107 (and counting) of the best patios to check out in Toronto this summer

Jun 21 2019, 3:17 pm

Toronto has a heck of a lot of sweet, sunny patios.

And they’re all calling your name.

We did the digging on which ones are worth the visit. Whether you’re seeking a waterfront brew or a spot where you can relax with your dog resting at your feet, the options are here.

Now all you need to do is pick one.

Waterfront Patios

Waterfront patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce, which makes them all the more special.

In high demand on hot days, these patios are the places to be to soak up the sun while the lake breeze keeps you cool.

Here’s where to live large, lakeside, this summer in Toronto.

Against the Grain

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At Corus Quay (aka Sugar Beach), this pubby patio offers a serene escape on the waterfront. Rotating taps pouring craft brews and a menu featuring salads, brick oven pizzas, and burgers are all easy to like.

Address: 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-344-1562

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Amsterdam Brewhouse

Amsterdam BrewHouse patio

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Beers, Muskoka chairs, and a pristine view of the harbour… this lakeside brewhouse has it all. Settle in for a little R&R with a 3 Speed in hand.

Address: 245 Queens Quay, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-1020

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Boxcar Social

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One of Toronto’s best cafe patios, the third outpost from Boxcar Social is an ideal destination for sipping quality coffee, wine, craft beer, or whiskey at any time of day or night.

Address: 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 416-203-2999

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Cabana Pool Bar

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Bottle service and bikinis are the big draws at this poolside patio. This place is in perpetual party mode, fuelled by top-shelf spirits and spiked slushies.

Address: 11 Polson Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-479-7645

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Dogfish Pub & Eatery

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Cold beer, laid back vibes, and convivial service make this pub (housed inside the marina), the perfect place to wind down after a day on the water or at the beach. Take note: This patio is literally on the water.

Address: 7 Brimley Road South, Toronto
Phone: 416-264-2337

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Firkin on the Bay

Firkin on the Bay beer patio

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This Firkin outpost is a gem from the chain of local public houses. Being positioned right on the water makes it a popular destination for Etobicoke patio-goers looking to soak in some sun, with a tiny Toronto skyline on the horizon.

Address: 68 Marine Parade Drive, Unit 13-17, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-8877

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The Goodman Pub

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This waterfront patio boasts panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. To help keep cool, try any of the two dozen beers on tap, and tuck into a menu spanning brunch to dinner. We’re talkin’ lakeside standouts like smashed avo toast and lobster rolls.

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-2337

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The Keating Channel

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The patio of this one-of-a-kind public house in Toronto’s Port Lands is the real deal. If you were any closer to the water, you’d be swimming. Enjoy a classic menu of pub grub, beers, and coolers while savouring the view.

Address: 2 Villiers Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-572-0030

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Pie Bar

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Pizza on a patio! This pie shop offers plenty of people-watching opportunities at Harbourfront, not to mention a menu of snacks, salads, pasta, pizza, gelato, and cocktails!

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 155, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-7221

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The Slip

Waterfront patios

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The seasonal restaurant on Toronto waterfront is now open for the 2019 season. The lakeside patio boasts 250 seats where the bar stocks cold beers, ciders, cocktails, and wine. And the kitchen? It’s slingin’ pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and ribs.

Address: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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Sunnyside Pavilion Café

Waterfront patios

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A little oasis along the boardwalk, this beachside cafe offers a welcome respite for the hungry and dehydrated. Here, you can sip on pints of beer and snack on lobster tacos while waiting for your beach towel to dry.

Address: 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Phone: 416-531-2233

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Toronto Island Brewing

Waterfront patios

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Last year, the Toronto Islands gained an all-new destination for beers and BBQ. The spot pours house brands like Sinners Helles Bock and Ferryboat Blonde Ale while offering a perfect view of the city’s skyline.

Address: 120 Centre Island Dock, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-4841

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Rooftop Patios

It’s high time to soak up the sunshine!

And the best views Toronto has to offer.

Serving up cold drinks alongside al fresco dining, these spots soar high above the rest. Whether the heights are offering views of the CN Tower or sights reminiscent of Brooklyn, you’re going to like what you see from up here.

These are the rooftops at the top of Toronto’s patio scene.

Baro

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Baro’s rooftop offers an indoor-outdoor experience reminiscent of a warm getaway. With plenty of greenery, massive screens and a view that’s like something out of a New York love story, this spot’s serving up all the goods.

Address: 485 King Street West, Toronto
Phone:  416-363-8388

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Soco

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Talk about Views from the 6ix. This rooftop, tucked away at The Delta, offers unparalleled sights. The CN Tower soars above while you enjoy a drink around one of the spot’s outdoor fireplaces.

Address: 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-637-5465

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Hemingway’s

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This Yorkville spot’s patio is always open, 365 days a yeah. With the kitchen open until 2 am, you can count on a late night bite.

Address: 142 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-968-2828

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Kost

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At the top of the Bisha Hotel is Kost, offering a sunny, tropical-feeling escape from the bustling streets below. Slip up here for a bright bite while watching the world rush around below you.

Address: 80 Blue Jays Way, Floor 44, Toronto
Phone: 437-800-5938

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Oasis

Oasis

Escape to the top of Wayne Gretzky’s sports bar to enjoy a drink and a bite in the bright sun, on cushy couch seating. There are plenty of umbrellas around too, if you’d prefer to enjoy the fresh air under a bit of shade.

Address: 99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Phone: 647-697-6468

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The Thompson

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If you’re looking for a snazzy way to spend a Saturday afternoon, look no further than the Thompson. Offering one of the swankiest rooftops in the city, you can enjoy a cold bevvy while posing for that perfect Insta shot with the city’s skyline behind you.

Address: 55o Wellington Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-640-7778

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Barhop Brew Co.

Bar Hop beer patio rooftop

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Savour every last drop of summer on the patio of this brewhouse where the bar offers three dozen craft beers on tap and the menu includes charcuterie, sandwiches, and hearty comfort foods like schnitzel.

Address: 137 Peter Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-1137

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The Gaarden

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Encased by lush greenery and the city skyline, The Gaarden, located on the rooftop at 314 Queen Street West, is ready to serve as your oasis.

Address: 314 Queen Street West

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The Beverley Hotel

The Beverley Hotel

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Carlotta Bar on the rooftop of this hotel is a hidden gem offering top-notch cocktails and eats, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Queen West.

Address: 335 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-493-2786

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Broadview Hotel

The Broadview

The east side hotel offers sweeping views of the city from its rooftop deck. The strip club turned boutique hotel is easily one of the hottest spots in the city this summer… don’t be surprised if there’s a queue just to get up the elevator.

Address: 106 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-362-8439

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Bovine Tiki Bar

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On the rooftop above the Bovine Sex Club is a hidden oasis where tropical drinks and sunshine are the main draws.

Address: 542 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-4239

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The Ballroom

The Ballroom Bowl patio rooftop

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Bowling with a side of fresh air! Step out after a game to discover this rooftop terrace at the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District.

Address: 145 John Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-597-2695

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Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe patio

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The after-work crowd head here to let off steam and soak up a dose of vitamin D on this frozé-fueled rooftop.

Address: First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-2025

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The Chase

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Elevated dining. Literally. This terrace sits five floors up looking west from Yonge Street and keeps cool with cocktails, chilled seafood platters, tartare, and ceviche.

Address: 10 Temperance Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-7000

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Drake Sky Yard

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Billing itself as an “ever-changing, climate-defiant, all-season space,” this patio has the potential to surprise and delight no matter how many times you’ve been before. Go for the stargazing, kick-ass cocktails, and good vibes at the city’s “hot bed for culture.”

Address: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-531-5042

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District Eatery

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Tucked in by all the condos in the area, this rooftop feels more like a backyard. Even still, it’s sunny (even more so due to the reflective glass condos) than you’d expect, and it serves up the typical combination of boozy drinks and health-conscious eats.

Address: 303 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-9799

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The Fifth & Terrace

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The Fifth

Perhaps one of the most romantic patios around, this all-weather rooftop restaurant is illuminated by candlelight (and city lights) while the menu boasts oysters, steaks, and lobster risotto.

Address: 225 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-3005

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Gusto 101

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With a retractable roof, this patio is in business rain or shine. On the menu, Italian standards like pizzas and pasta plus three magic words: vino on tap.

Address: 101 Portland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-9669

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Jazz Bistro

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Jazz Bistro

Decked out to the max, this patio is the perfect place to lounge around with a cocktail in hand while soaking in live music as it mingles with the soundtrack of the city.

Address: 251 Victoria Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-363-5299

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KasaMoto

kasa moto patio

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Sushi and starlight! Head to this terrace in the heart of Yorkville to sip cocktails alongside dishes like Wagyu fried rice and soft shell crab maki.

Address: 115 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-7000

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Lavelle

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Pool-side, sky high, and on King West. It’s an easy add-up that this is an ideal spot to let a Saturday afternoon turn into a Saturday night.

Address: 627 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-9353

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Murphy’s Law

Murphy's Law Pub and Kitchen patio rooftop

Murphy’s Law Pub and Kitchen

This pub and kitchen in The Beach(es) offers an excellent view of Toronto’s east end alongside two dozen craft beers on tap and an all-pleasing selection like wings, nachos, and yes, even avocado toast.

Address: 1702 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-690-5516

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Pauper’s Pub

Paupers Pub rooftop

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Negronis on tap, sangria, a rooftop patio… I think it’s fair to assume that this Bloor Street pub is trying to seduce you.

Address: 539 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-530-1331

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The Pilot

The Pilot flight deck rooftop patio

The Pilot

Climb on up to the flight deck to enjoy this rooftop in Yorkville. The retractable awning makes it practically all-weather, so patio season extends from March until December.

Address: 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-923-5716

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The One Eighty

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Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, this restaurant towers over the city and offers an unparalleled vantage point looking south from Bloor to the lake.

Address: 55 Bloor Street West, 51st Floor, Toronto
Phone: 416-967-0000

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The Porch

The Porch TO rooftop patio

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A killer view that’s known to draw line-ups. Just be warned, this place also charges a cover for the pleasure of being seated outside.

Address: 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-344-1234

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Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm patio

Tequila Bookworm

The expansive list of craft beers and Ontario ciders are reason enough to visit this multi-level Queen West venue. The rooftop patio is kind of like the cherry on top.

Address: 512 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-2334

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Brewpub Patios

Toronto’s brewpub patios are the ultimate summer retreat.

These sun-soaked spots are perfect destinations to work on your tan and tuck into fresh-from-the-source local suds.

Cheers to the city’s best breweries with patios.

Amsterdam Brewhouse

Amsterdam BrewHouse patio

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Beers, Muskoka chairs, and a pristine view of the harbour… this lakeside brewhouse has it all. Settle in for a little R&R with a 3 Speed in hand.

Address: 245 Queens Quay, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-1020

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Bandit Brewery

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In Toronto’s west end this brewpub boasts a sprawling patio where trees are planted in between the tables. On tap, a rotating selection of house specialties including the summery Hassel-Hef.

Address: 2121 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-1002

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Bellwoods Brewery

Bellwoods Brewery patio

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One of the hottest places to be on a summer day in Toronto, seats are always in high demand on the picket fence fronted patio on Ossington at this local brewery.

Address: 124 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-535-4586

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Belgian Moon Mobile Brewery

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Toronto’s giant shipping container market stackt opened this spring, and it brought Toronto a first-of-its-kind mobile brewery. The Belgian Moon spot has a sprawling patio, perfect for lounging on a hot summer’s day.

Address: 28 Bathurst Street (at Front Street)

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Blood Brothers

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Tucked away on Geary Avenue, Blood Brothers is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your regular route. Stop in for a few and listen to the train pass by, only a couple hundred feet away.

Address: 165 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-628-6062

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Burdock

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Escape to this brewpub and music hall that also boasts a pretty sweet boulevard patio. Here you can kick back with a pint and a Ploughman’s Platter while the busy Bloor Street traffic passes by.

Address: 1184 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-546-4033

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Granite Brewery

Granite Brewery patio

Granite Brewery

This midtown tied house is home to crisp summer ales and a shady patio that are perfect during a heat wave.

Address: 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Phone: 416-322-0723

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Godspeed

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a brew and chicken katsu in the sun, you’ve found it. This east end watering hole is big, bustling and swirling with fresh air. And Glory Hole is just around the corner.

Address: 242 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-551-2282

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Goose Island Brewhouse

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With seating for 75 on the front patio and 60 in the beer garden back patio, this brewpub offers signature brews from the Chicago brand along with in-house originals… not to mention, the back patio enjoys a view of one of Toronto’s last remaining Banksy’s.

Address: 70 The Esplanade, Toronto
Phone: 416-862-7575

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Liberty Commons

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The Liberty Village brewpub does brunch, lunch, and dinner paired with the house Big Rock beers al fresco and in full view of the brewing operations.

Address: 42 Liberty Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-304-9403

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Mill Street Beer Hall

Mill Street Beer Hall patio

Mill Street Beer Hall

In Toronto’s historic Distillery District this brewery, brewpub, and beer hall boasts sprawling patio seating at its two adjacent venues. Here, the kitchen menu is as expansive as the beer list offering selections like wings, poutines, and flatbreads.

Address: 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Phone: 416-681 0338

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Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

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Umbrellas keep this sprawling front patio on Bathurst Street shaded so you can enjoy a beer-fueled brunch or after-work oysters and charcuterie boards.

Address: 115 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-540-4030

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Rorschach Brewing Co.

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Not far from Woodbine Beach, this spot offers 18 beers on tap and a menu of fries, tacos, and skewers, not to mention a perfect escape from the bustling city centre. These brewpub patios do not mess around.

Address: 1001 Eastern Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-3233

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Patios for Cheap Drinks

Patio real estate in Toronto is in high demand, but the joy of drinking outdoors doesn’t need to break the bank.

For those seeking a slice of sunshine AND affordable drink specials, these are the top destinations for cheap drinks on a patio in Toronto.

Joe Bird

Joe Bird patio waterfront

Joe Bird

Go after work for happy hour deals that include wine bottles for half-price, $6 pints, and $5 mixed drinks between 5 pm and 7 pm.

Address: 207 Queens Quay, Toronto
Phone: 647-977-2767

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Bistro 422

bistro 422 patio

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The backyard patio at this dive bar is the perfect place to pregame on the cheap! Pitchers of Sangria (and other mixed drinks) costs just $13.28 while a pitcher of beer pitcher is priced between $12 and $14.

Address: 422 College Street
Phone: 416-963-9416

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Done Right Inn

This well-worn Queen West bar boasts a secluded backyard patio that is always open! Go for $4.50 bottles of domestic and pints from $6.

Address: 861 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-364-9102

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Sauce on the Danforth

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With drink specials on offer every day of the week, the courtyard at this east side bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink without breaking the bank. Weekdays from 4 pm to 7 pm a pint of beer costs just $5.75. Meanwhile, cocktails go for $6.42 before 6 pm daily.

Address: 376 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-1376

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District Eatery

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The house wine is $1 an ounce while at least a half-dozen different cocktails can be had for $9.25 on the patio of this King West eatery. Compared to neighbouring restaurants, this place is a steal.

Address: 303 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-9799

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Patios for Brunch

Toronto loves brunch and patios in seemingly equal proportions.

If there were ever a worthy reason to get out bed on a weekend, sunny eggs with a side of sunshine might just be it.

These are the best Toronto patios where you can double down on your indulgences while the warm weather is upon us.

School

school resto patio brunch

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The schoolyard at this popular Liberty Village destination gets an A+ for serving brunch all week long. On the menu, find cheesecake waffles and cheesy bacon French toast that are top of their class.

Address: 70 Fraser Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-0005

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Chadwick’s

chadwicks kitchen bar

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Start with sticky buns and caesars before moving on to build-your-own-bennies on the sunny backyard patio at this craft kitchen on Dupont.

Address: 268 Howland Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-944-1606

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Figo

Figo patio brunch

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Brunch it up downstairs from your King West condo. Paying sky-high rent for just a sliver of space deserves to be rewarded with occasional pancetta-topped breakfast pizza.

Address: 295 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-503-4074

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Fort York Tavern

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This spot offers a chill, relaxing atmosphere in the heart of CitiPlace, overlooking Canoe Landing. Choose any brunch item and a mimosa for $23.00 plus tax!

Address: 92 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Phone: 416-623-2323

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La Cubana

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The restaurant on Roncesvalles that has it all! The backyard patio is brimming with good vibes and the weekend brunch menu boasts hearty Cuban breakfasts. We’re talkin’ chorizo empanadas with runny eggs and French toast dressed with dulce de leche.

Address: 392 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-538-7500

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Bar Reyna

Bar Reyna

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Get a head start on day drinking at this posh Yorkville patio. The regal restaurant offers oysters, avocado toast, and Spanish breakfast poutines along with strawberry-basil gin cocktails in a lush green setting.

Address: 158 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-4464

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The Rec Room Roundhouse Park

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Just steps away from the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, this spacious patio offers unobstructed views of the city and outdoor games like ping pong and corn hole. Brunch is on every weekend from 11 am to 3 pm!

Address: 255 Bremner Boulevard
Phone: 416-815-0086

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Maple Leaf Tavern

Maple Leaf Tavern

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Corned beef hash, hash brown BLTs, buttermilk waffle, and roasted mushrooms with fried eggs on toast are among the standouts on the brunch menu at this polished restaurant on Gerrard.

Address: 955 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-415-0955

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Queen & Beaver

Queen & beaver brunch eggs benedict

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The upscale public house on Elm Street is anything but a nightmare. Quite the opposite, the full English breakfast and Bennies built on breakfast scones served in the patio are what dreams are made of.

Address: 35 Elm Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-2712

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Maha’s

mahas brunch

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Egyptian brunch served all day every day is a major draw in Toronto’s east end brunch spot and Maha’s corner patio is not nearly big enough to accommodate the crowds. Should you have to wait for a table, occupy yourself with a cardamom latte then practice some patience as you wait for your chance to indulge on sunny eggs with foole or falafel wrapped around soft eggs.

Address: 226 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-462-2703

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Aunties & Uncles

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There’s a good reason why people queue up for breakfast pockets and grilled brie sandwiches at this popular eatery on Lippincott. For starters, the food is tasty and the portions are generous. Plus, nothing on the menu exceeds $10 and the patio outfitted with picnic tables is pretty much the perfect place to spend your weekend afternoon.

Address: 74 Lippincott Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-324-1375

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Gusto 101

gusto 101 patio

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Wake up with savoury standards like frittatas and omelettes or get your sweet fix with Nutella brioche and ricotta pancakes on this rooftop patio. If heights aren’t your thing, there’s street-level outdoor seating, too. Brunch is served from 10 am to 3 pm every weekend.

Address: 101 Portland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-9669

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Cafe Belong

cafe belong brunch patio

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Brunch on this patio in the middle of the Brickworks offers the chance to fill up on buttermilk biscuits smothered with poached eggs and hollandaise before hitting the hiking trails or stocking up at the farmers’ market.

Address: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-8234

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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred's Temple Kitchen

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Home to legendary blueberry buttermilk pancakes and a sweet slice of patio, this Liberty Village brunch spot is the place to be on the weekends… or during the week when they serve another beloved meal mash-up known as b’lunch.

Address: 85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-5695

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Smith

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Pistachio waffles, quiche, Huevos Rancheros, Benedicts, and more! The gang’s all here at this highly-Instagrammable back patio situated in the heart of Toronto’s Gay Village.

Where: 553 Church Street
Contact: 416-926-2501

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White Brick Kitchen

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Seats on this boulevard patio are in high demand on sunny Sundays when this restaurant serves up its signature comfort food brunch. On the menu, bennies built on Scotch bap and fried chicken club sandwiches dressed with brown butter sage mayo.

Address: 641 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-9188

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Petty Cash

Petty Cash

Petty Cash just dropped a killer brunch menu, perfect for tucking into on the Portland Street patio. Opt for fresh fare like the Petty Parfait, made with cantaloupe puree, greek yogurt, dragon fruit, chocolate, and pistachio, made for enjoying under the sun. Or, go heartier with Hot Cakes and Cream or an indulgent Breakfast Sandwich, featuring a honey garlic sausage patty.

Address: 487 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone:  647-748-2274

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Portland Variety

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Sunny yellow patio umbrellas serve as a beacon for brunch-goers on King West. Once settled in under the ample shade, get ready to indulge in lemon ricotta pancakes, fried eggs bravas, and beignets filled with vanilla custard.

Address: 587 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-368-5151

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Betty’s

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DIY hot waffles, carved meats, a poutine station, fruit, and dessert! Between the weekend brunch buffet and the glorious patio, there’s no reason not to check out this King East bar on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm.

Address: 240 King Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-368-1300

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Mitzi’s Cafe

Mitzis cafe patio brunch

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The weekday breakfast menu features choices including breakfast burritos and cheesy scrambles. Meanwhile, brunch on the weekends is the time to shine with and an ever-changing line-up of special features in rotation.

Address: 100 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-1234

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Tennesse Tavern

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Start the day right at this backyard patio in Parkdale where the brunch menu features platters of smoked fish with house-made rye, French toast, and more.

Address: 1554 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-535-7777

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La Société

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Make like a true Parisian and sip your latte slowly in the sunshine on this bistro patio in Yorkville. This splashy brunch menu here showcases seafood towers and lavish dishes like the Lobster Benedict.

Address: 131 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-551-9929

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Her Father’s Cider

her fathers cider bar patio

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Crisp morning air and crisp cider are a good pair at any time of day. At brunch time, the seasonal menu features savoury grain bowls, duck confit Belgian waffles, and breakfast sandwiches.

Address: 119 Harbord Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-7747

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Liberty Commons

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The Liberty Village brewpub offers massive Brewmaster breakfasts on offer al fresco, AND in full view of the brewing operations.

Address: 42 Liberty Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-304-9403

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Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

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Umbrellas keep this sprawling front patio on Bathurst Street shaded so you can enjoy a beer-fueled brunch featuring smoothie bowls, steak and eggs, vegan banana pancakes, and more.

Address: 115 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-540-4030

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Cafe Patios

Get your caffeine fix and a dose of vitamin D at these cafe patios, where cold brew in the sunshine and lattes in the shade are the orders of the day.

Whether you’re simply enjoying your java in silence, catching up with friends, or tapping away at your laptop with the unusual luxury of outdoor wifi, these are the best cafes with patios in Toronto.

Fika

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Artsy and cozy, this Swedish-inspired coffee shop in Kensington Market is in a converted old house that allows for outdoor latte sipping on front and back gardens – the latter of which is complete with a hammock.

Address: 28 Kensington Avenue, Toronto

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Portland Variety

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Fuel up on quality cappuccinos and crafted sandwiches during weekday power meetings, or brunch it up with a sunglass-clad clientele curing their hangovers with coffee on weekends.

Address: 587 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-368-5151

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Dundas & Carlaw

Dundas and Carlaw

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Everyone is welcome at this east side cafe and bar. From the brainstorming, laptop-clad creative set, to stroller-pushing nannies from the ’hood, here, no one will judge you if you swap the mid-afternoon coffee for a craft beer or Caesar.

Address: 1173 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-639-7281

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Te Aro

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Aside from the delicious brews and crafted bites, one of the best features at this east side coffee roaster and café is its large (dog-friendly) front patio.

Address: 983 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-465-2006

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Cafe Pamenar

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Offering an intimate, artistic, and cozy vibe, this hidden gem in Kensington Market is full of character. Quality espresso, beer, and small bites are on the menu while the patio real estate is flush with seating out front, as well as a shady backyard where you can unwind.

Address: 307 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-352-3627

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Boxcar Social

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The location at Harbourfront Centre is not quite your quaint local coffee shop, but making up for the clientele of tourists is the prime patio with an unmatched view overlooking Lake Ontario.

Address: 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 416-203-2999

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Good Neighbour Espresso Bar

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The patio at this High Park-area cafe will lure you in for hours with its menu of Instagram-worthy latte art and serene patio seating.

Address: 238 Annette Street, Toronto

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Early Bird Espresso

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The sunny back patio at this Queen West cafe is on the lower portion of the roof and offers prime coffee-sipping real estate. Ideal for both outdoor brainstorming sessions and intimate dates or meetings, the patio is outfitted with a picnic as well as small bistro tables.

Address: 613 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-2473

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Northwood

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Cafe by day, a cocktail bar by night. This patio-blessed establishment across from Christie Pits offers is an ideal destination to kick-start your day, or alternately cap it off.

Address: 815 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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Jimmy’s

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The location in Kensington Market has one of the sweetest backyard patios in town. The serene hideaway is the perfect place to recharge with a latte or iced tea… and a cookie.

Address: 91 Baldwin Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-352-5466

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Dineen Coffee Co.

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The location in the Financial District is a stylishly designed and history-rich cafe offering the perfect chance to soak up some sunshine before returning to the office. The spacious patio offers prime people-watching opportunities (if you can get a spot) and is one of few coffee shop patios in the area.

Address: 140 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-900-0949

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Full Stop

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Located on in The Junction, this eclectic and colourfully designed cafe is a reliable source for coffee, baked goods, and sandwiches. But the major draw is the breezy, 30-seat back patio that’s full of communal tables and oversized umbrellas.

Address: 2948 Dundas Street West, Toronto

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Rooster Coffee House (Broadview)

Rooster Coffee House

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Across from Riverdale Park East, this west-facing front patio at this location of Rooster Coffee House is popular for top-notch brews and park-side views.

Address: 479 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-995-1530

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Beer Gardens

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Address: 511 Rogers Road
Phone: 647-358-4800

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Mascot Brewery Brew Bar and Beer Garden

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And Mascot Brewery, which closed its doors (and beloved patio) last spring, is gifting Toronto the perfect pairing to the upcoming warmth. The new brew hub will be located at 220 King Street West, right in the heart of your standard Saturday-night goings-on.

Where: Coming soon: 220 King Street West

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Patios for Dogs

Many restaurants take a laissez-faire approach when it comes to bringing your pup into the patio space, or tethering up directly outside it.

We’re spotlighting the most accommodating spots, as well as patios that are perfectly positioned (read: tucked away from bustling traffic) so that both you and your best friend can relax.

Read on to learn the most fur-friendly patios in the city.

Local Public Eatery

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Staff at this Liberty Village confirm that dogs are indeed welcome on their patio. Only one change should be noted: this summer, pups are asked to stay off the seats to accommodate for folks with allergies, and to keep chairs hair-free. Fair enough if it lets you enjoy a brew alongside your fuzzy pal!

Address: 100 East Liberty Street, Unit 171, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-8351

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The Goodman Pub

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Grab a table on the perimeter of this patio and tie your pup up within your view, just outside, to enjoy this serene spot featuring panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands.

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-2337

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The Fifth

Fifth Pubhouse

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While canine guests aren’t technically allowed on the patio itself, dogs are more than welcome to hang out on the other side of the railing adjacent to the tables. Situated down a traffic-free laneway makes it a relatively safe spot to rest, while bowls of water served to dogs just reinforces that four-legged friends are welcome.

Address: 221 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-0390

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Against the Grain

Against the Grain Urban Tavern

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At Corus Quay (aka Sugar Beach), this pubby patio offers a serene escape on the waterfront where dogs can enjoy the lake breeze in their manes while tied at the fence.

Address: 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-344-1562

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Farmr

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The positioning of this peaceful terrace, tucked away from the street, means you can tie Boomer to the fence away foot traffic. Plus, the restaurant offers H2O for four-legged friends, so you can both stay hydrated on hot days.

Address: 140 The Esplanade, Unit A, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-8676

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Te Aro

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Aside from the delicious brews and crafted bites, one of the best features at this east side coffee roaster and café is its large and dog-friendly patio out front.

Address: 983 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-465-2006

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Pie Bar

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Tie your pooch outside your patio seat on the boardwalk so that while you enjoy cocktails, and pizza, she can enjoy people-watching on the Harbourfront.

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 155, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-7221

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Blood Brothers

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Tucked away on Geary Avenue, Blood Brothers is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your regular route. And the chill vibes transfer over to their attitude about furry friends – snag a picnic table and keep Rex close. He’s totally welcome.

Address: 165 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-628-6062

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Bandit Brewery

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In Toronto’s west end this brewpub boasts a sprawling patio where trees are planted in between the tables, offering extra shade. While pups aren’t allowed in the patio space, there’s plenty of greenery just outside the fence where they can lounge and await you while you work on that beer.

Address: 2121 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-1002

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Henderson

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Okay, so this brewery doesn’t have a patio, per se. The taproom is, however, very dog-friendly, and there are bay doors that open wide to let the sunshine in, so if you’re looking to enjoy a brew with your dawgs… this place might just fit the bill.

Address: 128A Sterling Road. Toronto
Phone: 416-863-8822

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Left Field

Left Field Brewery

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And here’s another dog-friendly brewery that doesn’t really have a patio but might still fulfill your cravings for cold beer, sunshine, and quality time with your pup. Just roll-up those garage doors, claim a Muskoka, and let your pup soak up some rays from the bottle shop.

Address: 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-346-5001

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Chef-Recommended

As some of the city’s top chefs chopped and seared together on the rooftop of Cactus Club for this year’s Chefs on Deck, we dug into their favourite summer hangs around Toronto.

Check out some of the patios these Toronto chefs recommend… when they need to be on a deck.

Cory Vitiello – Cactus Club Cafe

 

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Favourite patio: King Taps (100 King St W) and Constantine (15 Charles St E)
Reason: King Taps for sporting games, and Constantine “New patio in a beautiful hotel. It’s a great social hub.”

Address: King Taps – 100 King Street West
Phone:  647-361-2025

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Address: Constantine – 15 Charles Street East
Phone: 647-475-4436

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Iron Chef Rob Feenie – Cactus Club Cafe

 

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Favourite patio: Cactus Club Cafe’s rooftop (77 Adelaide St W)
Reason: The retractable roof

Address: Cactus Club Café – 77 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 647-748-2025

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Rob Rossi – Giulietta

 

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Favourite patio: Bar Raval (505 College St), and Le Select Bistro (432 Wellington St W)
Reason: Bar Raval “Feels very European,” Le Select “Perfect in the summer.”

Address: Bar Raval – 505 College Street
Phone: 647-344-8001

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Address: Le Select Bistro – 432 Wellington Street West
Phone:  416-596-6405

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Favourite patio:  Lahore Tikka House (1365 Gerrard St E)
Reason: Large covered patio and family friendly.

Address: Lahore Tikka House – 1365 Gerrard Street East
Phone: 416-406-1668

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Brandon Olsen – La Banane

 

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Favourite patio: The 3 Speed (1163 Bloor St W), and his loft.
Reason: It’s secluded.

Address: The 3 Speed – 1163 Bloor Street West
Phone: 647-430-3834

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Alida Solomon – Tutti Matti

 

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Favourite patio: Rodney’s Oyster House (469 King St W), and Bar Buca (75 Portland St)
Reason:  Rodney’s “has the most amazing patio,” and Bar Buca “They’re open late.”

Address: Rodney’s Oyster House – 469 King Street West
Phone: 416-363-8105

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Address: Bar Buca – 75 Portland Street
Phone: 416-599-2822

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Afrim Pristine – Cheese Boutique

 

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Favourite patio: Tennessee Tavern (1554 Queen St W)
Reason: “It’s secluded, out of the hussle, and food I love to eat.”

Address: Tennessee Tavern – 1554 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-535-7777

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With files from Liora Ipsum and Yasmin Aboelsaud.