The top 40 patios in Toronto by neighbourhood
Patios in Toronto are the ultimate summer destinations. These local open-air spaces let us congregate under the sun for some much-needed vitamin D, all while sipping on an equally necessary boozy beverage.
Here are my picks for the top patios in Toronto by neighbourhood.
The lively and affordable Paupers Pub has a sidewalk patio, but everyone knows their bustling rooftop is where it's at for prime patio real estate.
Barrel House is another brick-and-mortar incarnation of the Amsterdam Brewing brand. The spacious multi-level restaurant boasts not one, but two patio areas.
If you're looking for an unbeatable view of the Toronto skyline, grab a seat on the Murphy's Law rooftop patio.
Paradise Grapevine has a lush backyard patio where you can snack on affordable small plates of bread and cheese while sipping on wine.
Make some new friends at the communal tables on the patio at 3 Speed. Hanging greenery from the support beams make this spot super cozy.
The patio floor at Stout Irish Pub is covered in astroturf, giving this tight space with the picnic tables a playful, mismatched vibe.
With a 130-seat wraparound patio, menu of tried-and-true sports bar faves, and games throughout the bar, The Aviary Brewpub is the ultimate neighbourhood hub.
There's a reason why O'Grady’s gets so busy during Pride. Its huge patio takes up both sides of a street corner and is always a lively, fun place to be.
Hunters Landing caters to condo dwellers that reside in the towers above. Equipped with its own wet bar and fire pits, the massive outdoor space is an ideal spot to relax on a nice day.
The backyard patio is what makes Allen's a go-to pub on the Danforth. It gets super busy here with customers hankering for their homemade burgers, so make sure to score a spot ASAP.
Perfect for both daytime snacks or date night drinks, El Catrin's fire-pitted patios and giant chandelier make this Mexican restaurant an attractive option, no matter the time of day.
Whether you're with your family, friends, or on a date, the Joey Don Mills patio will surely please. While the space is huge, this patio manages to feel somewhat intimate with a wooden frame and accents, wicker furniture, and upholstered bench seating.
The Six Brewing Co. is a brewhouse inspired by the beer halls of Munich while still paying homage to Toronto. Sip on brews on their spacious side patio.
King Taps has tons of beers on tap, all of which can be imbibed on the rooftop patio under umbrellas for lunch or in the evening.
Harvest Kitchen is graced with two patios, one awning-covered, street-level space and the other, a larger deck on the second-floor that's surrounded by lush tree canopies.
The Goodman Pub & Kitchen is a perfect stop along Queens Quay stroll. Take in views of the lake while sipping pitchers of sangria.
Boo Radley's patio takes your classic old-school watering hole outside. You'll find plenty of locals out here on summer afternoons, sipping away at a pint and enjoying classic pub fare.
The front patio populated with picnic tables at Trinity Common is perhaps the biggest attraction here. It's almost always at capacity so arrive early if you want to snag a spot.
There's several stunning rooftop patios in this area, but Lavelle takes the cake with three pools, cabanas and easy access to its adjoining restaurant.
There's multiple patios and outdoor tiki bars at Chula Taberna Mexicana, where glowing lantern-esque lights and lampposts illuminate this fun, trendy restaurant.
The upper-level of Barcelona Tavern YYZ is dubbed the Cava Room. It's a rooftop patio that's great for unwinding.
Godspeed Brewery has transformed an old dollar store into a towering brewpub and bottle shop. Sip on brews and munch on Japanese izakaya-style sharing plates.
Bairrada Churrasquiera has a patio that'll make you feel like you're in a friend's backyard. Cluttered with picnic tables, this fun and surprisingly spacious outdoor spot is a really great place to watch the game.
The purple brick-walled patio at Belsize Public House is an ideal spot to enjoy the summer heat without sitting directly in the summer sun. It's also heated, meaning you can chill out there during fall as well.
The woodsy rooftop hangout that is Nome Izakaya's patio allows diners to snack on oysters and assorted sashimi, while catching that nice summer breeze.
Sweaty Betty's has been one of Toronto's most notoriously packed dive bars for over 20 years. Their backyard patio is laid-back and feels super serene.
A vintage birdcage is the centrepiece on the patio at Tennessee Tavern, featuring booths and a light-bedazzled open roof for extra airiness.
Cherry Street Bar-B-Que has a big patio that looks pretty bare, but an outdoor DJ to go with your barbecued meal makes up for it.
The stunning view from the Broadview Hotel's rooftop patio may actually be one of the best in the city, with the expansive Riverside landscape making a much better view than, say, Queen Street.
Once the warm weather hits, Bandit Brewery's front lawn fills up with picnic tables and hanging lights to create a bustling patio that lines the sidewalk.
Bluffer's Restaurant has a patio that comes with a spectacular view. Head over and gawk at all the aquatic activity in the Bluffs.
The sleek patio at e11even is perfect for lounging around in all-white on a hot summer day, while snacking on some tasty eats and sipping on wine.
Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co. has patios on its main and upper floor, offering one of the best views of the downtown Toronto skyline from across the water on Centre Island.
The Grover is an east side pub that's been around since 1982. Make your way to the back and discover a relaxed patio where you can grab a burger and pint.
Pretty much Toronto's favourite rooftop, Drake Sky Yard has its own bar and even has marshmallow-roasting opportunities in the colder months. Expect lines to get into this patio hot spot.
You can escape from the chaos of the Eaton Centre and head to one of the best pubs in the city, The Queen and Beaver, where a rooftop patio overlooks a scenic and tree-lined Elm Street.
This stylish backyard patio at Prohibition Gastrohouse is a great spot for a daytime chill session over cocktails of both the shrimp and boozy kind.
Hemingway's offers a casual break from the abundance of nearby swanky Yorkville spots, with tiers of varied seating and its own rooftop bar.
Hector Vasquez at Paradise Grapvine. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.
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