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The top 5 lakeside patios in Toronto

Lakeside patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce, making by the water seating a hot commodity in the summer months. While there's only a handful to choose from, once there, you'll find that these sprawling patios are often able to accommodate hundreds, meaning chances of scoring a seat with a view of the water are extremely favourable.

Here are my picks for the top 5 lakeside patios in Toronto.

Amsterdam Brewhouse
This Harbourfront brewery can accommodate 300 people spread out over three patios. The choice seats if you can snag them, are the Muskoka chairs perched over the water looking out onto the lakes. Of course, the bar menu here makes beers its focus, serving namesake draughts, casks and bottles from the cellar.

Cabana Pool Bar
With a vibe that's more South Beach than Toronto, this massive waterfront venue promises exactly what it's name suggests; shady private cabanas with bottle service, a pool to show off this season's bikini and a bar stocked with premium spirits.

Against the Grain

Against the Grain
Situated in proximity of Sugar Beach, this vast lake-facing terrace attached to the Corus Building is the perfect spot to kick back over beers or Caesars (in your choice of tableside or lounge seating). It's most inviting in the sun-drenched afternoon.

The Keating Channel
Positioned directly next to the water, with room for hundreds of people, this casual patio is an idyllic destination for dinner or afternoon drinks with friends under an open umbrella. Picnic tables may not be chic, but they perfectly compliment the by-the-water vibe.

Bluffers Restaurant

Bluffers Restaurant
Bluffer's Restaurant has a patio that comes with a spectacular view. Wrapping around the restaurant and adorned with plastic chairs and covered tables, the patio is set waterside and overlooks the aquatic activity in the Bluffs. The vibe is certainly "country club," with a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.


The Watermark Irish Pub
Boasting a spectacular view of the water, this courtyard patio is easily this pubs best feature. Dotted with umbrellas for shade and outfitted with a mix of seating, this place attracts a lively crowd looking for pints, pub grub and a breeze off the waterfront.

Did I miss any? Leave your favourite lakeside patios in the comments.

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