Modern sophistication is easily had when visiting Toronto, and the dining and drinks scene is no exception. However, while you may already know that luxury is easily had in this Canadian city, were you aware that so many great Toronto bars, lounges and restaurants also come with a great view?
You may think of Toronto’s best view as, of course, the one you can find from the top of CN Tower. While the tourist-laden spot is one you’ll have to visit during your first visit to the city, that’s hardly where the great views end. Try one of these alternatives the next time you’re in town.
Rooftop Lounge at the Thompson Toronto
Though you might not be able to get exactly the time or night you want when calling to make a reservation at this lounge, it’s still worth a try and a trip out of your way to go on a less desirable night of your itinerary. Sitting 16 stories up, the views include CN Tower and a portion of the city skyline, perfect for a summer evening. The boutique luxury hotel itself is also a delight, if you happen to be looking for a place to stay. Just don’t forget to stick to the dress code!
550 Wellington Street West
Enjoy the raw bar downstairs, before heading up, up, up and out to the more formal dining room and bar, where the windows show a beautiful smattering of surrounding skyscrapers. Depending on the weather, you can sit outdoors or in. The outside patio provides lounge cabana seating, perfect for a night out with the gang.
10 Temperance Street
Delta Hotels Toronto
Sleek and sexy, the Delta Hotels Toronto property provides a glimpse of the busy city streets from comfortable and intimate spaces. Cozy couches, bright red umbrellas and contemporary outdoor fireplaces make for an enjoyable atmosphere.
75 Lower Simcoe Street
Continue scaling the city’s many skyscrapers with a trip further up, to the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower. There, you’ll find Canoe, a lovely bar and restaurant with expansive windows for views of the waterfront, CN Tower and the rest of the city. This is particularly a good spot for catching a sunset, and the tables on the southwest side of the restaurant fill up fast, especially by romantic duos who are just as enamored with each other as they are the view. That isn’t the only thing that will make your jaw drop, though — the menu is equally spectacular, inspired by Canada’s bounty of natural resources.
66 Wellington Street West
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub
For something a little more casual, try Murphy’s Law. The pub fare is filling and the drink of choice might be beer, but that shouldn’t deter you from this class act. The fun and friendly atmosphere provides great views of Toronto, all for an affordable price. More of a neighborhood hang than anything else, you’ll feel right at home among the locals.
1702 Queen Street East
The Drake Hotel
Trendy and luxurious, The Drake Hotel is glamorous on its own, but the brand ups the ante with its Sky Yard rooftop patio, open all year long. Enjoy uninhibited views while you sip on a signature cocktail from the mouth-watering menu.
1150 Queen Street West
Another casual yet worthwhile rooftop spot to visit is The Porch, where you can get a frosty beer or after-work margaritas accompanied by an unobstructed view of CN Tower. A convenient location and super-chill vibe make this one a sure go-to if you’re looking for a no-frills environment that gets the job done, while leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Don’t miss rooftop brunch, where the drool-worthy pancakes are incredibly fluffy, smothered in berries and topped with maple butter.
250 Adelaide Street West
By Holly Riddle