Yorkville spots for sipping beers and spotting celebs

Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood may sometimes seem intimidating, but you'll find there are plenty of welcoming places where you can relax with a fine beer. The area's robust patio offerings make post-work pints a must. Don’t forget that it's also a prime hood for a little casual TIFF-ing – people-watching here might result in a few celebrity sightings.

Dimmi Bar & Trattoria

140 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8

Sometimes you just have to stick to what you know – pizza and beer. Dimmi Bar & Trattoria is one of the more casual places in Yorkville, offering top-quality meals and drinks that are just as delicious as those available at other posh businesses in the area. The menu is full of classic Italian fare, including caprese salad, pasta, risotto and hot sandwiches. Typical of the neighbourhood, Dimmi boasts a patio that is perfect for people-watching.

Park Hyatt Toronto

4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

Located on the 18th floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, the Roof Lounge is the place to sip and be seen. You’ll be able to take in picturesque views on balmy summer nights and enjoy some excellent beers while you're at it. This lounge is loved by locals and celebrities alike and offers shareable late-night dishes that pair perfectly with your favourite pint or bottle. Try to stake out a spot by the fireplace on cooler evenings.

Pilot Tavern

22 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5

Named to recognize heroic RCAF flyers in World War II, The Pilot is part of Yorkville’s bones. It opened at its currently Cumberland Street location in 1972 but was originally established in 1944. The bar offers three unique dining environments: the main floor is a classic bar, the second floor (aka The Stealth Lounge) offers a vintage feel with a stage for live jazz acts and the rooftop patio (aka The Flight Deck) lets you take in some refreshing night air.

Hemingway's Restaurant

142 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8

Yorkville has its swanky persona, and Hemingway’s has its reputation for an amazing patio. Loved by locals and sought out by tourists, this casual local favourite stands out among its ritzy neighbours. Hemingway's offers a great laid back atmosphere and a heated patio in the winter that changes to a cooling mist in the summer. The menu includes flavourful pub grub to pair with domestic, premium and imported beers.

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