The return of warm weather has you thinking about enjoying your favourite beverage on a patio.
But there is more to think about when making your patio choice. You see, patios present their own character and feel. Understanding what makes for 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, view, food and drink selection, prices, location and street noise.
Top 6 spots to celebrate patio season
6. 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.
5. 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 giant chandeliers?
4. Mascot Brewery, 31 Mercer Street.
A rooftop beer garden in the middle of the Entertainment District with a wide variety of fresh craft beers, and inventive cocktails, makes this patio an after-work hot spot. With a soon to open restaurant this will also become a meeting spot before and after Blue Jays games.
3. 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 the spinach and fresh ricotta pizza ($17.99), order whatever size glass of wine you’re feeling, sit back, and enjoy summer’s beautiful people.
2. Amsterdam Brewhouse, 245 Queens Quay West.
Amsterdam Brewery has brought cottage country to the city with their “Brewhouse”. Sip fresh craft beer and watch the yachts roll by- right on Lake Ontario.
1. The Burroughes, 639 Queen Street West.
A celebrity favourite for their private TIFF parties, The Burroughes exclusive rooftop patio offers unobstructed views of Toronto’s skyline. Don’t miss the patio launch on May 27th, with breweries like Hogtown, Amsterdam, Nickel Brook and Old Tomorrow setting up beside an oversized cocktail bar.
Which patio will you visit first? Let us know below.