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Toronto’s 20 best summer cocktails

This is it: Labour Day is on the horizon, and with it, the unofficial end of patio season. Get out there while there’s still time. Here are 15 new outdoor seats on which to sip ice-cold drinks.

The Aviary

484 Front St. E., 647-352-7837,
Type: A huge wraparound patio at the base of a new condo. Good for: Pints and flights of Longslice brews (the hibiscus-y Aloha Pale Ale is very refreshing) paired with the bar’s tasty pub grub, like house-made sausages and fried chicken sandwiches. Also: giant Jenga.


485 King St. W., 416-363-8388,
Type: Covered rooftop. Good for: Drinking fruity, boozy cocktails outside on rainy days.

Bodega Henriette King

234 King St. E., 416-508-3466,
Type: Tucked-away, plant-filled courtyard. Good for: Date nights for their souped-up snacks (hello, poblano poppers and Nashville chicken gizzards) and excellent house cocktails.

The Burren

1301 Queen St. E., 416-901-5575,
Type: Big street-facing front patio with umbrellas. Good for: Pints of beer—there’s Guinness of course, but a lot of other more refreshing summer types, too—and oysters or their Three-Way Potato Poutine.

Coffee Oysters Champagne

214 King St. W., 416-408-4044,
Type: A courtyard down a short flight of stairs. Good for: Coffee, oysters and champagne... obviously. Celebrating something? Get a bunch of those bivalves and try the Classic Champagne Cocktail made with Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial and Remy Martin VSOP cognac. That’s double the fancy.

The Gaarden

314 Queen St. W., 416-666-7740,
Type: A plant-filled rooftop garden—sorry, gaarden—that’s a collaboration between Hoegaarden and Ink Entertainment. Good for: Snaacks, chaampaagne and cocktaails. Try the jerk chicken on a bun and some rum punch to make the Queen West visit feel more like a trip to the tropics. They also do sangria and margarita pitchers.

Kensington Brewing Co.

299 Augusta Ave., 647-352-9904,
Type: A street-side patio that’s more function over fashion (which is fine) that gets almost all of the day’s sun. Good for: Kicking back with cold beers after strolling through the market. Bonus: There’s no kitchen here, which means you can BYO food. Know what goes well with beer? Tacos, empanadas, jerk chicken, donairs... basically everything you can find in the market.


875 Queen St. W., 416-504-3463,
Type: Street-side, with some covered areas. Good for: Canoodling over snacks like porchetta-topped crostini and a choice of nine (yes, nine) takes on a negroni.

North of Brooklyn

511 Rogers Rd., 647-358-4800,
Type: Front-yard beer garden. Good for: Beer and pizza, of course. Duh.

Pancho y Emiliano

291 King St. W., 416-925-8459,
Type: Rooftop. Good for: Pre- or post-TIFF tequila and tacos.

Paradise Grapevine

841 Bloor St. W., no phone,
Type: Covered backyard. Good for: Losing track of time over interesting natural wines and plates of cheeses and cured meats.

Score on King

107 King St. E., 416-519-4654,
Type: Street-side. Good for: Celebrating sports wins (or drowning sorrows over losses) with beer and the most ridiculous caesars you’ve ever seen.

Stackt Market

28 Bathurst St., no phone,
Type: Beer garden in a complex of shipping containers. Good for: Furry friends (it’s very dog-friendly), making friends (the tables are all communal) and pints of Belgian Moon (because of the on-site brewery).


1727 Dundas St. W., 416-519-8165,
Type: A side patio facing a quite park. Good for: Pizza (the restaurant just installed a massive outdoor pizza oven) and easy-drinking house cocktails, some of which are zero-proof.


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