Food & Drink

The seven best patios in Toronto

Published On 08/29/2013 Published On 08/29/2013

Toronto's sweet but all-too-brief Summer days are too precious to waste by drinking indoors (or worse yet, not drinking at all! The horror!), which is why we've scoured the beautiful streets of T-dot and assembled this list of its finest patios. It's still warm out, so take a gander while you still can...

1) Sunnyside Pavilion
Watch beautiful people play volleyball while dragon boaters glide along Lake Ontario, as you choose between a menu of frozen daiquiris or a cold Stella on tap at Sunnyside Pavilion. One of Toronto’s best kept secrets, this beachfront bar/resto hosts a huge 200+ person patio, which includes a cabana-style lounge. There's food too, with a wood-fired 'za oven churning out grub like a Southern Club sando loaded with bourbon-pulled pork, bacon, and grilled chicken.


2) The Black Bull Tavern
Queen St. West
Sure, the location has a lot to do with this classic making the list, but the truth is, any Torontonian worth their salt has been here at least once. The food is classic pub fare (classic Canadian pub fare, that is; their onion rings are covered in gravy & cheese curds. Woo hoo!), but they've got 14 cold beers on tap (including Mill St. & Steam Whistle), and with its location at the corner of Queen St & Soho, it’s one of the premiere people-watching destos in the city.

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3) Sweaty Betty’s
Queen St. West
This postage stamp of a bar is located at Queen & Ossington and fills up fast most nights, but thanks to a three-ingredient limit on mixed drinks, and a notorious no-bull attitude from the staff, service is quick. The sweet sauna-style patio is decorated with lights and vines, and during the Summer there's a barbecue out there with delicious, scorched meat.

go ask alice . . .

4) Murphy’s Law
East End
Located in Toronto’s East End, this Irish pub has been converted from an old bank, though now they're destroying your balance via draft Shock Top, Leffe, and Kieths Cascade served on its multiple patios. The menu is packed with wasabi steaks and a half-pound burger topped w/ pork belly & bacon marmalade, and if you’re feeling energetic, you can also make the climb to the rooftop patio for a stellar view of Lake Ontario.

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5) Williams Landing
Liberty Village
One of the newest establishments in Liberty Village also offers up one of the best patios in the area (it's partially covered, so it works in the rain too!), and to make it even sweeter, there are 16 beers on tap, 34 wines by the glass, and ten signature 'tails.

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6) Dark Horse
Bloor West Village
Confusingly, this entry is absolutely not the dark horse of the bunch -- located on the west end of Bloor West Village, this classic spot's large street-front patio is one of the city's finest, with Red Stripe & Kieths on tap, plus burgers & sandos to soak 'em up.

Fabio Neves

7) Paupers
This four-story Annex mainstay is crowned with a glorious Christmas light-adorned rooftop patio, so stuff your stocking belly with their prime rib burger or brioche-bunned pulled-BBQ brisket, and wash it all down with their own home-brew blonde ale, plus Boneshakers & Tankhouse.

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1. Sunnyside Pavilion 1755 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, M6S 5A3

This beach-adjacent resto and bar offers beautiful views of the water and boasts a a massive patio to enjoy a cocktail or a bite to eat.

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2. The Black Bull Tavern 298 Queen St W, Toronto, M5V 2A1 (Toronto)

This classic pub pours cold suds and plates tasty burgers and other bar bites, while offering a quality outdoor spot to relax and observe the bustling street scene.

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3. Sweaty Betty's 13 Ossington Ave, Toronto, M6J 2Y8 (Queen St West)

This diminutive watering hole features an outdoor space that's lined with hanging plants and wood planks that gives it an intimate and friendly feel while you're enjoying the outdoors.

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4. Murphy's Law 1702 Queen St E, Toronto, M4L 1G6 (The Beaches)

This Irish pub and restaurant offers plenty of outdoor space on ground level to enjoy a pint, but also boasts a rooftop patio with great views of the surrounding area, all from a building that previously served as a bank.

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5. Williams Landing 120 Lynn Williams St, Toronto, (Liberty Village)

This bar and grill is aesthetically pleasing to the eye both indoors and out. It boasts a beautiful wood-lined space inside and a spacious patio outside, which is perfect for enjoying one of their many beers, wines, or cocktails.

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6. Dark Horse 2401 Bloor St W, Toronto, M6S1P7 (Bloor West Village)

If you're looking for a spacious patio to enjoy some adult beverages or tasty pub food on a sunny afternoon in Bloor West Village, this joint fits the bill.

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7. Paupers Pub 539 Bloor St W, Toronto, M5S 1Y6 (The Annex)

Featuring daily pint specials and a weekend brunch, Paupers is an excellent indoor/outdoor spot to swig a drink or grab a bite from an extensive menu.



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