Today’s blog post brought to you by Dr. and Mrs. Barlett, who did a lot of hard research in order to make sure this blog post is 100% accurate 😉
Big thanks to Chris and Natalie for taking a couples only trip to Nova Scotia this summer and sharing their favorite patios of Halifax, N.S.!
5 Best Halifax/Dartmouth Patios
(all walkable from hotels downtown with a ferry ride for those in Dartmouth)
1 – Wooden Monkey Dartmouth (305 Alderney Dr. – Dartmouth)
The best view of Halifax that we found was right here. The entrance to the restaurant is a bit odd to find. You have to locate the elevator in the ferry terminal and take it upstairs. Once you are there, the staff was super friendly. We grabbed a seat at the bar and chatted with the bartender while waiting for a seat on the patio. Their sangria was highly recommended, and quite delicious but they also have a whole bar menu available (and they make most of their drinks without mix – except Long Islands). We timed our visit just right and were able to watch the sunset behind the bridge connecting Halifax to Dartmouth while enjoying dessert and coffee! Great service and view!
2 – Bicycle Thief (1475 Lower Water Street – on the pier)
The food and drinks at the Bicycle Thief were delicious. A bit more upscale than the other patios, but we felt fine enjoying the patio for lunch in our casual pier exploring clothes. Their Eastern Standard and Froze Rose were delicious, and the waiter talked us into trying their Butterscotch Caramel Cake (even though I dislike Butterscotch). He was absolutely correct, and we loved it. They also offer a champagne bar that we did not try out!
3 – The Stubborn Goat (1599 Lower Water Street – on the pier)
The Stubborn Goat is a great beer garden. It was relaxed quaint. You can either sit in an area for full-service or lounge around on Adirondack chairs or at tables and order from the counter. We tried local beers and sat facing the water. Even when it rained for a few minutes, we just moved under some tree cover. At night, the lights strung around the trees give it a bit more charm.
4 – The Gahan House Harbourfront (1869 Upper Water Street – on the pier)
The Gahan House seems to be one of those “most-stop places” everyone has heard of. We only had oysters and beer here, but both were local and delicious. We enjoyed the bar section of the patio, but could still enjoy the waterfront and sit in hanging chairs!
5 – Celtic Corner Public House (69 Alderney Drive – Dartmouth)
The Celtic Corner Public House is located across the street from the Dartmouth Public Library and near the Wooden Monkey. You can easily hit both patios if desired! We had dinner at the Celtic Corner, took a nice walk around downtown Dartmouth, and then ended with drinks and dessert at the Wooden Monkey. The Celtic Corner has the most unique location for a patio up on the third floor above the main restaurant. It is not accessible by the elevator so be prepared to follow the signs to find it. At one point you walk through a carport! However, the patio had a view of the water (even around the library) and had delicious food. We were impressed with the quality of food for the atmosphere (think beer garden adorned with Corona advertising).