Patio season is here, and for most people that means basking in the sun, cocktail in hand, getting that golden summer glow. For those of us on the paler side, patios can be more of a struggle than an enjoyable outing. We must constantly follow the shade around the table, asking friends to switch spots with us as we attempt to hide every bit of exposed skin from the sun's reach.
Luckily, Toronto bars have you covered (quite literally!). If you're whiter than Edward Cullen and tend to burn instead of sparkle, you need to hit up these Toronto covered patios.
Food & Liquor
Cuisine: Appetizers, upscale
Address: 1610 Queen St W Toronto, ON M6R 1A8
Why you need to go: Food & Liquor's enclosed patio, craft beers, and shareable plates make it a great spot to relax with a group of friends.
The Goodman Pub & Kitchen
Address: 207 Queens Quay W Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Why you need to go: This rustic-style restaurant offers delicious pub fare and has many covered tables on its roomy patio.
Cuisine: American, pizza
Address: 100 King St W Toronto, ON M5X 1E1
Why you need to go: Claiming to serve Toronto's best pizza and beer, King Taps' downtown patio comes with plenty of shade. They also offer brunch and a discounted happy hour menu!
The Roof At SOCO
Cuisine: American, bar
Address: 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 3A6
Why you need to go: This classy rooftop patio has both tables in the sun and shade, as well as a stunning view of the city.
Cuisine: Pub fare, American
Address: 22 Cumberland St Toronto, ON M4W 1J5
Why you need to go: This multi-level tavern has a rooftop bar equipped with an awning and heaters, which makes it the perfect destination for all types of weather!
Cuisine: American, comfort food
Address: 208 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M5S 1T8
Why you need to go: An ode to the "Great American Bar", this vintage style bistro opens up to a covered patio, giving you a spectacular view of the museum across the road.
Address:101 Portland St Toronto, ON M5V 2N3
Why you need to go: This repurposed garage makes an amazing restaurant with both a covered street patio and rooftop patio. Their wood-fired grill pizzas are a must try!