With its colourful row houses and vibrant waterfront, St. John’s is a great walking city with plenty of gorgeous patios where you can sit with a drink and watch the world go by. From the bustling pubs of George Street to lounges overlooking the ocean, here are the best bars in St. John’s, Newfoundland with patios.

St. John’s Fish Exchange Kitchen & Wet Bar

Don’t let the name fool you, SJFX is one of hippest St. John’s bars with patios with a great location right along the waterfront with a modern patio overlooking the harbour. True to the Fish Exchange” moniker, SJFX features a menu of fresh, authentic Newfoundland seafood including oysters, mussels and lobster. The drink menu also has many nautically themed cocktails, including Saltwater Joys” and The Old Hag.”

YellowBelly Brewery & Public House

Located in a 300-year-old heritage building that narrowly survived the Great Fire of 1892,” YellowBelly is one of St. John’s most popular microbreweries with a collection of ales, stouts and wheat beers crafted by Scottish brew master Liam Mckenna. With a sidewalk patio at the intersection of George Street and Water Street, YellowBelly is one of the best St. John’s bars and patios to enjoy a lively Saturday night.

O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub

Enjoy a great view and stout pint of Guinness at O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub. Featuring a spacious rooftop patio overlooking Water Street, O’Reilly’s is a great spot to relax and enjoy that warm, friendly Newfoundland atmosphere. A true neighbourhood joint with devoted regulars, O’Reilly’s was named Canada’s Favourite Bar’ by enRoute Magazine in 2014. Rest assured, it’s also one of the best bars in St. John’s, Newfoundland with patios to spend St. Patrick’s Day!

Bernard Stanley Gastropub

If you’re craving great burgers and great beers, then Bernard Stanley Gastropub is one of the best bars in St. John’s, Newfoundland with patios for you. Bernard Stanley’s selection of imported and craft brew is only matched by its extensive collection of pub favourites, including four different varieties of poutine. True carnivores can attempt the BSG Burger Challenge to see if they can consume this double 1.5lb patty monstrosity with eight onion rings and eight bacon strips in 45 minutes.

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Magnum and Steins

For a quiet evening out, you can enjoy a glass of wine at Magnum and Stein’s intimate patio on Duckworth Street. A true hidden gem, this laidback wine bar features a sumptuous seasonal menu and a three-course meal with a wine pairing menu. You can also drop by for Happy Hour and bites.

Special thanks to the staff at the Comfort Hotel Airport in St. John’s, NL for their suggestions.

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