Toronto’s Rooftop Patios

By on June 9, 2011

‘Tis the season for bikinis, rompers, shorts, swimming pools, big straw hats, sunglasses, endless sun, summer nights and of course cocktails on rooftop patios.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my days/evenings than on one of Toronto’s gorgeous patios taking in the breathtaking view.

Since I am a lover of patio season myself, especially rooftop patios, where I can enjoy a cocktail and good company while admiring the beautiful city skyline, I’ve decided to compose a list of rooftop patios throughout the city for your convenience. (There is a separate listing for street/courtyard patios).

To be honest, I obviously have not visited every single one of these fabulous patios as there are more than I even imagined. However, the ones that I enjoy best I will put a ” * ” at the beginning of the listing and a short and sweet description as well as a food/cocktail suggestion beside it.

I’ve also made it a simple go-to guide for you to refer back to throughout the summer and pass along the word to your friends. The listings are grouped by area in which I mention what type of atmosphere you can expect as well as price points.

I’m sure you’ll bump into me at more than a few of these throughout the season.

Enjoy.

Cheers!

Ps.  If there is a place that should be on here and isn’t please feel free to email me and I will gladly add your suggestion here: natashaj@torontocitygossip.com

 

King West (Including Liberty Village)

*The Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St. W, 416-640-7778):
–    $$$-$$$$
–    Lounge
–    Successful, beautiful people will always be seen in and around The Thompson.
–    Exclusive
–    Hands down of the best 360-degree views of the city skyline.
–    Featuring rooftop pool/outdoor patio designer furniture.
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Full bar/Bar menu

*Cheval (606 King St. W, 416-363-4933)
– $$$
– Club/Lounge
– Special Events/Live Entertainment
– Great place on a Sunday for celebrations because of their $100 bottle specials.
– Evening
– Intimate atmosphere
– Bottle Service
– 25+ guests

Dolce Social Ballroom (647 King St. W, 416-361-9111):
–    $$$
–    Club/Lounge
–    Special Events
–    Bottle Service
–    Evenings

Spoke Club (600 King St. W, 416-368-8448)
–    $$$
–    Members only restaurant/lounge
–    Social Events
–    Art Events
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Specialty cocktails

Brazen Head Irish Pub (165 East Liberty St., 416-535-8787):
–    $$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Restaurant/Bar/Pub
–    Live Entertainment Thursdays/Saturdays
–    Contests/Giveaways

Café Cinquecento (109 Atlantic Ave., 416-539-9390):
–    $$
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Takeout/Catering
–    Italian

Bar Wellington (520 Wellington St. W, 416-341-8880):
–    $$
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Takeout
–    Built in 1891
–    19 draughts on tap
–    Prime Rib Sundays – you can bring your own wine in Sunday nights.

 

Queen West

*The Drake Hotel “Sky Yard” (1150 Queen St. W, 416-531-5042):
–    $$-$$$
–    Restaurant/Lounge
–    Daytime/Evening
–    “Hotbed For Culture”
–    Coffee shop on site
–    Live Entertainment Special Events
–    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch + Early/Late Menu
–    Bottle Service Daily
–    All season patio
–    “Grown-up Lemonade Stand” Lavender and Mint+Rosemary Lemonade

*Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen St. W, 416-263-0330):
–    $$-$$$
–    Supper Club
–    Opens 4:30pm for dinner
–    Beautiful South view of the city
–    Friday/Saturday evening’s great music, good crowd – always a fun time.
–    Features menu differs for each special event.
–    Evenings only

Epicure Café (502 Queen St. W, 416-504-8942)
–    $$
–    Restaurant
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Accommodating toward all diets.
–    Relaxed, cosy atmosphere

 

Downtown Core

Milestones Dundas Square (10 Dundas St. E, Toronto Life Suqare, 647-427-0189):
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Non-smoking patio overlooking Yonge St. /Dundas Square
–    Raspberry Mojito and the California Spring Salad are fantastic.
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

*Jack Astors Dundas Square (10 Dundas St. E, Toronto Life Square, 416-263-9800):
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Definitely one of my favourite patios in the city because of the constant action and the view which over looks all of Dundas Square
–    When it’s hot out they has a mist machines all over the patio cooling you off periodically.
–    2oz “Jacked up” cocktails
–    Friendly staff
–    Their Caesar’s are amazing, never frozen chicken fingers, calamari and their ‘Watermelon Salad’ summer special, which they bring back seasonally.
–    Daytime/Evening

The Queen and Beaver Public House (35 Elm St., 647-347-2712)
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar/Pub
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Sports screening room
–    Great press

Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St. E, 416-977-4667)
–    $-$$
–    Restauant/Bar/Pub
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Open since 1944
–    Monday night “Imperial Comedy” 9:30pm-11pm $5 UNICEF donation

Yorkville

*InterContinental Toronto Yorkville “SkyLounge” (220 Bloor St. W, 416-960-5200):
–    $$$
–    Lounge
–    Beautiful south view of the city’s skyline.
–    Great food (especially their seafood and their homemade kettle chips).
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Voted “the best” in Toronto
–    Full bar with delicious drinks and a tapas menu.
–    Resembles a Miami lounge.

*Park Hyatt Toronto (4 Avenue Rd., 416-925-1234)
–    $$$-$$$$
–    Lounge
–    Favoured by locals and celebrities
–    Special events
–    Smart Casual dress code
–    Tapas style menu (great cheese selection and vintage wine list).
–    Incredible panoramas of the city skyline.
–    Signature martinis.
–    Classy environment
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Daytime/Evening

Remys Restaurant (77 Yorkville Ave., 647-977-6396)
–    $$-$$$
–    American
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Great mussels
–    Bar/Pub food style menu
–    One of Toronto’s most popular patios.
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch

Hemmingway’s (142 Cumberland St., 416-968-2828):
–    $$-$$$
–    American
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Open 365 days a year from 11am-2am

Trattoria Nervosa (75 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-4642):
–    $$$
–    Italian
–    Restaurant/Cafe
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Cosy

Duke of Gloucester (649 Yonge St., 416-961-9704):
– $$
– Daytime/Evening
– Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
– “A little piece of England in Toronto”
– Half priced wings on Mondays & Wednesdays
– Martini night on Wednesdays.

*The Pilot (22 Cumberland St., 416-923-5716):
–    $$-$$$
–    Bar/Lounge/Restaurant
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Jazz (Live Entertainment)
–    12 different brands of beer on tap
–    Saturday Jazz 3:30-6:30pm
–    Late Night Snack Menu after 10pm

*180 Panorama (Manulife Centre – 51st Floor, 55 Bloor St. W, 416-967-0000):
– $$$
– Restaurant/Lounge
– One of Toronto’s Best View/Highest Patio
– I must admit that the food isn’t the greatest here but the cocktails are great and the view makes up for it. You’re fine to order appetizers/finger foods but I wouldn’t go for a full course meal.
– Lunch/Dinner
– Very romantic
– Special Events
– Daytime/Evening
– Award winning cocktail/wine list

7 West Café (7 Charles St. W, 416-928-9041)
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Diner/Lounge
–    Open 24/7
–    Delivery

 

Financial District

Jump Café & Bar (18 Wellington St. W, 416-363-3400):
–    $$-$$$
–    Restaurant/Lounge
–    Lunch/dinner (Monday-Friday)
–    Saturday after 5pm
–    Oliver & Bonacini Restaurant

 

Entertainment District

Oasis (99 Blue Jays Way 416-979-PUCK):
–    $$
–    Bar/Restaurant
–    Very tropical
–    Casual watering-hole

Maison Mercer (15 Mercer St., 416-341-8777):
–    $$$
–    Club/Lounge
–    Evening
–    Special Events/Live Entertainment
–    25+ Crowd
–    Bottle Service

Grass Lounge + Rockwood (31 Mercer St., 416-979-7373):
–    $$-$$$
–    Club/Lounge
–    Evening
–    Special Events
–    Bottle Service

Markaz Café & Shisha Lounge (222 Richmond St. W, 416-340-7401):
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Lounge/Café
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Shisha (Only Tobacco-Free, Nicotine-Free, Tar-Free Shisha Flavours)
–    Fully Halal menu
–    Dine In, Take Out, Delivery
–    Free Wifi

*The Fifth Grill (225 Richmond St. W, 416-979-3005):
–    $$$-$$$$
–    Evening
–    Restaurant/Lounge
–    Year-round (heated) rooftop
–    Live Jazz/Blues (Piano Player)
–    Thursdays & Fridays $40 Prix Fixe Menu
–    Classic Steakhouse and French Cuisine

Adelaide Street Pub (340 Adelaide St. W, 416-977-6800):
–    $$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lounge/Pub/Bar
–    Full bar
–    Fantastic burgers
–    A nice ethnical mixture on the menu – not your typical pub fare.
–    Very friendly staff

Hooters Downtown Toronto (280 Adelaide St. W, 416-977-4668):
–    $$-$$$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Daily specials/Promotions
–    Mondays all you can eat wings
–    $22.95 Corona Buckets Daily
–    Free Wi-Fi
–    Sports Calendar

Crocodile Rock (240 Adelaide St. W, 416-599-9751):
–    $-$$
–    Evening
–    Club/Bar/Restaurant
–    Open mic night every Thursday $3 drinks till 10pm + $4 premium martini’s.
–    Friday’s Ladies night – $3 drinks until 8pm and ladies FREE!

Wetbar (106 Peter St., 416-599-2224):
–    $$-$$$
–    Club/Lounge
–    Evening
–    Great view of the south/west city exposure
–    Live Dj
–    A bit of a younger crowd depending on the night you go.

*The Ballroom Bowl (145 John St., 416-597-2695):
–    $$-$$$
–    Bowling/Restaurant/Lounge/Bar
–    Sports Bar
–    Big screen TV’s everywhere
–    I love this place! A boutique bowling alley in the entertainment district of Toronto – what a fantastic idea.
–    Great wings
–    Fried pickles
–    Cocktail pitcher options (delicious).

Town Crier Pub/Halfway Beer House (115 John St., 416-204-9588):
–    $$-$$$
–    Restaurant/Bar/Pub
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Casual
–    50 Beers on tap
–    European restaurant

Midtown

Kramer’s Bar & Grill (1915 Yonge St., 416-483-0697):
–    $$-$$$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Restaurant/Bar/Lounge
–    Daily Specials
–    Weekly events
–    Fridays & Saturdays karaoke night.

Scallywags Bar (11 Saint Clair Ave., 416-922-3737):
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Specializing in sports
–    Year-round patio

Fox & The Fiddle  (1535 Yonge St., 416-967-3400):
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner
–    Great atmosphere
–    Friendly service

 

Uptown

Smokey Joes Café (4899 Yonge St., 416-229-2262)
–    $$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Restaurant/Bar/Pub

*Joey Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Rd., 416-445-6391)
–    $$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Restaurant/Lounge
–    I’ve been to this place a handful of times and absolutely adore it. The atmosphere is fantastic. The staff are friendly, attractive and efficient and the food is great. There are gluten free options and vegetarian options.
–    If you are a lover of caesar’s like myself make sure you order one here.
–    Daily drink specials
–    Clean and stunning bathrooms
–    Gorgeous rooftop patio

 

Queen East

Murphy’s Law (1702 Queen St. E, 416-690-5516):
–    $$
–    Daily/Weekly Features
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Restaurant/Bar/Pub
–    Contests/Giveaways
–    Free Wi-Fi
–    Summer Libations
–    Live entertainment every Thursday night starting at 9pm

Czehoski (678 Queen St. W, 416-366-6111):
–    $$
–    Lounge
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Outdoor bar
–    Urban Oasis
–    Seasonal cocktails “Always good, always strong”

Annex

Paupers Pub (539 Bloor St. W, 416-530-1331):
–    $-$$
–    Daytime/Evening
–    Restaurant/Lounge/Bar/Pub
–    Caribbean themed cabana style rooftop patio bar
–    Skyline View

Tati Bistro (124 Harbord St., 416-962-8284):
–    $$-$$$
–    Evening
–    Rated ‘Top 100’ in Toronto
–    French Bistro Fare open 7 days a week
–    Dinner/Brunch
–    Sunday-Thursday Prix Fixe Menu (3 courses for $25)

 

Beaches

Le Papillon On The Park (1001 Eastern Ave., 416-649-1001)
–    $$
–    Restaurant/Bar
–    French
–    Dinner/Brunch
–    Evening (5pm-close Tuesday-Sunday)
–    Closed Mondays
–    Awarded top 5 scenic patio in Toronto by Now Magazine
–    Happy Hour ½ price cocktails and martinis Tuesday-Thursday 5-7pm

 

Danforth (Greek town)

Globe Bistro (124 Danforth Ave., 416-466-2000):
–    $$-$$$
–    Restaurant/Lounge
–    Lunch/Dinner/Brunch
–    Patio open after 5pm (may open earlier depending on how busy it is that day).
–    Extensive and eclectic wine list
–    Over a dozen wines by the glass
–    Offers a “Bring Your Own” option that allows you to bring commercially produced wines into the restaurant. The corkage cost is $20 per 750 ml bottle.

 

Little Italy

Vivoli (665 College St., 416-536-7575):
–    $$
–    Italian
–    Restaurant
–    Delicious flatbread pizza, amazing large mussels, phenomenal sangrias
–    Chic/Urban environment on trendy College St.
–    A favourite restaurant to many.
–    Daytime/Evening

 

Harbourfront

Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto – Harbourfront (249 Queens Quay W., 416-203-3333):
–    $$
–    Lounge
–    Heated rooftop pool
–    Delicious sangrias
–    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner menu
–    Unparalleled view of Toronto’s CN Tower.
–    Daytime/Evening

SkyBar at The Guvernment (132 Queens Quay E., 416-869-0045)

–    $$-$$$
–    Club/Lounge
–    Evening
–    Live Dj’s
–    Fun atmosphere
–    4000 square-foot area.

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