George's courtyard patio
When warm weather finally arrives, Torontonians find lots of reasons to stay outside. Alfresco dining is chief among them, and many of the city’s top restaurants happily oblige. The private courtyard at George fills up at lunchtime as eager eaters enjoy the fresh offerings of lauded chef Lorenzo Loseto. Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden also has an outdoor urban oasis, with shade and ambience provided by palm fronds and tropical flowers. Or head to Yorkville’s One, where a large street-level patio means you can combine people watching with your fine dining.
Endearingly referred to as “The Gaybourhood,” this rainbow-hued nabe holds appeal for folks of all stripes—and it’s the place to be during Pride Week. —By Viviane Kertész
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Fuzion Restaurant and Lounge.
1 DINE IN STYLE Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden boasts the best patio on the block, bar none. Inside a historic mansion, floor-to-ceiling banquettes create a luxe, ultra-comfy setting to chill with friends. Find fabulous mains like pan-seared kona kampachi in an artichoke and kaffir lime broth with gingered scallion and garlic chive curry.
2 HEY MISTER DJ Dancing queens of every kind populate Straight Lounge (553 Church St., 416-926-2501), where a mixed, gay-positive crowd gets its groove on. This three-storey hot spot—with no visible signage—has established itself as a go-to locale for great music and a premium selection of liquor, wine and beer.