Patio season! Listen to those words. Kim Mitchell’s ode to the urbanite place of summertime worship has arrived. So you’ve sipped on Toronto’s rooftops, gone for after work drinks on the lakefront, you’ve already had pitchers at the newest spots in the city, and you’ve even found some rare winterized patios. Now it’s time to discover the patio paradises that are tucked away from the hustle and bustle, into the backyards of fine Toronto establishments. Here are some secluded spots that are worth discovering.
AFT KITCHEN & BAR | 686 Queen St. E
Lip smacking BBQ is best when enjoyed outside. Bonus if there is accessible bourbon to wash it all down. Aft has built a secluded patio with a built-in bar. So bring on the brown! And the napkins.
ALLEN’S BACKYARD PATIO | 143 DANFORTH AVE.
Burgers and beers is a flawless combination that dates back to our ancestors and a speciality of this iconic Danforth location. Known for its treetops, Allen’s backyard patio is an institution.
BETTY’S | 240 KING ST. E
Betty’s brunch is more than alliteration, it’s all-you-can-eat! Widely recognized as a hipster paradise and also for some of the friendliest staff around.
CAFÉ PAMENAR | 307 Augusta Ave.
Café Pamenar is a long and narrow coffee shop at the north end of Kensington Market that opens up in the back to a sun and plant-filled patio. It is a perfect spot if you are looking for a break from the market’s hustle and bustle.
THE CLOAK AND DAGGER | 394 COLLEGE ST.
College vibes with live music and limited space. The walls are clustered with leaves and the picnic benches complement the urban summertime dreams for those that prefer a joint that feels particularly true to the the traditional pub.
THE DONE RIGHT INN | 861 QUEEN ST. W
The only place where shots can be bought with Canadian Tire money. Located in one of the west end’s most relaxed atmospheres, near Trinity Bellwoods Park, The Done Right Inn is all in the name. Space is limited. Furniture is eclectic. Beer is cheap.
FONDA LOLA | 942 Queen St. W
The cozy backyard spot in this Mexican restaurant on Queen Street West is furnished with minimalist stools and tables, but the greenery fills in the details. The walls are covered in climbing vines and there is a wide-branched Japanese maple to provide ample, shade should we ever have hot weather again.
LA LIBRE | 14 DUPONT ST.
Mexican cabanas that house bocaditos, tacos and tequila is located behind Playa Cabana Hacienda. If that isn’t enough to make you close this article and open your SMS function, translate the name of the spot, which literally means: “The Free.”
LOONS | 416 Roncesvalles Ave.
This classic Canadian English-style pub is a Roncy/High Park patio essential. The huge back porch has a rustic feel and is perfect for big groups.
THE REBEL HOUSE | 1068 Yonge St.
This tavern serves seemingly low brow food cooked with high brow standards and a wide selection of craft beers. The back patio has the best sittin’ come summer time, it is a bright and sunny spot for brunch or beers, or both!
TABULE | 686 Queen St. E
This Middle Eastern favourite’s Leslieville location has a beautiful patio in the back. The colourful pillows strewn about the built-in benches encourage guests to stay a while. The space is beautiful during the day and at night it shines – by string lights strung through the overhanging structure.
(Main photo: Loons)
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