Alleyway patios will have you enjoying your dinner and drinks in the most urban environments. Some embrace the theme and sport graffiti-covered walls while others elevate the alleyway experience by adding string lights and trend-forward decor. Whether you're looking for an intimate date spot or a more casual watering hole, one of these should do the trick.
Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top alleyway patios in Toronto.
Harlem's graffiti-clad alleyway is anything but an escape from the city. Diners are surrounded by brick walls coated with hand-painted murals, windows touting metal bars, and a few much-needed splashes of greenery. It may not be the best place to take your first date, but it is one of the coolest outdoor kick-back spots in the city to grab a drink.
The courtyard at Buca is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of King St. Featuring brightly coloured chairs and surrounded by exposed brick walls, this patio is the perfect hideaway for a bite to eat in the summer. Indulge in top notch, Jamie Oliver approved Italian fare.
Patria's courtyard is a contender for the best date spot in the area. The patio sets the mood with white lanterns overhead and glowing candles around its perimeter. Be prepared to doing some sharing as the menu is predominantly small plates.
The side patio at Smith is a great option for those looking for a more intimate experience. With room for less than twenty diners and ethereal string lighting, this outdoor eatery makes for a great date destination.
The Fifth Pub House
As far as alleyway eateries are concerned, The Fifth's is on the larger side, seating about 35. You'll find a menu chock full of elevated pub fare and enough greenery to offset the brick laden alley.
Did I miss any? Add your favourite alleyway patios to the comments.
Photo of Harlem by Jesse Milns.
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