There is a city with a skyline that is magnificent all year round but turns into a playground when the warmer months come along. Toronto has an incredible number of spaces on offer that serve as getaways in the middle of the city and that allow for delicious drinks and impressive views: their rooftop bars.
If you want to immerse yourself in a vibrant and sophisticated scene, take a look at these best rooftop bars in Toronto.
1. The Porch
This bar, above the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, is the perfect place to enjoy a drink while appreciating a spectacular view of the CN Tower. The Porch has a laid-back vibe that matches a Toronto afternoon perfectly and it serves as a great spot to watch a ballgame with friends. The menu features some fried delights that go well with the ice-cold brews that come in buckets. If you wish to join in the fun at the Porch on the weekends, keep in mind that there could be long lineups.
Address: 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: The Porch
2. Thompson Hotel
Located at the top of a boutique hotel on Wellington Street West, the Thompson Hotel features an extensive drinks menu and sophisticated international dishes. With stunning 360° views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline, it is a cool and chic space to relax by the pool. This venue is technically reserved for hotel guests, but it is possible for the general public to join the summer parties on Sundays (smart evening attire is required).
Address: 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: Thompson Hotel
3. Bovine Sex Club
Known for its vibrant underground rock scene and graffiti memorabilia, the Bovine Sex Club holds a hidden oasis from the busy city life in its Tiki Bar, upstairs. This themed space, with Polynesian masks, picnic tables and a straw roof, is found on a patio, suspended over the building by a solid steel frame. With an impressive rum collection, the focus of the service is on the tropical cocktails that go hand in hand with the relaxed climate.
Bovine Sex Club
Address: 542 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: Bovine Sex Club
4. The Pilot
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Rocking the Toronto night scene since 1944, the Pilot has stainless steel and silver details, along with a space that can fit up to 185 people. Since there is a heated and retractable rooftop, you can visit this bar anytime, no matter the weather. Hosting live jazz every single Saturday and other events, this is a great place to socialize and enjoy a drink or two from their huge menu, which features everything from local and international beers to wine and even cider.
Address: 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Facebook: The Pilot
5. Drake Sky Yard
Another option that stands strong no matter the season is the Sky Yard, located in the Drake Hotel. As one of the trendiest rooftop bars in town, it updates its themes often, keeping it vibrant and always interesting. Their inventive and fun offer of drinks matches the bohemian vibe of the space - you will have a guaranteed pleasant evening that will keep you wanting for more.
Drake Sky Yard
Address: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: Drake Sky Yard
6. The Chase
At the top of the Dineen Building, offering remarkable views of Toronto’s Financial District, stands the Chase, one of the most sophisticated restaurants in the city. With a 75-seat capacity, it provides a superior dining experience, with refined and healthy flavors. The wine list, designed by sommelier Anton Potvin, has a selection of over 300 international labels. The Chase is the ultimate upscale venue in the Toronto scene.
Address: 10 Temperance Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: The Chase
7. Trattoria Nervosa
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For 20 years, Trattoria Nervosa has served traditional Italian cuisine in a cute little yellow house in the heart of Yorkville Avenue. While their first-floor bursts in the winter months, with couples looking for a romantic evening, the warmer seasons call for guests who wish to delight themselves with great food and climate on their ground-level terrace. Their gourmet antipasti is a wondeful companion for your evening.
Address: 75 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Facebook: Trattoria Nervosa
8. Bar Hop Brewco
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Craft beer lovers will find their place in Bar Hop Brewco, where fun and industrial decor are predominant. This spacious venue never gets crowded, creating a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy their wide selection of almost 100 labels of bottled beers and 38 taps, with rotating choices. Their full bar also provides excellent brands of tequila, bourbon, and single malt scotch.
Bar Hop Brewco
Address: 137 Peter Street, Toronto, Canada
Facebook: Bar Hop Brewco
9. Harvest Kitchen
With a specific mission to respect ingredients and sustainability, Harvest Kitchen has become one of the best places for brunch in Toronto. Local, fresh ingredients are prioritized in a kitchen that aims to deliver straightforward preparations, which can appeal to vegetarians and meat lovers alike. They have a nice range of cocktails if you wish to visit this venue on a sunny afternoon.
Address: 124 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Facebook: Harvest Kitchen
10. Oasis Rooftop
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant has a fantastic rooftop patio, known as the Oasis Rooftop. With a sharing style menu and couch sections, it’s a splendid sports bar to go with friends and watch a game, but their standing bar and fun vibe also make for a cool ambiance for after work or visiting at night.
Address: 99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website: Oasis Rooftop
Fun under Toronto's sky
Whether you want to have some laughs in a relaxed environment with your friends or you are in the mood for a more sophisticated space, Toronto has an option for you, where you will be able to match quality service with an amazing view. Cheers!
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