The Coast Halifax

100+ Halifax patios to conquer this summer

There’s a time and place to imbibe inside and it isn’t now.

Morgan Mullin and Rebecca Dingwell Jun 21, 2018 1:00 AM


Andrew Al-Khouri's restaurant is all about creativity and rule-breaking, but it still knows the power of a cold beer on a classic patio. If you're on an alphabetical tour of the city's al fresco watering holes, this is the only place to start. 1360 Lower Water Street

Ryan Williams
The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief
Italian-inspired upscale eats await at this patio that's armed with fleece blankets in case the ocean air gets too crisp. Harbour views and an outdoor champagne bar make this Thief one of the most glamourous spots along the waterfront boardwalk. 1475 Lower Water Street

Gahan House
The Halifax edition of this popular Prince Edward Island eatery has a large patio that's so close to the ocean you could dip your toe in—but you'll be too busy sipping the onsite-brewed ales and slurping oysters to try. 1869 Upper Water Street

Garrison Brewing Company
This OG craft brewery's still got it, as an afternoon spent sipping suds that range from stouts to IPAs on its spacious patio quickly proves. Reach for the popular Pucker Up sour for peak summer feels. 1149 Marginal Road

Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
One of the best parts of the Seaport Market is the wide array of world cuisines on offer on the cheap—from mango lassis to Trinidadian doubles, it's all here. Elevate the experience (literally) by chowing down from the market's rooftop patio, a space with Adirondack chairs and an unobstructed view of Georges Island that'll make you weak in the knees. 1209 Marginal Road

Little Oak
The picture-perfect wine bar serving some of the most interesting grape varietals in town—along with small plates and a tightly edited cocktail menu—welcomes the end of sweater weather with its cozy, fenced-in patio that offers grade-A views of the bustling boardwalk and harbour beyond. 1475 Lower Water Street

The Lower Deck
The legendary waterfront pub—known for its kilt-wearing servers and as-good-as-grandma's blueberry grunt—serves up some serious Maritime hospitality from its ocean-facing, sun-drenched patio. The Deck's deck is a destination for Halifax visitors and locals alike, so you're definitely welcome. 1887 Upper Water Street

This waterfront seafood staple has you indulging in oysters and chowing down on lobster rolls on a sunny stoop outside the historic 1900s-era firehall-turned-restaurant. 1680 Lower Water Street

Murphy's On The Water
The name gives you all the info upfront but if you have further questions trust that this waterfront joint and tourist favourite is stacked with seafood and has a patio as close to the waves as you can get. 1751 Lower Water Street

Red Stag Tavern
The perfect place to stop before (or after) taking some out-of-town friends on a tour of Alexander Keith's brewery or to wet your whistle following a waterfront jaunt. 1496 Lower Water Street

Ristorante A Mano
While there are almost as many Italian options on the waterfront as there are seafood-focused spots, this pizza-and-pasta perfector holds its own with a roped-off patio offering a primo view to wash down the handmade pasta and gelato that makes it famous. 1477 Lower Water Street

One of the most formidibly sized waterfront restaurants that has an extra-large patio to match. Looking for a spot to shuck and slurp seafood that runs the gamut from classic to inventive, all while getting some vitamin D? Look no further. 1877 Upper Water Street

Ryan Williams
Stone's Throw

Stone's Throw
An outdoor extension of Harbourstone Grill and Pourhouse, Stone's Throw is an oceanfront balcony at the Halifax Harbour Marriott Hotel (it's a stone's throw from the water, get it?) that features overstuffed chairs to kick back in and a menu offering pizza, stone-fired favourites and shareable snacks. 1919 Upper Water Street

Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar
Seafood is the name of the game at this spot, with everything from oysters to poke bowls available for your perusing pleasure, on a curtained-off patio that has a very VIP feel. 5120 Salter Street

Stayner's Wharf
The waterfront spot keeps the party going all summer long with DJ'd dance parties on its expansive deck every second Friday, and cold brews with ocean views daily. 5075 George Street

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden
The gastropub that focuses on upscale comfort food with a twist has a beloved waterfront outpost that's deceptively spacious and surprisingly atmospheric. Tuck in to a curated menu of picks like luxe tacos, grilled cheese and hot dogs, while slugging back a cold craft beer, cider or wine. Summit Plaza, 1549 Lower Water Street

Tomavinos Pizzeria
This pizzeria's sunny patio is the perfect pit stop after showing out-of-towners around staples like the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 or the Seaport Farmers' Market. Mom and dad not coming to town anytime soon? This sweet slice of sidewalk is still worth swinging by, as Tomavinos' menu of internationally inspired pies (think New York, Milan and good ol' Halifornia) lets your taste buds trot the globe.1113 Marginal Road

Waterfront Warehouse
As the name suggests, this seafood-focused emporium is all kinds of massive, and the XXL patio—which diners can access through a water-facing, garage-style door—follows suit. The harbourside views and good times are equally oversized, perfect with a plate full of something freshly caught. 1549 Lower Water Street 1549 Lower Water Street

Ryan Williams
Antojo Tacos + Tequila


2 Crows Brewing Co.
It's not exactly "beer garden," but there's good beer and pretty plants so it's close enough. 1932 Brunswick Street

Antojo Tacos + Tequila
Antojo doesn't take reservations for its patio, so get there early or prepare to be patient. From the looks of it, it's worth the wait. When nights get chilly, heaters and blankets will keep you comfy, and when it's hot, tequila's got the cure. 1667 Argyle Street

The Auction House
A fenced-in patio accompanies this historic building. Pssst, happy hour is from 4:30 to 6pm. 1726 Argyle Street

The Pint Public House
Formerly The Argyle Bar & Grill, The Pint Public House has the same sweet rooftop and sidewalk patios for high-level eating and drinking. 1575 Argyle Street

Baton Rouge
Smack in the middle of one of downtown's busiest junctions and a hop, skip and a jump away from Historic Properties and the waterfront, Baton Rouge scores points for hustle bustle energy. 1877 Hollis Street

The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
Find this outdoor lounge on the second floor, with no car or foot traffic to interfere, and dig into those oysters! 1662 Barrington Street

Bistro Le Coq
Blessed be! The streetscaping that plagued Argyle last summer is in the past, so we can once again enjoy its street-level patios. This one is especially pleasant during brunch hours, but you can't ever go wrong. 1584 Argyle Street

The Bitter End
The Loose Cannon's sister bar serves up all you need on martini Mondays, with a side of vitamin D thanks to its outdoor offering. 1572 Argyle Street

The Carleton
Downtown's live music mecca has new ownership, a new chef and menu AND a new patio, now that the Argyle streetscape project has finally drawn to an overdue end. Peep all the street's changes from the roomy deck that features comfy bench seating—and maybe catch a show while you're there. 1685 Argyle Street

Ryan Williams
Durty Nelly's

Durty Nelly's Authentic Irish Pub
One of the most expansive patios on the street leaves plenty of room for you and your party to enjoy nachos, chowder, Irish stew or whatever you pair with beer. 1645 Argyle Street

East of Grafton
The high-end tavern—known for creative-yet-approachable plates —makes up for a patio season spent in the purgatory of last summer's Argyle streetscape construction with a swath of outdoor seating you need to get your butt into at least once this year. 1580 Argyle Street

Economy Shoe Shop
Though the front of this famed downtown watering hole is currently under construction, a teeny patio is still available for your outdoor nacho-eating, sun-worshipping needs. 1663 Argyle Street

The Five Fishermen Restaurant & Grill, Little Fish Oyster Bar
Rumour has it this place is haunted, but ghosts don't go on patios, right? Either way, a spirit can't stop you from catching happy hour of a different kind: 12 oysters for 15 bucks. 1740 Argyle Street

HFX Sports Bar & Grill
You're probably coming here for a sporting event (100 screens!). But on the patio you have a prime view of Citadel Hill's clock tower as well. 1721 Brunswick Street

Level Bar
The Prince George Hotel's entry into the patio game is a cocktail-focused spot that's the perfect place to sun yourself over after-work bevvies. 1725 Market Street

The Loose Cannon
This Scottish-inspired pub has a simple, fenced-off patio for all your people-watching and Scotch-sipping needs. 1566 Argyle Street

Lot Six
The spot celebrated for oysters and cocktails (bartender Shane Beehan mixes magic here) shucks it up with a swank patio lit by Edison bulb string lights. 1685 Argyle Street

The Maxwell's Plum
Tend to your sudsy needs by splitting a BrewTender with some pals. 1600 Grafton Street

Obladee, A Wine Bar
It's romantic inside Obladee, but taking your date outside offers something special, too. This classy corner patio is decorated with greenery to get you in the summer mood. 1600 Barrington Street

The Old Triangle Irish Ale House
The Halifax location of this Maritime fixture is popular for a reason—and you never know which old friend you might run into. Enjoy your Guinness or even local craft in the sun. 5136 Prince Street

Pizza Girls
Pizza Corner remains the stuff of local legend, as no Friday night misadventure is complete without a stop for some much-needed grease to appease the hangover gods. Now, though, the newest pizza place on the block is vying to make its mark before midnight, with an expansive swath of patio—including beer taps—where you can down a slice before following the night wherever it leads. 1560 Grafton Street

The Rooftop
This cozy corner that crowns Grafton and Blowers streets sees you living out your New York-based-sitcom dreams by slugging a cold beer or cocktail from a rooftop overlooking downtown (seriously, how Friends or How I Met Your Mother is that?). A grill-focused menu rounds out this 60-seater spot. 1567 Grafton Street

Split Crow Pub
Cheap beers, live music, rowdy patrons of all ages—the Splitty has all of your summer patio vibes covered. Enjoy its legendary power hours out on Granville Square. 1855 Granville Street

Stubborn Goat Gastropub
The comfort food spot's patio not only offers primo downtown people-watching, but intimate tables made for sharing apps and maybe a secret or two. A striped awning for sunburn protection, and heaters and blankets for chilly evenings mean nothing will stop this Goat from getting an outdoor seat. Stubborn, indeed. 1579 Grafton Street

Ryan Williams
Stillwell Beergarden


The Arms Public House
The Lord Nelson Hotel's upscale English pub offers a teeny terrace with front-row views of the Public Gardens. If you can grab a seat, it's also one of the best spots in town to catch the annual Pride Parade—and makes for an excellent al fresco brunch choice anytime. 1515 South Park Street

Black Sheep
Traipsing up Dresden Row, you might miss the low-key entrance to this sweet spot, loved by the south end crowd for its daily brunch options and top-quality creative cocktails. Snag a seat on the cozy patio that has an elevated back deck feel to it and bask in the shade and fresh air. 1569 Dresden Row

Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs
This patio allows lovers of blues and ribs to indulge their desires under the summer sky. With local live music legends like Morgan Davis and Garrett Mason playing every night of the week, and legendary karaoke with Mimi on Wednesdays, there's never a bad time to pull up a chair and crack open an Oland's. 1269 Barrington Street

Le Bistro By Liz
Housed in the ground floor of South Park Street's towering Park Victoria building, this petite piece of Paris—famous for its affordable prices and French-inspired plates— features a fenced-in patio that's heavy on twinkle lights and boasts its own mini, LED-lit Eiffel Tower. 1333 South Park Street

Cafe Chianti
While this Barrington Street Italian eatery's decor outdoes itself—The fireplaces! The frescos!—its patio is no slouch, either, offering street-side, umbrella-topped tables to slurp your pasta and take in a glass of its namesake wine. 1241 Barrington Street

The Captain's Boil
The Halifax outpost of this Ontario-based, Cajun-focused chain offers southern staples like okra and crab legs on its high-altitude patio that sees you lording over Spring Garden Road as you perfect the art of peeling a crawfish. 5680 Spring Garden Road

Darrell's Restaurant
The south end spot known for milkshakes and peanut-butter-topped burgers has a patio big enough for you and your 20 closest pals to chow down on tasty student staples and cold beer. The quiet side street setting lends an intimate vibe, like you're on a friend's back porch. 5576 Fenwick Street

Efendy Turkish & Mediterranean Grill
Since summer is made for food that's fresh off the grill, trading your typical barbecue for charcoal-kissed offerings at the critically beloved Efendy just makes sense—as does chowing down on all the deliciousness (think mezze, halloumi and various kebabs!) on the Mediterranean restaurant's expansive, newly renovated patio. 1569 Dresden Row

The Fickle Frog Pub
The Spring Garden spot that's a student-friendly staple (some of the cheapest house wine and well shots in town, FYI) keeps its pregame spirit on lock as you split some apps with your friends on the always-busy patio. 5675 Spring Garden Road

Halifax Central Library
The reasons to love the Central Library are many, and somewhere on that list sits its breezy rooftop patio that boasts a stunning panoramic view. Get a jolt of caffeine from PAVIA Cafe or dive into your latest book while the city hums below. 5440 Spring Garden Road

Henry House
Trace Barrington Street deep into the south end and you'll find this stately stone house that's heavy on its English pub aesthetic and historical home vibes. The patio—a sprawling, multi-level space hemmed-in by plants—fits seamlessly with the old world, antique-filled aesthetic, and is the perfect spot for a spot of whiskey. 1222 Barrington Street

Humani-T Cafe
This cafe is always bustling with coffee-drinkers, tea-lovers and gelato-feasters no matter the weather. When the sun's out, though, the crowd descends on Humani-T's backyard patio, a shady spot that's a perfect summer escape. 1451 South Park Street

Mexicali Rosa's
When the craving for Tex-Mex calls, this giant rooftop patio holds the answer: Nachos, blended margs and lots of sunshine. 5472 Spring Garden Road

Morris East
The south end petite pizza palace has an equally intimate patio where you can worship the sun and some wood-fired pies all at once. 5212 Morris Street

Niche Lounge
You wanna watch the game, especially in this World Cup summer, but you also want to be at the type of place that's as much wine list as it is sports bar. And with the sun shining like that, you can forget about wanting a seat inside. Niche has your back with its expansive outdoor space that screens the big match on a big screen while you get a cold Chardonnay. 1505 Barrington Street

Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca
With pies so authentic they've been certified by pizza experts from Naples, and a location that's both downtown and near the harbour,Piatto's breezy, grey-and-red patio is the perfect spot to sun yourself while imagining you're in Italy living la dolce vita. 5144 Morris Street

Stillwell Beergarden
The popular Barrington Street bar's outdoor outpost is always serving up frosty pints always packed, and always a good idea. Need more convincing? The on-site gourmet barbecue and stan-worthy Dairy Bar will do the job. 5688 Spring Garden Road

Tom's Little Havana
This sunny slice of patio is a swell spot to tuck into pubby favourites and sip on the bar's impressive selection of whiskeys and craft beers while pretending you're on an all-inclusive getaway. 1540 Birmingham Street

Uncommon Grounds/Sugah!
Satiate your sweet tooth (or your caffeine addiction) from the stately terrace of Horticultural Hall, the 1840s-era Public Gardens building that houses this cafe and ice cream spots, which serves serving up cones of hand-paddled goodness and strong coffee. Halifax Public Gardens

Ryan Williams
Your Father's Moustache

Your Father's Moustache
The Spring Garden pub has been inducted into the Best of Halifax Reader's Choice Awards Hall of Fame for the epicness of its rooftop patio, which also gets a shout-out during a tour on the Harbour Hopper. Probably the most famous al fresco spot in the city, see if it lives up to the hype as you down a pint of in-house beer under the latticework and string lights. 5686 Spring Garden Road

Ryan Williams
East of Grafton


Battery Park Beer Bar
This downtown Dartmouth watering hole's backyard patio offers peak summer vibes: Chow down on an Ace Burger while sampling craft suds from around the province on the patio's rotating taps. Not into beer? A selection of Nova Scotian wines and kombucha means you're never going thirsty here. 62 Ochterloney Street

Boondocks Restaurant
Polishing off a Maritime classic like lobster rolls or fish and chips on the waterfront deck of this Fisherman's Cove spot is the perfect cap to a day of summer exploring. 200 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage

Celtic Corner Public House
This downtown Dartmouth spot says it's rooftop patio boasts the best view in all of HRM. Verify the claim with a pint and one of the restaurant's signature savoury piesand report back, ya hear? 69 Alderney Drive

Cicero's On The Water
The Italian-Canadian joint perched on the edge of Porter's Lake is gonna get you to make some tough choices—pizza, pasta or steak?—but your reward is tucking into your plate on a patio with a front-row view of the water. 122 Post Office Road, Porters Lake

Finbar's Irish Pub
The Irish eatery, known for its neighbourhood pub vibe and friendly service, is debuting a new patio this season that it is super-pumped about (as multiple Instagram posts can attest). The sprawling, sun-soaked space looks worth the hype, though—and will be serving up the perfect pairing of cold beer and clear skies all season long. 635 Portland Hills Drive

Il Trullo
Tucked inside King's Wharf Place, this lil' gem of a patio is the perfect spot to satisfy any Italian cravings or knock back a killer cocktail, all while drinking in a stellar waterfront view of Halifax Harbour. 102-67 King's Wharf Place

Little C To-Go
The Canteen's takeout-focused outpost—housed next door to the iconic and deeply Instagrammable Dartmouth restaurant—also acts as a petite patio space that's first-come, first-serve for seating. Those lucky enough to score a table can sip on creative cocktails while people-watching. 22 Portland Street

Lockside Canteen
While any trip to the super-scenic Shubie Park is sweet, the cherry on top is surely a stop at the Lockside Canteen, where Lemon Dogs dishes up fresh Mexican-style tacos, a variety of creative lemonades and artisanal freezes. Fairbanks Centre, 54 Locks Road

Machum's Cafe
Until recently, this downtown cafe was called Ma Belle's and was known for its from-scratch eats and weekend-afternoon tea service. A phone call indicates the tea isn't toast, so all you Meghan Markle wannabes can plan your Saturday afternoon sipping on this cozy patio. 44 Ochterloney Street

Mic Mac Bar & Grill
The 2017 Best of Halifax Readers' Choice pick for brunch, Mic Mac's fresh-air-filled patio is the perfect spot to fill up on bacon-laced breakfast plates before hitting nearby gems like Nine Locks Brewery and Shubie Park. 217 Waverley Road

Millstone Public House
A true neighbourhood favourite with pub classics on deck and the former chef of Dartmouth's dearly missed La Perla Italian restaurant helming the kitchen, its cozy patio is the perfect spot to nosh on a mountain of wings, washed down with a cold one. 250 Baker Drive

Old Port Pub & Grill
The Burnside area family-friendly pub is already billed as one of the neighbourhood's best-kept secrets, but the real unsung hero here? The absolute showstopper of a patio. Covered in crawling vines and offering lots of shade, it has a Secret Garden feel to it that we're falling hard for. 900 Windmill Road

Seventy3 Canadian Fusion
Settled at that sweet spot between cozy-casual and uber-upscale—and that sweet spot on Alderney Drive next to Celtic Corner—this fusion restaurant's skinny slice of waterfront patio is perfect for swilling wine and people-watching the street below. 73 Alderney Drive

St. Louis Bar & Grill
The Dartmouth outpost of the Ontario chain famed for its wings and sports bar vibes has a large-and-in-charge parking lot patio for you and the gang to split a pitcher and discuss the game. 547 Portland Street

Thirsty Turtle Bar and Grill
All your pubby favourites can be chowed down on at this new spot's spacious, wooden back deck, which overlooks a snippet of forest for serene summer nights. 245 Waverley Road

Whiskey's Lounge
The self-proclaimed oldest bar in Dartmouth has a hulking street-side patio that's the perfect place to polish off a stone oven pizza, a donair or, ya know, some whiskey. 29 Portland Street

The Wooden Monkey
Dartmouth's outpost of the restaurant known for pleasing vegetarians and meat-eaters alike is tucked away inside Alderney Landing, offering primo waterfront views from its expansive patio. 40 Alderney Drive

Rachel McGrath
The Local


Alteregos Cafe
The iconic Gottingen Street spot, which might be as well-known for its excellent playlists as it is for grade-A coffee, continues to kill it with a roomy patio that's the perfect spot to sip your morning java or evening beer. 2193 Gottingen Street

The Billow Bar
The rooftop patio at ultra-luxe French eatery Agricola Street Brasserie's has been fire-hot for two summers now, but this year the heat's about to turn up again: Billed as The Billow Bar, the space promises craft cocktails in steel cups, southern barbecue and epic ice cream sammies. The bar has been raised. 2540 Agricola Street

The Brown Hound Pub
This 2018 addition to Agricola Street is offering standard pub fare, Cheers vibes and, now, a pupper-friendly backyard patio with ample shade. 2394 Agricola Street

Chain Yard Urban Cidery and Unchained Kitchen
The city's first cidery has been holding down the corner of Agricola and North Streets for a little over a year now, and its sidewalk slice of patio is surely a large part of the place's appeal. Get your apple-a-day in a glass or on one of Unchained Kitchen's summer plates—plus lots of super-summery vibes—here, and you'll see what we mean. 2606 Agricola Street

What's more addictive, the charcoal-y rotisserie chicken dished up and dreamed up by EDNA's Jenna Mooers and Andrew Flood? Or licking every last drop of the spice-laced gravy off your fingers (frozen pina colada in the other hand) under the blazing July sun on the perfect patio perch? 6041 North Street

Eliot & Vine
The classy spot's swath of patio features soft lighting, live jazz on Thursdays and European-inspired dishes any night of the week. Pick your perch carefully and you can even see the chef in action through the kitchen's garage-style door. 2305 Clifton Street

EnVie a vegan kitchen
This Agricola-area spot seriously upped its patio game after a few summers of offering three tiny curb-side tables: The vegan eatery's new patio is a roped-off expanse of bistro tables bathed in sunshine and flanked by hanging floral baskets. 5775 Charles Street

Good Robot Brewing Company
The brewery's beer garden—known as the GastoTurf—is a sweet spot to sip suds anytime, with the pup-friendly place regularly attracting good boys and their humans. Pro tip? Swing by on a Sunday evening after sunset for a screening of a classic flick. 2736 Robie Street

Hamachi Kita
This Young Street sushi staple also offers Asian fusion cuisine and a quaint patio overlooking Hydrostone Park—because hot summer days are made for cold food and a shot of sun. 5537 Young Street

Humani-T Cafe
The north end cafe does more than just dish up homemade gelato, but really, what else matters other than scarfing a scoop of the cold stuff on a summer's afternoon from this petite porch? 5755 Young Street

Julien's Patisserie, Bakery & Cafe
This Hydrostone neighbourhood cafe delivers some serious Parisian vibes as you sate your sweet tooth with a host of high-end treats on its private terrace. Featuring wrought iron fences, soft French music and lush greenery, lingering over pastries and coffee is the only natural response. 5517 Young Street

LF Bakery
The Gottingen Street carb castle routinely fulfills your main fantasies—fresh croissants, bread and coffee—and now it's building an expansive deck for you to indulge in this holy trinity under sunny skies. 2063 Gottingen Street

Lion & Bright
Carefully crafted lattes by day, and an impressive list of wine, beer and cocktails at night make this spot's expanded patio space a natural fit at any hour. Oh, and brunch lovers would be remiss to not catch their favourite weekend meal on the wooden outdoor perch. 2534 Agricola Street

Lion's Head Tavern & Grill
It's hard to tell what's the bigger claim to fame at this north end staple: The huge-ass patio or the nine (count 'em!!) types of poutine you can fill your face with on the sunny spot. Why not get a taste of both? 3081 Robie Street

Rachel McGrath
Lion & Bright

The Local
This is one hell of a patio, with enough twinkle lights and potted plants to make your Pinterest feed green with envy. Slug back a Horsepower—the restaurant's signature, super-hoppy beer that's hella cheap—and feel the summertime radness. 2037 Gottingen Street

Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria
The Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award Hall of Famer for Best Pizza Pie has a damn good patio, too. Tuck into a piece of thin-crust pizza (or a doughy Sicilian-style slice) on the sunny wooden expanse that overlooks Hydrostone Park, and you'll see what we mean. 5541 Young Street

Seven Bays Bouldering
The indoor rock-climbing gym's large patio features soft string lighting, comfy booth-style seating and, a lot of times, even a doggo or two. Knock back a craft beer, cider or coffee, and let the people-watching begin. 2019 Gottingen Street

Studio East Food + Drink
This palm-edged, astroturf-floored patio at the self-described ethnic gastropub works hard to make you feel like you're in paradise—and with a pitcher of sangria on deck or a vintage-y tiki cocktail in hand, you're already there. 6021 Cunard Street

Timber Lounge
Axe no questions about the Agricola Street lumberjack-y lounge's intimate patio, where craft beer, acoustic tunes and target practice await. 2712 Agricola Street

Water and Bone
The north end's nod to noodles 'n' broth has a hidden courtyard with towering hardwood trees, soft string lights and the proof that there's no wrong weather for ramen. 5687 Charles Street


The Armview Restaurant and lounge
Views of the sparkling Northwest Arm water makes this patio a destination. The new-school diner fare's a bonus. 7156 Chebucto Road

Bramoso Pizzeria and Beer Bar
Bramoso knows pineapple works on pizza. And when you're in the sun with tropical fruit on your pie, you can pretend you're somewhere tropical, too. 6169 Quinpool Road

Dilly Dally Coffee Cafe
Your one-stop shop for a morning coffee or an after-work beer has a lovely deck off its back door, which is blessed with full sun through the afternoon. 6100 Quinpool Road

Freeman's Little New York
Sunny yellow decor accompanies your sunny feast—or your moonlit feast, Freeman's is open 24 hours. 6092 Quinpool Road

Freeman's Little New York, Fairview
Although this isn't a Freeman's branch where you can get your pizza fix all night, with a closing time of 2am we can't really complain. 3671 Dutch Village Road

THE spot to eat hummus (among other so fresh and so green things) beside the "Life" sculpture. 6250 Quinpool Road

La Piazza Ristorante
It's easy to overlook this area, what with all the offerings on the neighbouring street. To miss out on this sweet deck (and lovely pizza) would be a mistake. 6430 Chebucto Road

The Other Bean Coffee & Sandwich Bar
Its pint-sized sidewalk patio had the letters stolen from its sign last year, but it didn't stop this Bean from being a spot of joy. Quit being jerks, you hoodlums, and let us enjoy our smoked meat sandwiches (on the sidewalk or on the back patio) in peace. 6220 Quinpool Road

Pavia Gallery, Espresso Bar & Cafe
One of three PAVIA locations in the city, this one's special as the "ice cream pavilion" is open from May until October. The little red shack and surrounding deck awaits with handmade gelato. 995 Herring Cove Road

There are four heroes at this Italian-American restaurant: a meatball hero, a chicken parmesan hero, an eggplant parmesan hero and the patio. Not all heroes wear capes. 2186 Windsor Street


Finbar's Irish Pub
This popular Bedford haunt is much more than a St. Paddy's Day stop. Whether it's booze, brunch or pub grub, you can chow down outside. 1595 Bedford Highway

I Love Pho
Anyone who says you can't enjoy soup when it's hot out is simply a weakling. Slurp noodles here along with a lovely view of the Basin. 746 Bedford Highway

Izzy's Bagel Co.
Pass the cream cheese, please: Izzy's has several kinds to combine with a bagel, a coffee and the sun. 1180 Bedford Highway

Il Mercato
What's better than kicking back with a glass of wine and some pasta? Doing it on this lovely upstairs patio, complete with umbrellas to shade you while the sun is up, and blankets to keep you warm when it sets. 1595 Bedford Highway

Morris East
You don't actually have to be on Morris Street to enjoy this wood-fired pizza. The Bedford version of this 'za zone also has a top-notch spot to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. 620 Nine Mile Drive

Off Track Brewing
"This just happened!" quoth Off Track's Twitter account, posting a photo of a patio featuring picnic tables and fairy lights. OK, we'll bite. 275 Rocky Lake Drive

Resto Urban Dining
A prime place for a patio with lots of coverage on even the sunniest of days, Resto has it made in the shade. 1516 Bedford Highway

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