Toronto’s Best Heated Patios to Warm Up Your Fall
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Long gone are the days where you can enjoy a pint of beer in the fresh summer breeze of Toronto’s outdoor patios. As the temperatures cool down, trade off your favourite summer hot spot with these cozy outdoor spaces that will help you revel in the chilly autumn air.
1) Drake Sky Yard, The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.,Toronto, ON M6J 1J3: Nestled in the hub of Queen Street West is the Drake Sky Yard’s illustrious roof top patio. Complete with its own cocktail bar, this top summer hangout transforms into a cozy patio retreat adorned with mini tent seatings in the fall and winter season. Its rustic wooden accents, fire pit feature and log collection create an intimate cottage atmosphere in the midst of the city skyline. At night, enjoy the eclectic live music while sipping on their refreshing Gin Gin Mule under the faint glow of their hanging lights.
2) El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4: Located in Toronto’s Distillery District, El Catrin is known for its flavourful authentic Mexican cuisine but it also houses the city’s largest patio. Off their main dining room sprawls their outdoor patio on the brick pathway. Their patio is equipped with large fire pits to keep you toasty in the cool winter months while their bright yellow furnishings and yellow adorned lantern fixtures with floral trims create a vibrant and exotic ambience. They also boast a wide selection of tequila drinks to complement their dishes.
3) Gusto 101, 101 Portland St., Toronto, ON M5V 2N3: Italian food lovers will get a treat from the Italian cuisine, house wine and heated patio offered by Gusto 101. Their rooftop space is built with metal-claded beams and floor-to-ceiling glass panels for an industrial feel. This winter, admire the snow fall in the shelter of the heated glass-encased rooftop patio of Gusto 101 while enjoying some tasty Italian pasta and pizza in the bustling King West village.
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4) Big Crow, 176 Dupont St., Toronto, ON M5R 2E6: If you’re missing the heat from those outdoor barbecue and grill sessions that the summer season had to offer, discover this hidden gem in The Annex for good barbecue grub that any meat lover will enjoy. Big Crow is an outdoor restaurant styled as a backyard and country lodge with its wooden panellings, long picnic tables with park benches and canteen-styled kitchen for the ultimate casual hangout. Get your hands dirty with their meat selections and snuggle up in their wool blankets they provide in the winter. If that’s not enough, the smoke and fire from the grill will sure warm you up.
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