“Yup, it’s patio season.”
This is something that bros across the city say amongst themselves as soon as the mercury hits 5 above zero on a day with low winds. But it’s not just anonymous bros. It’s you, too. Here are some of the places that you can FINALLY appreciate because it has STOPPED SNOWING!
The Black Bull Tavern | 298 Queen St. W
The Black Bull is a Queen West summer staple. Located at the corner of Queen and Soho, this patio gets rammed from day to night.
Bairrada Churrasqueira | 1000 College St.
An army of picnic tables, plates of Portuguese barbecued meat, a pig roast on Wednesdays, it looks like the perfect backyard.
Café Stella | 1261 Bloor St. W
You’ll find a lot of hip and trendy patios in the Brockton/Blansdowne area, but Stella’s has a perfect, relaxed vibe, with the patio facing onto a residential street off of Bloor. Good beer list, curries only $10, great music, delicious dark and stormy.
Paupers Pub | 539 Bloor St. W
Paupers has two patios to choose from, but the rooftop has got to be one of the best patio views in the city.
Rooftop patio paradise. Love this day! pic.twitter.com/HEfW2RLt0H
— Paupers Pub (@PaupersPub) August 9, 2013
Loons | 416 Roncesvalles Ave.
The food isn’t the best but the patio is great, and it’s a decent size. Bonus? They’re bike friendly.
Cadillac Lounge | 1296 Queen St. W
The Cadillac lounge has a retro vibe with a huge back patio and pool table.
Java House | 537 Queen St. W
It’ll never be fancy, but dammit if they don’t have cheap drinks and a large outdoor patio, which is all you need most summer days. Saturdays, you can score a pitcher of sangria or imported beer + 2 entrees for $21.
Only Café | 972 Danforth Ave.
The patio for beer lovers, they carry over 230 bottles and have 25 local craft brews on tap. Two patios, but the one in the back is best.
Allen’s | 143 Danforth Ave.
Allen’s has one of the most picturesque patios that features a giant willow tree, not to mention one of the best burgers in the city. Allen’s is continually voted one of the top patios by NOW Magazine.
Bellwoods Brewery | 124 Ossington Ave.
Sit inside the white picket fence and enjoy delicious craft beer. You’ll be lucky to get a spot, and it’s worth a wait.
Red Tea Box | 696 Queen St. W
Tucked away behind a delicious bake shop, the tree-shaded terrace and coach house really makes it feel like you’ve left town. FYI, this patio hath no booze.
Mezzrows | 1546 Queen St. W
Best brunch patio in the city and a vibe that could only be described as “old Parkdale.”
Epicure | 502 Queen St. W
An amazing patio which is so well hidden that nobody thinks to go up.