After every sporadic visit to the Thompson’s slick top floor, I slink off disappointed but validated for not riding 16 floors up to the top of Toronto more often. I can’t afford that level of high life on the regular, but damn if the view isn’t worth bleeding a premium for once in a while. Five years in, the rooftop lounge is still a classic Toronto perch, with platinum people-watching and a classier crowd than the JabronisGone-Wild vibe you encounter on proximal rooftops. It’s worth saving and suiting up to treat yourself to a few skyline cocktails this summer.
550 Wellington West, at Bathurst, 416-640-7778, thompsonhotels.com