May 26, 2010
The weather has been gorgeous these past few days in Toronto, and whoever hasn’t been glued to the hockey playoffs (this IS Canada, after all) has been hanging out at one of the City’s fantastic outdoor patios. Nothing like sitting in the sun (or shade – I’m an equal opportunity patio lounger) and quaffing one of our fine Canadian brews while watching the world go by.
Some of the best places to do that include:
- The Black Bull at 298 Queen Street (a hangout for everyone from bikers to punkers to jocks)
- The Madison at 14 Madison (with FIVE levels of patios!)
- The Wheat Sheaf Tavern at 667 King W (Toronto’s oldest, open since 1849)
- Polson Pier at 11 Polson (formerly known as “The Docks”, it is probably the largest patio in the City, with definitely the most awesome view)
- Café Diplomatico at 594 College (a Little Italy institution)
- Sweaty Betty’s at 13 Ossington (had to throw that is because I LOVE the name, and no list would be complete without mention of the hip Ossington strip)
- Hemingway’s at 142 Cumberland (in the heart of Yorkville – quite a different crowd than the Black Bull)
And my two very favourite out-of-the-way hideaways (worth the schlep):
- The Gem Bar & Grill at 1159 Davenport, a very hip neighbourhood hangout that usually has great free live music to boot
- The Rectory Café on Ward’s Island – this one you have to take a ferry to- catch it from the foot of Yonge St. next to the Westin Hotel; you’ll feel like you’re on an island retreat (wait a minute – you ARE!)
Wanted to tell you about these early in the season, so you’ll have time to try them ALL! And feel free to let me know about your favourites, too.