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Friday, June 26, 2015

The top 10 patios in the Club District

toronto patioThe top patios in the Club District will have you partying outside all night long. From swanky rooftop cocktail bars to laid back pubs, there's a wide range to choose from. Most establishments are open until or beyond last call, so look forward to many late nights this patio season.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top patios in the Club District.

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Mascot Brewery
With a minimalist design, astroturf flooring (which is just the right amount of tacky) and picnic table seating, you get the feeling you're no longer in the downtown core. The menu is also quite impressive, featuring elevated pub food and selection of local craft beers.

El Caballito
El Patio is located at the back of the restaurant and can be entered off of Pearl Street. It has a bright,industrial decor, softened by string lights overhead. A huge plus, there's a tequila bar on the patio, so you're never far from another round.

Rock N Horse Saloon
The Porch at the Rock 'N' Horse Saloon is a contender for the city's best rooftop patio. With a built in food trailer, it's own fully-stocked bar, and a killer view, they've really pulled out all the stops.

Crocodile Rock
Despite the interesting crowd Croc Rock usually draws in, they have a decent patio. It has enough room to hold you and almost all of your Facebook friends (it can fit 244) and is a good option for larger groups who like things unrefined and relaxed.

toronto patioThe Ballroom
The Ballroom has two patios, but those who prefer a retreat from the street know the upstairs balcony is where it's at. The patio itself is fairly standard, flaunting branded umbrellas and simple table seating.

Maison Mercer
Maison Mercer is where to go if you want the true Club District experience on a patio. The rooftop terrace is dressed as nicely as its patrons, with plants twisting up columns, an illuminated bar, and swanky lounge furniture to top it all off. You'll want to ditch the jeans and t-shirt if you're heading here.

Fifth Grill
Once a members only club, this establishment carries the air of class. It features glowing candles, hanging flower baskets, and is fully prepared for the elements with its heaters and roof overhead. The top notch steakhouse menu doesn't hurt either.

Town Crier
The Town Crier is the go-to pub in the Club District. The patio doesn't have all the design flourishes of Maison Mercer, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in beer (there are 50 to choose from). Grab a pint, some pub grub and forget your worries at this low-key sidewalk spot.

toronto patioOasis
Oasis offers a patio with a stellar view of Blue Jays Way. It has its own bar and heaters in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. Wayne Gretzky deserves a high-five for making this patio possible.

Ja Bistro
A draw of the Ja Bistro patio is its exclusivity. Seating 44, it's much smaller than many of the mammoth club patios in the area. It's also fully surrounded by a high, wooden fence, offering an escape from the bustling city life out front. The all-wood decor and grade A sushi menu are also huge pluses.

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Did I miss any? Add your favourite Club District patios to the comments.

by Alice Prendergast via blogTO

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