The Best Patios in Toronto to Check Out This Summer
There are few things Torontonians appreciate more than patio season. After a long winter, we’ll take any opportunity to emerge from our cocoons and find a chance to be in the sun—whether it be on an active outdoor adventure or sipping on a frosty late-afternoon beer.
As a city that tries to build up rather than out, utilizing every nook and cranny possible, some of Toronto’s best spots to dine and drink outdoors aren’t within plain sight. Instead, they’re found on rooftops high above the town or neatly tucked away in the back, far from the traffic and busy streets. But we’ll save you from a going on a scavenger hunt—here’s our list of the best patios in Toronto to check out this summer.
Hemingway’s offers a different scene from the high-end restaurants and bars that surround it in chic Yorkville, but its large, sun-drenched patio attracts Torontonians from all walks of life. Come here to enjoy one of 24 beers on tap in a laid-back atmosphere—a great place to watch major sporting events or catch a live music show on Friday nights.
The 3 Speed
The 3 Speed is a cozy local in Toronto’s Bloordale Neighbourhood. Behind its dimly-lit, wood-and-brick interior, you’ll find a bright backyard terrace with fairy lights, sprawling vines and an old-school fireplace. You can stop by for just a casual drink, but they also serve delicious food and brunch on weekends.
King West’s Lavelle offers a 360-view of the city like no other, right smack dab in the middle of Toronto. Three pools spread across its large rooftop patio, surrounded by tables and chairs where you can enjoy a meal from their elevated menu or cool off with booze-infused ice cream.
The enclosed Sky Yard patio atop The Drake Hotel oozes playful, Southwest-inspired vibes, where hanging greenery, colourful throw pillows and vibrant artworks adorn the ceilings, banquettes and walls. Savour one of their expertly-crafted cocktails or book a table for brunch made with locally sourced ingredients.
Getting its name from the tradition of ordering a “Cold Tea” after last call in Chinatown (a guise for beer served in a teapot), this speakeasy is a bit tricky to find but worth what awaits on the other side. Pass through the doors of Kensington Mall and walk down a hallway until you see a red light above the door. If you spot a dumpling cart as you enter—you’ve come to the right place. Make your way through the bar to find an open-air patio out back. Head here on Sundays to experience their afternoon BBQ and dance party. Cash only!
Terroni Queen West
Terroni’s dreamy backyard terrace at its Queen West location is the perfect spot to dine al fresco on Italian fare. Linger in the heat of a summer night with an Aperol Spritz paired with a wood-fired pizza beneath hanging lights and a canopy of green.
Don’t let the slightly stale exterior fool you—Torontonians know that Paupers Pub in the Annex has a little-known rooftop terrace that could rival any of the city’s glitzier counterparts. Plus daily drink specials from 11 am to 11:30 pm? Win-win!
This Distillery District staple is not only one of the city’s top joints for Mexican food, but it also has one of the best patios in Toronto. The pedestrian-only streets in this historic neighbourhood keep the sound of honking cars at bay while you snack on tacos, ceviche and guacamole amid fire pits and hanging chandeliers
Discovering Toronto’s independent craft brewers is a must for any beer-lover. Bandit Brewery, located in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, rotates its selection of unique brews, which includes labels like Wizard of Gose, a sour beer with fruit and sea salt, and Cake Monster, a chocolate pastry porter. Enjoy one on tap seated at a picnic table in its beer garden-style patio with a sandwich, salad or snack from its small but well-curated menu.
The Broadview Hotel
The Broadview Hotel’s rooftop offers far-reaching views of the city skyline from Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood in the east end. Those who want to retreat from the sun can perch themselves in the spacious indoor dining room and still benefit from the panorama thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Goodman Pub & Kitchen
Soak up the waterfront views from the Goodman Pub & Kitchen’s outdoor patio on the Queen’s Quay. Watch the boats sail by on Lake Ontario and the ferries and water taxis cruise to the island. Or, you can catch the scene from a different perspective and head to Toronto Island’s Island Café to bask in the sunshine on their breezy patio.