Great patios with all the essentials in Edmonton

A patio doesn’t have to be big to be great; it only needs good food, music, beer and company. Edmonton has a ton of awesome patios – ranging from big and small – to choose from to enjoy the beautiful weather this spring and summer. Take your pick! [Image credit:]

The Marc Restaurant

9940 106th Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

A fantastic French restaurant in downtown Edmonton, The Marc has a lovely patio in the summer. Perfect for refreshing cocktails like a Mexican Mule or a house made rhubarb ginger soda or a craft beer. Finish those drinks with a dinner of Entrecote Frites, their famous, award-winning steak, which comes with foie gras butter on top and truffle mayo to complement your fries, and you have a stellar summer evening.

Julio's Barrio

10450 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Famous for their widely sought-after Whyte Avenue patio, you have to get to Julio’s early and wait in line for a table. But, on a hot summer day, nothing beats a massive basketful of cheesy nachos and a bulldog – a margarita-beer cocktail. Your slushy beverage comes with a beer upside down in it. My favourite is the The Bloodhound: Stella Artois, spiced rum, Absolut mandarin and raspberry Sourpuss.

Ampersand 27

10612 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7

Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and located on Whyte Avenue, Ampersand 27 is great place for a patio meal at any time of day. Enjoy a mimosa with brunch, which comes with their house made cinnamon bun; relish in a crisp kale salad or The Salty Pig pizza with a cold beer for lunch; or partake in a cocktail and charcuterie plate for dinner with friends.

The Black Dog Freehouse

10425 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A1

The Black Dog is a place for everyone and a place for beers. Home to great music, whether live or through the sound system, the unique, laid-back vibe is a welcome refuge to all who seek a crisp, cold beer in a chill environment. And, in summer, their Wooftop garden patio provides an ambient alternative to the street level patios. The Black Dog carries a wide selection of Canadian brews – I’ll happily guzzle a pint of Blanch de Chambly, thank you.

The Empress Ale House

A cozy little neighbourhood pub at the tail end of Whyte Avenue on 99 Street, The Empress Ale House is beloved by many. A woodsy room with twinkly lights and always something good to listen to – be it live music or otherwise – Empress offers an environment unlike any other pub in town. Add to that their gorgeous enclosed patio in front of the restaurant, and you’ll want to hang out with your friends and drink beer all day.

Sugar Bowl Coffee & Juice Bar

10922 88 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1

An Edmonton institution since 1943, Sugarbowl serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in the Garneau neighbourhood. In summer, they open up their front garage doors onto their popular patio, where you can enjoy the gorgeous weather at any time of day. Known for their vast and varied beer selection, Sugarbowl is a great place to try new beers while eating delicious food like their infamous lamb burger or chicken and waffles.

The Next Act Pub & Grill

8224 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

Perfect for people watching, The Next Act’s tiny patio is a Whyte Avenue favourite. Whether you’re there for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, The Next Act offers a fabulous selection of beers, hosts an Alley Kat Cask Night on Tuesdays, and is a continual winner of the Golden Fork Awards’ Best Burger category. Plus, they have some amazing poutine and sandwiches, too.

Meat Barbecue Ltd

8216 104 St Nw, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

Edmonton’s most popular smokehouse, Meat is sister to – and next door to – The Next Act Pub. Meat’s communal atmosphere extends onto their patio, where you may end up making new friends while devouring savoury brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken. Pair your meat with summer favourites like green beans and potato salad while polishing off a Lynchburg Lemonade, Alley Kat brew or an Old Fashioned.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good, well made pie: light, buttery, flaky crusts paired with delectable, fruity or creamy fillings – a heavenly culinary adventure. Between its world-class bakeries, local niche restaurants and made-from-scratch farmers’ market pies, Edmonton has some spectacular pie offerings.
What is it about fried chicken that’s so good, so great, so unbelievably satisfying? Is it the satisfying crunch that comes from a deliciously battered,flawlessly seasoned and perfectly fried bite? Oh that juicy, flaking chicken enrobed in that heavenly crust! Edmonton has a pretty fabulous fried chicken scene, so checkout these restaurants to get your fix. [Image credit:]
Cheesecakes are the unparalleled dessert for cheese aficionados … no other dessert can even touch a cheese lover’s heart. A good cheesecake causes intense cravings; it has a distinct mouth feel and flavour and comes in many delightful varieties. From simple cheesecake with a graham crust to complex cheesecake flavours like turtle, strawberry champagne or salted caramel apple, Edmonton has a cheesecake to satisfy your craving.
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