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tavern united

Top 5 Rooftop Patios

Stella's Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Stella’s Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Besides food, the best way to a Winnipegger’s heart is the word “patio”. These spots take it to the next level—literally—with rooftop spaces to dine al fresco.

Local favourite Stella’s Cafe & Bakery has 8 locations across the city, and the newest, on Pembina Highway, boasts a sweet rooftop patio. Go at dusk when the cafe lights come on and cast a romantic glow over quinoa dragon bowls and plates of Scandinavian gravlax.

  • 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204‑275‑2001

Tucked among the treetops, The Roost‘s intimate rooftop setting gives a bird’s eye view on bustling Corydon Avenue. Clever and complex craft cocktails and elegant small plates have us crowing.

  • 651 Corydon, 204‑414‑9313

Cravings for pub grub and powerful frozen margaritas are sated on Tavern United‘s sleek patio. Get an unbeatable view of downtown’s SHED (sports, hospitality, and entertainment district) and watch ground being broken on the new True North Square.

  • 260 Hargrave, 204‑944‑0022

Learn what Dean Martin was crooning about while dining outdoors at Pasquale’s. The St. Boniface area restaurant has a secluded rooftop patio perfect for winding down with a glass of wine and a hearty plate of lasagne.

  • 109 Marion St, 204‑231-1403

Take in an iconic Winnipeg intersection from above at Confusion Corner Bar and Grill. The smoky barbeque chicken pizza, drizzled in tangy bourbon barbeque sauce, is a prime patio pick.

  • 500 Corydon Ave, 204‑284‑6666

Hot Dining: Top 5 Game-Day Picks

Jets roll from Meiji. Photo by chronic creative.

Local restaurants have caught game-day fever, offering tasty fare to savour in front of the big screen or creative dishes named after Winnipeg’s professional sports teams.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink serves a special events menu before Jets games and other MTS Centre events, filled with share-ables, hefty burgers, and comfort food entrees. 375 Graham Ave, 204-421-9094, website

If soccer is more your speed, join the cheering crowd at Corrientes. The Argentinean pizzeria is abuzz with excitement during World Cup years, but the Exchange District location makes it an ideal stop for pre-game empanadas for skate- and cleat-wearers alike. 137 Bannatyne Ave, 204-219-5398, website

The Jets roll (pictured) at Japanese eatery Meiji salutes the city’s NHL team. Local freshwater favourites—fresh pickerel and smoked goldeye—offer a decadent taste of Manitoba inside each bite of this artful roll topped with avocado, snow crab and salmon. 454 River Ave, 284-3996

Two levels of TVs and games, and a rooftop patio with stellar city views make the downtown location of Tavern United a sports fan favourite. Classic pub fare like fish and chips are done exceptionally well with a crunchy, beer batter coating. 260 Hargrave St, 944-0022, website

Ultra-trendy Nuburger’s “Blue &  Gold” creation is a tribute to the city’s beloved Blue Bombers. Here, a Manitoba lean ground beef patty is topped with gourmet blue cheese, chipotle aïoli, balsamic onion, greens and tomato. 472 Stradbrook Ave, 888-1001, website