Normally July brings a rush of fireworks, Canada Day parties and gatherings. This year is different. We strive to right the generational wrongs, the genocide of children and the absolute trauma of each newfound unmarked grave. Today, and every day, honour Indigenous lives and culture.

Summer House at Hotel X kicks off on July 2nd. The new rooftop hangout brings fun, food and fitness all to Toronto’s sleekest lakeside retreat. The Food Dudes are bringing their newest menus, including rotating features like “Afternoon Delight”, featuring sliders and margaritas or “Relax Mondays” geared towards the hospitality industry. Look for popup events from Solis Movement, SpinCo and 10XTO too.

Hotel X Toronto
Hotel X Toronto

The old saying is true, drive for show, putt for dough! The Smooth Putt presented by Grey Goose will see this mantra come to life on Queens Quay from July 9th-18th. 9 holes of mini-golf pair perfectly with carefully crafted Grey Goose tipples. Vodka enthusiasts are encouraged to book their ‘tee times’ ahead: Look for dates in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal too.

RŌDIE is the popup for pops, and it’s launching July 3 & 4th, and July 10th and 11th. Look for Marben Chef Chris Locke’s handheld food roadies, or as in, one for the road, by way of delightful drinks, including a no-alcohol option. Delivery is part of the plan, look for that option to roll out later this summer.

chotto matte patio

CHOTTO MATTE is bringing back their uber-popular Jungle Brunch. Starting July 10th guests can book in for their sensational Front Street patio views with delectable Peruvian bites and bevvies to wash them down with.

Germain Hotels have announced two exciting patio concepts. Victor Rooftop Terrace on the 11th floor of Germain Hotel Mercer brings a Veuve Clicquot collab and some French flair to the downtown core. Sister property by Maple Leaf Square, Bar Le Germain has partnered with romeo’s gin to create some iconic cocktails to welcome revelers back to the core.

Opening on July 1st, welcome Mataan Restaurant to the city! Somali food in a family-run restaurant near Jane and Lawrence, give them a follow on Instagram and show them some love.

VELA, from Amanda Bradley (alo) and Robin Goodfellow (Bar Raval) is open at King and Portland. These industry heavyweights are bringing their expertise to this stunning project, which brings a 2,000 sq ft patio and lobby bar look to this thirsty pocket. Food is described as Seasonal New American, which translates to 24-ounce Dry Aged Ribeyes and Wedge Salads. Huzzah!

VELA Photo Credit- Jonathan Friedman/ PARTISANS

We’re drooling at the prospects of sporting our best muumuus and sashaying our way through Scarborough Town Centre’s EATS NIGHT MARKET. Park your dinner plans and perch just outside under the stars with international eats from Toronto’s best and brightest. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, strict masking and distancing protocols make it fun for everyone. Daily dining options from STREET EATS are also on deck, with Scarborough Town Centre and Hillcrest already up and running. Look for Burlington and Vaughn to get in on the fun later this month.

the rabbit hole
The Rabbit Hole- Steak Tartare

Oliver and Bonacini Restaurant Group quietly bought up the old SpeakEasy 21 last year and while the dust settled the plans are here and they’re hopping. The Rabbit Hole is our new watering hole on Adelaide, with a soaring covered patio nestled right into Scotiabank Plaza. Leña‘s Sous Chef extraordinaire Laura Petracca has been promoted to Chef de Cuisine for this authentic British-inspired eatery. Read the full story here.

The Wood Owl, from The Wren is opening soon. The much celebrated pub is doubling down on what they do best, refined pub grub and killer cocktails in a relaxing living room aesthetic.

Restaurant 20 Victoria has opened. From the same team as Brothers in Yorkville, this new concept brings the dream team back together for another go, we expect this one to go the distance.

Myth Restaurant will be replacing The Citizen on King West. The sprawling space will feature Greek-influenced faux architecture including soon-to-be-sought-after seats on the outdoor terrazas. John Tsoumari, CEO of UNIQ Hospitality Group will be bringing his personal heritage to this project, Myth was originally a concept for this group on the Danforth in the 90’s.

Openings are still happening, and we’re excited to visit Emmer, a new bakery opening soon in The Annex on Harbord. Handcrafted coffees and fresh baked goods will never go out of style, we’re excited to see this new space evolve.

The much-loved patio of our dreams on Queen West has closed. After a few name changes before calling it quits, rooftop favourite The Gaarden closes just before the season started. The space is now up for rent for special occasions and surely will find a new permanent purpose, like another newly reinvented patio (we hope).

All photos by Libby Roach.