Sporting both a rooftop bar and an infinity pool, The Thompson Hotel is a go to for summer drinks. With smart evening attire required, it’s the perfect occasion to dress up and enjoy a 360° view of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. Put on your fanciest outfit and sip a Grand Seduction, their tequila-based cocktail (or some champagne if you’re feeling so inclined!).
Thompson Toronto, 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 640 7778
Situated on Adelaide, right above the Rock ‘n Horse Saloon, The Porch offers fantastic views of Toronto, including a unobstructed shot of the CN Tower. While the atmosphere is laid back during the day, the Porch becomes vibrant as the sun sets, making it ideal any time of the day. Share a ‘Pizzadilla roll’ (pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara).
The Porch, 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 344 1234
If you like beer, Mascot Brewery is the way to go. Using traditional German techniques, this rooftop crafts its own beers, a Pilsner and a Hefewizen. While it’s nicknamed the ‘Beer Garden’, they have a variety of tall boys and bottles in rotation, Mascot Brewery also offers cocktails like ‘Daqs on Daqs on Daqs’.
Mascot Brewery, 31 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 979 0131
If you are looking for a more Latino feel try Valdez. It offers a wide variety of wines and cocktails. With cocktail pitchers (serving three or four people) and a vibrant Mexican vibe, you’re sure to have a good time. If the food choices are too overwhelming, The Street Party and La Confianza are a three and four course menu, respectively.
Valdez, 606 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 363 8388
Harvest Kitchen was named after its two goals. They are to harvest and use as much local food as possible, and to mimic the comfortable, cozy atmosphere a kitchen has. Known for its brunch, Harvest Kitchen also offers cocktails with their wide range of food, providing a great reason to drink in the early afternoon. Have their Corn n’ Millet pancakes, and enjoy their HK Caesar cocktail.
Harvest Kitchen, 124 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 901 5901
Named after the Canadian pilots who served in the Second World War, The Pilot was established in 1944, and has been going strong ever since. Situated in Yorkville, this rooftop is a bit removed from the city commotion, providing a pleasant reprieve from the urban bustle. The Pilot Tavern offers live jazz every single Saturday, creating a warm atmosphere which is sure to be a hit. Check out their schedule and enjoy a smooth quartet.
The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 923 5716