Calgarians, rejoice! Patio season is finally upon us. If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for a great new patio to plunk down and enjoy the summer sun on, but if you’re also like me, you’re a parent and that means said patio has to be kid-friendly (unless you’re lucky enough to have a babysitter for the night). Never fear! Calgary’s got some fantastic patios that welcome kids for all or part of the day, and we’ve got a list of ten of our favourites comin’ right up.
613 11 Avenue SW
Broken City is a Calgary staple if you’re looking for a spot that has live music and comedy combined with great drinks and food made from scratch. It’s never too early to get your kids hooked on Calgary’s live music scene, so why not start them out on Broken City’s rooftop patio? Minors are welcome until 9, except during all-ages shows when they can stay as late as they want (or ’til mom says it’s time to go home).
Elite Brewing & Cidery
1319 Edmonton Trail NE
Minors are welcomes at Elite Brewing & Cidery until 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday and until 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. This military and history-themed brewery has a huge assortment of board games for a variety of ages. There are also food and drink specials most days of the week, including our favourite – Taco Thursdays!
Good Earth Coffeehouse Eau Claire
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If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a coffee and a quick bite to eat, Good Earth in Eau Claire Market has a few tables outside that make the perfect spot to sit and munch before heading over to the wading pool and spray park just a few steps away! For coffee, breakfast and lunch options that are quick and tasty, Good Earth is the perfect spot!
5622 Signal Hill Centre SW
Montana’s in Westills has a patio that’s so family friendly, even your pup is allowed to get in on the fun. They have whimsical (and cheap!) milkshakes for kids and tasty cocktails for grown-ups, an awesome kid’s menu and great food for adults, all set in the perfect patio to enjoy the summer weather.
109 7 Avenue SW
The Palomino is famous for its smoked meats (cooked in western Canada’s largest smoker) and country-western vibe. The courtyard patio out back welcomes anyone under 18 until 8 from Sunday to Wednesday and until 4 from Thursday to Saturday.
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297 9737 Macleod Trail SW
Delicious pizza, pasta, appetizers and a dreamy patio are what you’ll find on the menu at PZA Parlour, located just off of McLeod Trail and Southland Drive SW. They’ve even got a Kids Menu with items like pizza pops, kids pizza, pasta and dessert. If you’re in the mood for Italian fare, this patio is one you won’t want to miss!
Toad ‘N’ Turtle
5155 130 Avenue SE
Toad ‘N Turtle’s Shepard location, located in Southeast Calgary, has two patios, and while the rooftop one is strictly for grown-ups, the main floor patio is both kid and dog-friendly. Red Seal chefs have created menus filled with tons of fantastic, unique pub fare (butter chicken yorkies, anyone?) and all of their meat is smoked in-house. Kids are welcome to get in on all the deliciousness until 8 pm.
2620 4th Street NW
Our family loves 4th Spot (and their sister restaurant near Mount Royal University – Spot On). 4th Spot is the perfect place for families, with a buzzing atmosphere (which makes it the perfect spot for families), and, best of all, incredible food that will keep you coming back time and time again. Their cozy little patio is the perfect spot to dig into a mouth-watering burger, ooey-gooey pizza, or one of the many other yummy dishes on the menu. They have daily specials every day of the week and one of the best Happy Hour menus around daily from 2-5.
Does your family have a favourite patio that didn’t make the list? Are you planning to head out to visit one of our top ten? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!