June/July – Things To Do – The Patio Edition

Well it took a minute but I think summer has finally made its presence known in Toronto.  There’s still a little too much rain for my liking but I’ll take what I can get.  I’ve been trying to keep up with these monthly round ups I figured this time I would not only cover two months, but  keep this as my ongoing patio roundup.  So bookmark this post as I hope to keep it updated throughout the summer!

One of my favourite things to do in the summer is sit on a patio and either catch up on work or just enjoy the sunshine with friends and a beverage.  This year has seen some BEAUTIFUL new patios open up in the city along with some tried and true ones.  Here’s a round up of the patios that currently have me loving the long lazy days of summer:

Baro Toronto

Baro launched their new rooftop patio this year and it’s a stunner.  I had a chance to check it out just last week and in between the the delicious margaritas, the outdoor/indoor feel and the INCREDIBLE music, I was sold.  I will also say that the patio was PACKED.  You can’t make reservations for the patio so you have to take your chances with putting your name down and waiting for a table, otherwise it’s standing room only.  I will say they move pretty quickly, they had estimated almost two hours, but we were seated within the hour.

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The Gaarden

The Gaarden is the newest patio on the Toronto scene and the one that I am looking forward to the MOST.  It took over the space formally known as Cube and looks like an outdoor garden oasis.  It’s been designed in partnership with Hoegaarden and Ink Entertainment and promises plenty of seating.  They have classic cocktails and of course sharable bites which are perfect for day drinking.  Open Wednesday to Saturday 3PM-Late.  This could be my new go-to!

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Image:  The Gaarden Toronto

Jump

Jump has never been a go-to in my books but it has been a Toronto staple for years.  Little known fact, it was one of the first restaurants to find its way into the Financial District of Toronto.  After seeing this stunning photo appear on my feed, I just had to add it to my list.  Any patio that looks like a hidden garden oasis with couches and drink specials will have a special place in my heart.  Monday to Friday enjoy bourbon cocktails for $12 or specialty cocktails for $10 along with $9 wine.  Wonder if they have Wi-Fi for those “work from home” days 😉

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Image: Jump Restaurant

The Roof at Soco

Okay so it’s not a roof, more like a terrace but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s one of my favourite patios.  I even call it my secret patio because not that many people know about it.  Not only does it offer you what might be the most incredible view of the CN Tower, but it has tons of comfy seating, great drinks, fire pits and music that will keep you dancing in your seat.  They are located in a hotel so they aren’t open super late in order to comply with noise by-laws but you’ll definitely be able to take in some gorgeous sunsets.

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More patios to come! Stay tuned and happy patio hopping!

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