There’s something really special about having a relaxing drink with friends while looking out on the hustle and bustle of Toronto’s busy streets. Not only is the city’s ever-changing skyline a reminder of how fast Toronto continues to grow, but also of how life can pass us by without us even noticing. Sometimes we just need to pause, take a step back and enjoy the view. So, what better way to ground yourself than enjoying a delicious cocktail and taking in some incredible views at these magnificent Toronto rooftop bars?
Toronto’s skyscrapers sure look impressive from the ground, but nothing beats looking at these giants from the clouds. Here are some of our favorite Toronto rooftop bars where you can unwind and enjoy a cold beer, wine or cocktail with a magnificent skyline view.
1. KŌST, Wellington Place
Experience a California summer in Toronto all year round at Kōst. Sit back and relax in the coastal-inspired lounge or take a dip in the world-famous infinity pool that offers sensational views of the city’s never-ending skyline. Located on the 44th floor of the Bisha hotel, the rooftop is surrounded by enormous floor to ceiling windows so you can keep warm and still get the perfect unobstructed shot for Instagram no matter the weather.
2. Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel, Little Portugal
In addition to their street-side café, The Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel is the go-to spot for hip Torontonians hoping to keep it cool with an icy sangria or a brown butter–maple Old Fashioned. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, the bar offers a selection of nibbles to keep those rumbling bellies appeased. Try their scrumptious Argentinian shrimp and mouth-watering steak tartare before washing them down with a heavenly cocktail of your choice. When those chilly nights start creeping in, guests can cozy on up around an outdoor fire pit to toast marshmallows and watch a movie under the twinkling Toronto sky.
Located at 1150 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1J3.
3. Cactus Club Cafe, Yonge-Bay Corridor
Enjoy a patio party at Cactus Club Cafe and dance the night away with live music from some of the city’s most sought after DJs. Located in the city’s financial district, there aren’t many spots more perfect for an after work pint than this one. The bar even offers a 50% discount on bottles of wine every Tuesday and Wednesday. Who said drinking on a school night wasn’t a good idea?
Find them at 77 Adelaide St W, Toronto, M5X 1C1.
4. Chula Taberna Mexicana, Blake-Jones
Marg fans and taco lovers may want to pay a visit to Chula Taberna Mexciana. The restaurant houses over 70 different kinds of craft tequilas and a variety of tasty cocktails that come with a spicy Mexican flare. The bar also offers a range of delicious mocktails and low-calorie ‘flaca’ drinks that mix fresh fruit with lime juice and soda water. Share a bowl of chips and guac for just $9 or try their yummy tacos for just $6.50 each. It’s worth noting that the rooftop isn’t that high, but if you’re looking for a cool rooftop bar that provides more vibes than views, this place is definitely your ticket.
Find them at 1058 Gerrard St E, Toronto, M4M 1Z8.
5. Lavelle, Wellington Place
Perched 16 storeys above the city, Lavelle offers out-of-this-world views of Toronto’s stunning skyline. Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and head to one of the bar’s three rooftop pools or retreat into a one of the private cabanas with a tasty cocktail in hand. You’ll have to pay a daily fee of $25 to use the pool facilities, but it’s definitely worth it for the incredible 360° views of the city and the towel service is an added bonus. Come nightfall, the pool area transforms into a snazzy lounge area so you may want to dress up a little.
Located at 627 King St W, Toronto, M5V 1M5.
6. Hemingway’s, Yorkville
Enjoy a taste of New Zealand at Hemingway’s in the trendy neighborhood of Yorkville. Traditional pub grub, a friendly atmosphere and refreshing craft beers imported all the way from New Zealand make this rooftop a Kiwi inspired go-to spot for a drink and a bite to eat. The bar is open 365 days a year, so celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve with a craft beer in hand on Hemingway’s heated rooftop patio (just make sure you book well in advance).
Located at 142 Cumberland St, Toronto, M5R 1A8.
7. Harriet’s Rooftop, Wellington Place
When it comes to Toronto rooftop bars with a view, few beat Harriet’s Rooftop. Located on top of 1 Hotel Toronto, this all-season rooftop bar lets visitors take in the panoramic views of the city no matter how cold it gets. If you’re feeling a little hungry, don’t miss out on the delectable Japanese delights made before your very eyes at the lounge’s small sushi bar. From Wednesday to Saturday, guests can enjoy the relaxing house beats from a live DJ set as the sun sets behind the city’s magnificent skyline. Visitors come for the party and stay for the view at this luxury rooftop bar.
Find them at 550 Wellington St W, Toronto, M5V 2V4.
Formerly known as The One Eighty, this rooftop spot has since become the new chapter of the 51st floor. Still 51 floors up, AP Restaurant is an elevated and elegant dining experience featuring new lunch exclusive dishes. Take in TO’s skyline while dining on sushi, maki, and Japanese bowls with delicious, fresh ingredients. And don’t forget to try one of their speciality cocktails like their Hana Spritz (perfect for summer) with asian pear sake, st-germain, hibiscus, and prosecco.
Find them at 55 Bloor St. W., 51st Floor
9. Skylight, Downtown
Patio season is here and Skylight is ready. Skylight got its hype last July when it first opened and has been a favorite ever since. Situated on top of the W Hotel, the lush and elevated spot has a private elevator to get to the top and dedicated its menu to Middle Eastern flavors found in both their food and drinks.
Find them at 90 Bloor Street E 9th Floor, M4w 1a7