15 Best Outdoor Patios in Downtown Halifax

outdoor patios in downtown Halifax

Summer is just around the corner in Halifax, and with it comes patio season. Soon, the streets will be lined with outdoor bars, cafes, and restaurants beckoning visitors to explore the city's culinary flavours while enjoying the beautiful maritime setting.

As the weather begins to warm, here is a look at some of the best outdoor patios in downtown Halifax that will soon be opening, all of which are just a short walk from our premium rooms at Cameo Suites.

1. Pickford & Black

Address: 1572 Argyle Street

Outdoor patios don't get much better than the one at Pickford & Black. Boasting a breathtaking waterfront location near the Halifax Ferry Terminal, patrons can sit back and relax as they watch ships come and go from the harbour while enjoying a delectable craft beers and seafood menu.

Unfortunately, Pickford & Black does not take reservations for their outdoor seating. So if you want to dine at Halifax’s best outdoor patio, be sure to arrive early enough to claim your table.

2. The Bicycle Thief

Address: 1475 Lower Water Street

Located in the heart of the Halifax Harbour, The Bicycle Thief promises a beautiful setting for admiring the waterfront boardwalk. And while it is a great place to take a break to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, the restaurant is also one of the top eateries in the city, promising a delicious upscale Italian menu and wine list.

The outdoor patio at The Bicycle Thief is often very busy during the summer months. So, be sure to book a reservation or drop by in the afternoon to avoid the dinner rush.

Outdoor patios in downtown Halifax -- The Bicycle Thief

3. Stillwell Beer Garden

Address: 5688 Spring Garden Road

Nestled at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, the Stillwell Beer Garden boasts one of the best outdoor patios in Halifax, with breathtaking views of Victoria Park and the Halifax Gardens located just across the street.

During the summer, the beer garden promises a social and warm atmosphere for enjoying a great selection of craft beers and a fun menu of exciting snacks and finger foods. However, as an outdoor seating-only venue, the garden closes during poor weather conditions, at which time you can still enjoy the Stillwell menu at the nearby Stillwell Freehouse.

4. Garrison Brewing Company

Address: 1149 Marginal Road

If soaking in the sun along a spacious waterfront patio while sipping some of Nova Scotia’s best craft beers is the idea of a fun summer afternoon, then you have to check out the Garrison Brewing Company.

Located just a short walk from Pier 21 in the Halifax Seaport, the Garrison Brewing Company is one of the most established craft breweries in the city, first opening its doors in 1997. Since then, it has curated a long list of microbrews for you to enjoy, from its flagship Irish Red Ale to newly popular innovations that include the Tall Ship East Coast Ale and its Sea Port Sodas.

5. The Auction House

Address: 1726 Argyle Street

Another downtown staple, The Auction House is a popular hangout spot throughout the year, boasting weekly live music, 26 craft beers, and a delicious bar menu. The restaurant’s offerings include an extensive drink menu of beers, wines, and cocktails, along with all of your favourite bar foods with unique twists.

During the summer months, The Auction House extends its service to its beautiful outdoor patio that overlooks the historical Grand Parade and scenic St. Paul’s Anglican Church for a relaxing hangout spot right in the heart of downtown Halifax.

Best outdoor patios in downtown Halifax

6. The Old Triangle

Address: 5136 Prince Street

As the premier Celtic Irish pub in the city, The Old Triangle is an absolute must-stop when visiting downtown Halifax. Opened in 2000, the venue embodies the city’s rich Irish heritage with a delicious menu of authentic Irish foods, beers, and live music.

While a great spot to hangout throughout the year, The Old Triangle becomes an even more inviting attraction during the summer months. The Old Triangle’s outdoor patio is among the best in Halifax and is the only place in the city where you can enjoy the evening air while dancing along to an Irish Jig.

7. Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant

Address: 1572 Argyle Street

If you enjoy a good martini, you have to check out the Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant. Since it first opened in 2000, the Bitter End has turned martini-making into an art form and offers their talents within 29 different versions of the famous cocktail.

While you are welcome to visit throughout the year, Bitter End's summer patio is one of the best in the city and opens up directly along the streets of Halifax's entertainment district for a suitable historical setting to accompany its signature beverage.

8 More Great Outdoor Patios in Halifax

  1. Bar Kismet – Address: 2733 Agricola Street
  2. Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar – Address: 5218 Prince Street
  3. Pint Public House – Address: 1575 Argyle Street
  4. Sea Smoke – Address: 1477 Lower Water Street
  5. The Lion’s Head Tavern – Address: 3085 Robie Street
  6. Good Robot Brewing Co. – Address: 2736 Robie Street
  7. The Wooden Monkey – Address: 1707 Grafton Street
  8. Barrington Steakhouse – Address: 1662 Barrington Street

Take advantage of Halifax's patio weather. Book your room today and explore everything the city has to offer from Cameo Suite’s premier location in the heart of the Entertainment District.