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Hot Dining: 3 Hip New Calgary Patios

Calgarians love their patios, and during this summer in particular, with its especially lovely hot weather, who can blame them? Three new spots in Calgary’s bustling dining scene have hip, secluded patios where you can sip refreshing brews and enjoy the city’s famously late summers.

Kensington’s Oak Tree’s patio has a prime view of the downtown skyline. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

OAK TREE TAVERN 124 10 St NW, 2nd floor

This cozy wooden patio in Kensington is on the second level above The Source and has a fantastic view of downtown Calgary. Though tucked away, the Oak Tree’s patio still feels very much a part of the busy neighbourhood, and its proximity to downtown and the Sunnyside LRT station make it a great stop for the after-work crowd. At night, when its patio lights are switched on, the space has the vibe of an urban rooftop party. Local Village Brewery beers are available on tap, and the menu includes house-made burgers and savoury sharing items like nachos and curry fries.

Cibo's secluded garden patio. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Cibo’s secluded garden patio. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

CIBO 1012 17 Ave SW 

Newly opened Italian eatery Cibo has a large but relaxed patio with high wooden walls and plentiful potted plants and greenery. It feels secluded despite being next to a parking lot along a busy street. Cibo’s full menu is available on the patio and the level of service doesn’t waver outdoors. It’s a great place to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious sharing plates of pastas and wood-fired pizzas and to sip a cold Mill Street beer.

Commonwealth’s low-key patio. Photo: Courtesy Commonwealth.

COMMONWEALTH 731 10 Ave SW

With two lounges, four bars, a kitchen and a dance floor, what Commonwealth was lacking was a patio. Its location makes it ideal for enjoying a drink and a snack on the way home from work. The patio is at the back of the venue, in the parking lot, though its high wooden walls and a large overhanging tree make the space inviting. Drinks and food from Commonwealth’s Cafeteria kitchen are served.

– Adele Brunnhofer

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