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The top 10 patios to chill on in Toronto

Posted by Martha Stortz / August 30, 2013

Toronto patiosThe top patios in Toronto to chill on aren't all about seeing and being seen. Many clubs in Toronto are built upon the hypothesis that Torontonians need DJ beats, Jagerbombs and MDMA cut with Windex to have a good time. Weekends upon weekends of pretending to know who Die Antwoord is can get exhausting. The only cure? A super chill patio to have some beers and relax.

Here is our list for the top patios to chill on in Toronto.

See also: The top 50 rooftop patios in Toronto.

Ronnie's Local
This Kensington patio is about as close as you can get to chilling on the sidewalk, downing beers and musing about life Wonder Years-style. Ronnie's doesn't serve food, but Kensington is rife with delicious options should the beer/sun/existential crises make you hungry.

Mezzerows PatioMezzrow's
This Parkdale patio is fenced in which creates a cozy vibe despite being on Queen Street. Hidden behind the bar, it feels like you're having a beer at a friend's place but better, because no one's parents are around to ask how to plan to use a liberal arts degree in the "real world."

Sweaty Bettys PatioSweaty Betty's
Sweaty Betty's uses fences and flora to create the feel of a hidden oasis on Ossington. The lush greenery gives it the feel of The Secret Garden but with more beer and a less weird abusive plot-line.

3 Speed Patio3 Speed
3 Speed's patio has a variety of seating options (both private and communal tables) for patrons who want to hang out with a group or alone (um no, drinking alone in public doesn't count as drinking alone). It also has an overhanging roof so you can relax without worrying about the weather.

Aft Kitchen and BarAft Kitchen and Bar
This Riverside patio is the perfect place to catch up with friends while indulging in some pure relaxation food - smoked ribs are the new cuppa.

Bairrada ChurasqueiraBairrada Churasqueira
Bairrada Churasqueira's laid back, super casual patio is ideal for those moments when you want to go grab a beer but don't want to change out of your jorts. There's even a TV on the patio for the sportsfan and introvert alike. The chicken ain't bad, either.

Stout Irish PubStout Irish Pub
This Cabbagetown patio has a great pub feel in the form of a patio. The patio's astroturfed ground is true to the Irish family roots; it appears stiff and unflappable from afar but once you spend a bit of time there, you grow to quietly tolerate it.

Bellwoods Brewery TorontoBellwoods Brewery
While Bellwoods Brewery is often packed, it's a great place for hanging out if you can get a table. This patio has a wide selection of their own beers, so prepare to be impressed (and drunk) while you chillax.

lucky shrikeLucky Shrike
This backyard patio is perfect if you're running out of coffee shops to work on your screenplay. A hidden gem on Dundas West, it also makes for a good date spot.

Mugshot Tavern patioMugshot Tavern
Mugshot Tavern has two small patios instead of one big one which lends a private, cozy feel. They also have a delicious menu so you could actually hang out all day without resorting to the Double Cohort Diet (drinking nonstop because you're 17 living in a 45 foot room with an exchange student who won't stop playing WOW and your mom's not here so no one can tell you what to do).

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Photos by Jesse Milns



B / August 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Mezzrow's has a nice patio, but the majority of the staff are rude as hell and seem to resent you even being there.
Ell / August 30, 2013 at 01:20 pm
Ain't nothing chill about Toronto, full-stop: get thee to Montreal for some.
DY / August 30, 2013 at 01:39 pm
ugh, why did you have to tell people about mugshot's
lauren / August 30, 2013 at 01:54 pm
love the backyard at la hacienda for margaritas!
Welshgrrl / August 30, 2013 at 02:48 pm
The Wallflower at Dundas/Brock has a sweet patio also
K-Borg / August 30, 2013 at 07:25 pm
Ronnie's FTW.

Hot tip: Order from The Grilled Cheese across the street and they'll deliver right to your table.
ButtFace / August 31, 2013 at 11:05 am
The Cloak and Dagger on College just east of Bathurst has an awesome back patio also - feel like it should be on this list due to extreme chill vibezzz.
Meg / April 13, 2014 at 03:27 pm
What about Crocodile Rock?
Brian / April 13, 2014 at 07:00 pm
I agree with ButtFace, Cloak and Dagger has a great patio
Shan / April 14, 2014 at 01:36 pm
I know it's known but why isn't the Black Bull on here! Beer specials and constant sunshine on that open patio! It's probably one of the best spots.
GDH / April 14, 2014 at 02:00 pm
Don't sleep on McGugan's patio (Gerrard and Jones)
KD replying to a comment from B / April 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
No way. Bar staff at Mezzrow's are great! They're probably amongst the most efficient & competent bar staff around, frankly. If you've found them rude, then possibly you were rude first.
ChrisMac / April 14, 2014 at 05:10 pm
I'm thinking Martha is a hipster. Only one of these patios is East of Spadina and none are north of Bloor.
Maryjane / April 15, 2014 at 10:14 am
why wasnt cadillac lounge on here? they have the biggest outfoor patio in Parkdale....
pfft / May 22, 2014 at 05:18 pm
This writer is trying way too hard. mdma cut with windex? die antwoord? GTFOHWTMFBS
pfft / May 22, 2014 at 05:20 pm
Also plenty of 'chill' patios in the east end.
LS / May 22, 2014 at 07:17 pm
How did Trinity Taverna NOT make this list? I seriously think it is the most beautiful place for a warm evening in the whole city. A bit pricey... but worth it for the view and quality of food.
BS replying to a comment from Ell / May 23, 2014 at 10:11 am
How did some of these patios even make it to the list? I've been to way better looking ones than these...
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