The best rooftop patios in Toronto give patrons with an escape of sorts, showcasing the neihbourhood’s sights while providing an elevated environment to enjoy the company of friends or a spot to get away from it all.
In no particular order, here are 10 rooftop locales worth a visit this patio season.
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Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Rain or shine, the Sky Yard is a rooftop escape suitable for all weather — even winter. This popular Queen West spot is both casual and intimate, with seating available for dining/drinks as well as lounge space suitable for a Saturday afternoon.
Location: 124 Harbord St.
This Annex restaurant actually has two patios, but the 35-seat treetop space extends the conscious conduct of the kitchen to the environment surrounding it, literally constructing the space around a sprawling, thick-limbed giant to place roof diners in the middle of a vibrant green space.
Location: 539 Bloor Street W
This century old building was once a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce branch but has been an Annex staple for 27 years. Make your way up through the main bar on the first floor, past Paupers Lounge on the second, all the way up to the roof top patio for one of the best views of the city. You’ll find reliable pub grub with plenty of choice for the beer drinkers here.
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.
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.
Location: 120 Lynn Williams St.
Williams Landing’s huge, rooftop space quickly established it as one of the best patios in Liberty Village. With 16 beers on tap and 10 more by the bottle, beer selection is still markedly pedestrian (read: this is no craft clubhouse), but they make up for it with 10 signature cocktails and 34 wines, making this an easy option for after work drinks.
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.
Location: 31 Mercer St
With a retractable ceiling, this King West spot is open rain or shine. Sit by the woodfire grill and enjoy a glass of wine in a sleek greenhouse-style terrace. If you’re not into the heights, Gusto also has a street level patio that opens up during pristine summer days.
THE THOMPSON HOTEL
Location: 550 Wellington St. W
Few places in Toronto offer #views as breathtaking and exclusive as the luxurious rooftop lounge atop the Thompson Hotel. Fifteen storeys up at the corner of Wellington and Bathurst, it’s a chic space that delivers a rare sense of limitlessness with uncrowded 360-degree sightlines, cabanas, and a 40-foot infinity pool. And although it’s reserved for hotel guests and lounge members only, they’ve been known to throw some public parties, too.
Location: 365 King St. W
While the Underground’s basement bar has long been a staple on the late night King Street circuit, its excellent rooftop patio is one of the establishment’s finest features. The UG Loft serves up drinks and food every weekday from 4-11 p.m. and opens at 2 p.m. on weekends.