dining, Licensed

Menz Bar2104 Gottingen Street, 446-6969www.menzbar.ca16 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Rooftop

Mollyz Diner2104 Gottingen Street, 405-3376www.mollyzdiner.ca30 seats, Full Sun, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Rooftop, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

One World Cafe2412 Agricola Street, 404-7378www.oneworldcafe.ca15 seats, Full Sun

Whet Cafe2606 Agricola Street, 455-943810 seats, Full Sun, Licensed, Sidewalk

QUINPOOL

Carlitos Cafe6220 Quinpool Road, 444-75556 seats, Full Sun, Sidewalk

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Freeman's Little New York6092 Quinpool Road, 429-0241www.freemanslittleny.comAlthough Quinpool Road might be considered Greektown or Middle-Eastern Row, thanks to its preponderance of Mediterranean-style restaurants, Freeman's adds a slice of Italian New York to the mix. In a neighbourhood sorely lacking in pub life, Freeman's, in the 'hood since 1956, is the local watering hole.You're in luck if you score one of the limited seats on its modest street-side patio, dressed up with pretty flower boxes. But Freeman's doesn't take its loyal customers for granted —the service is always friendly, the pizza hot and the drinks cold. And it's open daily until 5am.12 seats, Blender Drinks, Full Sun, Dining, Licensed

Perks Coffee6100 Quinpool Road, 429-1856www.perkscoffee.ca16 seats, Full Sun

SOUTH ENDAlexandra's Pizza1263 Queen Street, 425-1900www.alexandraspizza.com25 seats, Dining

Cafe Chianti6165 South Street, 423-7471www.cafechianti.ca35 seats, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Sidewalk

Darrell's5576 Fenwick Street, 492-2344www.darrellsrestaurants.com35 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters

Hamachi House5190 Morris Street, 425-7711www.hamachihouse.com16 seats, Water View, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Sidewalk

Stories 5184 Morris Street, 444-4400www.thehalliburton.com/Dining_at_stories/24 seats, Dining, Licensed

Taj Mahal Restaurant5175 South Street, 492-8251www.tajmahal7wonders.com25 seats, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Dining, Full Sun

Thai Chin5175 South Street, 492-8424www.tajmahal7wonders.com25 seats, Water View, Licensed, Dining, Full Sun, Rooftop

Tarboosh Lebanese Cuisine5566 Fenwick Street, 405-40008 seats, Dining, Full Sun

Tomasino's Cellar RistorantE5173 South Street, 422-9757www.tomavinos.ca30 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

SPRING GARDEN

Anatolia Turkish Cuisine1518 Dresden Row, 492-4568www.anatoliahalifax.com8 seats, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

Annie's Place Cafe1513 Birmingham Street, 420-00988 seats, Sidewalk

Baan Thai Restaurant1569 Dresden Row, 446-4301www.baanthai.ca20 seats, Dining, Licensed, Rooftop

Brazilia CafE1526 Dresden Row, 423-974210 seats

Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, 429-2326www.coburgcoffee.com8 seats

Fiasco Restaurant1463 Brenton Street, 429-3499www.fiascorestaurant.com8 seats, Dining, Licensed

Fireside1500 Brunswick Street, 423-599536 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Gatsby's Pub & Eatery5679 Spring Garden Road, 429-999916 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Italian Gourmet5431 Doyle Street, 423-7880www.italiangourmet.ca12 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

JON ALAN'S LUXX5657 Spring Garden Road, 405-406050 seats, Dining, Licensed, Full Sun, Umbrellas

Mexicali Rosa's5680 Spring Garden Road, 422-7672www.mexicalirosas.com20 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Umbrellas

Rogue's Roost5435 Spring Garden Road, 492-233718 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Sidewalk

Steve-O-Reno's Cappuccino1536 Brunswick Street, 429-30346 seats, Sidewalk

Thirsty Duck5472 Spring Garden Road, 422-1548www.thethirstyduck.ca140 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Rooftop, Umbrellas

Tom's Little Havana CafE5428 Doyle Street, 423-866719 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Trinity RestaurantPark Victoria, 1333 South Park Street, 423-842816 seats, Licensed, Umbrellas

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Victory Arms PubLord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street,420-9781, www.rcr.caWe hate to give this Lord Nelson hotel pub kudos because we want to keep it all to ourselves. A proper pub that gives us the respect we deserve, thanks to the uniformed doormen and slow-poured pints of Guinness. Sip a glass of wine or one of 11 draught beers, along with your bangers and mash—or for a special occasion, try one of the entrees (avg. $18). The edging-on-masculine interior is perfect for conducting secret affairs or business, but for people-watching, the streetside terrace overlooking the Public Gardens is the place to be.20 seats, Blender Drinks, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

Your Father's Moustache5686 Spring Garden Road, 423-6766www.yourfathersmoustache.ca120 seats, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Rooftop, Umbrellas

WATERFRONT

44 North Seafood Co.1919 Upper Water Street, 428-7852www.marriott.com60 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed

Bish World CuisineBishop's Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, 425-7993, bish.ca40 seats, Water View, Dining, Licensed

Bluenose II Restaurant1824 Hollis Street, 425-509220 seats, Sidewalk, Licensed

Cabin Coffee1554 Hollis Street, 422-813010 seats, Water View, Dining, Sidewalk, Umbrellas

Caffe RistrettoBishop's Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, 425-3087Water View, Umbrellas

Darrell's Restaurant and Sports Cafe1865 Hollis Street, 421-748210 seats, Sidewalk

Fife & Drum Pub & EateryHalifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, 428-7805100 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Hamachi Steak HouseBishop's Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, 422-1600www.hamachihouse.com50 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters

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Harbourside MarketHistoric Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, 422-3077, www.historicproperties.caDuring the 1960s, the Historic Properties buildings could feel the breath of a bulldozer on their backsides, thanks to the genius thinking developers call "urban renewal." A group of forward-thinking Haligonians fought to restore the buildings, which is lucky for waterfront patio-lovers—the Harbourside Market is one of the best places in the city to catch some UV-protected sun and Dartmouth views. With tons of seats, a variety of food stands and the Shipwreck Pub, the bustling and often loud market is an inexpensive option that should please all tastes. 200 seats, Water View, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

Lower Deck/The Beer MarketHistoric Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street, 425-1501, www.lowerdeck.ca150 seats, Water View, Dining, Licensed

McKelvie's1680 Lower Water Street, 421-6161www.mckelvies.com40 seats, Dining, Licensed, Umbrellas

Mu Lan Tea House & Restaurant1360 Lower Water Street, 420-1994www.mulan.ca10 seats, Sidewalk, Dining, Waterview

Murphy's RestaurantCable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water Street, 420-1015, www.murphysonthewater.com150 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Full Sun

Old Triangle Irish Ale House5136 Prince Street, 492-4900www.oldtriangle.com75 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

Peddler's Pub1890 Granville Mall, 423-5033www.peddlerspub.com120 seats, Dining, Licensed

Perks Coffee1781 Lower Water Street, 429-9386www.perkscoffee.ca16 seats, Water View

Red Pepper RestaurantPurdy's Wharf pedway, 1949 Upper Water Street, 421-124860 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Full Sun, Licensed, Umbrellas

RED Stag TavernBrewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, 422-0275www.lowerdeck.ca75 seats, Water View, Dining, Rooftop

Salty's1869 Upper Water Street, 423-6818www.saltys.ca200 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Full Sun, Umbrellas

Sam's Macchiato1903 Barrington Street, 420-290022 seats, Dining, Full Sun, Sidewalk

Shiraz1240 Hollis Street, 404-330010 seats, Full Sun, Sidewalk

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville st, 422-4366www.splitcrow.com55 seats, Licensed, Full Sun

Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill5075 George St, 492-1800140 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Sidewalk

Sweet Basil Bistro1866 Upper Water Street, 425-2133www.scanwaycatering.com30 seats, Licensed, Dining

Trapeze RestaurantCasino NS, 1983 Upper Water Street, 496-4690www.casinonovascotia.com60 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Dining, Licensed, Outdoor Heaters, Umbrellas

Tug's Pub/ Waterfront Warehouse1549 Lower Water Street, 425-7610, rcr.ca80 seats, Water View, Blender Drinks, Licensed, Full Sun

Uncommon Grounds1801 Hollis Street, 404-3117www.coffeesoldhere.com24 seats

WEST END

Fries & Co.2603 Connolly Street, 455-525016 seats, Dining

Diner House rules

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Summing up the city’s bustling patio scene is a challenging feat, so we devised a few rules before heading out, sunglasses in hand.

- Patios must have six seats or more.- Locally owned businesses or chains are represented. National chains are not. - The Dining category refers to restaurants where full service is available.- Establishments currently closed for renovations were not listed.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for the snazzy umbrella icons. Those denote our favourite patio picks.

Don't forget our online Food & Drink Guide for more info on just about every restaurant and bar in the HRM.

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