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click to enlarge The patio at Celtic Corner features refreshing beer and a great view of Halifax. - SCOTT BLACKBURN
  • The patio at Celtic Corner features refreshing beer and a great view of Halifax.
  • Scott Blackburn

Argyle Bar & Grill
On Argyle Street, in the summer months there's more patio to be seen than actual sidewalk. The Argyle Bar & Grill, then, sets off this patio strip right, with both a 25-table rooftop patio and a second street-level patio out front. While you've plenty of tables to choose from, you better beware: on a hot summer's day, you might be fighting your fellow patio-goers to snag that open table. Just be sure to beat the crowds and lay your claim early. After all, it's five o'clock somewhere.1575 Argyle Street, 492-8844

Celtic Corner
You have a perennially smug friend visiting from out west and you want to shove our rich history in their face so they'll finally quit it? Celtic Corner has got you covered. Not only do you get to work in a ferry trip (do they have those in Alberta? If they do they're probably not as good), but you also get to show this chucklehead the delights of our hearty cuisine, accompanied by that cheerful lilting music we know so well. A fisherman's pie, some local tunes and the sunny skies of Dartmouth will have this fictional character wishing he was a Nova Scotian boy. 69 Alderney Drive, 464-0764

Mexicali Rosa's
If this isn't your favourite place to settle down in the sun with a double margarita, then I am NACHO friend! Ha! Heh!...And after that joke, you're probably happy about that. Moving on, then. With a 40-table rooftop patio, Mexi's provides the perfect pretend-tropical vacation for Haligonians. Heck, after a few of these margaritas, you won't even realize you're still in Nova Scotia. You might need a little siesta after this one. 5472 Spring Garden Road, 422-7672

The New Palace
If you're lookin' for a place to cool off when you're dancing the night away, this is the spot. Shimmy from the dance floor to the patio for some fresh air. Or if you're looking to make a stop during the day, the patio's open then, too. Directly across from Citadel Hill, you can venture in after suntanning.1721 Brunswick Street, 420-0015

Pizza Delight
Best known for its round-the-clock cheap drink specials and 24-hour operations, lest we forget that this new Pizza Delight location also boasts a 32-seat patio overlooking Spring Garden Road, which means watching people on one of the busiest corners in town at any time of the day. Imagine the changing tapestry, then go have a slice, grill some bread and watch it yourself. 5680 Spring Garden Road, 455-0990

Red Stag Tavern
"Those who like it, like it a lot!" Why, yes. Yes, we do. The Red Stag Tavern---located in the old Keith's brewery---has an awesome rooftop patio. Serving up all Keith's has to offer, this 15-table patio is the perfect place to celebrate that Maritime pride. 1496 Lower Water Street, 422-0275

Your Father's Moustache
With about 32 tables on its rooftop patio, it's great if you're looking to remove yourself from the chaos of Spring Garden Road. They also have a smoking area to save people from travelling downstairs to strike a light. Don't worry, though---it's separate from the food and drink area. 5686 Spring Garden Road, 423-6766

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