Get Sun-Drenched at 10 of the Best Patios in Toronto

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From boozy brunches to leisurely nightcaps, Toronto’s patios add ambience to your cocktail, whatever the hour. Don’t let summer pass you by without experiencing a few of these hotspots, which offer an ideal way to make the most of a sultry summer day or night in the city.

Against the Grain

25 Dockside Drive.

Located on the Harbourfront right next to Sugar Beach, this chic restaurant offers an unparalleled view of Lake Ontario and Toronto Island. With lounge seating, fire pits and enough space for 170 people, Against the Grain’s patio is a great way to experience the waterfront without getting wet.

Amsterdam Brewhouse

Amsterdam BrewHouse

245 Queens Quay West.

The Amsterdam Brewhouse’s waterfront outpost combines its signature local brews with a beer-infused menu and serves it up on three big, breezy patios – one of which looks right onto the lake. Craft beer fans can choose from a wide selection of draft, cask or seasonal brews and curl up on one of the Muskoka chairs for a truly Canadian experience.

The Madison

14 Madison Avenue.

A converted Victorian mansion in the Annex, Madison Avenue Pub is a popular hangout for University of Toronto students and starving artists – and not just for its cheap drinks and weekly specials. There are 11 different bars and five patios to choose from in this massive six-floor pub, as well as a piano bar, pool tables and DJ sets on weekends. The Maddy is a one-stop-shop party under one roof.

The Porch

250 Adelaide Street West.

This patio atop the Rock'n' Horse Saloon in the heart of the Entertainment District has a spectacular view of the city and a party vibe. Here, enormous margaritas come garnished with overturned Coronas, the dance floor hosts line dancing, and the bar resembles a wood horse stable. When you’ve had enough with the porch, check out the country-themed nightclub inside – and take the mechanical bull for a spin.

Bovine Sex Club

542 Queen Street West.

Despite the punk rock/goth-inspired interior, the Bovine Sex Club’s recently-installed rooftop patio is modelled after a tropical oasis. Grab a cocktail from the tiki-hut-style bar and relax amongst the tropical plants, tiki masks and graffiti-covered exposed brick.

Mill Street Brew Pub

21 Tank House Lane.

Located in the Distillery Historic District, the Mill Street Brewery’s coveted cobblestone patio makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time (after a couple of pints). The building is a well-preserved example of the 19th century industrial complex – spiritmakers Gooderham & Worts – that occupied this site. Choose between 14 brews on draft and drink in the sights of the neighbourhood known for its beer.

Duke of Westminster

77 Adelaide Street West.

Set in First Canadian Place, Duke of Westminster is a classic pub spread across two levels, and serves tall pints and cool cocktails. An after work crowd flocks to the 70-seat patio, nestled in among the soaring towers of the financial district.

O’Grady’s on Church

518 Church Street.

This traditional Irish pub on Church Street draws a lively crowd in summer. The biggest patio in the gaybourhood, O'Grady's accommodates 160 people between its upstairs and street level patio. Expect a rambunctious crowd, friendly staff and a great spot to watch Village nightlife in action – especially during the Pride festival.

Start your evening here with a hearty “Bear Platter” and continue up Church to see which stops strike your fancy, or end off the night with a late night snack (the kitchen is open till 3 a.m. on weekends).

Allen’s Restaurant

143 Danforth Avenue.

This intimate Irish pub on the Danforth is where Toronto’s Celtic music scene is at its best. Opened in 1987 to resemble a saloon restaurant typical of Irish New York, Allen's evolved into a family-friendly neighbourhood pub lauded for its live music and handmade burgers. In summer, the spacious and leafy back patio is where Danforth drinkers gather.

The Stone Lion

1958 Queen Street East.

Once home to the Dominion Bank in the early 1900s, the stately Stone Lion Pub at the corner of Queen and Kenilworth Avenue is a favourite for locals and tourists in The Beach neighbourhood. Two large patios offer the best of shade and sun, making this a perfect option for lunch and an afternoon pint after strolling the boardwalk.

Brunch!

Should you require a hearty brunch (and perhaps a little hair of the dog) after your patio crawl, we’ve got lots of great brunch spots to recommend.