There is no shortage of patios available in Toronto, that’s for sure. As soon as the weather jumps above 10 degrees, umbrellas are up and patio furniture is out. Now that we seem to be headed into consistently hot weather, it’s time to spend those weekends exploring new beer-drinking nooks and crannies. Check out our guide to east end patios below.
Location: 1216 Queen St E
Hitch is a true gem of the east end. Its patio is tucked away out back and, like the bar’s interior, offers a cozy setting to sip some of the finest local beers available. It’s a great spot to enjoy some conversation and sample some of the neighbourhood’s takeout fare, as Hitch lets customers order from nearby restaurants.
Location: 18 Tank House Lane
This Distillery Distract Mexican spot features one of the most unique patios you’ll find in the city. Its fire pits and huge outdoor chandeliers will help keep the Margaritas flowing all night long.
The Ceili Cottage
Location: 1301 Queen St E
The yurt is no longer in operation, but Ceili Cottage still boasts one of the best spots to sit, sip, and watch people walk along Queen Street East. Great food, good times, and a real community vibe without any sense of exclusion enclosed by a white picket fence.
Location: 1702 Queen St E
It’s take your pick between a patio out front and the rooftop, where you can look out at the lake and surrounding neighbourhood. A great spot to sip and talk and it’s also a very family friendly joint.
Location: 1097 Queen Street E
A wonderfully private setting just far away enough from the hustle and bustle of Queen East, Brooklyn Tavern offers a great selection of local and craft beer as well as some of the city’s finest home-cooked style meals.
Location: 884 Queen St E
Another spot that features multiple patio settings, Barrio customers can sip a cold one while catching the sights across the street at Jimmie Simpson Park or opt for a cozier, courtyard feel in the painted brick wall-lined setting between buildings.
Location: 1156 Queen St E
A staple in the east end coffee scene, Tango Palace opens its patio for the summer and you would be hard pressed to find a better spot to enjoy a coffee or tea along with free Wi-fi.
Location: 983 Queen St E
As far as coffee shops go, Te Aro is the primo destination for people watching. Their selection of sandwiches, baked goods, and top notch coffee and tea options are among the city’s best.
Location: 143 Danforth Ave
Allen’s boasts a heavy bar menu that includes 340 whiskies, over 100 VQA wines, and 140 beers. Often referred to as Allen’s backyard, this back patio is exactly that — a backyard. Sheltered by the shade of surrounding trees during the day and lit up at night, this local spot is home away from home.
Location: 193 Danforth Ave
Named after the Rolling Stones song, this gastropub is a casual bar that loves its rock n roll. The patio is quaint and cozy, surrounded by a backyard-ish scene that lights up at night. Pop by for a beer before a show at the Danforth Music Hall and you’ve got yourself a good ol’ Toronto night.
Location: 240 King St E
Betty’s patio is one of those places that make you feel removed from city life for a few hours. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Betty’s outdoor patio is a small, intimate nook on King Street that has the same vibes as a backyard BBQ.
The Only Cafe
Location: 972 Danforth Ave
The Only Cafe sounds like a coffee shop but is actually a popular bar in the east end. Its interior is draped in postcards and posters, while its back patio opens to a whole new section that’s buzzing on summer evenings. Board games are also available, making it the kind of place that wants you to stick around and stay for a while.
House on Parliament
Location: 454 Parliament St.
House on Parliament boasts a small but sweet British-style patio with twinkling lights in the evening and lush garden decor. Umbrellas are also available to keep you in the shade during those hot summer days.
Location: 1130 Queen St E
This giant indigo-painted street corner spot is hard to miss. Its sidewalk patio is inviting to passersby, with an awning to keep you cool and plenty of seating available.
Aft Kitchen & Bar
Location: 686 Queen St. E
Concealed from street view, Aft’s patio is full of shade provided by its surrounding trees, which makes it ideal for a summer afternoon. Its patio is accented by fresh wooden beams and clever lighting. Bonus: their kitchen is open until 1 a.m.
AAA Public House
Location: 598 Gerrard St E
Don’t be fooled by AAA’s dimly lit interior — it’s compensated by a bright and welcoming patio. This is one of Triple A’s three locations, with one located on Adelaide E and another on Queen E. Stop by for some beers and a good o’ smokehouse BBQ.
Dundas & Carlaw
Location: 1173 Dundas St E
Literally located at Dundas and Carlaw, this bar sits on a particularly large street corner property. Its patio kind of just floats in the middle of the corner, visibly from both sides of the sidewalk, yet being there still feels like an escape from the city. Its decor switches it up from the typical backyard-patio vibes, feeling more like a patio that belongs in a piazza or on a sidewalk in Paris.