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Must-Try Outdoor Patios in Kelowna

Posted on April 7th, 2022 in Food & Beverage, The Shore Recommends

Patio days are precious in Kelowna. Many residents and tourists plan their days around the sun’s peak hours. And who can blame them? Kelowna boasts a renowned hospitality scene, stunning views, and scenic drives to and from restaurants. So when the sun starts to shine, you’ll want to have a prime spot picked out.

To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of incredible patios that you absolutely should visit this summer. All are located within minutes of The Shore Kelowna, so you can start your day enjoying Gyro Beach and spend the afternoon sipping cocktails at one of our local favourites. 

Cactus Club Cafe

The Cactus Club is loved by many for its recognizable name, fabulous cocktails, and globally-inspired menu items. The Yacht Club location is known in Kelowna for its enviable waterfront real estate. Its patio offers patrons a modern, contemporary space to enjoy this view of the harbour. Plus, being in the heart of the city’s Cultural District means you can enjoy a stroll to some great downtown attractions once you’re done with lunch. 

Kelowna's Yacht Club Cactus Club location, looking out over the marina with boats and the lake.
The Cactus Club Kelowna Yacht Club location in Downtown Kelowna.

King Taps

King Taps Kelowna is a bustling waterfront gem located right downtown, offering two levels of unparalleled indoor and outdoor views of Lake Okanagan, including their very expansive patio. Well-known for its lively atmosphere, this space offers a wide range of locally produced and delicious food choices (including award-winning pizzas) as well as local wine choices and more than fifty beer taps. Open for brunch, lunch, or happy hour, this is a great spot to be summer or winter.

Stop by during their daily happy hour (2-5pm and 9pm-close) when all rotating taps are $1 off, and 2 for $30 pizzas after 9.

Location: 1-1370 Water Street
11 min (5.3 km) drive from The Shore

Craft Beer Market

The Kelowna Craft Beer Market offers more than an impressive selection of craft beers—there are over 50 beers on tap! Customers also rave about the laid back atmosphere and superb customer service. Happy hour goes from 2pm—5pm and all day on Sundays. The interior is reminiscent of an old saloon, with exposed ceiling pipes, big low-hanging lights, and endless bar stools. The large waterfront terrace has a similar aesthetic. Large tables are accompanied by nostalgic metal dining chairs. More importantly, every table has a view of Okanagan Lake and the mountains that surround it. 

Craft Central Beer Market in downtown Kelowna with a rooftop outdoor patio that's partially covered
Kelowna’s Craft Beer Market in Downtown Kelowna.

Location: 258 Bernard Avenue
9 min (4.3 km) drive from The Shore

Kelly O’Bryan’s

Another outdoor patio that’s not to be missed is at Kelly O’Bryan’s in Kelowna’s downtown core. This spot is fun and friendly with fast service. It’s known for both its rooftop patio with great views and its most popular menu item: pachos. If you haven’t had them yet, pachos, or potato nachos, are lattice-style fries seasoned with their signature spice and topped with cheddar cheese and green onions. They also offer a pretty great happy hour from 2-5 and 9-close with deals on food, pints, and other drinks. Plus, you get a free meal on your birthday!

Location: 262 Bernard Ave
10 min (3.9 km) drive from The Shore

Earls On Top

Earls On Top, as it’s known to locals, is one of the city’s original rooftop patios. This Kelowna bucket-list patio sits atop the Earls Kelowna rooftop. The restaurant itself lies above various Bernard Ave businesses, giving it a true city feel. It offers great food, cocktails and wines while overlooking Okanagan Lake, the Sails (a landmark fountain) and much of the downtown core. Book ahead because this popular dinner spot is in high demand.

Downtown view of the Sails and Earls Kitchen + Bar, and Earls on Top outdoor patio

Location: 211 Bernard Avenue
9 min (3.9 km) drive from The Shore

Old Vines Restaurant

Old Vines Restaurant is located on the serene and inviting property of Quails’ Gate Winery. From the restaurant’s elegant patio, customers can marvel at the incredible views of Okanagan Lake and Quails’ Gate’s iconic vineyards. The staff are always personable and have expert knowledge of the wines they’re serving. The menu at Old Vines is passionately crafted by an award-winning culinary team. Quails’ Gate celebrates all-things local. This is evidenced by the various local and sustainably sourced ingredients on the menu.

two wine glasses with white wine clinking together
Enjoying wine on the patio overlooking the vineyard.

Location: 3303 Boucherie Road
17 min (12.4 km) drive from The Shore

Upside Cider

If you’re a dog owner, you may have encountered pushback when it comes to bringing along your furry friend. Upside Cider is dog-friendly, with their very own shop dog wandering the premises. You’ll find a couple of happy pups on the cidery’s sunny terrace on any given weekend afternoon. The bright, open outdoor space looks out onto the establishment’s very own organic apple orchard, and the servers are well known for being welcoming and down to earth. Don’t leave without trying a wood fired pizza. The apple and prosciutto is one of our all-time favourites.

upside cider outdoor patio with red and orange tables and an upside down tractor as decor.
The dog-friendly patio at Upside Cider, overlooking their organic apple orchard. Photo by Upside Cider.

Location: 2555 Gale Road
26 min (17.8 km) drive from The Shore

Shoreline Brewing

Located steps to your suite at The Shore, Shoreline Brewing has a large patio, house craft beers and delicious comfort food. Across the road from Gyro Beach, you can enjoy beach views while escaping the heat under their patio umbrellas. With beer-to-go options, you can even find your favourites and take them back to your suite to enjoy later! If you’re a lover of craft beer, you won’t be disappointed. We recommend ordering a few flights and working your way through their beer menu. The best part? No one has to drive.

Shoreline brewing front exterior with sign and people sitting under umbrellas on their outdoor patio
Summer drinks under umbrellas at Shoreline Brewing Co., on site at The Shore Kelowna. Photo by Shoreline Brewing.

Location: 3477 Lakeshore Rd #116
On-site at The Shore

Railside Brewing

Situated right along the Okanagan Rail Trail is one of the best patios for outdoor enthusiasts and beer aficionados alike: Railside Brewing in Kelowna. This pet-friendly patio is big with plenty of outdoor seating and lots of beer, wine, and cider to choose from. In the summer, they also open up the big garage door on their building so even if you don’t manage to grab a seat outside, it’ll feel just as open and airy inside.

Location: 1186 High Rd
10 min (5.5 km) drive from The Shore

Kelowna Beer Institute

The Kelowna Beer Institute, situated in the centre of Kelowna’s Cultural District, specializes in small-batch brewing and serves beer unfiltered from tank to tap, preserving its freshness. Try one of their seasonal favourites or classic brews on their big outdoor patio that’s practically right on the shore of Okanagan Lake. It the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful summer sunset, or, if you can’t wait that long, some people watching as they head towards the lake from downtown.

Location: 1346 Water St
10 min (4.5 km) drive from The Shore

End the day on your private patio at The Shore Kelowna

Kelowna’s spring and summer days are too wonderful to let pass by without being fully appreciated. The Shore Kelowna offers short-term and long-term rentals to locals and tourists alike. Every suite is fully equipped with modern amenities, complete kitchens, and high-speed internet for those combining work with their time away. Plus, a private patio on every suite. If you picked yourself up a bottle of wine from Quails’ Gate or cider from Upside Cider, enjoy it here with the day’s last rays of sunshine.

Start planning your stay today.

The Shore Kelowna hotel accommodations with Shoreline Brewing on the ground floor

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