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 of your patio needs. Enjoy this summer in style at one of these local bars and restaurants.
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COURTYARD, BACKYARD, & SIDEWALK
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. Not only are the beers locally made, but they also use only natural ingredients and are preservative-free.
Location: 390 Danforth Ave
With a menu specializing in Greek, Mediterranean, and seafood, Astoria is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. The restaurant is located on the Danforth, just off of 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 always perfect, even during those chilly summer nights.
Done Right Inn
Location: 861 Queen St W
This dive bar is located near Trinity Bellwoods park and has an atmosphere that’s so relaxed you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a friends’ backyard. 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, so it’s the perfect spot for a pup lover.
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. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after leaving a concert at the Danforth, Allen’s is within walking distance, making it the perfect post-show spot.
Location: 18 Tank House Lane
If you have a flair for decor, 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. You’ll have to get their early if you’re headed to this spot, then 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 found 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.
The Sky Yard
Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
“The Sky Yard” is a popular place among Torontonians, no matter what the weather is like. Open all year round (yes, even in the winter), this patio is regularly frequented by young professionals and students. It’s perfect for drinks on a sunny afternoon, but if you’d rather sip on some brews at night, 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, of course.
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. Luckily, with it’s semi-secluded location in Yorkville, you won’t be fighting the sounds of traffic to hold up a conversation either.
Location: 1702 Queen St E
This restaurant features three patios: the rooftop, the courtyard, and the sidewalk. The rooftop, however, 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 it also features unique items like their elk burger.
The Oasis at Wayne Gretzky’s
Location: 99 Blue Jays Way
The Oasis features a casual afternoon menu, but changes over 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. About half of their items are vegetarian, but the meat items available are all carefully sourced. The chicken and beef are organic or raised naturally, and the seafood has been sustainably caught as well. Many gluten-free items are also available, so if you’re looking 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. This bar features 36 craft beers on tap, and has many rotating, collaboration, and seasonal drinks among them. Bar Hop has three locations, so you’ll always be able to find a spot at these awesome patios.