The A To Z Guide To Patios

Patios have popped up all over downtown and sizzled with the help of the Downtown BIZ’s patio program. There’s nothing better than sitting on a patio, sipping your favourite beverage, surrounded by your friends. You share old memories and have a few laughs. You bask in the sunshine. You linger into the wee hours. Since 2012, the BIZ has supported many downtown businesses in their efforts to liven up the urban landscape with patios, assisting them with design and permit applications. The BIZ has worked with Rudy’s Eat and Drink, Fame Nightclub, High and Lonesome Club, La Bamba, Booster Juice and Green Leaf.

Clay Oven

Forget hot dogs at the ballpark – reserve a seat on the new Clay Oven patio and you can indulge in Hakka cuisine, a fusion of Chinese and Indian cooking while watching the Goldeyes play. 3rd Floor Shaw Park, 204-982-7426.

The Current

Want a shady and secluded patio? The Current at the Inn at the Forks has you covered – their cushy sofas practically demand that you lean back and lounge with a glass of Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc. 75 Forks Market Road, 204-942-6555. Seats 50.

Earl’s on Main

This perennial favourite is prime people- watching territory. Be one of the first to break in their brand new patio furniture as you get comfy near their gas fireplace or share some laughs at their street side lounge. 191 Main Street, 204-989-0103. Capacity: Dining room patio – Seats 88; Lounge side patio – Seats 88.

La Bamba

Soak up the sun at downtown Winnipeg’s newest patio. A stone’s throw from Portage and Main, appreciate real, authentic Mexican food paired with a selection of Mexican sodas like tamarind, lime and pineapple. 285 Portage Avenue, 204-415-6344. Seats 20.

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

The historic Met has a brand-new rooftop patio, complete with bar and a ktichen serving up summer-friendly food. 281 Donald St, 204-594-9494 Seats 160.

Pony Corral

The perfect spot for a break from the office or a post-work drink, with crave- worthy classics like Reubens, wings, and ribs. Live music on Blue Martini Thursdays. 444 St. Mary Avenue, 204- 942-4414. Seats 65.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink

Grab your 100 closest friends and party like a rock star as Wednesday and Friday nights Rudy’s hosts some of the city’s most popular DJs playing on the largest street side patio in Western Canada. For a cozier atmosphere, Saturday hosts live adult contemporary music all night long. 375 Graham Avenue, 204-421-9094. Seats 100.

The Terrace at cityplace

Take in the views of the future site of So/Po Square on cityplace’s newly opened patio – the Terrace. Grab a bite to eat at the neighbouring food court or bring your meal while you enjoy live entertainment and music under the summer sun. 2nd Floor cityplace.

For a full list of downtown patios, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com.