This week is the perfect time to start exploring downtown Kingston’s many bars and restaurants. But how do you know which ones to go to? Where do you even start? Here’s a shortlist of places you’ve got to try when your friends are all, “Let’s go drink outside!”

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Let’s face it, there is absolutely nothing better than relaxing on a patio at one of Kingston’s many bars and restaurants after a long day. But how do you know which ones to go to? Where do you even start? Here’s a shortlist of places you have to try when your friends are all, “Let’s go drink outside!”

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

The Mansion  

506 Princess Street  |  Weekdays 11:00 AM-2:00 AM. Weekends 10:00 AM-2:00 AM.

Featuring fresh, local ingredients, this sports pub/live music venue close to Queen’s has such friendly staff and such stellar weekend specials, like $4 Caesars & Screwdrivers and $6 breakfast every Saturday & Sunday, that you’ll quickly find yourself feeling at home here. Bet you didn’t know they have a beach volleyball court in the back! They’ve also got an HD TV on the patio, so you can watch the Jays game in the shade while enjoying one of their legendary Schooners of beer. View Website.

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Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill 

330 King St E  |  Daily 11:00 AM–12:00 AM. Weekends until 2:00 AM

Jack Astor’s large rooftop patio offers stunning views of City Hall, the water, and beyond to Wolfe Island. Friendly servers with a knack for humour make this a popular destination for young professionals. On sunny days, the patio often gets busy – something to keep in mind if you’re short on time. View Website.

Internationally Inspired

Tango Nuevo Tapas & Wine Bar  🇪🇸🇹🇷

331 King St E   |  Daily 11:30 AM–12:00 AM

Tango Nuevo’s menu is a blend of local flavours & international recipes. Embracing the Spanish tradition, Tango Nuevo serves a wide variety of cold and hot tapas great for sharing, complemented by carefully selected Canadian & local Prince Edward County wines. Perfect for those that love excellent food and exceptional wine. View Website.

Le Chien Noir 🇫🇷

69 Brock St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–9:30 PM

French bistro classics & modern “Farm to Table” food served in an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere. Their stunning courtyard terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy one of 10 beers on tap, 20 Wines by the glass, Micro-Brews or a seasonal cocktail. A great place for an afternoon meeting, since from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM drinks are $5 and appetizers are 50% off. View Website.

Amadeus Café 🇩🇪🇦🇹

170 Princess St  |  Daily 11:00 AM–9:30 PM. Weekends until 10:00 PM. Closed Sunday.

Authentic German and Austrian cuisine served in the “biergarten” patio at Amadeus will have you believing you’re at an outdoor café in Europe. Delicious schnitzel and succulent sausage prepared from age-old family recipes, are complemented by one of the best draught beer selections in the city. View Website.

Olivea Restaurant 🇮🇹

39 Brock St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–2:30 PM & 5:00 PM–10:00 PM. Weekends all day.

A little taste of Italy in historic downtown Kingston! Olivea has a funky, urban atmosphere and open concept style. Their patio looks out over Market Square — a perfect spot for eating, drinking and people-watching. View Website.

Courtyard Classics

Chez Piggy Restaurant & Bar   

68R Princess St  |   Daily from 11:30 AM. Sunday from 10:00 AM

Located just off Princess Street in a majestic courtyard, Chez Piggy offers a dining experience that blends grace and gusto, taste and imagination – a prime destination for Kingston’s food lovers. View Website.

Kingston Brewing Company   

34 Clarence St  |   Daily 11:00 AM–2:00 AM

The Kingston Brewing Company is Ontario’s oldest brew pub, and is Canada’s oldest wine-producing pub. A covered courtyard patio in the back, a street-front patio, as well as a banquet room (known as the Dragon’s Lair), make this pub a must-visit for folks that love craft beer. View Website.

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Musiikki Café and Whiskey Bar  

73 Brock St |  Daily 12:00 PM-2:00 AM

Right next to Atomica, this quaint café and whiskey bar is already one of the best-kept-secrets, just wait until you see their courtyard. Twinkly lights in the trees, beautiful limestone and brick, and a relaxed vibe combine to make Musiikki a secluded paradise and must-see venue for fans of live indie music. View Website.

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Pan Chancho Bakery & Café   

44 Princess St  |  Daily 7:00 AM–4:00 PM

Pan Chancho is known throughout the city for their fresh, artisan breads baked daily. The full service café and backyard patio serve scrumptious brunch options. Wednesday evenings in the summer, the patio is transformed into a Big Band live music venue. View Website.

Woodenheads Gourmet Pizza  

192 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30AM–12:00AM

This trendy gourmet pizza restaurant is a Kingston favourite. Delectable dishes, delicious wine pairings, and decadent desserts. Fantastic service on the street side patio, or try the hidden courtyard patio – beautiful during the day or evening. Definitely call ahead, because they’re usually full! View Website.

Lone Star Texas Grill   

251 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM. Weekends until 11:00 PM

Lone Star Texas Grill is famous for their award-winning fajitas, ribs, mesquite-grilled steaks and authentic Tex-Mex. Despite the front of the building undergoing construction, the large outdoor patio – known as “Margaritaville” – is an experience you have to try at least once. View Website.

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Sidewalk Splendour

The Grizzly Grill   

395 Princess St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–2:00 AM

True Canadian fare in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Menu features a wonderful selection of appetizers, grilled meats & seafood, complemented by an array of garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, gourmet wood-fired pizzas featuring Seed to Sausage meats, calzones, flatbreads & classic comfort food. Plus, they have pool tables upstairs! View Website.

Harper’s Burger Bar   

93 Princess St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–9:00 PM. Weekends until 10:00 PM

Kingston’s local burger joint, recently featured on an episode of Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” Menu features handcrafted chicken, turkey, veggie and wild salmon burgers, hot & crispy hand cut fries and cool & crunchy salads. Try one of their premium shakes and watch the world go by from their sunny sidewalk patio. View Website.

Red House   

369 King St E  |  Daily 11:30 AM–2:00 AM.

Reclaimed wood, limestone walls, and a cozy atmosphere are what you’ll find behind the signature red door at Red House. The bar inside picks up as the sun goes down, and their street side patio offers blankets to patrons on cooler summer evenings. They also have a location in Kingston’s West End. View Website.

Contemporary Elegance

Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse   

195 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM

Dianne’s combines a classic East Coast kitchen with the flavours of Mexico. Think fish n’ chips, lobster rolls and chowder along with guacamole, tacos & ceviche. From the bar there are craft beers and local wines along with the city’s largest tequila & bourbon collection. Enjoy a street side patio overlooking the harbour. View Website.

Atomica Gourmet Pizza & Wine Bar   

71 Brock St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM

Fresh Italian food & contemporary cocktails. Relax on the sunny sidewalk patio with a glass of wine or a cocktail from the city’s most creative drink list. Specialties include: a “build your own” antipasto board, pizza, salads, pasta, panini, entrées and delectable desserts. View Website.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar   

300 King St E  |  Daily 4:00 PM–11:00 PM

Quality, comfort and value. The Keg’s menu features tender, juicy steaks, slow roasted prime rib, succulent shellfish, the freshest of salads, irresistible desserts and an outstanding wine list. The covered patio and knowledgeable servers make this restaurant a great go-to meeting destination. View Website.

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Milestone’s Grill + Bar  

27 Princess St  |  Daily 11:00 AM–11:00 PM. Weekends until 1:00 AM

Stylish, inviting and welcoming for all occasions. Milestone’s is a popular restaurant for socials among colleagues and clients alike. Ask to be seated on the spacious patio or in the dining room. View Website.

What’s your favourite patio in Kingston, and why? Leave a comment below

This post was originally written by Sarah Witiuk for RedTrain.

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