Winnipeg is becoming such a bustling and cool place to live and I love taking any opportunity I can to get out and explore, especially if the exploring has to do with food. That’s why when I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a Downtown Winnipeg Tour put on by Downtown Winnipeg Biz this past weekend I couldn’t refuse!
The cost of this particular Patio Crawl Tour was $30 and featured a selection of four different downtown Winnipeg patios. The patios that are included in the tour are different depending on which tour date you select but ours included walking between The Keg on Garry Street, The Old Spaghetti Factory, The MET, and Rudy’s Eat and Drink with delicious food and even more delicious drinks provided at each patio stop. We had about an hour at each location to eat and drink, and it was also enough time to order additional food and beverages if we wanted. The whole tour lasted from about 5:30-10:00pm.
The atmosphere of the patio crawl was awesome! Mr A joined me for the tour and we ended up connecting with a group of friends who were taking the tour together. We joked that we crashed their party but in reality everyone on the tour was so friendly and fun and several people were even repeat tour-takers.
We had some really great food and drinks on the tour: calamari, nachos, and sangria at The Keg, bread, minestrone soup (my favourite!), penne pasta, and sangria at the Old Spaghetti Factory, open faced sandwiches, soup, and specialty craft cocktails at The MET, and a whole assortment of appetizers, beer and cocktails at Rudy’s Eat and Drink. We seriously got our $30 worth and went home stuffed.
The walks between locations were not too long but long enough to work up a bit of an appetite between stops and also take in some of downtown Winnipeg’s awesome architecture. In fact I really enjoyed walking from patio to patio despite getting caught in a little bit of rain. Our tour guide, Susan, took us through Union Station on our way from Downtown to The Forks. I had never been inside before and it was such an amazing experience. Did you know it was designed by the same person who designed Grand Central Station in NYC? Catching a double rainbow was another awesome and unexpected moment.
I was happy this tour happened to be on a Friday because it did go a little later than I would have liked had it been on a weekday. I believe the other tour dates fall on all days of the week. Also, the tour did end up selling out so if you’re interested in attending one make sure you act fast!
Overall I had such a great experience with the Downtown Winnipeg Patio Crawl Tour. Not only did I eat some delicious food, drink some delicious drinks, and make some new friends but I learned something new about the wonderful city I call home.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary ticket to attend the Downtown Winnipeg Patio Crawl Tour but as always all thoughts, opinions, and comments are my own.