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The top 10 summer nightlife destinations in Toronto

From a Bavarian beer garden to a hookah lounge to free tacos to poolside bottle service, Toronto's summer nightlife scene sizzles.

Here are my picks for the top summer nightlife destinations in Toronto.

Drake SkyYard
The Drake's rooftop patio offers a supreme space for sun worshippers and stargazers to bathe in the radiance of the city's daylight and nightlife with the hotel's signature Mojito (or several). DJs, the Drake's signature burger and occasional summer dance parties help round out the experience.

Cabana Pool Bar
Cabana is like walking into an opening scene from Miami Vice or a Playmate photo shoot. Its 50,000 sq. ft. enclosed Tojito patio seats 850 with 42 oversize deluxe chaises and 12 cabanas. Saturdays are usually jammed when live DJs including local favourites and international luminaries like Paris Hilton.

A collective taking a fresher approach to the House scene, Summerdaze strips away the consumerist shell to keep the scene pure. Its intimate parties have featured downtempo beats, art, photography, toys and body painting. Check their Facebook for the latest dates and locations.

Mascot Brewery and Odd Thomas
This new multilevel venue houses two distinct spots - Odd Thomas Bar and the rooftop patio and beer garden known as Mascot Brewery. Dig into Bavarian-style homemade pretzels, sausages and schnitzel while swigging back house made beer.

Promise Cherry Beach Sundays
Surround yourself with the trees, lake, sand, and music at this weekly summer ritual at Cherry Beach. Expect a line-up of DJs and a light and laser show. As the organizers like to say, bring a frisbee, kite and a sweater but leave your bros behind. Runs weekly 3-11 PM weather permitting. Suggested contribution $10 before 9pm and $20 after.

The Porch
Tucked above Rock 'n' Horse Saloon is The Porch. This rooftop venue serves up eats from a food trailer, Jack & Coke slushies, DJ beats and a skyline view that's tough to beat.

El Patio
Free midnight tacos. Say it. This hideaway patio is a hidden goldmine behind taqueria El Caballito. Anyone there around midnight gets a free taco. Buenos margueritas, nachos and other Mexican bar snacks available too. Enter off Pearl St. in the Club District.

Muzik Beach
Not to be confused with Muzik Nightclub. Muzik Beach offers the same club experience only with white sand between your toes, pool, cabanas, a beer garden and gourmet BBQ. Who needs a patio when you've got a beach house?

This chic and modern lounge at King and Bathurst is where to go if you're looking for a place to smoke shisha with your friends over bottle service under a blanket of stars in a massive open roof patio or under a private cabana.

Fly 2.0
In the heart of the Village, this 2.0 reboot boasts over-the-top triple-decker fun, including a patio bar. Despite flashing strobe lights, fog machines, hot studs, fast and fierce tiptop techno DJs, Fly's second floor secluded spot's ideal for chitchat gossip. If you aren't tied down, an easy hook up.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions for the best summer nightlife destinations in the comments.

Writing by Trent Lee. Photo of Summerdaze by Matt Forsythe.

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