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These are the best heated patios in Toronto this fall

Where to enjoy open-air food and drinks as the weather cools

All good things must come to an end. There’s a slight chill in the air and summer is officially over. Never fear, however, because that doesn’t mean that patio season has come to a close, thanks to the many wonderful heated patio options throughout the city. Here are our top picks for heated patios in Toronto.

 

Drake Sky Yard

 

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The Drake Sky Yard is a long-time Queen West favourite. With funky rotating art on display and a 360-degree bar, it’s the perfect place to enjoy an alfresco cocktail as the weather cools.

 

Gusto 501

 

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The recently-opened Gusto 501 patio is a welcome addition to the Corktown neighbourhood. This 5-storey Italian restaurant has a beautiful rooftop patio with sweeping views of the CN tower. Diners can enjoy homemade focaccia and wood-fired pizza, along with handcrafted drinks.

 

Hemingway’s Bar and Restaurant

 

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This Yorkville rooftop patio is one of Toronto’s most famous outdoor dining spots for good reason. The prime location is perfect for people-watching while sipping cocktails and nibbling on bites from New Zealand-inspired menu. Can’t snag a spot on the rooftop? Fortunately, Hemingway’s has three other patios to choose from.

 

Cactus Club Café

 

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Located in the heart of the Financial District, the Cactus Club rooftop patio, lovingly dubbed “the Deck,” has a fully-retractable roof with snow-melting tech. The stylish space is packed with interesting art to admire while dining on chef Rob Feenie’s comforting butternut squash ravioli.

 

El Catrin Destileria

 

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At El Catrin, you can soak up the fall sun on their expansive, year-round patio while enjoying delicious Mexican fare. In addition to faves like freshly-smashed guacamole, they also have Canada’s largest tequila and mezcal collection. If that wasn’t enough of a draw, you can cozy up in front of their open fire pits.

 

Amal Toronto

 

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Lebanese restaurant Amal is a new addition to the Toronto patio scene. The menu features fresh dips like hummus, house-baked pitas, and juicy kafta skewers. Their heated second-floor patio, designed in Mediterranean-inspired white and blue hues, will help you channel the last of the late-summer vibes.

 

The Pilot

 

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Open since 1944, the Pilot has been a go-to spot for generations of Torontonians. Their covered rooftop patio, the Flight Deck, is a great option when you’re craving classic pub fare paired with craft brews.

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