Summer is finally here and so is patio season. As recent COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we are finally returning to normalcy in Toronto. With the opening of patios during stage 2 of Ontario’s 3-step plan in action this past week, the city’s nightlife is starting to come alive. Here are the top seven bars in the GTA that you must try this summer.
One of the most popular pool bars in Toronto is Cabana. Located on Polson St., Cabana gives a staycation feel to a night out with a large outdoor patio. This is also one of the most popular bars in the GTA.
This patio offers a beautiful view of the city located right next to Lake Ontario. Cabana is currently open every day of the week featuring themed events, such as Tuesday movie nights and brunch Sundays. Its menu provides both food and drinks, including crispy chicken sandwiches, lime and chilli salmon, tangerine margaritas, peach berry sangria, Mojitos.
Address: 11 Polson St
photo: @cabanapoolbar on Instagram
If you’re looking for an exciting night out, Lavelle is the place to socialize with new people and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. The perfect photo opportunity that is to die for!
Lavelle is a rooftop bar located in the middle of downtown Toronto just above King St. This restaurant houses a lounge bar, indoor and outdoor dining, outdoor pool and cabanas. Lavelle specializes in Brazilian and Japanese cuisine with creations by Chef Daniel Ken.
Address: 627 King St W
photo: @chezlavelle on Instagram
Bar Raval gives off a more intimate and casual setting. This Spanish-style tapas bar is a great place for appetizers and drinks with friends after a night in the town. The bar’s wooden architecture provides a comforting and private setting.
Bar Raval opens early and closes late, serving drinks from coffee to cocktails. Its sleek menu includes breakfast sandwiches, small seafood dishes, appetizers, pintxos, tapas.
Address: 505 College St
photo: @bar_raval on Instagram
Located in Toronto’s entertainment district, The Porch is known for its view of the city and welcoming nature. Its rooftop patio is decorated with strings of lights and a green décor gives off a casual backyard setting.
The Porch serves starters and appetizers, including wings and chips and dip. If you’re looking for a meal, The Porch also has handheld foods like smash burger and Nashville fried chicken sandwich.
The drink menu includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with beers, wines, mocktails.
Address: 250 Adelaide St W
photo: @theporchto on Instagram
Baro is a four-storey establishment, each floor being a distinct part of the restaurant. Due to COVID-19, only the patio is open for brunch and dinner. Typically, the first floor of the bar is the dining area and the second floor is the snack bar with Latin-inspired dishes created by Chef Steve Gonzalez. The third floor is for event bookings and the fourth floor is the rooftop patio.
The patio is surrounded by glass windows and decorated with greens and basket weaved décor, giving an exotic, modern feel.
Its menu includes dinner, brunch, dessert, snack bar and drinks all inspired by Latin cuisine.
Address: 485 King St W
photo: @barotoronto on Instagram
Kost is located in Toronto’s entertainment district on the 44th floor of the Bisha Hotel. The rooftop pool and patio bar are inspired by Baja Peninsula allowing for a vacation escape. Guests can dine and make reservations to use the pool and pool chairs.
The menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and is inspired by modern cuisine. Cocktails, beers and wines are also available.
Address: 80 Blue Jays Way 44th Floor
photo: @kosttoronto on Instagram
Bier Markt is incredibly dynamic, with its live performances and social-like atmosphere. The modern style of decor gives a social and sophisticated feel.
With patios now open, Bier Markt is the perfect lunch or dinner spot, serving North American food and European-style dishes. Enjoy live performances and socialize at the bar with wheat bier, cider, wine and more. Bier Markt’s two locations are at Don Mills and The Esplanade.
Address: Don Mills – 67 O’Neill Rd
The Esplanade – 58 The Esplanade
photo: @biermarktesplanade on Instagram
Above are the top seven bars in the GTA that you can try. Come, enjoy and support local businesses this summer.
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