Summer is in full swing so it’s time to test out Toronto’s new patios. The sun is shining and the days are long, so bring your sunscreen, have a drink, and enjoy the rays.
Assembly Chef’s Hall
At 4,000 square feet, this is Toronto’s biggest new patio. No need to line up or wait for a harried host to seat you. It’s all self-serve, so just pull up a chair on the patio, which has a bar converted from an Airstream trailer. There are 18 restaurants inside, all self-serve, including DaiLo, Ramen Isshin, and more, plus a second terrace at the back. There is some communal seating, some tables for two and a few loungers, with one area partly covered. This place has something for everyone’s tastes.
111 Richmond West, at York, 647-557-5993, assemblychefshall.com
The Rooftop at the Broadview
If you love stunning 360 views of Toronto’s skyline and fun cocktails with cute names, this romantic place is for you. There are snacks to share, charcuterie and cheese boards, beef tartare, pork buns, salmon ceviche, and other treats. The rooftop brunch is available every day until 3 p.m. Sun is plentiful, and with 140 seats, you have your pick of tables for two, for four, plus bar seats.
106 Broadview Ave., 416-362-8439, thebroadviewhotel.ca
Gare de L’Est
If the Broadview Hotel scene is too crowded for your taste, this under-the-radar brasserie, run by the same people who did the food program at the Broadview, is just a few minutes away at Queen and Carlaw. Open from lunch until late night, sink into a handsome blue-cane bistro chair and enjoy an aperitif or a Saulter Street pilsner brewed only a few blocks away. If you’re going to a show at the adjoining Crow’s Theatre, there’s a $36 prix fixe dinner.
1190 Dundas East, at Carlaw, 416-792-1626, gdlbrasserie.com
Drake Mini Bar
While the Financial District can feel soulless, this sunny outdoor terrace is an oasis, with plenty of greenery and a real waterfall. Drake’s latest venture also has an indoor “patio” space, with colorful banquettes and tropical palm fronds, topped with a pergola that you can enjoy in the winter, watching the snow outside. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails are available, so sit under one of the umbrellas and savour the weather.
150 York, at Adelaide, 416-900-0992, thedrake.ca/drakeminibar
Dumbo Snack Bar
Located at the former Raca Café and Bar, this cozy back patio is a full-blown party spot, complete with fire pit, pop-up bar and a jam-packed events calendar (including movie screenings and silent disco nights). Want something different and potent? Try a teapot cocktail, served in weird vintage pots sourced from the restaurant’s patrons. Nightbirds can revel here until 2 am!
1704 Queen West, at Roncesvalles, 647-867-7282, dumbosnackbar.com
If you didn’t check out this beer hall’s large patio at the end of patio season last year, now’s your chance. Its front terrace has 100 seats of prime beer-drinking real estate, where you can sample a flight of house-brewed beers and shucked oysters, a buck-a-shuck on Sundays. Lots of afternoon sun, with seating for two, and four.
115 Bathurst, at Adelaide, 416-540-4030, northernmaverick.ca
With dizzying city and waterfront views of Lake Ontario from 44 stories high, a swimming pool to pose at for selfies, pitchers of sangria, and Baja California-inspired dishes, Kost holds court on the rooftop of the new and ritzy Bisha Hotel. All-white patio sets grace the poolside real estate, where you can soak up the sun on loungers. This is not for those on a budget: Kost margaritas and fancy G&Ts run a cool $16 and $17, respectively.
80 Blue Jays Way, 44th floor, at Mercer, 437- 800-5938, kosttoronto.com
The fancy, clubby lobby lounge at the Anndore House has an equally swank patio, ideal for people watching. With navy-hued planter boxes, modern chairs, and fern fronds overhead, there is some protection from the sun from an overhang. Savour the Mediterranean menu from Constantine, Chef Craig Harding, including lamb burgers, wood-fired pizzas, Fogo Island cod, and inventive cocktails and huge wine selections.
15 Charles East, at Yonge, 647-475-4436, constantineto.com
Lot 30 Brewers
The old Landsdowne Brewery has been transformed into Lot 30 Brewers, with a sun-drenched 36-seat front patio. There are five communal tables where you can sample their nine brews, all brewed in-house. Guzzle their new releases, like a NEIPA hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic with upcoming strawberry kiwi and boysenberry sours, under their sizeable umbrellas.
New releases, like a NEIPA hopped with Simcoe and Mosaic and upcoming strawberry kiwi and boysenberry sours, are made to guzzle sleeveless and behind polarized shades. July will mark the up is a piña colada brew, obviously.
303 Lansdowne, at College, 416-588-1641, lot30brewers.com
A pastel dream of a place, Victor Barry’s Harbord bistro has a 30-seat back patio that has everything…fairy lights, a floral print mural, and wicker bistro chairs. Open for a leisurely weekend brunch, a hearty dinner, or late night cocktails and light snacks.
89 Harbord, at Robert, 647-341-3100, cafecancan.com
Featured Image: Instagram/ @kosttoronto
Have you checked out any of these new patios in Toronto yet? Let us know in the comments!
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