People in Halifax love going out for dinner and drinks, we have more bars and restaurants per-capita than most Canadian cities. But you know what’s even better than having a bite and a beer? Enjoying both outside on a patio, obviously.
So, inspired by our recent warm weather and bouts of sunshine, and with the official first day of summer just around the corner, I’ve put together a list of Halifax’s top patio destinations:
If you’ve already got a lock on some of the city’s best weekly live music performances, what else are you going to do? Build an awesome patio! And with an ideal location on the corner of Prince Street and Bedford Row, both one-way streets, makes traffic lighter than other streets in the downtown Halifax area.
The Old Triangle has a great traditional Irish pub menu, a generous whiskey selection and is located just across the street from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. It’s always a good time to have a Guinness outside on the Old Triangle patio.
Address: 5136 Prince St, Halifax
2 – The Gahan House
Situated on the Halifax waterfront boardwalk, The Gahan House serves up some of the best seafood and craft beer Halifax has to offer. The former location of the Hart & Thistle Gastropub, The Gahan House has become a destination for locals and tourists to visit year round. Summer, however, makes this restaurant extra special, with warm ocean breeze, sunshine, oysters, fish tacos and a cold beer.
Address: 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax
This Irish-style pub located in downtown Dartmouth has a rooftop patio with the best view of Halifax’s downtown. Celtic Corner is located directly across from the Alderney Landing Community Cultural Centre and Ferry Terminal, only a 15-minute commute from downtown Halifax and costs only $2.50 to cross on the ferry one way.
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. It’s one of the best patios in the Halifax region, not only because of its view, but because of it’s location as well. When the sun starts to go down the majority of patios on the Halifax side start to shade over, Celtic Corner is the exception to this, it’s patio remains bright and sunny long after the other’s loose their sunlight.
Address: 69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth
It’s one of my favourite summer time patios, not only because it’s the only rooftop patio in the ‘Pizza Corner’ area, but also because of the way it’s turned the patio into a multifaceted destination, with delicious selection of baked goods, a great cocktail menu, and a homely feeling thanks to their rooftop BBQ. Scanway’s roof top has all of the perks of your patio at home without you having to do any of the work.
Address: 1567 Grafton Street, Halifax
Battery Park’s recently opened new patio is the perfect laid back beer bar. This hidden back deck manages to catch every angle of the sun, and is set far away from street view and noise. It’s a hidden back deck that somehow manages to catch every angle of the sun.
This popular bar in downtown Dartmouth is known for its craft beer selection and burgers made with locally sourced ingredients, and soon it will be known to have one of the best outdoor patios in the area. Battery Park is another great place to visit via the Halifax Transit ferries service to Alderney Landing.
Address: 62 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth