Written by: Rebecca Felgate
One of the things we love best about our beautiful city is its sweeping skyline. We’re lucky enough to have access to some incredible outdoor bars and restaurants from which to take in the views and, truly, what is better than a cocktail in the clouds? Nothing! Here are five rooftop patios we are loving this summer!
Harriet’s — 550 Wellington Street West
Atop the 1 Hotel sits the dreamy rooftop restaurant and bar, Harriet’s, which is bright and airy indoors and a full on deck delight outside. Guests of 1 Hotel are able to use the pool, but visitors can buy a day pass for access. Fresh and healthy snacks are available to eat pool-side (including some pretty excellent sushi) as well as bright and delicious cocktails. The view of the Toronto Skyline is equally as impressive.
Evangeline — 51 Camden Street
Mid Century Modern charm exudes from the Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar, Evangeline, which has a glorious patio. The sweet spot is round the corner to the right for the best views of the CN tower, but the whole space feels good to be in. A menu of light bites and cocktails makes for plenty of happy campers on the roof, although it is especially worth visiting for their Sunday funday High Tropics cocktail menu offering. Big fan of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, although word “revenge” in any espresso based coffee gets me kinda pumped.
Lavelle — 627 King Street West
Lavelle is an absolute Toronto staple and enables all the thirsty people of the city to “tropic like it’s hot” all year long (but let’s face it, it hits different in the sunshine). Three pools and a Brazilian meets Japanese menu makes for a real feel good hit of the summer! I ADORE sitting poolside people watching with a mango colada here. Stay for sunset and light up swimming pools, it’s a vibe.
Baro — 485 King Street West
If you’re looking for a more chill rooftop vibe, Baro is a restaurant forward space overlooking King West (plenty of opportunity for train spotting, or, errr, streetcar watching!). “Latin cuisine with a modern flair” means menu items lille charred jalapeño hummus, ceviche, street corn and anticuchos. Mai tais, daiquiris and mojitos keep things liquid-licious too.
Oh, and there is a “Fiesta Hour” on the roof Monday – Thursday 5-7 and Fridays 3-5.
KŌST — 80 Blue Jays Way
One more pool hop for the road, yeah? Go on then! On the rooftop of the Bisha Hotel sits KŌST, with some full scale oceanic “KŌST”al vibes (sorry, had to). Airy and with a lightly Bajan inspired menu, you’ll find yourself at one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city. The towering views of the Toronto skyline are impressive and will truly make you feel as if you’re sitting on top of the world.
Cheers everyone! See you on the roof!
Plenty more great options below or check out our Summer Guide:
- Bar Hop Brewco — 137 Peter Street
- District Eatery — 303 King Street West
- Hey Lucy’s — 295 King Street West
- JaBistro — 222 Richmond Street West
- SOCO Kitchen + Bar (Delta Hotel) — 75 Lower Simcoe Street
- The Porch — 250 Adelaide Street West
- Victor Restaurant (Le Germain Hotel) — 30 Mercer Street