Drinking and eating outdoors is a popular Canadian pastime. The weather is only nice for a fraction of the year, so we like to make the most of it before the snow starts to fall again. Why not spend every possible moment enjoying the sunshine? Plus, after a big day of sightseeing and wandering all over Toronto, there’s nothing more satisfying than settling into a chilled out beer garden and taking a big sip of a cold frothy one. Here are a few of the best outdoor beer gardens Toronto offers.
This popular beer garden in Mount Pleasant and Eglinton has been around since before the hipster trend of craft beers in Toronto. It is a great chilled out space serving a selection of classic English style beers that are made on site. You can choose to hang out on the outdoor patio on the front that faces the street, or the more private back patio that overlooks a lovely garden. If you really fall in love with the chilled out atmosphere you could consider tying the knot here – the Granite Brewery hosts weddings.
Located in the heart of downtown on Mercer Street, this casual and sunny beer gardens Toronto is a great place to grab a drink with friends on a hot summer’s day. There are communal picnic-bench style seats perfect for socialising and there is even a food truck to fulfil your beer-fueled appetite. The AstroTurf on the floor and the laid back vibe makes it feel like you are just hanging out at your buddy’s house for a weekend barbeque. If you are visiting with a larger group, it is even possible to order a five litre keg of craft brew which you can self-serve.
This great watering hole has a large beer garden right on the waterfront, which comes to life with laughter and conversation every summer. There are three different outdoor areas you can sit in, depending on how close you want to be to the water.
This Brewhouse also offers a superb selection of beer, including several special housemade brews. The selection changes every month, so every time you come back you will find something new on the menu to try. They also serve food – yummy bites that pair well with a cold glass of beer such as Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings, Amsterdam Pretzel and Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Feta Cheese.
Check out the “Flight Deck” of the Pilot Tavern, a rooftop beer garden offering sunshine, great food, cold drinks and a great atmosphere. High on a roof in Yorkville, it is removed from the hustle and bustle of the street and it is fully equipped with retractable awnings and heaters so you can keep on drinking no matter what the weather. In fact, it has been around for more than 70 years and was named by the readers of the Globe and Mail as Canada’s Favourite Patio.
Where are your favourite beer gardens in Toronto? Let us know in the comments.
Spring in Toronto is a welcome ray of sunshine after a long, cold and snowy Canadian winter. When those days start to get longer and the temperature starts to rise, everyone puts away their winter coats and breathes a sigh of relief. It just feels so good to be able to walk around without trudging through ice and snow (except for yesterday).
How should you spend spring in Toronto? Here are some ideas for ushering in the season which are close to your furnished apartments in Toronto!
Spring in Toronto with Cherry Blossoms in High Park
In late April to early May, High Park will come alive in a flurry of pale pink blossoms. It is truly a gorgeous sight to see and you’ll probably get some gorgeous photos. The trees are located all around Hillside Gardens, as well as surrounding the duck pond. You can check back with the High Park website for updates on when the flowers are blooming. Even better – pack a picnic with you so that you can relax in High Park and enjoy the view while feasting.
Take a Coffee Break at a Cafe With a Patio
Chill out in a sunlight-flooded cafe patio while fueling up on caffeine. There are many great spots that will awaken in springtime, such as Fika Cafe – a green oasis that even has a hammock! Or, try Jimmy’s Coffee in Kensington Market, right in the heart of one of the coolest areas of the city. Or, pull up a seat at one of the long communal tables at Full Stop, an independent coffee shop in The Junction.
Oogle Adorable Baby Animals
Spring in Toronto is the season when adorable baby animals are born, so if you can handle the cuteness then consider visiting the Toronto Zoo. It was recently reported that they are experiencing a “baby animal boom” which has lead to a spike in attendance (I’m not surprised.) What could be better than ooing and ahhing at ridiculously cute creatures? If you need more of a baby animal fix you could also check out some of Toronto’s farms and petting zoos, including Round the Bend Farm, High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm, Far Enough Farm and Springridge Farm.
Watch Some Thought-Provoking Documentaries
Melt any icicles that may have gathered on your mind throughout the winter by checking out some of Toronto’s great spring documentary film festivals. There is Doc Soup, which ends in April.Also, there is the Hot Docs Film Festival which runs from April 27th to May 7th. You’ll be able to check out an outstanding selection of hundreds of films from around the world. You are sure to find some interesting food for thought that will give you something to talk about with your friends.
Why not also check out some of the new restaurants in Toronto too? What are your favourite things to do when spring starts to bloom in Toronto? Let us know about them in the comments below.
Nothing moves slower than the minute hand on the clock when you are waiting for your shift to end and the weekend begin. Even if you love your job, Monday to Friday is a long time to spend in the office and when your workday is over you will be in the mood to kick back with a few beers in a chilled out atmosphere.
So what are some of the best Toronto bars where you can celebrate the beginning of the weekend and have a fantastic Friday night? Here are a few great options:
The Bottom Line
Meet your buddies at the Bottom Line at Front and Yonge, which is a very popular spot for the after work crowd on Fridays. It is located in the Financial District of Toronto only steps away from Union Station or your furnished apartment at 300 Front Street West, so the location couldn’t be more convenient for an after work drink if you are working downtown. Watch the sports games on the big televisions and enjoy a beer and a snack – you’ve worked hard this week so you deserve it!
This chilled out patio bar and restaurant features live music from 10pm every Friday night, so it’s the perfect place to relax at the end of the week. It has a great outdoor area and on a sunny Friday afternoon you will see plenty of Torontonians hanging out and soaking up the sunshine. It’s named after the famous writer of course, who we all know loved to drink in his time.
The Horseshoe Tavern
The Horseshoe Tavern is one of the most well-known bars in Toronto and a long standing favourite in the nightlife scene. Since it opened in 1947 several fantastic bands have graced the stage on a weekend, from Blue Rodeo to The Police to Stompin’ Tom Connors, The Strokes, the Rheostatics, Joel Plasket and the Barenaked Ladies. Usually the chilled out front bar is where you will hear the lesser known acts, while the back bar hosts the major big name acts.
Track & Field
Bring your friends to this fun bar and you can enjoy the top notch selection of cocktails while playing lawn games, such as Bocce Ball. Mixologist Jesse Borg serves up drinks that are just as delicious as their names are cheeky.
These are just a few of the best Toronto bars to check out on a Friday night, so that you can unwind from the week and get the weekend off to a great start!
DelSuites will be exhibiting at the OIAA Trade Show on February 3rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Constitution Hall on Front Street West. The event is a conference for insurance claims professionals that provides a full day of enrichment, education and networking.
The team at Delsuites is looking forward to being part of this high profile insurance industry event, so come on down to the convention centre on February 3rd and visit their booth!
OIAA Trade Show to Bring Together Exhibitors from Insurance Industry
The conference is a meeting of insurance claims professionals who may have their insured go through a fire or a flood and need a temporary place to live while their home is being restored. The high quality accommodation offered by DelSuites is a great option for temporary housing for anyone whose home has been damaged by a disaster.
DelSuites will be among many other excellent exhibitors at the OIAA Trade Show, including Accident Support Services International, Bay Medical & Health Services, Canadian Independent Adjuster’s Association, Canadian Underwriter Magazine and Discount Car & Truck Rentals.
Delsuites Insurance Housing
Delsuites offers high quality serviced and fully furnished condominiums serving the needs of the insurance industry in 20 different locations throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. This includes North York, Downtown, Scarborough, Midtown, Markham, Etobicoke and Mississauga.
They specialize in relocating insurance policyholders into comfortable and convenient furnished accommodations while their home is being restored. The team is trained to work on the behalf of the insurance industry, communicating throughout every step of the process. When an insurance holder needs to move out of their home temporarily following damage or a natural disaster, Delsuites ensures they have a comfortable and convenient place to stay in the interim until they can return to their home.
Delsuites offers many advantages to the insurance adjusters they work with. They provide a single point of contact and an affordable monthly set rate that includes laundry, telephone and parking expenses – which are usually charged as extras at regular hotels. Credit is pre-approved for all major insurance companies and hotel tax does not apply. This option is also convenient for the insured, as it offers the privacy and comfort of separate bedrooms, dining room, living room and a fully equipped kitchen. There are many different locations to choose from, so the insured is likely to find something close to their own neighbourhood so that they can have a sense of familiarity.
Attending the Conference
The exhibit showcase at the 2016 OIAA Claims Conference will begin at 10am and last until 4pm. There will also be a mix and mingle event from 3pm until 4pm where you will be able to network with others in the industry. If you will be attending the OIAA Trade Show, come and visit DelSuites at Booth 506 to say hello!
After walking around Toronto in the winter chill for hours, checking out the attractions, admiring the sights and doing some shopping, you might be in the mood for a hot drink. You can head into one of these lovely Toronto Cafes for warming up with a hot drink whether it be a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
If you are passionate about a good cup of tea, you’ll love this beautiful and cosy place. There are several different loose and pre-bagged teas to choose from, so you are sure to find your favourite blend. The staff are tea experts and if you let them know what flavours you like they will be able to recommend the ideal tea for you to try. You can even get a pot and stay for a while if you don’t want to go back out into the winter cold. Check out the tea latte bar and order yourself a London Fog.
Dark Horse Espresso
There are four locations of this great coffee shop throughout the city, so you will never be far from your next delicious cup of coffee. They offer delicious drinks and a great range of yummy and filling snacks and treats, as well as reliable fast Wifi. The décor is cosy and rustic and it’s a great atmosphere in which to relax after a busy day of exploring Toronto.
The Rooster Coffee House
In the east of the city you will find the Rooster Coffee House, a lovely place that feels like home. They offer really great coffee within a welcoming atmosphere and they also have a delicious selection of baked goods. You’ll love it so much that you won’t want to venture out into the cold again.
This is another great cosy little café with only eight tables and a warm and welcoming vibe. It serves up delicious lunches as well as great coffee and hot drinks. Check out the pancakes and the open top sandwiches – perfect for filling up your belly when it is cold and dreary outside.
Tango Palace Coffee Company
Tango Palace is one of the cosiest cafes on the east end, so when the winter chill gets too much for you it’s the best place to warm up with a hot drink. It is a neighbourhood institution – being around for 17 years and offering a huge range of drink and food options.
This coffee shop is set within a warm and inviting two storey house and it has a great selection of high quality coffees. The décor is rustic – the tables are made from thick cut raw wood and the walls are exposed brick. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic and will make you feel comfortable as you hide from the cold.
Sip your favourite hot drink at our Toronto cafes for warming up and let it warm you up from the inside. Savour the bustling atmosphere and welcoming vibe of these great hangout spots.