It has been a few days of great summer weather and I’ve already heard someone complaining about the temperature.

That is Canada for you.

I grew up in the humid heat of South Florida. Sadly, I spent too many great days like these in an air-conditioned building, instead of being outside.

I remember one of the first patio lunches after I moved to Waterloo. A new colleague said to me that this must remind me of Florida. It did not — we sat outside too infrequently. I’ve been making up for that with the awesome selection of patios here in Waterloo.

Here are a few of my favourites to check out:

The pubs and restaurants in downtown Kitchener have great patios. The patio at Bobby O’Brien’s (125 King St. W., Kitchener) is one of the largest, and one of the best for people-watching. Being in the centre of downtown makes Bobby O’Brien’s a great after-work meeting spot. It also has the only beach volleyball court on King Street.

Just a few blocks down King Street you’ll find Gilt (305 King St. W., Kitchener). Known for its pop-up nights and catering, Gilt also has the best sangria (says Tech-About-Towner Kayleigh Platz).

Venturing up King Street and past the giant sarlacc pit outside of Google’s office, the patios of Uptown Waterloo await you. The largest selection of beers can found at Beertown (75 King St. S., Waterloo) in the Shoppes at Waterloo Town Square. Beertown’s patio is open year-round — but the summer is best for watching the eclectic crowds in the square.

Fans of live music have their spot on the second floor patio at Barely Works (59 King St. N., Waterloo) in the The Huether Hotel. The Barley Works offers a great selection of beer, including its own brews.

Last, but most definitely not least, is the patio at Ethel’s Lounge (114 King St. N., Waterloo). Ethel’s is a staple on King Street for students, tech workers, and local leaders. It was the first patio I went to when I arrived in town, and remains my personal favourite. Ethel’s also serves gluten-free beer, which warms my celiac heart.

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Do not forget that if you are enjoying a patio, make a plan to get home safe. Have a designated driver, take the bus, or share a ride with local startup RideCo.

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Summer dreams, ripped at the seams, bu-ut I see and hear that . . . The Gilt Restaurant and Bar (305 King St. W., Kitchener) crew is back with their fourth pop-up event — Candy Land  — this Thursday, May 27. The chefs will be creating a tapas series incorporating candy in every dish. The Nerd Nite KW season finale happens tonight at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Board Game Cafe (258 King St. N., Waterloo). Canada’s first Virtual Reality arcade, CTRL-V (170 Columbia St., Waterloo) is opening. Don’t just play the game, be the game. You can try it for free this Saturday, May 28.

About The Author

Alex Kinsella
Digital Community Manager

Alex Kinsella is Communitech's Digital Community Manager. Part of the tech scene in Waterloo Region since 2004, Alex has worked at GBG, BlackBerry, and Thalmic Labs.