Downtown Toronto in the summer is always alive and buzzing. Whether you’re headed to a Jays’ game, a concert at the Air Canada Centre, or checking out a Harbourfront market, stopping at a patio is always key. Here is our list of the best patios in the city’s downtown core.
Location: 422 College St
Bistro 422 is a laid back spot known for its affordable pints. The patio is tucked away but still pretty open. Bonus points for being heated in the winter.
Bar Hop Brewco
Location: 137 Peter St
Located just strides away from its parent location on King West, Bar Hop offers a wide selection of craft beers. Its rooftop patio is bright and decked out in yellow accents with high wooden beams and enough shade to kick it in on a sunny summer afternoon.
Mascot Brewery and Beer Garden
Location: 31 Mercer St
If you’re trapped in an apartment and craving a backyard barbecue afternoon, Mascot’s rooftop Beer Garden is ideal. This spot is located in the Entertainment District and serves hefty snacks that go perfectly with a refreshing home brew. Instead of splitting a pitcher of sangria somewhere else, opt in for the five-litre kegs of craft brews for a friendly buzz.
Drake One Fifty
Location: 150 York St
Like its sister restaurants, the Drake One Fifty knows how to play it cool. Whether you’re looking for a casual brunch or getting dressed up for an evening out, Drake One Fifty is always a good time. Its patio is elegantly designed with quirky art pieces that make this family of restaurants and hotels what it is.
El Caballito Tequila Bar
Location: 220 King St W
El Caballito’s patio is a sight for sore eyes. Artwork, elegant lighting, and bright accent pieces are brought together with good vibes and delicious tacos.
Location: 26 Market St
This sidewalk patio boasts a classic Toronto feel, with heaters, umbrellas, and just the right amount of room. Pair it with half-priced sangria on Tuesdays, and you’ve got yourself a must-try patio.
Queen & Beaver Public
Location: 35 Elm
The Queen & Beaver Public is known for mimicking a traditional British pub to a T. Its exterior looks like something straight out of London, not to mention this restaurant is equipped with two decently sized patios for your sunny afternoon pleasure.
Glad Day Bookshop
Location: 499 Church St
The world’s oldest LGBTQ+ bookstore happens to have a great patio for soaking up those summer days. This spot quadruples as a bookstore, bar, cafe, and restaurant, not to mention a dance club on the weekends. Stop by for a drink, grab a book, and enjoy the fresh air.
Macho Radio Bar
Location: 92 Fort York
Macho Radio Bar’s patio is pure aesthetic. Its rainbow outdoor roof, twinkling lights, and slick table tops will make for a juicy Instagram photo. Stop by for FiveYay Fridays for $5 drinks and live music.
Location: 142 Cumberland St
Hemingway’s spacious patio provides much-needed shelter on those blistering hot summer days that are starting to hit Toronto.
Location: 75 Yorkville Ave
This yellow house is a Yorkville favourite. Trattoria Nervosa offers Southern Italian cuisine along with the experience. Its patio sits humbly by the sidewalk, while the restaurant’s iron fences and Juliet balconies add to the Southern European feel.
Location: 245 Queens Quay W
Amsterdam’s open view of Lake Ontario makes it unique in its own right. This location has three patios and is located right on the waterfront, making for a Muskoka-esque patio escape in the middle of the city.
Location: 240 King St E
There’s something about hidden patios that make you feel removed from city life for just a few hours. Betty’s is one of these places. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Betty’s outdoor patio is a small, intimate nook on King Street that makes you feel like you’re at a backyard fam jam (in a good way).
The FlatIron: A Firkin Pub
Location: 49 Wellington St E
This Firkin Pub sits in the heart of old Toronto and serves up a British experience. Stop by for brunch, or enjoy the patio’s twinkling lights over a late dinner.
Location: 22 Cumberland St
Located in the heart of Yorkville, the “Flight Deck” has been around for over 70 years. Its heaters and retractable awnings provide warmth and shelter during those colder early spring days, while its ceiling fans work to keep you cool on a hot August afternoon.
The Oxley Public House
Location: 121 Yorkville Ave
The Oxley is a homey option for those seeking a place to relax on a Saturday afternoon. Its patio is sleek and clean with simple decor — the perfect atmosphere for a cold pint.
Feature photo courtesy El Caballito via Facebook.