Happy first day of spring, nuts! As of 1:14 p.m. we are officially out of winter! As of noon yesterday, we were also somehow in summer. With temperatures that reached the mid-twenties by noon, we Ottawans have been blessed with a tropical treat! Since our weather seems to be ridiculously temperamental this year, I’m going to take advantage of the sunshine before Mother Nature changes her mind again. What better way to do that, than unwinding after work on a patio with a cool, refreshing bevy and a bite to eat. And so, even though this may be a tad premature, without ado, I present to you a list of my favourite hot spots to visit in Ottawa…
One of the newer locations in Ottawa, the Kent Street Oak encompasses everything that you probably already know (and love) about this Ottawa classic…but with a gigantic outdoor patio. In the heart of the business sector, this patio seats 160 patrons and features a different drink special every night. Add in a menu that features a ton of different appetizers and British pub fare, and you have yourself a recipe for a good time.
Parliament Pub (101 Wellington Street):
Looking for a patio that’s unique to Ottawa? Try out Parliament Pub, located directly across from Parliament Hill, with a prime view of the Peace Tower. Known as the place where ‘real politics get done’, it often attracts politicians and their staff, as well as journalists, civil servants and more. Happy Hour runs from 5-7 p.m. and while the beer list isn’t extensive, their drinks will still get the job done!
Fox & The Feather (283 Elgin Street):
There’s something extra-special about being on a patio that is elevated, and that’s what the Fox & the Feather has to offer: a large, second story patio that overlooks Elgin. With a large menu that offers everything from sandwiches to steaks, this full-menu has a food-pick for everyone. My personal fav? The Cajun fajita wrap – YUM.
Pub Italia (434 ½ Preston Street):
The mecca of all things beer, Pub Italia is known for its Beer Bible, which displays their selection of over 200 beers for their patrons to enjoy. 200 beers and a large patio? Sold.
Both Heart and Crown locations in Ottawa are known as patio hot spots. The Preston location boasts the street’s largest patio that wraps around the building. Additionally, Heart and Crown often features live music, which makes the atmosphere even more enjoyable. While they may not have 200 beers available, they still have an extensive drink menu including some great imports on tap (like Boddingtons!).
Stella Osteria (81 Clarence Street):
The elevated, roof-top patio at Stella is one of Ottawa’s most coveted summer hot spots. Not only is their food delicious, but their drink menu is to-die-for. With an extensive list of cocktails, martinis, and liquers this up-scale patio is perfect if you’re in the mood for some flavour in your after work drink. Of course they serve beer and wine as well, but the patio-drink that I have my eye on: one of their ‘Ice Fizzies’ which combine Prosecco, Liquer and Gelato. WOW.
The Black Thorn Cafe (15 Clarence Street):
Not to be confused with the Black Rose (the back patio of the market’s Heart & Crown), The Black Thorn is further up Clarence Street and boasts a large patio and an extensive drink menu comprised on draught beer, wine and a slew of cocktails and martinis. The food fare is nothing to scoff at either, with a wide variety of appetizers and entrees that are sure to peak your interest, including a selection of gourmet pizzas that have received much critical acclaim.
Known for their large wrap-around patio, Cornerstone definitely has one of the busiest patios in Ottawa. Their signature drink, the mojito is always a great summer pick, but their specialty mojitos that include fresh fruit, such as raspberries, set them apart. With a fun and energetic staff, Cornerstone is always bustling with excitement, making it an ideal place to park it for a few hours and really unwind. This is definitely one of those places where you head for a drink and stay for 10…Cheers!
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