Summer is a time for getting together and what better way to whisk away those long afternoon hours than rubbing shoulders and sipping suds with fellow sun worshippers on a table built for four (or six, or eight). Get together with friends (or make some new ones), on these awesome patios that offer cozy, communal seating.
72 Ossington Avenue
This fancy Ossington bistro prides itself on good food and beautiful people. Those interested in either are encouraged to deck themselves out and pitch a spot on the very pretty back patio.
5 Brock Avenue
One of the city’s best year-round patios, Electric Mud offers Southern-fried cooking (and beer-garitas!) on their expansive deck with picnic-style seating; a sincere and quirky nod to southern hospitality.
69 Nassau Street
This Kensington mainstay is always jam-packed with bodies. A veritable hotbed of creative types, Ronnie’s is the quiet, curbside oasis of this otherwise noisy neighbourhood.
(Photo by Edwin A via Yelp)
74 Lippincott Street
Al fresco brunching is nothing new, however, this intimate cash-only diner, with its snug interior and equally homey patio, is an ideal spot for swapping stories over mid-morning bacon and eggs.
(Photo by Alexander Synaptic via Flickr)
176 Dupont Street
Nestled behind Rose & Sons, this not-so-secret BBQ joint offers smoky, meaty goodness, and a slew of expertly crafted liquid concoctions, while the self-contained patio serves as a rustic retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.
(Photo by Big Crow via Facebook)
1430 Dundas Street West
There is nothing to hate about Loveless. The crew behind Unlovable put together this low-key Dundas West hangout, attaching a charming patio on which to indulge in your favourite cocktail or craft beer.
303 Augusta Avenue
The newly minted Trinity Common offers an expansive patio at sidewalk level, perfect for those who crave open skies and the eclectic vibes of Kensington Market (in the daytime).
124 Ossington Avenue
A truly massive patio (for Ossington) bordered by a quaint white picket fence, this ultra-hip hangout has just the right amount of nostalgic and eclectic flare to cement its reputation as one of the city’s must-see spaces.
(Photo by Stephen Chanasyk via Flickr)
221 Carlton Street East
A good ole’ fashioned Cabbagetown drinkin’ hole, Stout’s unfussy patio is nestled between two brick walls with picnic benches stacked upon a bed of Astro Turf. Not your typical pub setting, but the fish n’ chips and tap selection will have you sold.
(Photo by Stout Irish Pub via Facebook)
2827 Dundas Street West
This well-known Junction hangout is a no-nonsense destination for those who can live without the frills and frippery. Giant TVs, a street-side patio, and a rowdy roster of sports fans dot the landscape of this perfectly unflashy bar.
(Photo courtesy of Zomato)