The return of warm weather has Toronto unrolling its patios, and you’re thinking about enjoying your favourite beverage on one of them.
There is a lot to consider when searching for your perfect outdoor spot. Understanding what contributes to your perfect patio, is kind of like defining your perfect mate.
When visiting Toronto’s many patios, this is what we consider: Sun and shade, décor and view, food and drink, prices and location, street noise and music.
Top 5 spots to enjoy patio season
5. Allen’s, 143 Danforth Ave.
The gorgeous, century-old willow tree casts its calming shade as you enjoy Allen’s famous juicy burgers and mull the long beer list on this chill patio.
4. Bandit Brewery, 2125 Dundas Street West.
Enjoy a wide variety of fresh brewed onsite beer ($10 for a flight of 4 samples) on one of this brew pub’s communal tables. Once your inhibitions relax, order the beer battered, salty and mouthgasmic deep fried cheese curds.
3. El Catrin, 55 Mill Street.
This immaculate patio tucked away in the middle of The Distillery District, is far from Toronto’s busiest streets. Overpriced, yes, but how else could they afford the fire pits and luxury chandeliers?
2. Gusto 101, 101 Portland Street.
Tucked above the hustle and bustle of King Street West, this (of course bustling) Italian restaurant offers a remarkable food and wine menu at affordable prices. The 90-seat patio boasts a retractable roof, Tuscan-style grill and wine at $1/oz. Share a margherita pizza ($15), order whatever size glass of wine you’re feeling, sit back, and enjoy summer’s beautiful people.
1. Amsterdam Brewhouse, 245 Queens Quay West.
Amsterdam Brewery offers cottage country in the city with their “Brewhouse”. Sip fresh craft beer and watch the yachts roll by- right on Lake Ontario.
Which Toronto patio is your favourite?