There are places to see. To go shopping. To feast in and drink. Then, there are patios in Toronto. Patios are an oasis for catching some sun and be loud, silly or do some serious people watching. A great way to see Toronto without having to go farther than reaching for your cold, refreshing drink or simply relax and spend an easy evening catching up with friends or a special someone.
During the Summer and at the corner of Bloor Street West and Lippincott St., Pauper’s Pub, with its two great patios, is the undisputed King of Summer in The Annex neighbourhood.
By the way, quick note, The Annex is a neighbourhood which has a thriving cultural scene with a strip along Bloor St. dotted with all kinds of restaurants, bars and shops, all catering to a youthful, educated demographic.
Okay, back to Pauper’s: Even though it is a “British Pub,” which Toronto has many of, this three storey, formerly a bank building behemoth, has a bit for everyone including live music/karaoke on Thursdays at 22:00.
While the rooftop patio is always busy due to its refreshing southeasterly view of downtown, the street patio is more subdued making it a great spot if you just want to have a pint or a martini (I’m not judging) and want to rest from a day full of urban exploring.
Whether you drop by during Patio Season™ or Winter, remember to ask your server for the food or drink specials! They always have one.