Why I Love Toronto’s Top Patios
It’s almost the May two-four and ever since I was 19-years-old I have dedicated one day of the long weekend to sitting on a patio and grabbing a few pitchers of beer with some friends. Therefore, I thought i’d share some of the patios you may find me on this weekend.
Hands down my favourite patio spot in the city. This patio gets my business bright and early for brunch and late at night for that last pint. There is something about this boutique hotel that has made me its number one fan. The patio is situated at the top of the hotel, hence why it’s called the Sky Yard and with a great atmosphere along with a great set of young attractive people what’s not to love about this West Queen West hot spot.
The first sign of warm weather always leads me to this charming patio in Little Italy. This patio has hosted my first official pint of the patio season for the last three years and is the one patio I am willing to wait a half hour in line for during a Toronto street festival. It is also the place I spent the most on alcohol – ever! I spent $110 after tax and tip on three pitchers of sangria, but my date kept on ordering and ordering pitchers, and I was so head over heels that I allowed it. The make-out sessions in Trinity Bellwoods afterwards was pretty epic, but alas I am single, it didn`t work out and now I refuse to order sangria from there – because it`s expensive and reminds of that jack-you-know-what. Still there is something magical about the patio that keeps me coming back and it might be the Italian allure.
With picnic tables surrounded by a white picket fence this patio is right on Ossington, not the street next to Ossington right on it. Not only do you get to enjoy a nice in-house brewed beer, but this is the prime people watching spot in the city. In my opinion the Ossington Strip is the place to people watch if you are participating in the mating games. From attractive and sexy hipsters to bikers who have finally peeled off their winter layers to highlight those amazing toned legs, I’m surprised this patio didn’t make it higher – I may need to consider this ranking.
Whenever I sit at this patio in the east end I can`t help but feel I am back in Ireland. Now, if you look north you will obviously notice Toronto, but if you keep your head facing south and gaze strictly in the confines of the patio you`ll get that same Irish feeling I do. It may be the cottage like building the greenery or even the alcohol, but I feel like singing Wild Rover every time. .
5) The Rhino
I discovered this Parkdale establishment a year ago. Maybe it was the orange chairs that attracted me or the fact they literally took over an abandoned lot, put some table and chairs and called it patio. Regardless, this patio is such a relaxing place and I love staring at the mural on the side of its exterior that is slowly fading away.
Three levels of patios this Yorkville establishment is home to a massive patio and a really odd smoking area. You can sit on the first floor patio at street level or the second floor balcony patio which overlooks the street or the third level patio which is high in the sky and looks out onto the least sketchiest alley of life. Even though there is a lot of patio space it still gets full very fast and their sangria is decently priced.
7) Stout Irish Pub
A small patio with AstroTurf and picnic tables the best part of this patio is that you can play board games on it! Grab Connect Four or Sorry and challenge your friends in the outside sun.