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A view of the National Gallery of Canada from Tavern on the Hill. Photo: Hannah Manning.

Apt613’s guide to summer patios

By Apartment613 on August 14, 2018



After hours of gruelling research under the hot sun (and torrential rain, as this summer has throw us a bit of everything), Apt613’s contributors have come up with some of Ottawa’s best patios, in no particular order. With so many great patios around, it’s hard to pick just a few. Read on to see where you’ll find us this summer, and let us know where we should go next!

CRAFT at Lansdowne has over 130 different beers on tap. Photo: Alison Larabie Chase.

CRAFT Beer Market

By Alison Larabie Chase

The patio at Lansdowne’s CRAFT Beer Market (975 Bank Street) mostly faces south towards Bank Street, so it’s not quiet, but it does allow for optimum people-watching and afternoon sun-worship. The smaller section along Exhibition Way is a little more secluded, if that’s what you’re after. Either way, you’re probably here for the beer: they have 130 taps, mostly local and Ontario craft brews. They also have wine on tap and great cocktails. If you feel snacky, try the fast-food sushi: mini cheeseburgers and fries wrapped in bacon to look like sushi rolls.

Local’s patio is full of fun. Photo: Landon Entwistle.

Local Public Eatery

By Shannon Ing

Craft beer, shuffleboard, and bocce ball? Yes please! Local Lansdowne (825 Exhibition Way) is the ultimate patio party. The string light bulbs hanging above the picnic benches are paired with fun activities like a bocce ball court, making it feel like your neighbour’s backyard party. Local’s food is Canadian pub style with a Mexican twist. They also have happy hour specials and weekly drink deals! You’re guaranteed to have a fun time with friends on the Local patio!

Tavern on the Hill and Tavern on the Falls

By Hannah Manning

Since opening in Major’s Hill Park, Tavern on the Hill (Major’s Hill Park) has been a crowd favourite for a summer drink with a great view. The staff are quick to find you a seat, and the walk up bar features beer, wine, cocktails and light snacks (the hot dogs are a must try). This summer, they added a morning menu featuring Bridgehead Coffee as of 7am. Following on the success of the Major’s Hill Park location, they’ve opened a second venue called Tavern on the Falls (1 John Street, at Rideau Falls). With views of the Ottawa River and Rideau Falls, these are two must visit patios in Ottawa. Open 7 days a week, they may close due to bad weather.

Mill Street Brew Pub

By Kiersten Vuorimaki

Mill Street Brew Pub (555 Wellington Street) is located in a 140 year old former grist mill on the Ottawa River. Exclusive specialty beers are brewed on site, and the servers are well versed in pairing your meals with the right Mill St brew. The unique heritage location offers three different outdoor eating options for guests. The front garden patio is open the most often, with comfortable tables and twinkle lights. There is also a lower level courtyard facing directly onto the rushing Ottawa River rapids, most often used for special events. The third patio overlooks the river, with some lounge seating and fantastic panorama views. All three are wheelchair accessible. Despite the Wellington address, there is ample free parking, and no street noise.

Terrace on the Canal

By Shannon Ing

Terrace on the Canal (191 Colonel By Drive) serves as a community spot for grabbing coffee, food, beer, and sunshine. This unique establishment is located beside the beautiful canal and is completely outdoors! Walk, run, or bike along the water and cool off with a drink at Terrace on the Canal! Hours are weather dependent, so check them out online before you go.

The view from Andaz’s bar. Photo: Hannah Manning.

Copper Spirits and Sights at Andaz Ottawa

By Hannah Manning

For one of the best views of the ByWard Market, Parliament Hill and beyond, make your way to the Andaz hotel (325 Dalhousie Street), then up to the 16th floor for their rooftop bar. With both inside and out, the bar is open year round and with creative cocktails, local beer on tap, and tasty snacks, it’s worth a visit. Honourable mention: Feast + Revel, the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, has recently introduced $6 drink and food deals Monday to Friday from 5-7pm for Revel Hour.

Located in Ottawa’s Little Italy, Pub Italia has a reputation for it’s eclectic decor and large Beer Bible. Photo: Apt613.

Pub Italia

By Shannon Ing 

Pub Italia (434 Preston Street) is the great product of an Irish and Italian marriage. The restaurant/pub is best known for its long list of beer options found in the Beer Bible. Located in Little Italy, the Pub Italia patio has two sections for guests to choose from. Outside the pub is a front of house patio along Preston Street. They also have a large courtyard with fans, potted plants hanging from the ceiling, and a disco ball! Enjoy a pilsner and some pasta on Pub Italia’s patio this summer!

Located in Ottawa’s ByWard Market, Atari’s rooftop patio gets you up and away from the hustle and bustle down below. Photo: Apt613.


By Kiersten Vuorimaki

Atari’s rooftop patio (297 Dalhousie Street) has an amazing view of the ByWard Market, day or night. The laid back but chic vibe is perfect for a night out, and the menu of shareable plates adds to the cocktail party aesthetic. They are known for their selection of tartares and fun cocktail menu offering drinks topped with cotton candy, glowsticks, marshmallow and mousse. Every Tuesday night is Ladies’ Night where gals eat free (yes, actually free). The patio has both a lounge area, and tall tables, with its own dedicated bar area if milling and chilling is more what you have in mind. Note that the rooftop bar is not wheelchair accessible. Atari is open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-late.

Cornerstone Bar and Grill

By Samiha Sher

If you’re ever looking for a patio that is in the heart of the ByWard Market and will keep you cool on a hot summer day, this is the one for you. Cornerstone‘s patio (92 Clarence Street) wraps around the restaurant at the corner of Clarence and William. It has plenty of seating for small and large groups ranging from tables to cozy couches to high tables. The menu has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to grill your own steak on hot stones or craving a hearty salad. It is raised off the ground on a platform, so it’s not easily accessible for strollers or wheelchairs, but the staff can assist. The best part of the patio? On hot days, there’s a mister that will provide a much needed cool down on those scorchers in the summer months.


Looking for a patio for brunch? Fatboys serves up a Sunday brunch buffet. Photo: Kiersten Vuorimaki.

Fatboys Southern Smokehouse

By Kiersten Vuorimaki

Combining patios and brunch is the quintessential Ottawa weekend. Fatboys (34 Murray Street) serves up a gluttonous Sunday Brunch buffet every weekend with their signature ribs, baked beans and chicken n’ waffles complimented by traditional brunch fare and other southern specialities. Mimosas, Caesars and boozy coffees are only $5, and the bluesy live music makes for a very chill experience. Half of the patio is covered and can be weather proofed, guaranteeing a comfortable sit, without the glare of the sun or the wetness of rain. The seating is comfortable and the service is fun and casual.

Let us know what we’re missing in the comments below, or online @apt613!