I think it’s safe to say that winter is finally over. There were a few false starts, but after the most recent spell of warm weather we think it’s safe to say the best is surely yet to come. When the sun starts shining, the desire to get outside and soak it in is all you can think about. The feeling of sitting in the warmth, among friends, with a cold brew in hand is truly the best part of summer in the city. This certainly explains why Toronto’s patios fill up in the blink of an eye on any given day – specifically the blue-skied ones.
Though you may have to fight for your spot in the sun – here’s a guide to some of the best patios in the neighbourhood.
Jack Astor’s – 144 Front Street West
A favourite pre or post Jays game spot that’s more than just your typical pub grub.
DEQ at the Ritz Carlton – 181 Wellington Street West
With an excellent view of Simcoe Park and the CN tower, this patio offers delicious cocktails and seasonal fare al fresco.
Bymark – 66 Wellington Street West
A sophisticated spot for drinks after work, or a bite before the game, Mark McEwan’s Bymark is a good choice for the Bay Street crowd.
O&B Cafe Grill – 33 Yonge Street
This wrap-around patio is the ideal spot to “see and be seen.” With a lavish menu, you’re sure to satisfy your sophisticated cravings here.
Biff’s Bistro – 33 Yonge Street
Also a part of the O&B family, this Parisian inspired patio serves up delicious specialities – not to mention charm – all season long.
Barsa Taberna – 26 Market Street
If you’re looking for colourful tapas and an atmosphere that will transport you to Barcelona, then this is the patio for you.
Betty’s – 240 King Street East
A hidden backyard gem, Betty’s serves up laidback and tasty eats right up until last call. Does it get any better?
Pacific Junction Hotel – 234 King Street East
An eclectic and colourful little nook, where you can perch all night and keep the drinks and tacos a-comin’.
Mangia & Bevi – 260 King Street East
With ingredients and wines coming straight from Italy, this patio’s rustic vibe and amazing Italian cuisine will make you feel like you’re home.
Origin – 107 King Street East
A favourite after work haunt for the local King Street crowd, Origin offers a spacious patio and globally inspired food bar.
Tilted Kilt – 38 The Esplanade
A classic pub vibe , complete with mozzarella sticks, cold beers, a huge patio and kilt-clad servers.
Archeo – 55 Mill Street
Known for its relaxed intimacy, and upscale menu, Archeo is a great spot to enjoy a delicious meal while watching the Distillery District hustle and bustle
Mill Street Brew Pub – 55 Mill Street
While there may be a line, a cold, home-brewed pint and juicy burger will be worth the wait for this beloved patio.
El Catrin – 18 Tank House Lane
One of the most beautiful patios in the city, you’re going to get used to ordering off this modern Mexican menu and dabbling in the tequila bar’s offerings.
Pure Spirits Oyster House – 55 Mill Street
Recognized as one of the best spots for seafood in the city, this sunny patio in the heart of the Distillery serves up fresh seasonal fare and refined spirits.