2020 has given us many things, but one of the more unexpected gifts was an unforgettable summer patio season. In St. Catharines, a fresh crop of outstanding new patios, a downtown pedestrian zone on weekends and some creative new takes on outdoor events created a hotter than ever patio scene. But why should all the fun have to end when we say so long to summer? Good news: it’s not!
Here are just four of the many reasons to get fired up for fall patio season in St. Catharines!
So Many Patios, So Few Summer Nights
With great new patio options, including The Merchant Ale House’s Beer Garden, Trust Beer Bar and many other outdoor dining choices, working all of them into the summer rotation was a big task. This fall, grab a cozy sweater and get to work checking some more of St. Catharines’ fantastic patios off your must-visit list. This St. Catharines Patio Directory makes finding your next patio pick a breeze.
Car-Free Weekends Keep on Cruising Through Fall
The response to making the St. Paul Pedestrian Zone car-free was so positive, downtown St. Catharines merchants have decided to keep the fun going well into fall. While the schedule is subject to change, generally, the Pedestrian Zone along St. Paul Street between William Street and Carlisle Street will be in effect Fridays from 3 pm – 11 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 11 pm, and Sundays from 10 am – 9 pm.
There’s A New Wine Garden In The Mix
Just in time for Grape & Wine season, a new St. Paul and James St. wine garden has joined the South St. Paul Beer Garden (St. Paul Street near William). Order some takeout from PickUp St. Catharines, grab a picnic table, choose from a great selection of VQA wines and local craft beer and enjoy music and livestreamed concerts on Fridays and Saturdays in September from 5 pm – 10 pm.
Downtown Patios Are Just The Beginning
In addition to Downtown St. Catharines’ delightful collection of patios, there are so many other patios to check out in the city and surrounding area. Sunny fall afternoons in Port Dalhousie call for patio sipping and snacking at Lock Street Brewing Co., The Kilt and Clover, Patio Andaluz, Balzac’s and The Twisted Pig. Wine lovers can extend the fall sipping season on winery patios that are just a stone’s throw from St. Catharines like 13th Street, Creekside, and Henry of Pelham.
To help protect the health of yourself and others, please remember to bring and wear your face mask, wash and sanitize your hands regularly and practice physical distancing of at least 2 m/ 6 ft. Contacting the places you wish to visit in advance is recommended to check to see if reservations are required.