cheers to patio season
The hottest new spots and rooftops to dine and drink at this summer
Assembly Chef’s Hall
Toronto’s biggest new patio (spanning an impressive 4,000 square feet) is also one of its most gloriously accessible: Instead of being at the mercy of a harried host or queueing in the scorching sun for two hours, just roll in and pull up a chair. Just like inside the 18-restaurant chef’s hall, seating is self-serve – but unlike inside, the patio has a bar converted from an Airstream trailer, string lights and a geometric paint job that looks like the basketball court of a thirdgrader’s Kool-Aid fuelled daydreams. And what’s that? A second terrace at the back? This place really does have everything.
111 Richmond West, at York, 647-557-5993, assemblychefshall.com
The swank, clubby lobby lounge at the Anndore House hotel deserves an equally luxe patio. The Anndore’s brand-new front terrace delivers in spades with navy-hued planter boxes, modern chairs and fronds of ferns overhead. It also doubles the patio for Craig Harding’s latest outing, Constantine — meaning you can avail yourself of an entire subcontinent’s worth of Mediterranean eats like wood-fired pizzas and lamb burgers, plus inventive cocktails from the lobby bar.
15 Charles East, at Yonge, 647-475-4436, constantineto.com