In Calgary, patio season is something to be embraced and enjoyed at every opportunity available. With a constant flux of pedestrian traffic and one of the most stunning streetscapes in the city, there’s no better place to people watch and take in the sights and sounds of the warm months than Stephen Avenue. And with that, we are excited to share our sunny weather tips on experiencing the season, sunglasses and all.
Situated just a stone’s throw from the hotel, Blink Restaurant is the perfect mix of contemporary culinary dining and creative wine selections in a building with a historical setting. Originally built as a saddlery in the 1900s, this iconic Calgary establishment is now home to succulent tasting menus created with local ingredients, and paired with the perfect vino selections – inspired by the Pacific Northwest and California’s offerings. When the patio calls your name at lunchtime, opt for the small but delightful Blink patio and ask for a staff wine recommendation. You won’t be disappointed.
Always bustling with energy and great food, this Stephen Avenue corner restaurant and bar offers great food, good drinks and a perfect perch to take in the street views from above. Whether you’re staying for an after work drink, or planning to make a night of it, this prime patio area is an ideal meeting spot for friends, or starting off date night on the right foot. After you’ve had your fill of sun, food and drinks, stick around for the live music that take the stage every Friday and Saturday night with styles ranging from R&B and Funk, to soulful Jazz.
There are so many wonderful options to be found along Stephen Avenue and you can’t miss this classic space when patios are on your mind. If sitting in the direct sun is not your idea of an optimal dining and drinking experience, this classic bistro that takes its inspiration from New York City, offers scrumptious cuisine – including some of the best cheese boards in the city. Seek out this outdoor space on a warm evening and take advantage of the fact that Divino keeps this space open late.
Conveniently located in the hotel, Sandstone Lounge offers a cozy ambiance in the winter months, and on the flipside, an attractive patio space in the spring and summer. Locals and travellers alike flock to this inviting lounge to sample the creative seasonal cocktails and wonderful selection of craft beers on tap, while taking in the scene of the strip. Whether it be a lunch time meeting, or a night cap, the Sandstone never disappoints in its outdoor ambiance. Our Casual Mondays are the perfect time to visit when our happy hour pricing offers a selection of specials on craft beer, domestic beer, highballs and wine. To see what we’re mixing up for this patio season you can view our latest cocktail menu here.
Last but not least, Catch offers the best of both worlds when your craving for patio time is matched by a craving for fresh and delicious seafood. Known as one of the premier stops for fresh Ocean Wise dishes, you have the oyster bar patio to soak up the sun. From 3 to 6 pm on Monday to Friday you can also take advantage of our High Tide Happy Hour that include specials on oysters & bubbles, with a variety of $2 oysters and $6 glasses of Prosecco. What’s not to love about seafood, sun and bubble?
Whether it’s a reservation for a Stephen Avenue patio, or any other warm weather activity that you’re interested in, do not hesitate to ask our staff for assistance in making the most of Calgary’s summertime weather.