Being able to sit down and have a drink during the summer is something many of us have been marking on our calendars. Patio season has officially kicked off in Ontario, although it'll be much different from years past. Many patios in the GTA are already open, and here are just a few you should check out this summer if you are looking to get out of downtown Toronto.
There are plenty of outdoor dining and drinking options across the GTA from York to Halton to Durham to Hamilton.
In several areas, local and regional councils have also allowed businesses to extend and expand patios to promote proper social distancing this summer.
While patio season is a must if you are repping the downtown Toronto area, especially with the news of what Cabana Pool Bar has planned, it is always nice to take a drive up the DVP or Gardiner and get a slice of suburb life.
Anyway, even if you can't get your groove on, here is a list of just a few of many patios you to check out this summer outside of downtown.
It's worth noting some of these patios are already open, while others have confirmed they will be back in business soon. For more information, check their respective websites.
Hungry Brew Hops
Address: 211 Main St. S., Newmarket, ON
Why You Need To Go: The city's first gastropub has 38 craft beers on tap and a neat outdoor space to drink them in.
State and Main Aurora
Address: 14760 Yonge St., Aurora, ON
Why You Need To Go: Along with a tasty menu and drinks, there is a very friendly atmosphere at this Aurora spot.
Address: 139 Main St., Unionville, ON
Why You Need To Go: Desiring to "create and inspire," NextDoor puts a modern spin on classics.
Locale King City
Address: 12981 Keele St., King City, ON
Why You Need To Go: Offering Italian fare, this restaurant is truly local and has a sweet little patio for you to enjoy, too.
Harper's Landing Oakville
Address: 481 Cornwall Rd., Oakville, ON
Why You Need To Go: An ever-popular social spot just off the QEW, their patio is huge and so is their extensive list of wines.
Spencers at the Waterfront
Address: 1340 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
Why You Need To Go: The views of Lake Ontario from the venue are breathtaking. You can't go wrong with a lunch date here.
EddieO's Pourhouse & Kitchen
Address: 370 Main St. E., Milton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy the sunshine and some upscale Milton eats while you're at it.
State and Main Whitby
Address: 378 Taunton Rd., Whitby, ON
Why You Need To Go: This patio has a reputation as one of the best in the Durham Region, and it's with good reason.
Address: 23 Augusta St., Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you are craving some seafood and maybe a shot of bourbon or whisky, this is your spot.