Patio News

Now that the warm weather is here, all of Toronto is talking about, and going to, patios. Well, we are still waiting to find out what happened with Bohmer‘s application for a front patio, which will draw all the neighbors for food and fancy drinks.

We also know that Union wants to open their patio and is still waiting for the city’s approval. Would be nice to share that prime rib for two al fresco, non?

In the meantime, we have news about another patio on Ossington that is going to expand.

Those who follow us on Twitter likely already know the news that BQM is planning to renovate their front patio and add a back patio on Rolyat Street. This southern facing patio gets a lot of sun and is busy for lunch, dinner and drinks, so customers will likely approve the expansion.

Don’t forget, we began a patio guide earlier this spring, put it on hold after weeks of rain, but we’ll be back with more very soon!

Secluded Back-Patio Drinks – (or Patio Guide V2)

If you walk down Ossington it’s sometimes hard to tell where the good back patios are as they are often quietly tucked away behind the bars.

One of the oldest back-patios on Ossington belongs to Sweaty Betty’s which recently upgraded their furniture and decor. Here there’s always a young and interesting crowd, and sometimes you might even run into a celebrity enjoying a pint. (or, if you’re lucky: owner, Pol, without his shirt). You won’t get table service at Sweaty Betty’s so pick up your drinks before you wind your way through the back room out to the oasis outside. The back patio can get crowded, but usually people will make room on the benches or move chairs around to accommodate you. It’s a friendly crowd.

Another spot which you might not notice from the street is Reposado’s back patio. Here you’ll find a nice retreat where you can imagine you’re tucked away in Mexico City while you drink a blood orange margarita or flight of nice quality tequilas. This patio has less seating, but the servers will come to you, so once you’ve finished your drink, you don’t have to get up to replace it.

There are even more hidden patios on Ossington. Keep your eyes on the blog for more of the street’s outdoor gems.

Ossington Patio Season begins (or Patio Guide V1)

It’s finally springtime, and it’s time to sit outside. Ossington has a number of great outdoor venues both in the back and out front. This Saturday a couple of them were in full use. Here’s the first part of our Ossington patio guide outlining some of the great places to sit outside on Ossington.

I-Deal Coffee – has a nice outdoor space, if a little unkempt at times. Only last year did they fence it in and clean it up a bit, as it was getting used in the years prior. Don’t expect service out there, as you’ll have to get your coffee inside, but it’s one of the best spots on Ossington to catch some rays, being on the north side of Foxley.

BQM – This burger joint on Roylat and Ossington also has a south-facing patio and this Saturday, early in April, people were out having drinks and burgers. At BQM, you will get full service, and it’s also licensed. The wooden benches aren’t always the most comfortable at BQM, but there are umbrellas to keep parts of the patio in the shade.