11 patios on which you can celebrate this balmy, 16-degree March day
Spring-like weather is a fleeting thing at this time of year, when even the sunniest afternoon can feel like it’s poised on the brink of a late-winter snowstorm. With the temperature somewhere around 16 degrees at the moment, we’d forgive anyone who’s inclined to skip out of work early and get themselves to a patio post-haste. Because, let’s face it, this probably won’t last long (actually, scratch that—we know it won’t last long, with rain forecast for tomorrow). We called around to find out which brave restaurateurs and bar owners were willing to sate Torontonians’ pent-up yearnings for outdoor drinking. Below, a list of places where you can make the most of the sunshine. Now go!
• Café Diplomatico, 594 College St.
• The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W. The side patio isn’t open yet, but the Sky Yard will be open this evening at 6 p.m.
• The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St. The rooftop won’t be open until next week, most likely Thursday, but the front patio is open as usual.
• Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St. W.
• Park Hyatt Roof Lounge, 4 Avenue Rd.
• Williams Landing, 120 Lynn Williams St.
• Joy Bistro, 884 Queen St. E.
• Black Bull Tavern, 298 Queen St. W.
• Allen’s, 143 Danforth Ave. They tell us it’s “half-open.” Half of this is still pretty good.
• La Société, 131 Bloor St. W. The street-level patio probably won’t open until June, but the second-level, enclosed patio is open.
• Jack Astor’s, 10 Dundas St. E. The food might be mass-produced, but the patio overlooks Dundas Square.