The Time to party outdoors is almost upon us. This week The Pulse highlights some of the city’s top patio destinations:
314 Queen St. W.
Ambience and clientele: Ultra appeals to its high-end and trendy clientele. Its patio is regularly jammed on hot summer evenings when toned male-model types and scantily-clad beauties discuss whatever it is hot, well-connected people discuss — world politics, nuclear physics, whatever.
Will I be tempted to risk being fired and ditch work to spend an afternoon here? It only opens after work so your desk is yours — for now.
Ideal summer drink: A melon ball martini.
Black Bull Hotel
298 Queen St. W.
Ambience and clientele: Make good friends with the ownership in winter because you’ll need connections to get a seat on the patio on virtually any hot summer day. The casual atmosphere is a beacon for all types, particularly for those who enjoy taking in the often wild sights and sounds of Queen Street.
Will I be tempted to risk being fired and ditch work to spend an afternoon here? Send in your letter of resignation now!
Ideal summer drink: Corona — ask for a bucket of Mexico’s finest and keep ’em coming!
14 Madison Ave.
Ambience and clientele: The Maddy is a popular pub destination, but even more so in summer when a huge patio space beckons students and neighbourhood folk. Like some sort of beer-serving black hole, this is one of those venues that sucks you in for hours and just won’t let go.
Will I be tempted to risk being fired and ditch work to spend an afternoon here? Cut your losses and apply for a job here, instead. You’ll be spending enough time at The Madison, you may as well make some cash.
Ideal summer drink: A pint of Canadian.
58 The Esplanade
Ambience and clientele: This upscale pub has a seemingly infinite selection of brew from around the world, but also features a cosy patio that fills on warm summer days with corporate clientele. At night the Bier Markt plays to a decidedly younger crowd looking to secure each other rather than business deals.
Will I be tempted to risk being fired and ditch work to spend an afternoon here? Definitely, but your boss may be thinking the same thing.
Ideal summer drink: One of those massive glasses of Hoegaarden.
143 Danforth Ave.
Ambience and clientele: The backyard is an oasis. The space is large, relatively quiet and perfect for a night of drinking. Bring a large group of friends and enjoy.
Will I be tempted to risk being fired and ditch work to spend an afternoon here? Did you really want a pension?
Ideal summer drink: A shandy.