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Five Patios to Waste a Sunny Afternoon On

Frederictonians wait with eager anticipation every Spring for the first sign of the long awaited opening of patio season.  We tumble out of our offices and classes as early as we can the first sunny day, packing our favorite patios to the point of standing room only. 

I write this post knowing some of these choices will be controversial.  There are still many Frederictonians that remain loyal to their favorite patios that invoke a certain nostalgia for those that you crowded onto for the last class bashes of the 90s.  My patio priorities have changed.  I need a seat.  I want good food to go with that classic summer drink.  I’d love a view or at least great people watching. A good soundtrack is important. 

There is no bad patio during the summer months in Fredericton, but I was tasked with picking the top five.  I take that responsibility seriously and not without extensive research.  Here goes…

1. Graystone Brewing

No one will argue with me on this number one pick.  There’s a certain Austin Texas cool vibe to this newly expanded patio.  Not only did the expanded patio add a second outdoor bar built into a shipping container, a permanent Monks and Jonesie food truck, outdoor fire places and expanded seating, that seating now includes hammocks and mid-century lounge chairs.   The atmosphere is consistently fun, chill and busy…which leads us to the only (small) con – this place gets packed.  Early. 

If that’s not your vibe, on to number two...

2. Trailway Brewing

You’re going to need to get yourself across the river for this one, but that’s easy by bike.  Trailway upgraded their patio in a big way last year and while admittedly, there’s not much of a view, it’s sunny pretty much all day and Trailway makes the best patio beers in this province.  They do.  Don’t argue. 

On weekends you’ll find rotating food trucks, and a combination of shady and super sunny spots.  Again, you get what you expect with a brewery tap room – a laid back atmosphere, friendly owners so ready to help you find your favorite beer and a bunch of locals keen to share their recommendations on where you should head next.  Expect the bike racks to be full – that’s the best way to reach this favorite North side spot!

 

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3. The Dip

Here’s what we can all agree on – it’s got the best view in town.  Tucked behind the Delta Hotel just outside the downtown core, The Dip Pool Bar backs right onto the Saint John River.  It’s got a massive patio, outdoor pool, unencumbered views of the beautiful Saint John River, and you’re surrounded by gardens used by the chefs of the Delta.  During the week and late morning brunch, its’ quiet enough to take your folks or out of town business associates but come Saturday and Sunday afternoons, you may just walk into a scene a little reminiscent to a Miami pool bar with DJ, dancing and sunbathers around the pool.  The food gets better and better every year (vegans – ask for the vegan menu!) and fingers crossed they’ll have even more local beers and craft cocktails this year.  Best sunset location in town.  By far.

4.The Capital Complex

If you can’t find a seat at Graystone and want to stay downtown, the best spot for a sunny happy hour is The Capital Complex. It’s also the best nighttime patio in town.  Overlooking the entire Tannery (Fredericton’s downtown cluster of bars and nightclubs off King Street) The Capital Complex, and specifically the Wilsers Room patio offers local beers, cocktails happy hour prices, overhead strung lights, swing seats and great beats.   The best part –the people watching.  You’re literally overlooking as many as three other patios.  The only con is there’s no food and it doesn’t open until late afternoon but its open late – really late.

5. 540 Kitchen and Bar

If you’re more food focused and less drink focused on your patio hunt – you’re very responsible.  You’re also in luck.  Many of the Queen Street restaurants add a patio to their summer seating capacity.  Our favorite -540 Kitchen and Bar

It’s situated in the heart of the restaurants on Queen Street which means plenty of foot traffic to watch as you eat and the patio overlooks Officers’ Square – which is going to be a lot more exciting in coming years. The food is great and not your traditional pub fare, and with 8-10 rotating taps of local beer you’ll be able to sample some of Fredericton’s best breweries from the comfort of your dining seat. 

Don’t ignore the craft cocktails and the superb staff will be happy to make a recommendation.  The patio heaters throw off enough heat to keep al fresco dining comfortable into the 9s. Expect lots of conversation between pedestrians and diners – it’s Fredericton, everyone knows everyone.

Honorable Mentions

There are three patios that, while untested to date (it’s a late Spring here), Fredericton is all a buzz about.  Expect this blogger to be front of line when these patios open!

Gahan House

 

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Fredericton is now home to newest Charlottetown’s Gahan House.  They’ve taken over the old Garrison/Vault Location on Queen street and both of those restaurants used to have cozy, sunny and private patios.  We’re all anxious to see how Gahan has added their own style to this patio – great if you want away from foot traffic and the loud scene of the Tannery.

RustiCo

Word just broke recently that Fredericton is finally getting a wood fire oven again and folks are pretty darn excited.  Combine that with a renovation done by the master craftsman behind the Graystone patio, and a location that many argue is the sunniest corner in downtown Fredericton and you get why there is ridiculous anticipation for this new restaurant.  Opening late June and this girl can’t wait.

Café Beavebrook By Chess Piece Patisserie

Many of us waited and hoped that we’d see this patio be ready in time to enjoy last summer, but construction being what it is, we’ve been forced to wait.  Fredericton’s favourite Pâtisserie has opened their second location, this time with a gorgeous patio in the bottom of the new addition to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Located right off the beautiful Fredericton trail system along the Saint John River, this will be an ideal (and lovely) stop for coffee, lunch or an afternoon glass of wine and a fabulous spot to take a meeting or catch up with friends.

So tell us, what’s your favourite Fredericton patio?