For every Thompson Hotel rooftop (that you can’t get into) in Toronto, there’s a lesser known patio just waiting for you to soak up some sun…and drinks.
So if you’re looking to skip the ‘best of’ lists and head to someplace you can actually get a seat, here are 14 amazing Toronto patios where you can do just that.
Hell, some of these places are so ‘exclusive’ it’s impossible to even find a photo. We think you should go remedy that. Tag #DailyHiveTO and we’ll be sure to share some of your photos.
Where: 861 Queen Street W
Why: This is the definition of a dive bar. It was cool before you thought it was. And they take Canadian Tire money at face value.
Where: 124 Harbord Street
Why: Like treehouses? This is your chance to eat and drink and feel like you’re among the treetops.
Suggestion: Wine on tap (by the ounce) or speciality cocktail.
Where: 13 Ossington Avenue
Why: People on the Ossington strip fight for patio space. You’re smarter than them. Go to
Sweaty Betty’s secluded back deck and enjoy some privacy.
Suggestion: Cocktails (order the special that night).
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Where: 416 Roncesvalles Avenue
Why: If you want to feel like you’re in Muskoka in the city, Loons is your best bet.
Suggestion: Pints. And make sure you get a Muskoka chair to sit in.
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Where: 394 College Street
Why: Irish attitude, super laid back feel, College Street staple.
Suggestion: Guinness, you poser.
Where: 14 Dupont Street
Why: The entire place is a patio.
Suggestion: Two words: Margarita. Pitchers.
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Where: 136 Ossington Avenue
Why: While everyone else is waiting in line at Bellwoods Brewery, slip a few doors down and out the back to this casual patio.
Suggestion: Tequila, obviously.
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Where: 229 Carlton Street
Why: The only ‘chain’ on the list, this is the best patio in Cabbagetown and one not too many people know about either.
Suggestion: Wood-fired pizzas are a go-to.
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Where: 1665 Dundas Street W
Why: You basically have to know this patio exists in order to find it. Through the bar, down the stairs, past the bathroom, up the stairs, and you’ll be sitting pretty.
Suggestion: A few pints of beer and their chicken wings. Trust us.
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Where: 1226 Bloor Street W
Why: This cozy patio is a great west end option – especially if you enjoy a picnic table vibe.
Suggestion: Cocktails here are a must.
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Where: 89 Harbord Street
Why: It’s quaint, quiet, and has some of the best food and drinks in Toronto.
Suggestion: COCKTAILS. Sorry, they’re unreal.
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Where: 641 Queen Street E
Why: Because it feels like your friends’ fenced in backyard.
Suggestion: Where else can you combine a cookie and a pint on a patio?
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