By Chris Lackner
Find your place in the sun. Our guide to Ottawa’s best patios covers your best bets for sun, suds, sangria, vino and vitamin D.
Clarendon Court: Secluded and cobblestone, its four restaurant patios feel European; discover the magic behind the shops on Sussex Drive, between George and York Streets, including spots like The Social and Courtyard Restaurant. (The Social: 537 Sussex Dr., Courtyard Restaurant: 21 George St.)
Earl of Sussex Pub: The best sun and sud combo in the market. 431 Sussex Dr.
La Terrasse: This open-air, summer restaurant offers stunning views of the Rideau Canal and Parliament. Their extensive wine and cocktail list pair well with the sun. Try a “Colonel By” Mojito. He would have wanted it that way. Located in Fairmont Chateau Laurier, even the sunbeams feel more elegant at this seasonal patio. 1 Rideau St.
The Highlander Pub: A place to people watch with eyes on the market’s pedestrian traffic. 115 Rideau St.
Cornerstone Bar and Grill: This market hotspot is a place to be seen. 92 Clarence St.
Murray Street: This leafy patio screams romance. And the charcuterie, cheese boards and wine list will only help matters. 110 Murray St.
Métropolitain Brasserie: Steps away from the Chateau Laurier and Parliament. Grab a table or an outdoor sofa. 700 Sussex Dr.
Elgin and Sparks Streets
Fox and Feather: Terrific topside patio with a bird’s-eye view of the bustling Elgin strip. 283 Elgin St.
Pancho Villa: Pancho’s margaritas, daiquiris, sangrias and pina coladas are as big in size as they are in flavour. It might not be Cancún, but close your eyes on the sunny patio and it will feel mighty close. 361 Elgin St.
Feleena’s Mexican Cantina: Sangria, anyone? 742 Bank St.
Irene’s Pub: Discover the hidden courtyard patio at this live music hotspot. 885 Bank St.
Pub Italia: Ireland enjoys a bit of Italy’s sun. 434 Preston St.
Tennessy Willems: Small but sublime. Come for the pizza, stay for the sunshine. 1082 Wellington St W.
Churchills: P is for patio… and Public House. 356 Richmond Rd.
Canal Ritz: This classy canal-side gem is boat traffic central. 375 Queen Elizabeth Dr.
Mill Street Brew Pub: Located near the Canadian War Museum on LeBreton Flats, this historic gristmill turned brewpub is also the perfect stop along the Ottawa River bike path. 555 Wellington St.