The 6 Best Place Across Canada To Sit And Sip With A View

Civic Holiday is the best bit of summertime, amiright? You have your sticky-weather wardrobe down, so your looking is peak. And there is still a long stretch of summer like, at least 30 solid days of potential, of possibilities hookups, of time with bae, of hours with fresh Tinder bait ahead.

Long story short: It’s time to up your drinking game. Here’s how to crush it, from west to east.

1. Vancouver

Mountains, harbor, city and beach: Canada’s jewel on the Pacific offers the best nature has to offer. And day or night, there is no need to throw tint on the Van City patio scene.

You’ll want to be where the action is at in Gastown: for people-watching, for mountain vistums, for sea breeze, for the European city square. Two great wagers here are Chill Winston and The Flying Pig( there are other locations of this local fave around township ).

Gastown is hot because of its identity as a hub for new media companies, and comes complete with all the trimmings, like vintage shops, galleries, clubs, gastropubs and of course patios.

Best served with: Fish tacos with slaw and mango salsa .

2. Calgary

Young and eligible, Calgary is thirsty. Of course, the city’s many cowboy and brew bars( not to mention mechanical bronco) are world-renowned. But sometimes you really want a proper drinking, some tunes that murder and( TBH) some potential hookups to scope out. Or at the very least, hot people.

Hit Proof Cocktails and Curiosity on 1st Street for awesome drinkings, tiny plates and no reservations or lineups ever. The secret sauce here is space to relax. Allowing merely the correct ratio of buns to chairs, if things are crushed, personnel will take your number and leave you free to investigate, then summon you back when your cozy table is ready.

National is a Calgary institution that remains evergreen in its hip factor. There are four locatings around town, each with its own vibe and fun gimmicks rock’n’bowl, DIY DJ vinyl nights, best all-day happy hour but it is the patio at the 8th Street location that really has us hooked.

Best served with: a Tiki umbrella on Industry Sundays on 8th.

3. Toronto

Canada’s biggest city ensures cocktail culture tendencies come and go and then come back again. And while there are great classic terraces around township the Black Bull on Queen for bikers and sunburn; Bar Raval on College for artsy rubbernecking; the Pilot, a total classic on the rooftop at Yonge and Bloor the more exciting news is the little patios attributed to bars in more next-wave hoods like Junction, Roncy, Leslieville and Chinatown.

An exciting new destination downtown is the Nueva Vista Social Club, a Cuban-inspired lounge in the sleek and chic DEQ Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton. It’s got everything: throbbing Latin beats, feeds and classic rum cocktails, especially the mojito and Cuba Libre. Also worth a journey is the hide gem Cold Tea in Kensington Market, with its concrete bunker of an interior courtyard.

Best served with: a muddler, for grinding up organic herbs. Of all kinds .

4. Montreal

There is nowhere more full of FOMO in Canada than Montreal on a hot summertime day. The route to astound streets St. Laurent and St. Denis is well worn and timeless. But in the smother summer, you will want to be in the cool, cobbled streets of the Vieux Ville.

For four levels of fun in the sunshine, check out Terrasses Bonsecours, a Miami-style outdoor tapas restaurant that turns into a nightclub when the sunlight goes down. Sangrias and punches are the big thing this summer.

Best served with: a hotel room in the Old Town to sleep it all off .

5. Halifax

Canada’s East Coast is famous for its warm welcome and its embracing of the few months of sunshine and cheer, which peaks on the August long weekend.

The downtown bar scene is best seen from a patio somewhere like Argyle Bar& Grill, which is known for its awesome mojitos. Or if your crew is vegan or veg, you can’t beat The Foggy Goggle( also downtown on Argyle Street .) for great comfort-food options to soak up your celebration.

For an elegant situate right on the waterfront, head to The Bicycle Thief, where you’ll be treated to soul fulfillment, Italian style. There you’ll detect the finest cocktails, cheese and charcuterie or a meal by the sparkling Atlantic.

Best served with: lobster, obvs .

6. Try this at-home bro!

Because you’ve mastered red rum punch, slayed the Cuba Libre and bent your blender on pina coladas. It is time to master the muddler.

Mint is at its peak across Canada, so get snipping from your container garden and crush some ice. Pro tip: A good home mixologist knows how to grab a bar towel and crush those cubes down to sizing with a hammer no ice crusher necessary. It’ll impress your guests, and it’s mess-free.


2 components BACARD Limn

4 lime wedges

12 fresh mint leaves

4 lemon wedges

2 tbsp. simple syrup( or 4 tsp. sugar)

Club soda

Sprig of fresh mint and wedge of lime to garnish

Muddle mint foliages and lime in a tall glass. Cover with simple syrup and fill glass with ice. Add BACARD Limn and soda water; stir well. Garnish glass with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.

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