Now that the spring weather has finally rolled around, it's just a matter of time before we start to get that summer heat back in our lives as well. Once the temperature rises, literally everyone in the city flocks outside.
We just can't help it! We've been deprived of warmth and vitamin D for too long now, and we need to soak it all up as fast as we can. While going for a walk will do the trick, we all know the best way to enjoy the sunshine is to hang out on a patio.
Toronto is full of so many stunning patios, whether they be cocktail bars, restaurants, breweries or cafes, there's something for everyone to enjoy outside. So make the most of the sunshine and go grab a drink at one of these amazing spots!
16. Fort York Tavern
Where: 92 Fort York Blvd, Fort York
If you're looking for a sophisticated, large patio overlooking Canoe Landing, Fort York Tavern is a must. They offer a wide array of delicious food, drinks, plus weekend brunch.
15. The 3 Speed
Where: 1163 Bloor St West, Bloordale
This hip eatery serves up elevated bar food, cocktails, and microbrews to give you the perfect casual place to hang out on a Friday night. Their patio is super popular in the warmer months, and they even have an outdoor fireplace!
14. El Catrin
Where: 18 Tank House Ln, The Distillery
You already knew El Catrin was going to be on this list, didn't you? Located in Toronto's adorable Distillery District is the popular Mexican joint El Catrin. It's known for its stunning patios with interesting lights, cozy seating, and amazing cocktails and food!
13. Bandit Brewery
Where: 2125 Dundas St W, Junction Triangle
This micro-brewery used to be an auto-body shop until they transformed it into a beautiful Belgian-style brewery. Their outdoor patio is huge, bright, and super hip; you definitely want to hang out here on a sunny day this summer.
Where: 627 King St W, King West
If you haven't already heard of the iconic Lavelle, here's the rundown. It's a huge rooftop complex that's famous for its stunning pool with a view of the CN Tower. You can hang out here, go for a quick dip, and enjoy poolside cocktails all summer long!
11. Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel
Where: 1150 Queen St W, West Queen West
The Drake Hotel always has so much going on, it's almost hard to keep up. But at the Sky Yard rooftop patio, you can slow down and enjoy a relaxing evening with cocktails, snack foods, and great music. This space is also full of murals painted by local artists that change every once in a while!
10. Harvest Kitchen
Where: 124 Harbord St, Harbord Village
If you're a vegetarian, then the Harvest Kitchen patio is where you need to be this summer. They serve carefully sourced vegetarian comfort food that will leave you super satisfied. Their patio is also adorable, filled with bright and artsy nature themes!
Where: 142 Cumberland St, Yorkville
This New Zealand-style pub is truly one of a kind in this city, and you definitely need to check it out. It's an all-year-round rooftop patio that serves 24 different kinds of draft beers and a menu full of delicious pub food. Did we mention it has three bars and four patios?!
8. Gusto 101
Where: 101 Portland St, King West
Gusto 101 is definitely one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Toronto. This multi-floor restaurant is known for their delicious food, amazing cocktails, and great music. They have two patios, one on the main floor and one on the upper floor!
7. The Porch
Where: 250 Adelaide St W, Old Toronto
What would a patio list be without Toronto's beloved rooftop patio, The Porch! This spot is known across the city for having one of the most Instagrammable views of the CN Tower, as well as their massive drinks served in plastic buckets.
6. Mascot Brewery
Where: 31 Mercer St, Entertainment District
This industrial-style brewpub is a must-visit during the summer in Toronto. They have a rooftop beer garden that is super spacious, always has awesome live DJs playing, and of course, serve tons of craft brews on tap!
5. Bar Reyna
Where: 158 Cumberland St, Yorkville
This Mediterranean cocktail and snack bar is the place to be when you're in Yorkville this summer. It's built into a two-storey Victorian-style house with a year-round patio in the back, hidden from the busy street action. They decorate their patio to make it so adorable, you'll feel right at home here!
4. Paupers Pub
Where: 539 Bloor St W, Toronto
This spot doesn't just boast an amazing ambiance and fun menu, it has an upstairs sing-along piano bar and rooftop patio. So if you're looking to chow down, listen to awesome tunes, and take in some great views, you've gotta head to Paupers Pub to have a fun night.
3. Thompson Toronto
Where: 550 Wellington St W, Fashion District
The Thompson Toronto is a super swanky hotel in the heart of the King West area that also offers one of the best rooftop patios in the entire city! During the summer months, they open up their rooftop so you can enjoy food, drinks, and their rooftop pool all with a breathtaking view of the city skyline.
2. The Walton
Where: 607 College St, Little Italy
The Walton is probably one of lesser-known spots on this list, but it definitely deserves all the recognition. It's a cafe and cocktail bar that has probably one of the prettiest interiors AND most adorable patios in the entire city. It will honestly make you feel like you were transported to the cobble-stoned streets of Paris.
1. Cherry St Bar-B-Que
Where: 275 Cherry St, Lower Donlands
This delicious BBQ joint is actually built into an old bank, giving it a super unique feel! They have a massive patio where they serve up classic BBQ eats, sides, and drinks with incredible sunset views.