Toronto's 10 Hottest Beer Gardens

By Zagat Staff  |  July 6, 2015

It's summer, so from now on every ounce of delicious craft beer we consume will have to be on a patio. We've rounded up a list of new and classic beer gardens that are perfect for group sessions over delicious pints. 

  • Granite Brewery

    Well before Toronto's recent brewpub revolution, this Mount Pleasant and Eglinton watering hole was pouring delicious, English-style beers made on-site. The homey local boasts two patios: a street-side front option and a secluded back patio overlooking a garden. 

    245 Eglinton Ave. E.; 416-322-0723

  • Big Crow

    Part of the Rose and Sons empire, this patio-only place doesn't offer a an extensive beer list beer, but it's hard to go wrong with a cold, crisp pint of Steamwhistle and a messy plate of barbecue.

    176 Dupont St.; 647-748-3287

  • Allen's

    One of our favourite patios on the Danforth does a fantastic job of whisking you away from all the business of the city. You feel at home at Allen's back patio, with one of the best local and international beer lists in the city.

    143 Danforth Ave.; 416-463-3086

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    The Esplanande

    A string of bars at the bottom of the St. Lawrence Market district create the perfect scenario for beer hopping. Start at Fion MacCool's and make your way west through the European bars. They all have great beer lists, but Bier Markt wins the crown.

    25 The Esplanade

  • Amsterdam Brew House

    Amsterdam wins a special place in our heart for having a massive beer garden right by the waterfront. Three different outdoor areas are available depending on how close you want to get to the water. The menu is extensive and heavily beer-themed. Make sure you try the specialty small-batch housemade craft beers. Selection varies monthly.

    245 Queens Quay W.; 416-504-1020

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    A crowd-favourite watering hole in the Corktown District, Betty's has a quiet and quaint patio out back that's perfect for after-work drinks or relaxing on the weekends. It's got the right amount of shade, and with the right drink, you completely forget that you're Downtown.

    240 King St E.; 416-368-1300

  • The Victory Cafe

    Almost as much of a Mirvish Village staple as Honest Ed's, this pub's spacious, tree-shaded corner patio is one of the hottest summer spots in the Annex. The Victory offers a rotating lineup of Ontario craft beer on tap, including one cask ale for real ale aficionados. 

    581 Markham St.; 416-516-5787

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    Bellwoods Brewery

    It doesn't get any better than this for super-small batches of craft beer and delicious snacks. The Bellwoods brewpub has one of the hottest patios in the city, located on Ossington and almost always full. If you manage to get a seat (higher chances earlier in the evening), stick to the taps. All beers are made in house using a variety of different styles from farmhouse classic saisons to Belgian-style IPAs.

    124 Ossington Ave.; 416-535-4586

  • Bar Volo

    Toronto's go-to bar for craft beer and brown liquor, situated on Yonge street. The patio is hard to get to unless you go early, but the experience is worth the wait. Bar Volo has an unmatched rotating list of craft beers in Toronto, best enjoyed in small groups.

    587 Yonge St.; 416-928-0008

  • Mill Street Beer Hall

    The gigantic beer hall in the Distillery District specializes in housemade craft beer and a beer-focused menu. The patio is massive and accommodates large groups easily (book in advance just in case).

    21 Tank House Ln.; 416-681-0338