There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold beverage alongside delicious appetizers and good company on a patio or rooftop during a warm summer day. Good thing patio season is still upon us in Fredericton, NB. The New Brunswick capital is dotted with sidewalk patios, rooftop bars and beer gardens, so you can spend your sunny days on picturesque terraces.

From cozy tavern atmospheres to tucked-away rooftops, the options in Fredericton are here. Whether you’re craving a flight of local beer or an array of delicious comfort food, all you need to do is pick one.

Graystone Brewing

Believe it or not, Fredericton boasts one of the highest numbers of craft breweries per capita in Canada. So, it’s no surprise to see one of their local breweries on this list. With a laid-back vibe that’s both family and dog-friendly, Graystone Brewing has the perfect sun-soaked patio in Fredericton. The outdoor space features a bar built into a shipping container, individual pods for parties of up to six, outdoor umbrellas and fireplaces alongside mid-century stools and classic Adirondack lounge chairs.

The Graystone Brewing taphouse offers a rotating menu of 23 local craft beers and ciders, 10 – 12 of which are their own at any given time. Opt for one in the beloved Patagonia trio — the Patagonia Pale Ale, the Patagonia IPA and the Patagonia ISA — and you’ll easily be tempted to bring a case home. For those looking to fill their stomachs, you’ll often find a local food truck parked just outside.

Snooty Fox

The outdoor dining situation at the Snooty Fox may be a hidden local gem, but it’s exactly what you’re looking for in a downtown Fredericton rooftop patio: a wide selection of beer and handcrafted cocktails, delicious pub fare, and a chill tavern atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to catch up with your bubble over a pint and stellar appetizers as the sun goes down.

As far as the food goes, the Snooty Fox is known for their mouthwatering nachos, but also has a great selection of sandwiches and salads. The pub offers daily specials, including Tuesday wing nights, Wednesday half-priced appetizers, and Thursday wine nights. Burger enthusiasts: stop by the Snooty Fox for burger night and taste one (or all three if you’re really hungry) of their delicious specialty burgers that evening.

540 Kitchen and Bar

A pitcher of local beer, various generously portioned appetizers and a casual atmosphere — this is the recipe for a perfect afternoon on a patio. Situated on Queen Street, overlooking Officers’ Square, 540 Kitchen and Bar is a downtown Fredericton favourite thanks to its comfortable sidewalk patio with heaters, 8 – 10 rotating taps of craft beer from across Atlantic Canada, and top quality food made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Whether you opt for the cauliflower tacos as a snack or the scallop and shrimp fettuccine as a full meal, the food at 540 Kitchen and Bar is both comforting and delicious. Or, you can’t go wrong with one of their classic burgers and a side of triple-cooked frites with truffle pommery aioli.

King West Brewing and RustiCo.

A combination of a restaurant and a micro-brewery, Fredericton residents regularly descend to King West Brewing and RustiCo. for some flavourful appetizers, wood-fired pizza and a pint (or two). With a large beautiful and sunny patio on the corner of King and Westmorland, you could easily sit around the square table for hours and watch the world go by.

One can’t leave King West Brewing and RustiCo. without trying its famous wood-fired pizza. Each individual pizza comes out of the wood oven with a perfectly charred and bubbly crust, and fresh, well-balanced, high-quality toppings. Or opt for one of their uniquely-named burgers, such as the OK Boomer and the Sweet Lord Cheesus. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

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