Whether you’re looking for a shady spot to sit with friends, or a romantic place for a drink with that special someone, Toronto has all your patio needs. Enjoy this summer in style at one of these local bars and restaurants.
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The Sky Yard
Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
“The Sky Yard” is a popular place, no matter what the weather. Open all year round (yes, even in winter), the patio is regularly frequented by young professionals and students. It’s perfect for drinks on a sunny afternoon, but if you’d rather do your drinking at night then that’s fine too – The Sky Yard even has a spot to stargaze on the upper level.
Location: 142 Cumberland St
Experience how the Kiwis do drinks in heat! Considering there are 3 bars and 4 patios at this Yorkville mainstay, there’s almost too many options. That being said we’d highly suggest their rooftop patio. Nestled comfortably above Cumberland street, it’s the place for celebrity watching and window shopping all from the comfort of your seat — with a drink in hand.
Location: 240 Adelaide St W
This 7,500sq ft, three-floor bar in the Entertainment District is regularly frequented by university students looking to take advantage of the $4 drink specials. The large rooftop patio offers a huge, panoramic view of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. Crocodile Rock offer $3.00 drinks (including tax) on Wednesdays and Fridays and $4.00 drinks on Thursdays. They also have a DJ on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, with live band karaoke on Thursdays.
The Flight Deck at The Pilot
Location: 22 Cumberland St
Called “The Flight Deck,” this rooftop patio is perfect for an afternoon with friends. With three floors, a seating capacity of nearly 200, and over 20 beers on tap, this bar is meant for a crowd. But with it’s semi-secluded location in Yorkville, you won’t be fighting the sounds of traffic to hold a conversation.
Location: 1702 Queen St E
This restaurant features three patios: rooftop, courtyard, and sidewalk. However, the rooftop is most popular due to it’s relaxed view of Beaches Park in the evening. The menu serves up classic pub favourites like hand-battered fish and chips, but also has unique items such as their elk burger.
The Oasis at Wayne Gretzky’s
Location: 99 Blue Jays Way
“The Oasis” features casual afternoon menu, but changes to a bit more fine-dining in the evening, blending the two for the perfect mix of comfort and class. It’s within walking distance of the Rogers Centre, making it the ideal spot to go after the Jays game. Much of the menu is sports-themed, but a non-hockey fan is sure to feel welcome too, with their wide selection of beers and signature cocktails.
Location: 124 Harbord St
Ever since its opening in 2014, “Harvest Kitchen” has prided itself on their menu. Around half their items are vegetarian, but the meat items available are all carefully sourced. The chicken and beef are all organic or raised naturally, and the seafood has been sustainably caught as well. Many gluten-free items are also available So if you want to impress your food-sensitive friends, take them for dinner and drinks on this rooftop patio.
Bar Hop Brew Co.
Location: 137 Peter St
If you’re looking for a shady spot during those sunny summer afternoons, look no further. The bar also features 36 craft beers on tap, and has many rotating, collaborations, and seasonal drinks among them. “Bar Hop” has three locations, so you’ll always be nearby.
COURTYARD, BACKYARD, & SIDEWALK
Location: 390 Danforth Ave
With a menu specializing in Greek, Mediterranean, and seafood, “Astoria” is the perfect spot for grab a bite to eat. The restaurant is located on Danforth, just off Pape, making it easy to get to by foot, public transit, or by car.
Location: 548 King St W
This Irish pub is massive, seating almost 400, and the outdoor patio counts for an extra hundred. The bar specializes in whiskey and fruity cocktails. And with it’s overhead heat lamps, the patio is even good during those chilly summer nights.
Done Right Inn
Location: 861 Queen St W
This dive bar is located near Trinity Bellwoods park and has a an atmosphere so relaxed you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a friends’ backyard patio. Each night, the bar is open until 2:45 a.m., so it’s perfect for night owls. People also regularly bring their dogs around.
Location: 143 Danforth Ave
This backyard restaurant has a huge bar selection, with 340 whiskeys, over 100 VQA wines and 140 beers. It’s located just steps away from the Broadview subway station, so it’s perfect for anyone taking public transit. And if you’re looking for a bite to eat after leaving a concert at the Danforth, “Allen’s” is within walking distance and is open until 1am on Saturday night.
Location: 18 Tank House Lane
If you have a flair for the dramatic, then you’ll love the fire pits, bright yellow furniture, and huge overhanging chandeliers in this courtyard patio. The restaurant serves traditional and modern Mexican food on a tapas-style menu. But you’ll have to get their early, their 200 capacity patio has been known to fill up with a line forming down the street.
Location: 1225 Queen St E
This bar is a go-to for anyone who enjoys live music. Bands can regularly be seen playing under a canopy, surrounded by plants. The patio is heated, so even on cold nights you can keep warm and enjoy a drink, all while listening to some great local talent.
Location: 245 Queens Quay W
This pub is known for it’s three large patios, seating 300 total. The open view overlooking Lake Ontario is perfect for anyone who wants to feel like they’re on a relaxing vacation, while still having the comfort of being in the city. And not only are the beers locally made, but they also use only natural ingredients and are preservative-free.
Location: 2125 Dundas St W
With bright string-lights, many green trees, and rustic picnic-style furniture, this huge sidewalk patio is very unique. The pub opens at 5 p.m., making it perfect for a casual night out with friends on the west-side of town.