Sipping on a drink while looking at an unbelievable view is always a great way to spend your day during the summer. Whether you enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails, there's no better way to enjoy the summer than by looking at a pretty view. From looking at Ottawa's Parliament Hill to taking in views of a waterfront, there's nothing that says summer more than having drinks on a patio with amazing views. 

Finding places to have a cool drink at with stunning views in Ottawa can sometimes be a challenge. There are a few staple places that always come to mind, but it's time to discover some new spots in the city that will give you great views. If you've never been to the staple spots, this summer is your chance to hit them up and if you're bored of the same places, this list should help you find some new places.

The Waterfront Gastropub

Where: 12 Bell Street

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The Waterfront Gastropub is a must visit this summer. This pub is located in Carleton Place and it is 100% worth the drive. It is located on the Mississippi River and the view is incredible. They have daily specials so be sure to check out what they are so you can choose a deal that best suits you.


Canal Ritz 

Where: 375 Queen Elizabeth Drive

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Canal Ritz has to be one of the best outdoor patios to eat and drink at this summer. The restaurant serves up delicious Italian meals along with great drinks. Canal Ritz is a fine dining restaurant, they serve up wines, beers, and cocktails. For incredible views of the Rideau Canal, make your way to Canal Ritz.


Tavern On The Hill

Where: 1223 Alexandra Bridge

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Tavern On The Hill has become a patio staple since last summer when it opened up. At Tavern On The Hill you can enjoy gourmet hot dogs while taking in the amazing views of Parliament Hill, The Chateau Laurier, The Supreme Court of Canada, the Ottawa River, the Notre-Dame Basilica, and the National Gallery of Canada.


Rockcliffe Boathouse 

Where: Sir George-Étienne Cartier Pkwy

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The Rockcliffe Boathouse is the most beautiful patio to chill at this summer. While you sit here the patio slowly moves because it is floating above the water. They serve up typical bar foods along with beers, coolers, wines, and shots.



Where: 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive

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This rooftop patio above Dow's Lake will make you feel like you're not in Ottawa for a moment. At Mexi's you can sip on an ice cold margarita while taking in the stunning views of Ottawa's Dow's Lake. Mexi's is a restaurant that serves up a variety of Mexican meals as well as an array of drinks to choose from.


Copper Spirits and Sights

Where: 325 Dalhousie Street

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Copper Spirits and Sights is another summer staple patio. The views from this fancy bar are absolutely incredible, Located in the ByWard Market, Coppers Spirits and Sights lets you see birds-eye views of downtown Ottawa like no other patio in the city. If you still haven't had a chance to head here, summer is the best time to check it out.


Le Cafe

Where: 1 Elgin Street

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This spot in Ottawa has some amazing views of the Rideau Canal as well as the Shaw Centre. Le Cafe is a fancy waterfront restaurant perfect for a special occasion. Located in the National Arts Centre, this restaurant is a prime location to enjoy Ottawa's summer weather.


Terrace On The Canal 

Where: 191 Colonel By Drive

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This pretty patio is hidden along the Rideau Canal. From Terrace On The Canal you can see Parliament Hill in the distance as you sip your day away. Plus you will also have a great view of the unique dome restaurants that have been placed there.


Kelly's Landing Restaurant

Where: 1980 River Road

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Kelly's Landing is located in Manotick and it is totally worth the drive. The outdoor patio overlooks the Rideau River making it the ultimate place for cold summer drinks. This restaurant sells beers, cocktails, coolers, and shots. Soak up the summer sun and sip on some drinks at this pretty restaurant in Manotick.


Courtyard Restaurant 

Where: 21 George Street

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A slice of Europe is tucked away in the ByWard Market. The outdoor patio will make you feel like you've teleported to Italy for the day. You can head to this stunning patio for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Sip on wine while acting like you're in Italy and take in the pretty views.


Saint-Eloi Café Bistro

Where: 100 Rue Atawe, Gatineau

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This is your pretty summer view while you sip on your wine at Saint-Eloi Café Bistro! This lakefront restaurant has a gorgeous view of Lac Leamy. The spot serves up great brunch, from crepes to eggs benedict, you're in for a brunch treat. Sip on a coffee or wine while taking in these fantastic views of nature.


Equator Coffee NAC

Where: 1 Elgin Street

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These surreal views of Ottawa's Parliament Hill are from the new coffee shop tucked in the National Arts Centre. Enjoy a drink of coffee or tea while taking in downtown Ottawa's pretty views. The coffee shop serves up a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as salads, sandwiches, and baked goods.