What better way to enjoy the best of summer than by sipping cocktails in the cool shade of a patio umbrella? With temperatures growing more sweltering by the day, tempering down with a few outdoor drinks is the perfect antidote to the dog days of summer.
Luckily, there’s never a shortage of hot new patios in the city, whether you like sprawling skylines or cozy garden views. Given our recent affair with indoor food halls, an outdoor version was inevitable. Enter, Stackt (spoiler: it’s glorious).
Here are some of our favourite spots to kick back, have a few tipples and beat the heat once and for all.
Best New Patios 2019
485 King St W.
More than two years after Baro opened on King West, the restaurant’s long-anticipated patio is finally welcoming guests. Overflowing with lush greenery, the rooftop is an oasis. An enclosed section with a retractable roof and window walls makes the airy space fit for a perfect patio afternoon even when Toronto’s fickle weather isn’t cooperating. In the patio’s outdoor kitchen, chefs cook a menu of simple items like roast chicken and grilled broccoli over charcoal.
592 Sherbourne St.
The latest concept from Oliver & Bonacini, Maison Selby is set in a historic mansion that’s over a century old and has a checkered past. Each of the French bistro’s rooms has a separate aesthetic, from the bright, tropical wallpaper in the room known as L’Orangerie, right down to the dimly lit speakeasy in the basement. A 32-seat garden patio wraps around the south side of the property and is sure to turn heads when it opens early this summer.
Casa la Palma
849 Dundas St W.
An unmarked door beside La Palma, leads up to where sister snack bar Casa La Palma has taken roost. Removed from the crowds, it offers a reprieve from the scrunched sidewalk patios. Bonus: retractable windows make the whole restaurant feel like a patio.
28 Bathurst St.
This marketplace is made entirely from shipping containers. More than 70 per cent of the 100,000-sq-ft space is outdoors – earning it recognition for its sheer size alone. Open this summer, a brand-new outdoor food and beverage pavilion will include seating across multiple courtyards.
12 St Clair Ave E.
From Chase Hospitality Group, Arthur’s is a North American grill and cocktail bar offering spruced-up iterations of classic items. The midtown restaurant is sectioned into the bar, the Crystal dining room and, above it, the rooftop terrace that is set to open this summer.
314 Queen St W.
Located on the second floor of the Cube nightclub, this plant-filled rooftop bar makes it easy to pretend you're in the tropical wilderness instead of being trapped in a concrete jungle. Named after Hoegaarden beer, the patio has lounge areas and high tables that can seat 300, making it ideal for group outings. Order the lamb spiducci with mint mojo and your choice of wine, beer or an entire pitcher of sangria.