Soak Up the City: 7 Toronto Bars With a View
A cold drink, a great view of the city – what’s better than that? In Toronto, there’s no shortage of either, and that means plenty of spots to sip on a martini or a sangria while city-watching from the best seat in the house.
Whether you want to cool off with a rooftop cocktail or warm up with wine in mid-winter, 7 of the top Toronto bars with a view are sure to satisfy.
The Drake Hotel
Besides being a veritable “hotbed for culture,” the uber-trendy Drake Hotel’s celebrated Sky Yard is still one of the prime rooftop patios in Toronto. Whether it’s July or January, head up to the all-season Sky Yard to soak up the sun or gaze at the stars, while enjoying a birds-eye view of the city.
Location: 1150 Queen Street West
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5:00pm to 2:00am; Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 2:00am
Toulà Restaurant & Bar
If you’d rather sip on a fine wine, head to Toulà Restaurant & Bar for a more classic drink-with-a-view experience.
Perched on the 38th floor of Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle overlooking Lake Ontario, Toulà offers a Venetian-style fine dining experience, and boasts over 300 wine labels including Tuscan Reds and local Ontario offerings.
Location: 1 Harbour Square
Afternoon Hours: Monday to Friday, 12:00pm to 3:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm to 3:00pm; Sunday, 11:30am to 3:00pm
Evening Hours: Monday to Friday, 5:00pm to 10:30pm; Saturday, 5:00pm to 11:00pm; Sunday, 5:00pm to 10:30pm
This Toronto fish and oyster bar was voted one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants two years running – and it’s not hard to see (and taste) why.
Take a break from the bustle of TO’s Financial District by settling down at The Chase’s elegant penthouse patio. Sip on a smart cocktail or have your pick from an extensive wine list, while sampling a variety of upscale seafood dishes.
Location: 10 Temperance Street
If beautiful people and beautiful views are what you seek, take a perch at the Entertainment District’s latest hot spot. Done on a grand scale, LAVELLE features a stunning pool, cabanas and lots of seating areas for a sumptuous lunch or dinner or simply lounging, cocktail in hand.
Location: 627 King Street West
This très chic French bistro on Bloor Street is the perfect place to savor Parisian fare while sipping on champagne and watching the fashionistas of Mink Mile walk by.
Inside, an elegant stained glass ceiling completes the 1920’s French art deco ambiance, and a generous offering of cocktail and wine selections is guaranteed to keep even the most discerning of French palates satisfied.
Location: 131 Bloor Street West
The Thompson Hotel
For a more members-only experience, head to the Thompson Hotel and make your way up to the rooftop for an unparalleled 360-degree panorama of Toronto.
Relax on chic designer sofas and dip into the infinity pool by day, then check out the classy cabanas by night, all while enjoying a variety of creative cocktails from the Thompson’s opulent rooftop lounge. Make sure to dress to the nines – a strict dress code keeps things classy and sophisticated at the Thompson.
Location: 550 Wellington Street West
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub
If you’d rather grab a pint at the pub than a glass of red at a bistro, head to the rooftop patio at Murphy’s Law to unwind and soak up the sun.
Boasting a wide selection of beer on tap, solid pub fare, regular drink deals and a fantastic view of The Beach, this casual yet lively pub is an ideal spot to get a taste of Ireland with a view of Toronto.
Location: 1702 Queen Street East