It's official: summer is (almost) here! Though temperatures are still looking pretty bleak, warm weather is finally around the corner. What better way to celebrate those sunny days of summer than on a patio?
Luckily for us, Toronto is home to tons of amazing rooftop, sidewalk, and backyard patios. Whether you want to look out onto the Toronto skyline or huddle in a secluded backyard haven, here are 14 patios you have to put on your summer bucket list.
El Rey // 2A Kensington Ave
This Kensington hot spot offers Mexican small plates with an impressive rum selection. Their small wooden patio is cozy and provides a great view of Kensington Market.
Bovine Sex Club // 542 Queen Street W
Though Bovine Sex Club is known for its incredible live music, their rooftop bar is enough of a reason to visit. Their rustic patio has a distinctly laidback vibe.
Barrio // 884 Queen St E
Known for their margaritas, Barrio is a Mexican restaurant in the east end. Their large patio is cheerful and festive.
The Pilot // 22 Cumberland Street
This Yorkville institution has three floors, but their "Flight Deck" is the real attraction. The rooftop patio is heated and has removable awnings, making it perfect for rain or shine.
Drake Sky Yard // 1150 Queen Street W
The rooftop of the Drake Hotel is a staple in the Toronto patio scene. With booth-like tables, instagrammable decor and the Drake's classic menu, it's a huge win.
Food & Liquor // 1610 Queen St. West
This laidback Parkdale spot offers snack-style dishes and straight-forward drinks in a non-fussed environment. During the summer, their cozy back patio is the perfect spot to grab a pint.
Black Hoof // 928 Dundas St W
Black Hoof is pretty much a meat lover's paradise. Grab one of their insane charcuterie boards and creative cocktails and head to their cabin-chic patio.
Bar Reyna // 158 Cumberland Street
Bar Reyna is a Mediterranean lounge in Yorkville known for their shared plates. Their adorable patio is definitely Insta-worthy and open all year round.
Allen's // 158 Cumberland Street
This laidback east-end eatery serves up classic pub fare. Their backyard patio - complete with 200 year old wheeping willow trees - is so secluded it feels miles away from the bustling Danforth.
Pauper's Pub // 539 Bloor Street West
This cheerful pub has not one but TWO patios - one bustling sidewalk patio, and one on the rooftop which boasts insane views of the Toronto skyline.
Kasa Moto // 115 Yorkville Ave
Kasa Moto is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant with a beautifully ornate bar. Their rooftop patio is just as sleek as you'd expect from a Yorkville hot spot.
The Chase // 10 Temperance St
Located in the historic Dineen Building, the Chase is a fish and oyster bar in Downtown Toronto. Their stylish rooftop patio offers sweeping views of the Financial District.
Bandit Brewery // 2125 Dundas Street W
Bandit Brewery is an open-concept brewery housed in a former auto-shop. With over 20 beers on tap, Bandit's patio is perfect for grabbing casual pints and shared plates on a sunny day.
Lavelle // 27 King Street W
Complete with three pools and a full service bar, Lavelle's rooftop patio is a bonafide summer hotspot for a reason.
Barhop Brewco // 137 Peter St
Barhop Brewco is the 3-story second location of the original King West institution Barhop. With over 35 beers on tap, their rooftop patio is the perfect place to sample new beers this summer.