Eat & Drink July 9, 2018

15 Halifax Patios You HAVE to Visit This Summer

With more bars per-capita than most Canadian cities, it’s no surprise that people in Halifax love going out for dinner and drinks. But you know what’s even better than having a bite and a beer? A bite and a beer on a sunny patio!

We’ve put together a list of some of the best patios in Halifax – all you have to do is get out there and enjoy.

1 – Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

5136 Prince St – Downtown Halifax

Known for its incredible live music performances and authentic Irish pub atmosphere, the Old Triangle is a must-visit at any time of year. But come summertime, their patio that stretches up Prince Street is definitely the place to be.

Atmosphere: Easygoing Irish Pub
What to Order: Go with the vibe and grab a pint of Kilkenny
Price Range: $$


2 – Celtic Corner Public House

69 Alderney Drive – Dartmouth

This Irish-style pub located in downtown Dartmouth has a rooftop patio with a fantastic view of Halifax’s downtown. The patio is tucked away atop the historic building’s third floor, with no elevator – mind you, the view from the patio is well worth the walk up the stairs.

Atmosphere: Sunny and laid back.
What to Order:This is the perfect place to grab a pint of your favorite. Ask your server for the beer list.
Price Range: $


3 – Stubborn Goat Beer Garden

1599 Lower Water Street – Downtown Halifax

Boardwalk + Beer Garden. What a beautiful combination! The seats above the bar offer particularly spectacular views.

Atmosphere: Casual and breezy.
What to Order: Not only do they have a rotating list of local drinks on tap, they’ve got a robust food menu, too!
Price Range: $$


4 – The Stubborn Goat Rooftop 

1567 Grafton StreetDowntown Halifax

Tucked away up above one of Halifax’s busiest corners, This local fave has everything a good patio needs: good drinks, delicious food, and umbrellas for shade!

Atmosphere: Hip and Casual
What to Order: Their list is constantly changing. Look for one of the many local brews featured on their menu!
Price Range: $$


5 –The Local 

2037 Gottingen Street  – North End Halifax

With live music most evenings, a pool table and more, this local hub is a great place for a drink or a meal.

Atmosphere: Casual and cozy.
What to Order: Check out the blues specials on Sundays $3.75 Propeller Draught or $4.25 5 star Canadian whiskey.

Price Range: $$

Battery Park Beer Bar

6 – Wooden Monkey Dartmouth

305 Alderney Drive Dartmouth (look for the elevator!)

The Wooden Monkey has restaurants and patios on both sides of the harbour, but it’s the stunning waterfront patio at their Dartmouth location that’s our fave. You just can’t beat that view of Halifax!

Atmosphere: Casual and sunny.
What to Order: Grab a pal or two and order a pitcher of sangria. You won’t regret it.
Price Range: $$

The Wooden Monkey

7 – Pickford & Black

1869 Upper Water Street – Downtown Halifax

Located on the Halifax boardwalk, this patio offers beautiful views and enough room for a large group, too. Pickford and Black, fondly named after a shipping company that originated in Halifax is the perfect place to sip and enjoy the view.

Atmosphere: Classic pub
What to Order: Stocking a unique collection of local handcrafted beer, you can’t go wrong with any of their local handcrafted beers
Price Range: $$$

Gahan House Harbourfront

8 – Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub

1645 Argyle Street – Downtown Halifax

A wrap-around patio on one of downtown Halifax’s hottest corners keeps this patio on best-of lists year after year.

Atmosphere: Traditional Irish Pub
What to Order: Their Caesars and whisky list are legendary but for a hot summer’s day you can’t beat a freshly pulled pint of beer (there are dozens on tap).
Price Range: $$

Durty Nelly’s

9Good Robot Brewing Company

2736 Robie Street – North End Halifax

This North End craft brewery has a charming, (and dog-friendly!) outdoor space that’s more of a beer garden than a patio. Bonus: many of the beers at Good Robot are gluten-reduced.

Atmosphere: Casual and hip. Think: picnic tables and astro-turf.
What to Order: The taps change regularly, but our go-to is the El Espinazo del Diablo. It’s a lager with a kick.
Price Range: $


10 – The Bicycle Thief

1475 Lower Water Street – Downtown Halifax

Champagne bar. Need we say more? Combine that with a stunning harbourside location and you’ve got a patio that can’t be beat.

Atmosphere: Upscale casual
What to Order: If Champagne isn’t your thing but you’re still looking for something light, check out the Frose All Day cocktail.
Price Range: $$$


11- Stone’s Throw Patio

1919 Upper Water Street – Downtown Halifax

One of Halifax’s newest Patio’s name says it all, only a stone’s throw to the Halifax Harbour this patio has an amazing food menu as well as beautifully curated cocktails.

Atmosphere: Laid back breezy
What to Order: The french connection is a vodka based cocktail infused with lavender giving it a beautiful purple hue, the added sugar rim is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. 
Price Range: $$


12 – The Barrington Steakhouse Patio Studio

1662 Barrington StreetDowntown Halifax 

Locally source ingredients producing a globally infused menu, this patio brings the flavours of the world to Halifax in both food and drink.

Atmosphere: Hip and Cozy 
What to Order: Bartender Feature Cocktail, if you’re feeling adventurous the bartender mixes up a new featured drink daily. 
Price Range: $$$

Studio East

13 – Boondocks Restaurant

6 Government Wharf Rd, Eastern PassageEastern Shore

Boondocks Restaurant in Eastern Passage is when you’ll want to go for a truly East Coast feeling. This Fisherman’s Cove patio not only offers fresh, delicious seafood and cold beers, but panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean too.

Atmosphere: Maritime vacation vibes
What to Order: and fresh seafood!
Price Range: $$

Boondocks Restaurant

14 – Niche Lounge

1505 Barrington St – Downtown Halifax

Niche is famous for their amazing Happy Hour which features $8 dollar select cocktails and 1/2 priced appetizers.Added bonus, if there is a sports game on, Niche is playing it.

Atmosphere: Laid back Sports Bar 
What to Order: $4.50 beers after 4pm 
Price Range: $

Niche Lounge

15 – Mexicali Rosa’s

222 Chain Lake DriveBedford/ Sackville

It may not be mexico but Mexi’s serves up some of Halifax’s best Mexican food. When the weather is hot you can always count of Mexi’s to have the drinks cold.

Atmosphere: Friendly Mexican Fusion 
What to Order: Cool off with a frozen margarita 
Price Range: $$



Cheers to sunny summer days and warm summer nights spent with good drinks, good food and good company! See you on the patio.

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