From boozy brunches to leisurely nightcaps, Toronto’s patios add ambiance to your cocktail, whatever the hour. Don’t let summer pass you by without experiencing a few of these hot spots, which offer an ideal way to make the most of a sultry summer day or night in the city.
Cabana Waterfront Patio
Soak up the sun and chill poolside at the Cabana Waterfront Patio. Offering some of the most Instagram-worthy views of the Toronto skyline, Cabana's expansive 50,000 sq ft patio features themed nights every day of the week. Grab a drink and watch the game on a 21 ft LED outdoor screen, order a poolside bottle service package, or just enjoy a casual cocktail by the water.
Toronto's largest outdoor patio is the place to be this summer. A downtown parking-lot-turned-patio, RendezViews features colourful street art, picnic benches and plenty of happy Torontonians safely enjoying the warm weather. Enjoy ready-to-drink cocktails, beers and a rotating range of food like smash burgers, poutine and wings.
Against the Grain
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.
The Porch, 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, tacos and wings keep you from going hungry, and the CN Tower offers the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram photo.
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.
Mill Street Brew Pub
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.
O’Grady’s on Church
This traditional Irish pub on Church Street draws a lively crowd in summer. The biggest patio in the Church-Wellesley Village, O'Grady's safely accommodates your whole group between its upstairs and street level patio. Expect friendly staff, and a great selection of craft beer, wine, and bottles.
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
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 local favourite in The Beaches 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.
The Broadview Hotel
The rooftop patio at the Broadview Hotel is a hidden urban oasis in the charming Riverside neighbourhood. With indoor-outdoor seating, stunning views of the Toronto skyline and a bar menu serving snacks, cocktails, and an array of wine and beers, this hotel rooftop is the place to see and be seen.