When it comes to naming some of my favourite patios in Niagara, I’m always looking for three main things- atmosphere, a good drink and some comfy seating.
With summer in full swing, it’s nearly impossible not to hit up a patio or two during the season. After all, the region is FILLED with them. With restaurants, wineries, breweries and more opening their outdoor spaces, how are you meant to choose?
Being a wine gal myself, I lean more toward those vineyard views. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good city space every once in a while.
As challenging as it was, I narrowed it down to my top four patios in Niagara that I’ve been visiting this summer.
Silversmith Brewing Co.
If I’m looking for some good comfort food, Silversmith is always my go-to spot. Nestled into the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake, they have a stunning patio, mouth-watering food and amazing beer.
Partnered with Norcini & Co, the kitchen has some amazing bites. Usually, I either grab one of their smash burgers or seasonal flatbreads. With a rotating beer menu, I find there is always something new to try.
Located in a 117-year-old church that is covered in ivy, it’s also the perfect patio backdrop that makes you forget that you are in the town centre.
Colaneri Estate Winery
One of the main reasons I’m obsessed with this local spot is I always feel like I’m on a mini-vacation. With bright yellow umbrellas, greenery and a stunning exterior, Colaneri brings a little piece of Italy to the Niagara region.
During the summer weekends, you can grab a bottle of cold white wine and a pizza and hang out on their expansive patio. It’s my go-to when I’m looking for a relaxing Sunday.
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Greenlane Estate Winery
If you know me, you’ve probably heard the name Greenlane multiple times. Not only is it one of my favourite wineries, but I also think its one of the best patios in Niagara.
It has tons of greenery, comfy seating, lawn games and more. I also love the fact that it has a covered gazebo to sit under when I need a break from the beaming sun.
Have a tasting, wine by the glass or even try some specialty drinks (like their glittery rose mimosas- which are served on Sundays). If you’re feeling hungry, the local spot also has snacks like charcuterie boards and burrata to enjoy.
Spirit in Niagara
This garden oasis is the perfect place to stop for a great cocktail. Filled with tons of flowers and a trickling fountain, you’ll want to hang out all afternoon.
The spot serves up its own spirits, which are distilled from over-ripened and fallen fruit from their orchards. Known for its Gin, Vodka, Eau de Vie, and Whisky, they have so many concoctions that you can try.
With a stunning food menu, it’s also the perfect place to have a meal.
This article is part of a series called “Local’s Guide.” Allysha Howse has lived in Niagara for over two years and has been visiting the spot for much longer. With her new-found knowledge of the area, she’s decided to share all of her favourite places and answer some tough questions.