The best downtown Ottawa spots for some outdoor drink and grub
Summer in Ottawa never feels long enough compared to our unending winters with frigid –30-degree temperatures. But this magical time of summer, beer, and friends does come around once in a while, and that means something else: it’s patio season.
The areas surrounding the University of Ottawa have so many patios to choose from, so to make sure you don’t waste your limited summer days at terrible or overpriced bars, consult this list for an afternoon in the sun.
The Grand Pizzeria & Bar
74 George St.
The Grand really lives up to its name. It has 170 seats outside on their patio, making it the largest in Ottawa. Not only do they have a student discount of 20 per cent on all their food all the time, they also have half-priced pizzas between 3 and 6 p.m. on the weekends—perfect for justifying an extra pint.
292 Elgin St.
Most students will know it for cheap wing night on Mondays, but this place really sets the bar high during the summer. It’s a great place to hang out because of its patio, complete with twinkling lights and comfy chairs. Hooley’s accommodates a student budget, and their daily deals can help cut down on costs. On Fridays from 4 p.m. -11 p.m., they have a “Hooley Hour,” with $12 pitchers of Sangria, and Tuesdays feature $5 burgers.
Sir John A Pub
284 Elgin St.
Sir John A’s makes the list because their patio is fairly large, but what makes it great is the comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff. It’s also an accommodating go-to because the full kitchen menu is available until 1 a.m., and they have a great beer selection. It is the perfect place to relax outside with a cold beer and late-night dinner.
23 York St.
The Brig makes the list because of it’s service. This place has a front patio and a side patio decorated with walls of vines that’ll make you feel like you’re away from the bustling downtown core. Most pitchers of beer aren’t too pricy, about $17 each. Come for the pleasant atmosphere, the good music, and the tasty nachos.
The Fox & Feather
283 Elgin St.
Right across the street from Sir John A’s, this venue is a nice place during the winter, but like all of the bars on this list, it too comes alive in the summer. On top of its three floors, two full bars, and two patios, it’s also perfect for watching a game because of their 12 big-screen TVs. Choosing from one of the 34 beers they have on tap will be the most challenging part of your day on the patio.