TO’s top patios to catch the fireworks on Labour Day weekend

Looking to catch the fireworks this Labour Day weekend? With stellar rooftop views or a front-row seat to the Lakeshore, these summer-prime patios are perfect for people watching, cityscapes, or epic explosions in the sky. Here are the patios with the best views in #theSix and where you should head to catch this year’s Labour Day fireworks.[Image credit: iStock.com/quangpraha]

Williams Landing

1
120 Lynn Williams St, Toronto, ON M6K 3N6

Aside from being one of the most spacious patios in the city, the Williams Landing second-floor patio in Liberty Village is pure buzz. Think: after-work drinks and an evening breeze that makes it easy to take in the area’s historic buildings sitting amongst the modern condos where many of the city’s young professionals reside.

Sky Yard

2
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

There’s no patio that spells Toronto more than the Drake SkyYard. Here, it’s all about the people – and they come ready to mingle. The charm of this patio is its peek-a-boo view of the CN Tower, which almost whispers, “welcome home.” It’s intimate and quintessentially Toronto, with a locals-only vibe.

Thompson Toronto Hotel

3
550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

Undoubtedly one of the most captivating views of the city, the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop patio showcases the grandeur of Toronto. I’d recommend going after sunset, when the patio is both romantic and airy. If the glitter of a million city lights doesn’t give you a sense of pride, the Thompson’s so-chic outdoor pool and upscale vibes certainly will.

Amsterdam Brewhouse

4
245 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2K9

Situated along the Harbourfront, the Amsterdam Brewhouse has a patio with everything you need on a hot summer’s day. The splish-splash of Lake Ontario waters hums in the background as sunglasses-clad Torontonians get lost in conversation. In a concrete jungle, the view of water transports city slickers to better days at the lake.

Luma

5
350 King St W, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

The Entertainment District doesn’t disappoint, especially when it comes to patios. If you like people watching, this one is for you. Perched atop the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street West, Luma’s view encompasses the CN Tower, the Royal Alexandra Theatre and David Pecaut Square. It’s the one of the liveliest areas of the city, so don’t blink, you might miss something.

Murphy's Law Pub & Kitchen

6
1702A Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G6

In the Beaches, Murphy’s Law is undoubtedly one of the most coveted patios in the city. Make it out east and this patio will not disappoint. It’s one of the few bars with a picture-perfect green view. The trees and grass below shine bright in the sunlight, and beer drinkers are seemingly unaware they live in a city known as a concrete jungle.

America Restaurant

7
325 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

When out-of-towners come to The 6, take them to America, situated on the 31st floor of the Trump Hotel. The patio seating is turned outward, and the only barrier is clear glass. Feel like you’re floating in the midst of Toronto’s tallest buildings? Well, that’s certainly the aim. The sight, the feeling, the city – this patio demands that you revel in it.

The Slip

8
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Lakeshore patio game gets a mean addition with this outdoor-only watering hole attached to the Harbourfront Centre. There’s plenty of communal seating (picnic-table style) at 2016-newcomer The Slip, which boasts a stellar view out to Lake Ontario. Good for a bucket o’ beers or some specialty cocktails, it’s a great stop in for a day drink, weekday happy hour, or rowdy night with pals.

In a multicultural city like Toronto, it’s easy to find delicious eats from far and wide. Hogtown boasts fare from the Philippines to the Middle East to Scandinavia. Most people don’t know that the restaurants which serve the best international suppers also do brunch, too. Here’s where you’ll find the best globally inspired brunches in the 6.  [Image credit: iStock.com/Eurngkwan]
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