Ontarians dreaming of a summer escape don't need to book a plane ticket to achieve one. They can get their tropical fix within the province; at a spectacular place that's just a short one-hour drive from Toronto.

Barangas on the Beach is a tropical bar and restaurant that sits right at the shore of Van Wagners Beach in Hamilton. It has one of the largest lake front patios in the province, which is decorated with cozy lighting and gorgeous exotic plants to make you feel like you're somewhere in Mediterranean.

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The restaurant, which was once a run-down school, opened in 1992, after the Tsangarakis family had flipped the venue. Since then, it has become an award-winning business, having won the title of Best Patio and Best Greek Restaurant over the years.

Its offerings of Mediterranean foods cover a wide range of classics, from mouthwatering gyros to traditionally-prepared Moussakas. They also have an extensive drink menu that consists of fan-favourite cocktails, tropical cocktails, ice cream floats, frozen margaritas, flavoured mojitos and sangria options that are to-die for.

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Aside from the amazing food and patio, Barangas on the Beach also features an outdoor Sands Bar, which holds several events throughout the summer. Fun DJ nights, live band performances and themed parties are held there every weekend, and it's the perfect place to socialize with people from across the GTA.

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Plan your visit to Barangas on the Beach this summer!