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Patio Season in Downtown Barrie

Friday, May 31, 2019

An afternoon beverage with an old friend. A delicious meal with family while the sun sets on a weekday evening. A morning cup of coffee with a colleague. Picture all this on an outdoor patio. There’s something magical about coming together and sharing a meal, dessert, or a beverage outside with friends and family. Being able to connect in person is somewhat lost in this fast-paced age of cell phones and social media. It’s time we slow down and reconnect with our friends and family.

Downtown Barrie has over 30 outdoor patios to choose as the perfect venue to reconnect. These patios come in all shapes and sizes and you won’t have to look far to find the perfect one.

Many of the sidewalk patios (think The Queens, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery or British Arms) are part of a program that started over five years ago meant to create activity at the street level between 5pm and 11pm. It has been such a success that businesses have increased their patio times to include lunch.

If you’re looking to enjoy views of Kempenfelt Bay, then one of the 10+ waterview patios (Il Buco, Bohemia, The Speakcheesy, for example) are for you. There are also the craftly designed and cozy back alleyway patios (like Kenzington’s and Donaleigh’s). Then there’s the rooftop patio at Hooligans overlooking Meridian Place with some of the finest views in the city. Finally, there are the patios serving coffee and healthy lunches (think Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, Lazy Tulip Cafe and Barrie Bean Counter).

With 15+ sidewalk patios, 10+ waterview patios, 4 back patios and 1 rooftop patio, it’s hard to believe this program started with only two!

The patios of Downtown Barrie have helped shape the design and feel of the Dunlop Streetscape project which starts in September. The new streetscape will be more pedestrian-friendly while allowing the number the patios to almost double!

So call a friend and let the perfect patio in downtown Barrie be your reason to reconnect.