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Hidden Patios


(1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042)
The Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard offers a retro-chalet take on the classic rooftop patio. Savvy 20 -to 40-somethings sip imported beer and martinis in the cool, cedar-encased shade, while sun-lovers sprawl on queen-sized daybeds and plush, pillow-strewn banquettes flanked by lush foliage. Full dinner and lunch menu available noon to 2 a.m. (summer hours) seven nights a week/365 days a year (heated and covered in winter). —S.T.

(456 Wellington St., 416-260-9393)
Located right in the heart of the club district on Wellington West of Spadina, the lounge’s chic patio is set around a shallow pool, evoking a tropical resort party-vibe. The breezy atmosphere is enhanced by semi-private cabanas, rattan furniture and terrycloth-covered pool-side loungers. When the daylight fades a warm glow emanates from lanterns and large candles, completing the leisurely mood. Open evenings Thu..-Sat. and Mon. until 2 a.m. —M.C.

(89 Harbord St., 416-928-0926)
Take a pass on the exhaust-cloaked sidewalk tables of Harbord Street and make a beeline for Latitude’s quaint, non-smoking back patio. Always brimming with flowers and shade, the insouciant atmosphere and cheery service make it the perfect place to savour a caipirinha (or two) after noshing a nuevo Latino brunch. Open for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., and brunch Sat.-Sun. —S.T.

(55 Bloor St. W., 416-967-0000)
Two outdoor patios on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre (located at the corner of Bay and Bloor) provide stunning views of the city. The north patio is a shady retreat; while at night, the south patio offers a picturesque view of the twinkling city skyline. A perfect place to take a picture to show off to friends back home. Open for dinner daily. —M.C.

(296 Brunswick Ave., 416-929-3253.)
Tucked away in a discrete alley off Brunswick Avenue in the chummy Annex neighbourhood, this denizen of students, intellectuals and local hotties will always be a bit of a secret. Somewhere in the inner sanctum of this dimly lit bohemian cavern lies a 50-seat patio, decked out in thrift store chic, complete with a tranquil water feature and lush greenery. The perfect place for an inexpensive meal or after-dinner drink. Full menu available from 11 a.m. to 2 a m. —S.T.

(539 Bloor St. W., 416-530-1331)
A first cousin of the ever-popular and perpetually queued-up-for Madison Avenue Pub, a few blocks away, Pauper’s watering hole is crowned with a 180-seat rooftop patio. The hike up the neverending staircase is rewarded with a 360° view of the city. While catching your breath over a cold beer and calamari, remember to be nice to the food runners—the kitchen is in the basement. Rooftop patio opens at 5 p.m. daily. —S.T.

(314 Queen St. W., 416-263-0330)
Perched high atop natty Queen Street West, Miami meets Toronto in this balmy white-on-white mecca of mod, replete with cedar, ceramic tile, plenty of sunshine and a stellar view of the downtown core. Alabaster-clad servers weave between potted baby palms, offering up fruity ‘Princess Chi-chis’ and Lychee martinis to scenesters of all ages seated in breezy cabana style booths. Full menu available Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and patio only Sun 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. —S.T.

(124 Harbord St., 416-961-3404)
This casual, but quaint rooftop patio sits in the back of what was once a private home and is now a charming Middle Eastern restaurant. Mature trees extend their branches around the patio in an intimate embrace, and locals make themselves comfortable in the stainless steel chairs and functional, yet stylish, black vinyl covered tables. The occasional leaping squirrel provides extra entertainment. Full lunch and dinner menu available daily. —M.C.

(35 Dundas St. E., 416-775-3200)
The Olympic themed resto patio (Podium, get it?) soaks up the sun and the energy of the surrounding area. Situated near the frantically busy intersection of Yonge and Dundas, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. At night the dynamism intensifies as video billboards and neon signs from the nearby media towers light up the sky in true urban fashion. Serving full menu Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. —M.C.

(4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220)
Nestled behind the rustic 1860s woodcutter’s cottage that serves as the main dining room, the summer garden terrace with fully dressed linen tables, and lush greenery, is covered by blue and white striped awnings. It feels like you’re on a private terrace in the French countryside rather than being steps away from the ever busy Yonge Street. Chef Jason Bangerter’s full menu is served for lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. —M.C.—Maranatha Coulas and Susan Traxel

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