Patio season is finally here. With the stunted season shaving a full month off our gallivanting plans, that just means we’re going to have to dig deep to make sure we make the most out of this summer. We scoured the city to get the very best bets, the finest patios Toronto has to offer. Broken down into neighbourhood fun, scope our selections for prime-time patio-ing this season.
Belfast Love is a solid Irish pub import from BC’s Donnelly Group. Expect perfect pints and above average pub food to pair with it. Boozy brunches are a core feature of this King West pub, and bonus, they take reservations, so no standing around waiting for a table!
If you’re leaving the Jays game but are hankering for some more action then look no further than The Rec Room for some nostalgic fun. The breezy lakeside patio is a great spot to toast with friends, and if the weather is looking iffy, there’s loads to explore inside, with Shuffle Board, Video Games and Ping Pong acting as pretty good stand-ins for sunshine. Loads of beer, custom cocktails and a full food menu means you can set this as your all-in-one destination for food, fun and frolicking.
Yorkville’s sexiest patio is this pocket’s best kept secret. Sofia has two beautiful patios, boasting gorgeous greenery and sophisticated ambiance befitting of Yorkville’s proclivity for poshness. Lunch, dinner and cocktails come with a side of art, the restaurant is completely draped in works from the modern masters, courtesy Taglialatella Galleries.
The Soaring Skies
Broadview Hotel is the city’s jewel in the east end, with captivating views of the city, and a lovely look down on a bustling pocket of Queen East. The drinks program is arguably one of the best in the city, with many hard to find wines and bubbles by the glass, or bottle.
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Mark McEwan has left his mark on the financial district with this distinct downtown property. Bay Street bank accounts lineup for his famous $36 burger, replete with caramelized onion and gooey raclette cheese. Drinks are smart and service is swift. We love Bymark‘s wrap around patio, you feel swaddled by Mark, housed safely off the busy and bustling Wellington strip, with soaring towers and gold glistening buildings acting as a perfect backdrop to that third Moscow Mule.
Queen Street Mirage
The Gaarden is smack dab in the middle of Queen West, just before Spadina in the old Cube Nightclub spot. The space has been completely reinvented as a gorgeous green space, decked out with sunny umbrellas this patio checks a lot of boxes, boozy cocktails, yes! BBQ bites and shareable plates, yup! DJ and daydrinking, definitely. The only thing missing is a pool!
The Garden Oasis
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Auberge du Pommier exudes a quiet sophistication, housed in a heritage cottage just north of York Mills right on Yonge Street. While ADP is a destination for many celebrations, it’s patio is a perfect spot for nibble and a drink, the sprawling wrap around space boasts more greenery than the local garden store, and the outdoor fountains make it feel like you’re anywhere but the bustle of nearby Yonge Street. Summerlicious will see the reservations flying out the door, so make this your first call for booking.
The pop-up patio at Union Station dubbed Union Summer is our fave drop in or meeting point right downtown. The format is perfect for meeting friends after work or pre-game, with a slew of eateries participating, and a busy bar providing cold beers and beverages should the desire to linger last. Look for music, movies and more this summer.
Ave and Dav
If you are looking for a lovely oasis to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Yorkville, hit up Estia, which sits on Avenue Road, just south of Davenport. A great menu of Ottoman inspired food, craft cocktails and an overload of flowers and plants, you will want to park yourself on this patio all summer long.